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Why Online Activism has the Power to Change the Way We Do Business

By Lynn Erasmus - HWB Communications

Online activism is a very potent tool for change that gives activists who would otherwise go unnoticed an immediate and potentially global audience to hear their side of a particular story. We’ve seen how activists can garner a groundswell of support that can overrule the ‘terms and conditions’ of business and even put world leaders… Continue reading Why Online Activism has the Power to Change the Way We Do Business

Building bridges to cross the generation gap at work

By Lynn Erasmus - HWB Communications

Love them or leave them, the fact is we simply can’t ignore them – the difference that is between employers, the Baby Boomers and their younger employees, the Millennials. One of the most common complaints Baby Boomer leaders have about Millennials is that they seem to have a sense of entitlement, resulting in part from… Continue reading Building bridges to cross the generation gap at work

Ten Questions with Márk Németh

By Leslie Dagg - Bianchi Public Relations, Inc.

Name: Márk Németh Title: Head of Consumer PRGN Agency: Goodwill Communications Years at your agency: 7 Why did you choose to enter PR? I was working as a journalist at a print business daily when the world financial crisis hit. The editorial staff shrank and I found I had less time for the part of… Continue reading Ten Questions with Márk Németh

So, You Think You Need a PR Firm: Tips from an Insider on How to Do it Right

By Leeza Hoyt, APR - The Hoyt Organization, Inc.

Hiring any consultant is a difficult task. How do you find one that will mesh with your company culture and values? What about the budget? How can you measure results? With public relations, it can be even more difficult, given most people struggle with the intangible aspect of our industry. That said, there are ways… Continue reading So, You Think You Need a PR Firm: Tips from an Insider on How to Do it Right

VW Crisis Communications Failures Never End

By David Fuscus - Xenophon Strategies, Inc.

Nearly 3 years after the VW emissions scandal broke worldwide, the CEO of VW-owned Audi is arrested for fraud, false advertising and hindering the investigation by German authorities.  The first rule of crisis communications is to end the crisis and on something of this scale, that means untainted leadership and a willingness to right the… Continue reading VW Crisis Communications Failures Never End

PR Implications of the Peace Summit in Singapore between President Trump of the USA and Chairman Kim of the DPRK

By Yap Boh Tiong - Mileage Communications

The Peace Summit between President Donald Trump of USA and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held at The Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island concluded on 12 June. The historic meeting was considered a success, as both parties agreed to meet further to work out the details for a permanent… Continue reading PR Implications of the Peace Summit in Singapore between President Trump of the USA and Chairman Kim of the DPRK

Hurricanes Irma & Harvey: A How to Help Guide by a Crisis Pro

By David Fuscus - Xenophon Strategies, Inc.

For the past 25 years, David Fuscus of Xenophon Strategies has worked on hurricances, plane crashes, earthquakes, tornado and other disasters. Hurricane Irma is the scariest one of them all. He has just published A How to Help Guide by a Crisis Communications Pro based on his experiences and learning what works and what doesn’t.… Continue reading Hurricanes Irma & Harvey: A How to Help Guide by a Crisis Pro

Bloody Incident Will Haunt United Airlines

By David Fuscus - Xenophon Strategies, Inc.

by David Fuscus, CEO – Xenophon Strategies The now famous United Airlines debacle of a bloodied passenger being dragged off a plane will resurface in news stories about United for years. Virtually everyone has seen the video of the crisis, from school children to captain of industries and because of it, they are paying a lot more… Continue reading Bloody Incident Will Haunt United Airlines

Philadelphia welcomes the DNC to town

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The Democratic National Convention’s selection of Philadelphia for its historic convention this week is no accident. A city often overlooked between the towering shadows of New York City and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia offers convention-goers and watchers a unique experience.

Beautiful moment

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I am very proud of my city and my state. After witnessing our first major sports championship in Cleveland after more than 50 years, we have witnessed another event of extraordinary magnitude. It’s the Republican National Convention.

Brexit: The Aftermath

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In the cold light of dawn after the seismic result of the UK referendum, the balls which had been blasted into space are gradually falling to earth and reality is taking hold.

Opportunities for everyone

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I’ve traveled to and from the UK since the age of six. I love the British and especially their sense of humour (even though I’m aware that I will never fully understand it.) Their strong will to lead and ability to speak up if they believe something is wrong is something I truly admire.

It’s all about Fruit!

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Fellow PRGN’ers you may think that Trump vs. Clinton is the only show in town but we’ve got our own tussle happening next week. Variously known as Brexit or the vote to Remain/Leave Europe, the Referendum which will decide whether the UK stays in the European Union is massively vexing people.

Implications of the Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

By Yap Boh Tiong - Mileage Communications

The recent acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide by Marriott International may have stunned the hospitality industry but it was not totally unexpected to me. Mileage Communications was Marriott’s PR agency based in Singapore for more than 17 years, since 1994. When we were appointed, Marriott had just opened the JW Marriott Hong Kong,… Continue reading Implications of the Marriott International’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

DieselGate, all the mistakes by Volkswagen PR team

By Alessandra Malvermi - Sound Public Relations

“It takes a whole life to build a reputation. It takes a moment to destroy it”. The concise comment by Gianni Puglisi, IULM’s dean, summarizes perfectly the media storm fallen on the automotive industry Volkswagen, accused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of having adulterated data regarding its diesel cars’ emissions. DieselGate, as it… Continue reading DieselGate, all the mistakes by Volkswagen PR team

DieselGate, tutti gli errori del team PR di Volkswagen

By Alessandra Malvermi - Sound Public Relations

“A costruire una reputazione occorre una vita. A distruggerla basta un attimo”. Il lapidario commento di Gianni Puglisi, rettore dello IULM di Milano, riassume perfettamente la tempesta mediatica che si è abbattuta sulla casa automobilistica Volkswagen, accusata dall’Agenzia per la protezione ambientale americana (EPA) di aver truccato i dati relativi alle emissioni di sostanze inquinanti… Continue reading DieselGate, tutti gli errori del team PR di Volkswagen

Volkswagen Exec’s Sincere Apology Blames Rogue Engineers – Not the Best Approach to a PR Crisis

By Bob Brady - Xenophon Strategies, Inc.

By now, most people are aware that Volkswagen’s image has taken a severe hit over the past month, when it was revealed that the automaker had installed technology in its cars that could “cheat” emissions tests. VW admitted that worldwide, 11 million cars that run on diesel fuel had this type of technology, and the… Continue reading Volkswagen Exec’s Sincere Apology Blames Rogue Engineers – Not the Best Approach to a PR Crisis