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Was Spirit Airlines ‘State of Hate’ Report Really a #PRWin?

Break-Spirit-Airlines-2Few things in this world are universal.

There are some exceptions: gravity makes things fall-down-and-go-boom, holding your breath past turning purple isn’t smart, and eating every once in a while is good for the body.

Also: flying on Spirit Airlines sucks out loud.

Sure, the initial flight charges are nice, but once you get nickel-dimed, you may as well be flying first class on a private jet. So, if you were the PR person for this airline of piss and vinegar evocation, what would you do?

Embrace the hate? They did that, and it worked.

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5 Scary Things Still Lurking in PR Agencies

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Something wicked this way comes…or, more accurately, it has never left.

The PR agency has evolved in many ways — integration of digital, trying to understand social, open work spaces, and anything else that makes them resemble an advertising agency.

Although the thousands of public relations firms across this great land of ours have been changing, there are still some surreptitious, blood-curling, creepy things rearing its ugly head in cube farms everywhere. Be they boutique-size or big-time, all agencies still offer horrific aspects of an industry that wants to kill us all in a gruesome B-list scary movie fashion.

So, here’s a special Halloween edition of #5Things: 5 Scary Things Still Lurking in PR Agencies.

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Bad News for Journalists and PR: Coffee Is Terrible for Productivity

coffeeJust when you thought all was right with the world and your local barista got your order right (you know the one)…

A grande extra hot soy with extra foam, split shot with a half squirt of sugar-free vanilla and a half squirt of sugar-free cinnamon, a half packet of splenda, all in a venti cup. And fill up the “room” with extra whipped cream with caramel and chocolate sauce drizzled on top. 

…turns out that coffee might not be the world’s second greatest beverage after all.

It’s no secret that hacks and flacks alike are terribly addicted to coffee, but now a study tells us that coffee may be the worst thing for productivity.

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Are You Too Nervous To Be a Thought Leader?

nervous nellyYou’ll hear PR pros often say that it’s important for clients to be thought leaders. A lot of PRs even fancy themselves as thought leaders, quick to respond to journalists when they come knocking for comment on another how-to story about creating a solid pitch, targeting a certain market or launching a campaign. All of these things are important, and insightful comments are appreciated.

But ask a PR to use that thought leadership on big public relations topics that have news relevance and a good number of specialists will shrink away instantly, citing “clients” and “conflicts” and vague feelings about what’s “appropriate.” Here’s a chance to showcase your expertise in a way that actually connects to real-life scenarios that we’re all talking about in real time. But most of those chances are declined.

There is such a thing as being too cautious.

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THIS JUST IN: New Jersey Police Officer Crashes Into Dunkin Donuts

THIS JUST IN 2Okay. Stop me if you have heard this one: A cop is hungry so he drives as fast as he can to the local donut shop and…

We know. It’s a stereotype even older than “white people can’t dance” or “journalists drink coffee all day every day.

Having worked for a police department for six great years, we can tell you that Krispy Kreme never sponsored any related fundraisers. Not even a grocery store deli offer to make their cheap, knock-off glazed doorstops for the boys and girls in blue. Nonetheless, police officers do adore donuts.

And then a cop from South Jersey set the entire force back a decade or two.

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Same Channel, Different Show: America Distrusts Mass Media More Than Congress

don't trust the corporate mediaDoes the national news industry read its own press? While networks are busy creating fancy holograms and littering the screen like ESPN during the NFL Draft, America cares less and less about what they actually have to say.

Gallup just came out with a poll that proves it: distrust in national news is an historic low.

According to the poll, things aren’t in a good way. Americans’ confidence in the media’s ability to report the news “fully, accurately and fairly” has returned to its previous all-time low of 40 percent.

Be it due to fear or loathing, people do not believe what the media folks are sharing. No matter what talking point decorates the teleprompter, many viewers feel like they might as well flip the channel.

Should we?

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What’s the Difference Between ‘Strategy’ and ‘Tactic?’

strategy-vs-tacticsTwo of the most common words in the flack’s vernacular (next to coffeeare strategy and tactic. 

According to Michael Porter, strategy leader and author of Competitive Advantage: Creating and Sustaining Superior Performance, “Competitive strategy is about being different. It means deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.”

The conundrum in this industry is that, although you have to think (strategy) before you do (tactic) anything, these two terms are often used interchangeably. It seems “being different” is understanding the difference in the first place.

This should help…

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STUDY: What Recent Numbers on Workplace Identity Could Say About PR

Gallup recently took a poll of U.S. workers to get a glimpse of fulfillment in the workplace. As a part of its annual Work and Education poll, employed Americans were asked if they get a sense of identity from their job.

More than 55 percent shared with Gallup that their job makes up who they are while 42 percent said that their job was just something they happened to do for a living.

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Here’s the question for every PRNewser out there: What does this say about the public relations industry, if anything? 

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Top 5 Ongoing PR Industry Debate Topics

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Let’s do this! (Image: The Parliment [U.K.])

There is a potpourri of things that make up this great industry: people from all walks of life; diverse experiences creating premiere skill sets; campaigns that make you proud to be a PR professional. You are probably thinking of some now to fill in those blanks.

Whatever they are, cherish those memories because they make public relations what it is today.

On the other hand, if you don’t have those memories, it is probably because you have been involved in any number of inner-agency or in-house-team spats about principles of public relations. Some have come, others have gone, but at least five of them show no sign of going anywhere.

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Former WH Chief Defends Powerful Women Appearing in ‘Women’s Magazines’

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You may have noticed a not-so-recent trend: powerful women in politics, technology and other fields appearing on the covers of magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan as they make major career transitions.

Unfortunately, these very women often receive a steady drumbeat of criticism after making such appearances. This doesn’t just apply to politics, either–remember Marissa Mayer‘s 2013 cover shoot?

Last week, Marie Claire’s newest contributing editor Alyssa Mastromonaco finally stood up to defend the practice in The Washington Post with the simple headline “Being informed and fashionable is natural for women.

Mastromonaco is more qualified than most to comment on this topic: she spent six years as President Obama’s White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

We’ll review what she wrote after the jump.

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