When two businessmen from American Samoa wanted to pre-select seats on Hawaiian Airlines, they were denied due to the airline’s new policy against improper weight distribution. As you might imagine, this lack of choice seating did not sit well with the businessmen, who promptly filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation claiming discriminatory practices on the part of the airline.
Well, it had to happen, and now it has. Zika has been passed – in the United States – from a man with no discernible symptoms of the disease. When the mysterious “new” disease was discernible and preventable, when it was only being spread by people from other places, and when we knew how to “see” it and make arrangements to deal with it the monster could be caged.
Hackers can cause all kinds of PR nightmares, and a new night fright is just about to hit as many as 200,000 individuals and entities because the hacked database (the “Panama Papers”) of Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm is about to hit the internet. These papers are being leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) with 2.6 terabytes of information on entities in as many as 200 countries. Off-shore accounts can be used for many reasons, but have often been … READ MORE »
In a world flooded with ads and social chatter, brands often face great difficulty in finding their authenticity amidst the noise. Companies like Pepsi and Apple have spent millions in advertising dollars to create an authentic voice and recognizable brand for themselves. And that may be one way to go about it but spending millions of advertising dollars isn’t feasible for everyone.
Finding a brand voice starts with defining what the brand is and is not. And to clarify, companies can sometimes be composed … READ MORE »
Just a decade ago, public relations mostly entailed media relations and the occasional press release. Today, public relations involve a higher level of creativity and innovation to get the same results. Subsequently, PR specialists transform static and one-sided news media into a two-way communication opportunity between brands and their target market.
Use Innovative Technology
Because of the new digital age, PR specialists must remain open to innovations in technology. This involves trying new software, programs, and services. It also includes new forms of … READ MORE »
Reputation management is no easy feat for any company. In fact, the bigger the company, the less control it seems to have over people’s beliefs about its corporate values and decisions. Need some convincing? Take a look at industry leaders like Wal-Mart and Bank of America, versus smaller competitors like Target and SunTrust. The perception is not the same.
As a result, many companies turn to a more subtle form of brand management, which involves creating new brand ambassadors. These ambassadors are … READ MORE »
On Monday, March 7th, Peyton Manning officially announced his retirement after playing 18 seasons in the National Football League. While most retirement announcements are met with nostalgia and best wishes from former and current players, Peyton’s proved to be low key. This being due to former allegations of sexual assault during his time at the University of Tennessee being thrust into the national spotlight as well as controversy as to whether he used human growth hormone to enhance his function during his collegiate years.
After incredible success with all-new original content, Netflix is swinging for the fences with a nostalgia series set to resurrect one of the most popular saccharin sitcoms of the late 80s and early 90s.
Remember the good ol’ days when everyone was complaining about Netflix pricing and debating the downfall of streaming video? Nope neither does anyone else. The streaming video pioneer has become a legitimate entertainment powerhouse, delivering win after win.
In heads up competition with parents looking for streaming content for … READ MORE »
Harper Lee wrote one book and became a national treasure. “To Kill A Mockingbird” has been on just about every English teacher’s “must read” list for decades. Fans loved Lee’s rich characters and embraced the story in print and on film.
Published in 1960, by 2015 HarperCollins reports having sold more than 40 million copies of the book about a girl named Scout growing up in the South during the Depression. When a black man is wrongly accused of rape, Scout’s father, Atticus Finch … READ MORE »
Business success is not just about having more clients and making more money. Countless businesses have done both for years – decades even – before plummeting into oblivion or bankruptcy. Just ask Sears, KMart, Sports Authority, Circuit City … we could spend all day on this.
The real key to business success is to win every day. You need to do more than just exist on a daily basis, you need to reaffirm both your reason to exist and your superiority as a choice … READ MORE »
“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."
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR
"A company that knows itself can capitalize on its strengths and see competitive advantages where other might see weaknesses."Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR
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Ronn 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.