Public Relations

FUD 2.0 and the State of PR Ethics

I’m always interested in topics related to my profession, PR, and the industry we serve, technology. So I was eager to see what NY Times had to say in Jack Nicas’s recent piece: How Facebook’s P.R. Firm Brought Political Trickery to Tech. Longtime readers know that...

Four Big Ideas that Can Transform Your PR

They huddle around a conference room table. The lights go dark. The 35 mm slide projector floods the screen. It's backlight shines an eerie glow on the presenter's lower face. This is not just some an ad man (or woman). It's the sermon from the...

Interview with Benedict Nicholson of NewsWhip

In my last post, I explained that social media data can be used to bolster PR efforts. E.g., knowing that KDnuggets scores higher than the NY Times for social media engagements about machine learning can be a big deal if you work in that space...

Pitch about Nothing, Post about Something

I came to PR in a roundabout way, via engineering, marketing, sales and IT consulting. When I finally landed in PR (at the agency where I still work today), I learned I was good at this. But key experiences along the way led me to wonder...

Social Tools Summit 2017 Boston

I enjoyed attending my third consecutive Social Tools Summit event in Boston last week, where I moderated a panel on branding and thought leadership. It was great to take a day and get caught up on the state of the art in social media. The field...

The Success of Failure

When and How to Fail in 4 Easy Steps   Some people seem to do almost nothing wrong. These are the fair-haired children whose mistakes are seen as great learning experiences and blunders are written off as humorous folly.  Bill Gates was infamous for the “little green...

Your Greatest Foe on Social Media – How to Fight Back

Who's your biggest foe on social media?  Does company A have a bigger social footprint? Is competitor B getting more engagement and sharing? Actually, if you are in B2B tech marketing, your biggest competitor is not any single company.  To truly understand who's beating you out,...

It’s the End of the Truth as we Know it – is PR fine?

It's like we went to sleep in late 2016 and woke up with a post-election, New Years, fake news, post-truth hangover. Before, we generally believed in the sanctity of truth and reason. Now nothing seems real, and it is hard to know what to hold onto. Much...

My Take on the Fake News Debate

I attended the Daily News Innovation Lab's session: Proposition: We can Solve the Fake News Problem. It featured an Oxford-style debate on whether there's a solution to the fake news problem. Some very smart people from the worlds of media, business, and technology made great arguments...