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Pitching Multi-Platform Stories Increases Your Chances of Getting Your Story Covered

By Veronica Hunt It’s not news that newsrooms across the country are increasingly challenged to bring the same level of quality reporting with reduced staff and lower budgets. After spending a few days with journalists from across the country at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Annual Conference and listening to their challenges, it’s apparent that […]

How To Make a Long-term (Brand) Relationship Last: Advice From a Former Starbucks Employee

By Emily Lacy (@emstheticket) Despite what the movies might feed you (hello, childhood full of Disney!), if you’ve been part of a romantic duo that lasted beyond the initial hormonal flash in the pan, you know the truth about long-term, serious relationships: they take work. The beginning of every new relationship is exciting, filled with […]

Facebook Live Marketing Talks: Driving Brand Engagement

By Alyson Campbell (@acampfashion) Facebook hosts “Live Marketing Talks” to give brands insights into how to build their audience and engage their community. In its most recent talk on September 13, the discussion centered on what brands can do to further drive engagement using Facebook tools, with the most important brand resource tool being News […]

What the iPhone 5 Is Missing and Why No One Cares

By David McNamara On September 12, Apple hosted an event to announce its latest smartphone amid much feverish anticipation on the part of tech journalists and consumers. Leading up to the event were the expected rumors circulating the internet about what the new phone would be called and what new capabilities it would have. At […]

5 Best Practices from #RaganPRBest Practices Summit

By Nikki Parrotte (@nikki_parrotte) Last week, I represented CRT/tanaka at Ragan’s PR Best Practices Summit at the Newseum in D.C. As can be expected from a Ragan event, the venue, the people and the presentations were excellent. (Thanks, @MarkRaganCEO!) Here are just a handful of the best practices as preached at the 2012 PR Best […]

Strong Brands Support Strong Reputations

By Debbie Myers (@debamyers) This article first appeared, in part, in HBAdvantage, a newsletter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. With healthcare reform driving increased scrutiny of hospitals and providers by the government, insurance companies and consumers, the importance of managing corporate reputation is a topic that has reached the C-suite. However, many organizations do not have […]

Can PR, or anything, save a doomed restaurant?

by Rebekah Polster (@BekInBklyn) There are many superstitions in the restaurant world: throwing salt over the shoulder to avoid the evil eye; lighting an apron on fire to make sure it never happens again; bringing a rabbi, a priest and a witch doctor to bless a space (no, it’s true, but it does sound like […]

Protest 101

By Mike Mulvihill This weekend, our family posted a question to our friends on FB querying if anyone knew what the Occupy Wall Street folks really wanted. The response was voluminous, but so were the array of answers and their alarming lack of clarity. As the movement continues to pick up speed in cities around […]

Hello, Playstation, Hello?

By Mike Mulvihill My 15-year-old son is fairly immune to most of the crisis communication situations we see in PR. But Playstation Network being down for five days and counting?  Well, now that’s a different story. Why is this a big deal? Well, it isn’t unless you’re a gamer. They are livid. What was originally […]

A Love Note to Hendrick’s Gin, From One Eccentric to Another

THE BOOZE BIN By Cassandra Bianco (@cnbianco) In a recent interview, Hendrick’s Gin ambassador Jim Ryan said that for marketing success, it’s key to have crystal clear identity. Hendrick’s certainly defines whimsy, the peculiar and cleverness. The campaign’s psychographic branding is a refreshing take to the mainstream “party hard” and “sexy lifestyle” brand campaigns. The […]