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Author: Bob Geller

From Secret Sauce to PR Confection in 4 Steps

In my last post I explained the history and significance of secret sauce, or IP, in tech marketing. I also laid out the challenges of getting PR mileage from your core tech. To summarize, "secret sauce" underpins a solution or component.  This almost magical ingredient has given

Robin Schaffer on Maximizing Analyst Relations

It was a while since I last checked in with Robin Schaffer, when I saw on LinkedIn that she'd just published a book: Analysts on Analyst Relations. We know Robin from our work on former client NICE Systems. She managed analyst relations there,

Secret Sauce: What it is, and How to Apply for Best PR Results

It can go by various names.  IP (short for intellectual property). Or proprietary tech. Or keys to the kingdom.   I like "secret sauce".   Most who work in IT understand that this refers to the magical ingredient that sets a technology or solution apart. If "communications" or “PR” are in

Tesla PR Crash & Burn

Pixabay The EV blog  Electrek broke the news last week that Tesla is dissolving its PR department.  Editor-in-chief  Fred Lambert's story covered journalists' growing frustrations with the comms team leading up to its shutdown. He wrote: Electrek can confirm that Tesla has dissolved its PR department — technically becoming

Breaking Down PR’s Fourth Wall with ABM

The fourth wall is a figurative one at the foot of a stage (the other three walls shape the room of the set).  Actors breach this wall when they talk to the audience.  Similarly, PR is being challenged to break through mass communications and take

Talking Heads cover Branding

First posted on Flack's Revenge I love the band Talking Heads, and saw them for first time in college many years ago. Back then, I thought they had a cool name - but only found out that it refers to the disembodied heads of yakking

The Pandemic Forever Changed these Words

It's hard to think of anything in our lifetimes that's so taken over our lives and attentions. We're all trying to adapt, with the best minds tackling the Covid health and economic crises, and focused on getting us back to work

PR in a Pandemic: Top Tips

It’s dark in here. Let me find the light switch. There you go. Hey, where is everybody? It sure is quiet. These are the thoughts you might have, if you work in PR in the Age of Coronavirus. People are bunkered down. No one knows for sure

Should you Pay to Play? Advice from Our Team

They come in various flavors. The too-good-to-be-true TV spot. The “Pssst I can get you into XXXX, guaranteed, just pay me $YYYY.” The endless procession of awards and articles with price tags attached. Many PR people reflexively dismiss these and spend a lot

PR, the Last Bastion of Truth

Pixabay As we enter a new decade, I implore PR to do its part in protecting the journalistic info supply chain. Be truth-tellers. Be great fact-checkers. Now wait a second, I can hear you protest.  That is not our job. We are paid to put the best possible spin