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General Mills: If You ‘Like’ Cheerios Then You Can Never Sue

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General Mills is, of course, no stranger to controversy regarding the ingredients and health properties of its products. Just add an “O” to the end of the acronym if you need to refresh your memory.

That said, we have a feeling that the company’s latest attempt to protect itself in the legal sphere will, in the immortal words of the late Keith Moon, “go over like a lead balloon.

…and there will be plenty of terrible press in the process.

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Internet Week New York Is Around the Corner

Internet Week New York 2014 Design Within Reach1 Cropped“People ultimately want homes that work, and they don’t want to think about repairs. In the future, with smart homes and the ‘Internet of Things’, your home will take care of you”. Those comments were made by design specialists during a recent Internet Week New York preview panel. Manhattan’s Hudson Yards development, slated to open starting in 2017, serves as an example of high-tech, low- maintenance homes.

While residential projects like these are farther away on the horizon, Internet Week New York is only a month from now. The weeklong citywide festival showcasing the impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture will take place starting May 19. While 250  events will be held around town, Internet Week HQ is Metropolitan Pavilion, a spacious venue conveniently located in Chelsea.

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THIS JUST IN: Equifax Sued by ‘God’

THIS JUST IN 2As a refresher, why do we do this column in PRNewser?

At PRNewser, we love the random tips and toolslisticles and ancillary research. However, we’ve noticed certain stories trending in the news recently: crap that just can’t be grouped with anything else other than, well, other crap.

So, you see, at times there are PR stories that don’t fit snugly in a cushy box. And this particular tale could be terrible PR: not for the big guy upstairs but for the big credit bureau downstairs.

No, this isn’t a joke. No, this isn’t a slap on the church wrist. This is real — “God” is suing credit authority bureau Equifax for taking his name in vain by refusing to believe that it’s real.  Read more

The Ticker: Twitter Threats; Leadership Skills; de Blasio Comms; Yahoo Paydays; Music Festivals

Tips on Pitching and Media Relations from Facebook’s Media Coach Bill McGowan

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Bill McGowan has held many titles throughout his career: journalist, “A Current Affair” reporter, author, founder and CEO of Clarity Media Group.

His most recent role is media coach for executives, celebrities and artists ranging from Kelly Clarkson and Eli Manning to Thomas Keller and Tim Gunn. He’s also worked with major firms to help PR professionals hone the art of the pitch.

Two of his most recent clients’ names might ring a bell: Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg.

In McGowan’s latest book Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time, he draws on decades of experience working both in front of and behind the camera to offer tips and tools on how to deliver a message efficiently and confidently.

We recently spoke to Bill to learn how that experience applies to PR.

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STUDY: Cause Marketing Creates Brand Loyalty Among Millennial Women

Today we have yet another study–this one from AOL of all places–to convince agency executives that the Millennial generation does not mark the end of polite society as we know it, no matter what ridiculous trend hit Twitter this week.

The purpose of the survey, titled “Beyond the Selfie” and developed to celebrate Women’s History Month, is to debunk certain stereotypes that many agency folk hold about the female members of this generation.

The most important number didn’t make the infographic:

That’s encouraging; more stats after the jump.

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Why Social Media Managers Need to Manage Their Own Social Media

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…because if/when the brand they run makes headlines for social snafus, they become fodder for the tabloids. And then the Daily Mail can cover a Facebook post intended for friends and family and call it “EXCLUSIVE.”

We don’t want to encourage you to click on that dirty link, so we’ll sum it up: in following up on the beaten-to-death porn tweet story, someone at the DM did a Google search, found the guy responsible for managing social at U.S. Airways, visited his Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and grabbed some personal–but not private–screenshots.

Par for the course, we suppose.

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Get to the Point: IHOP Fires Woman for Customer’s Bad Math Skills

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Hey kids. Go to school. That, or don’t tip at IHOP. 

It was just a regular day in Henrico, Va. when some guy was jonesin’ for a Rooty Tooty Fresh N’ Fruity at IHOP.

Dude walks in, sits down, and meets his lovely server, Chanetrice Carter. He devours his meal, gets his bill, and decides he was smitten with young Chanetrice. I guess it was the way she poured his coffee with a playful reach for the cream.

So, he tips her $200! And Chanetrice was given a pink slip for her troubles. Wait, what?  Read more

THR ‘Most Powerful’ List Reflects New Media’s Influence

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The Hollywood Reporter just released its annual “most powerful people in New York media” list, and the most surprising thing about it is how unsurprising the new listings are.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg provides the story’s lede–and while the piece mentions the expansion of Bloomberg TV and Businessweek, everyone knows that it’s still all about those terminals.

The big news, though, is the addition of the names you’ve come to know from the digital side.

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STUDY: Is PR’s Focus on Digital Media Detrimental to Brand Storytelling?

BPR Infographic V5 - Stories-without-borders-infographic.pdfTurns out, while managing to cram powerful, sharable, effective brand messages into 140 characters is an undeniably valuable skill, PR’s focus on digital media might be drawing vital attention away from effective storytelling.

This is according to a recent report by Berkeley 360, titled Stories Without Borders—International PR in an Evolving Media World, which explores current research and trends to discover how the global media landscape is shifting, and what that means for PR. The report states that, “the media in most countries has been transformed by digital technology, but success lies in the story, not the delivery.”

As a press release about the study explains that while boundaries are disappearing between print and digital media, between online, social and mobile channels, and between brands and their customers, the world remains a culturally, linguistically and geographically heterogeneous place—and brands and PR professionals forget this at their peril.

While social media networks remain a great way to build and engage local communities and are essential ingredients for successful PR, research shows that over half of the world’s population reads a daily newspaper, and trade publications remain the best way to influence senior decision makers. In other words: the press release is not dead, and people still want to hear a meaningful, engaging, and full-length story about the brands and companies they interact with. Read more

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