Shift Happens

Musicians Imogene Heap and Little Boots are active in social media. Their proficiency inspired Ian Tait to write about them, which in turn led Ed Cotton to ponder why brands and the agencies that assist them can’t come up with something authentic to say. Somehow we’ve gotten into our heads that business should only talk […]

File This Under “PR Imbroglio”

China is paying tens of thousands specially trained – and ideologically sound – internet commentators 50 cents per post to tell the government’s story, according to the BBC. The commentators have been dubbed the “50-cent party” because of how much they are reputed to be paid for each positive posting (50 Chinese cents; $0.07; £0.05). […]

Google’s Good Graces

According to Online Marketing Performance, Google says that the average 501(c)(3) non-profit organization receives just over $300/month of benefit. Actual grant amounts appear to be higher.

Stealing Someone’s Zebra Is Just Wrong

If you have information about Merlot, Pederberg Winery’s missing zebra please contact proper authorities. I hate to see harm come to such a beautiful creature. [via Cherryflava]

Big Three Building Their Bridge With Digital Support Beams

According to The Wall Street Journal: Ford went into crisis-communications mode around the middle of last week, assembling a digital push to differentiate itself from GM and Chrysler, anchored by a Web site, TheFordStory.com. To save money, Ford is also reaching out to consumers directly through blogs and other social media. The company has enlisted […]

Wayward Journalist Builds Storm Shelter, Invites Colleagues

MSNBC kicked Dan Abrams to the curb this fall. Now the lawyer, color commentator, show host and former MSNBC General Manager, is organizing a new PR firm that he plans to staff with journalists. According to The Wall Street Journal, Abrams Research will help business executives navigate public-relations challenges — from major acquisitions to bothersome […]

From Sweet Talker To Sweet Maker

Some marcom execs invent brands as intrapreneurs, others simply hang up their agency cleats and start fresh. Brian Pelletier, 41, a public relations executive at Fleishman-Hillard in St. Louis, is one of the latter. According to St. Louis Beacon, Pelletier left his PR job and is now the sole proprietor of Kakao Chocolate. He dons […]

David & Goliath, The Remake

Pitching massive corporations on a new idea can be a treacherous road. They can ignore the pitch, steal the idea or worse. It’s the stuff of legend and at time, material for a Hollywood movie. According to Ad Age, this week Universal Studios releases “Flash of Genius,” a film that paints Ford Motor Co. as […]