The past two years or so have been a rough road for ride-sharing company, Uber. From repeated PR gaffes that led to the dismissal of former CEO Travis Kalanick, to challenges from hard-charging competitors like Lyft, which has posted a series of PR wins recently, Uber has really needed a PR boost.
Last year, London’s transport regulation agency revoked the company’s operational license, resulting in a hotly-contested court case. Though Uber eventually won, the headlines gave Uber opponents plenty of opportunity to speak their … READ MORE Â»
As the public and political pressure continues to mount on social media platforms to make it safer to surf online, the focus of much of the critique has shifted. Facebook, which spent most of last year and the first half of this year very publicly fighting to protect its brand from a flurry of accusations and scandalous headlines, seems to be starting to gain traction with consumers.
Facebook continues to root out bad actors on the platform and very publicly announce their successes, including … READ MORE Â»
We all get them, but how much thought do you put into the potential of push notifications to enhance or detract from your brand? Consider this: two of the most important dynamics in any brand relationship are number of connections and immediacy of action. Push notifications invite both increased connections and compelling reasons to take immediate action on a brand message.
Better still, when set up properly, the end user themselves is the one who invites the push notifications, whether it’s a reminder, a … READ MORE Â»
In the modern 21st century Space Race, there is a clear leader. SpaceX has captured the imagination of the public like nothing since the early days of the shuttle program, when people stopped their day to watch launches by the millions. The repeated success of SpaceX rockets to take off and then, amazingly, land safely to fly another day has mesmerized the public, giving the company a significant lead in the race to be the space transport and exploration company of the future.
You know the old saw, “If you want to have friends, you have to be friendly.” The same could be said for brands interested in connecting with media sources and building relationships in the hopes of generating earned media. The key component of this interaction is understanding the way to go about interacting with the media.
Accept They Have Deadlines
Reporters have deadlines, it’s the defining foundation in their line of work. These deadlines don’t care about your schedule, your excuses, or … READ MORE Â»
It’s easy for a story to get lost in the constant firehose of headlines being generated in today’s “24-7 and right now” media cycles. Trying to get the attention of a specific media outlet can feel impossible, and trying to get your narrative out the way you want it can be a real battle… or at least feel like one.
Getting the word out about your brand doesn’t need to feel or to be impossible. There are still a few simple steps you … READ MORE Â»
They say it’s not “what you know,” it’s “who you know.” That idiom has some legs, but this isn’t an “either / or” world. If you want to be successful, especially in any form of communication, you need to know what you’re doing, and you need to know who wants what you offer.
That basic fact will not change, no matter what kind of media we have and who is running it. The relationships you have with the right media outlets are a huge … READ MORE Â»
Ever since the massive international emissions scandal, Volkswagen has been actively working to regain its position as one of the top automaker on the planet. It’s been a tough return to that pinnacle, and the company has made a lot of changes in their journey.
YouTube has been taking heat for “not doing enough” to stop or limit so-called conspiracy videos on its social media platform. While the Google-owned company says it’s trying to make some strides in this area, critics argue it isn’t enough.
Some of the most common targets for criticism are the sort of conspiracy theory videos that promote junk science “theories” about a flat earth or “false flag” school shootings or “government chemtrails” poisoning people. These kinds of videos, even though they are routinely denounced … READ MORE Â»
They say rap has finally passed rock in popularity among modern music fans. But someone forgot to tell Bruno Mars. The pop star cleaned up at the Grammy Awards, taking home all six awards for which he was nominated, including best song, best record, and album of the year. Not a bad haul in the year rap was supposed to, finally, reign supreme.
“PR is a mix of journalism, psychology, and lawyering - it’s an ever-changing and always interesting landscape.”
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR
"In the long run it's the daily actions of a brand that determines its overall image."
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR
"Talk isn't cheap - it's undervalued."
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Ronn Torossian is the CEO of 5WPR and author of best selling PR book, For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations, and a regular contributor to Fox News, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Insights Wired, Everything-PR and more.