Facebook Redefines News. PR will Never be the Same

Most PR people are familiar with journalistic conventions. Things like AP style, for example. We know a story starts with the lede, not lead, and about the reverse triangle approach to news writing. We know what a byline is, and are constantly on the hunt...

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...

What to do when PR hits a Pay Wall

PR folks know the feeling. You put a press release over the wire - and then duck. Not necessarily because of all the press inquiries that come in (wouldn't that be great)? You duck to avoid the flood of offers from pay-to-play opportunities. Each one needs...

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...

News, PR and lies, Damned lies.

I attended a meeting of the NY Internet Society that featured a panel of media experts, journalists, and a lawyer. They discussed the problem that has come to be called “Fake News." You can read about the session and see a YouTube video of the...

Latest PR Tactic: Publishing on Platforms

Cross-posted on Hack the Feed Back in the day ("the day" being about 10 years ago), we had a simple message for PR clients who wanted to get in on the social media and blogging action. It was: "Go forth and blog too. Master the channels that...

Lessons in Tech Branding from Rock Icons

Inspiration can come from funny places - if you are in tech marketing, perhaps you'll like the following story about branding, which offers lessons from the world of rock music. The Music and Branding Connection I am a big fan of podcasts, and like listening to them...

Huffington Goes Viral with Data Science – You can Too

Cross posted on Hack the Feed My recent posts have explored how publishers are working with social platforms to expand audience and adapt story telling formats (see Publishers & Platforms In a Relationship, and Platforms as Publishers: 6 Key Takeaways for Brands). They reported the experiences...

Israeli Startups Join Axis Innovation at NYSE

I had the great pleasure of attending an event hosted by Axis Innovation this morning at the NYSE.  It featured presentations from nine hot Israeli startups and culminated in a visit to the floor of the exchange, where we watched the opening bell ceremony. Axis is an advisory...

Social Media Week NY Seminar Wrap

If you are in PR or marketing, it is probably a familiar feeling.  You have some great news or content to promote - but it is really tough these days to get anyone to care.  Our Social Media Week New York seminar yesterday addressed the challenges and...