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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wins Positive Press for His Perfect Definition of Feminism

proxyThe word “feminism” can be a touchy one, especially given the wildly-varying definitions out there, and celebrities often seem particularly wary of stating their allegiance (or lack-thereof) to the concept. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, however, has no such qualms.

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast that’s now gone viral, the star explained why he considers himself a feminist, and then went on to give the word one of the most clear, simple, and positive definitions we ever remember hearing.

Gordon-Levitt was asked:

I read that you consider yourself a “male feminist,” and you credit your parents who are educators and really taught you about the history of feminism. But nowadays, you have a lot of young stars coming out against being labeled a feminist.

His response (below) has both women and men singing his praises in multiple publications and all over social media: Read more

Can the ISIS Strikes Become a #PRWin for the President?

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No one in their right mind (or in a public forum) would ever equate a declaration of war as part of a PR strategy, but it could be one of the side effects of what took place in the Iraq recently.

Without getting into the nuance of military and political goings-on, the terrorist group calling itself Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) doesn’t play well with others. They almost certainly like American even less than they did after the U.S. military bombed ISIS’ ammunition stockpiles to help our “friends” in Iraq defend themselves.

To wit, ISIS released a video proclaiming that they will “raise the flag of Allah over the White House.

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Is the Public Statement of Advocacy the New PR Stunt?

rainbow_targetMinneapolis-based Target hit a direct bulls-eye with an interesting blog post from Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jodee Kozlak. In the post, she notes her retail chain had signed on to a recent federal amicus brief.

Nothing too exciting, until you see that Target now stands side-by-side with Apple, Nike, Starbucks, and Facebook in support of judges striking down bans on gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.

This announcement came as a stunner to many in the press as the organization has been unclear about its stance on the subject for many years. Target executives do not talk about it, which is why many assumed that they were not supporters.

Then this blog post happened, inspiring headlines everywhere. And a few hacks and flacks of the more cynical nature were left wondering whether it was a sincere statement or a stunt.

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LEGO Responds to Demands, Introduces Playset Featuring Female Scientists

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Back in June, we reported that LEGO had approved production of the Research Institute set, designed by a female geochemist, which would feature a female astronomer, chemist, and paleontologist. The announcement came after public demand for equal representation of female minifigures hit an all-time high, one such request coming from a young girl named Charlotte, who wrote a letter to the company that read in part:

“I am 7 years old and I have LEGOs, but I don’t like that there are more LEGO boy people and barely any LEGO girls. Today I went to a store and saw LEGOs in two sections…All the girls did was sit at home, go to the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs, but the boys went on adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam with sharks. I want you to make more LEGO girl people and let them go on adventures and have fun OK?!?”

Ellen Kooijman, the scientist who designed the Research Institute set, shared Charlotte’s frustration, and after pitching her idea to the company and earning 10,000 supporters, Kooijman explained on on her blog: Read more

7-Eleven’s Birthday Week Thwarted Because of New App Glitch, Makes It Right All Month Long

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ICYMI: these glorious sugary rainbows of greatness were being given away 12 ounces at a time on July 11. Free. (Get it? 7 [July] 11?)

It’s been a tradition since 2002 that anyone can waltz inside a local 7/11, grab a small 12 oz. cup, and fill up on this sweet elixir of Texas love (born here, based here, y’all). This year, something went awry when 7-Eleven attempted to bring more technology to the mix. For months, the convenience empire has been promoting its fun little ‘Only at 7-Eleven’ app. When you download it, you would benefit from push-text offers sent exclusively to your phone.

Only, that didn’t happen for some folks, and America went nuts.

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#PRWin for Frontier Airlines: Free Pizza for Stranded Passengers

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How many of you in PR land wish you were stranded on that plane? Most of us has been leave-in’ on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again … because of a client. And then, it happens. The engine bustles. The flight attendants gristle. And the plane stops for hours!

As we know, this is some of the most uncomfortable time you will ever spend anywhere. It is one of the very reasons some people abhor air travel, and following the recession, that is not a sentiment airlines can afford to have.

And then Frontier Airlines Captain Gerhard Bradner (seen pictured above) put an end to all that bickering because pizza heals all wounds.

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#PRWIN: Hillary Clinton Greets Stalking Squirrel, Promotes Book at the Same Time

Hillary Clinton shakes stalking squirrel’s hand, gives him book – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs-1In case you haven’t heard, a protester from the Republican National Committee — dressed, for some reason, in a squirrel costume — has been following Hillary Clinton around while touting terrible puns like “another Clinton in the White House is nuts.”

About eight minutes before Hillary was supposed to appear at a CNN town hall meeting on Tuesday, her motorcade pulled over to the side of the street. Instead of heading directly into the studio, the former secretary of state got out of her car to meet the republican rodent face-to-face.

“Hello, Mr. Squirrel, how are you?” she said, smiling. She then placed a copy of her book Hard Choices in his fuzzy hand, saying, “I wanted you to get you a copy of my book…I hope that you will make the hard choice and read my book.” She even threw in a compliment: “You bring a smile to a lot of people’s faces,” she said. She then shook the squirrel’s massive hand and said, “Thank you, Mr. Squirrel. Thank you so much.”

She even managed to wave politely to the crowd, thank them, and make it to the studio just in time. Clas-sy. Read more

Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Create #PRWin for Charities

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If it ain’t broke, do not fix this!

paparazzi (n.) 1961, from Italian Paparazzo (plural paparazzi) surname of the freelance photographer in Federico Fellini’s 1959 film ”La Dolce Vita.” The surname itself is said to be a common one in Calabria, and Fellini is said to have borrowed it from a travel book, “By the Ionian Sea,” in which occurs the name of hotel owner Coriolano Paparazzo.

Ironic isn’t it? The very name of those weaselly, bottom-feeding photographers hails from Hollywood. It’s a match made in hell. Some of the “beautiful people” ignore them; others run from them; a few talk to them.

And then there’s Alec Baldwin.

However, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone — cohorts in the new ‘Spider Man’ series — have a proven way to fight back: they give PR muscle to very important causes. What’s interesting is this tactic has been going on for two years.

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Culture: How Smaller Agencies Keep Up With the Joneses

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Can your agency say this?  Few even try, so it seems.

It is no secret that the industry of public relations is run by the “biggies” (e.g., Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, Ketchum, Weber Shandwick, FleishmanHillard, GolinHarris). Because of their global reach and U.S. presence, many prospective clients see them as the benchmark of service, ability, and results. As a former “Burson person” and a “Big PR” alum, I can attest to the fact that they all earn it.

It was at a biggie where I cut my teeth, spread my wings, and cracked my shell into smithereens. That said, to compete with said biggies in their trek for global PR domination, the “boutiques” have looked into other areas to draw the attention of top prospects: availability, flexibility, tangibility. It was at the “not-so-biggies” where I learned everything else.

So, what’s the rub? The silver bullet these smaller, scalable agencies are using to compete is culture. 

Is that all it takes?

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Sam’s Club Is First Retailer to Adopt ‘Safer’ Credit Card

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Someone in the retail industry has finally made the decision to start catching up with the rest of the world.

Sam’s Club–provider of gallon-sized mayonnaise jars, 64-count TP packs and enough toothpicks to build all four major New York City bridges–became the first big retail name to announce the adoption of a “safer” credit card for regular customers.

Maybe they wanted to skip ahead of the competition–or maybe they were inspired by eBay’s friendly suggestion that all shoppers might want to change their damn passwords after its massive data breach.

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