Cabela’s Goes Fishing For Wall Street’s Favor

US stocks dropped in volatile trading today, as a toxic mix of weak economic data and a surprise oil-market intervention competed for investors’ attention with reports of a new Greek austerity plan. But even a bad day of trading is a PR opportunity for the companies whose shares are traded on the New York exchange. […]

No Place Is Safe From Corporatization

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SnapDeal.com, a Groupon-like company in India, brought fresh water to an Indian village in the form of 15 hand pumps that would make it so the villagers wouldn’t have to walk nearly two miles just to get clean water. According to Mashable, the villagers were so grateful for the SnapDeal.com-branded pumps distributed throughout the city, […]

Top Ten PR Firm Is “Prevolving”

Golin Harris is “Fixing it before it breaks.” “We’re reoganizing around the areas that are important to our clients,” Fred Cook, president and chief executive of Golin Harris, said. “Areas that are not perceived as strengths in public relations: strategy, creativity, technology, analytics.” “I’m motivated partly by opportunity,” he added, “and partly by fear.” Each […]

Brand Strategies For “The Validation Era”

Steve Rubel, EVP of Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman, spoke at Mashable Connect in Orlando last week. One of the things he said is we are now entering a new era in Internet time. Rubel calls this new stage, the Validation era. Prior to the Validation era, the Internet experienced two other distinct eras, […]

Surprise And Delight

May is National Bike Month

Colle+McVoy is one of my favorite agencies. Their work is consistently excellent and they understand the art of public relations like no one else. I feel particularly well qualified to make that last statement, given that I’m assaulted by blunt PR objects all day long, Monday through Friday. Jen Stack, Director of Corporate Communications at […]

McDonald’s Begins To Redefine “McJob” In Massive Hiring Effort

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McDonald’s is planning to hire 50,000 American workers in one day this month. “Our restaurant employees are the foundation of our business. They are the men and women who interact with our customers every day, enhance the McDonald’s experience, and continue to help make our business strong,” Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA, said. Fields, […]

Yet Another Facebook Story: An Open Book In Prineville

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Google wants to do no evil, but they’re not the only Silicon Valley player committed to moving the needle for good. According to The New York Times, Facebook’s new data center in Prineville, Oregon will run on specially-designed stripped-down servers that are 38 percent more efficient and 24 percent cheaper than those sold by major […]

“The More You Make, The Less Taxes You Pay” Is A Fast-Burning Wick

The nation’s largest corporation is also the best in the U.S. at skirting taxes. Despite profits of $14.2 billion in 2010, General Electric did not have to pay any U.S. taxes last year. According to The New York Times, “Its extraordinary success is based on an aggressive strategy that mixes fierce lobbying for tax breaks […]

Chrysler Cursed

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Chrysler cursed on Twitter. What’s the big fucking deal? Bad judgment is the BFD. According to Ad Age, an employee of New Media Strategies who was tweeting from the @ChryslerAutos account wrote: “I find it ironic that Detroit is known as the #motorcity and yet no one here knows how to fucking drive.” Apparently, the […]

Labor’s Taking It To The Streets

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Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters is picketing Ross and Nordstrom Rack in downtown Portland. I received a leaflet in front of both stores today. The Council of Carpenters believes Ross and Nordstrom have “an obligation to the community to see that area labor standards are met for construction work performed on their projects.” The […]