The Future of Branding is About Making Friends, Not Ads

Make friends, not ads.™ That's the message that greeted me when I first opened the Cramer-Krasselt homepage and again when I walked into the lobby for my first interview five months ago. Seemed especially fitting for me as I've railed against traditional advertising ("look at me!! come buy my stuff!! Now! Now! Now!") and traditional […]

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PR Pros and Wikipedia: Can They Ever Get Along?

All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral point of view. This means that editors should avoid stating opinions as facts, avoid stating seriously contested assertions as facts, avoid presenting uncontested assertions as mere opinion, use non-judgmental language, and accurately indicate the relative prominence of opposing views. One can easily […]

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Public Relations Isn’t the Cherry on Top

"Let's bring PR in so they'll get us some media coverage for the new launch!" "Let's make sure we have PR look this over to make us sound better." "Can you have PR develop a plan to make sure the public thinks we're awesome?" "Our customers keep complaining about our product – can we get […]

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Stop Trying to Take the Easy Way Out

I attended the PRSA Digital Impact Conference last week, and like many PR events, it had a mix of really great presentations but I also noticed the continuation of a disturbing trend throughout our profession – laziness. Laziness disguised as "social media best practices" and cool new tools.  Don't get me wrong – I don't think […]

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