The Market Role Of The Strategic Counsel

So… today’s a day to vent:

3 weeks ago to the day we received a call from a Fortune 1000 company who claimed an IMMEDIATE need for a new NYC PR firm. They were in town that day and had to meet with us before 4 PM. They had researched us and thought we may be a fit. They had just fired their latest PR agency and needed someone now.

5WPR scrambled, prepared and eagerly awaited the meeting. Long story short, the nearly 2 hour meeting ended with a request for a detailed proposal which “they would love to see ASAP”… so we worked all weekend and got a proposal to them Sunday night… and an email back on Monday that they’d get back to us shortly and thanks.

We spent a total of nearly 100 staff hours preparing this document proposal… and now 3 weeks later after multiple calls and emails, we still aren’t getting a reply… Does that sound fair ?

One of the best and worst things about the Public Relations field is the quickness of winning new clients – Unlike the advertising industry which has 3-12 month RFP and long decision processes, we often win clients in the course of 2 meetings or a few weeks… but it’s frustrating when we spend a lot of time and don’t get the decency of a reply.

Onward and Upward. At least for this NYC PR Agency… 5WPR.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.