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Posts Tagged ‘Kathleen Schmidt’

Crisis Manager Explains Why She Gave Up on ‘Real Housewife’

The Real Inmates of Danbury

The Real Soon-to-Be Inmate of Danbury

Which reality show has done more damage to New Jersey’s reputation: Jersey Shore or The Real Housewives of New Jersey? We can’t decide — and neither can Governor Chris Christie, who’s made a point of slamming them both while reminding the rest of the world that Snooki is from Poughkeepsie, dammit!

We can’t believe we missed this popcorn revelation yesterday, but it seems Wendy Feldman — crisis expert and advisor to celebrities facing jail time — has thrown up her hands regarding now-former client Teresa Giudice.

There’s a real lesson in this tabloid story, though the most amusing thing about it has been Feldman’s response on Twitter.

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The (Other) Real Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014

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They’rrrrrrrrre Baaaaaaaaack!

ICYMI: PRNewser rang in the New Year with a list of the people we considered the Real Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014.

It was, by all accounts, an “astonishing” list whose members’ follows “rocketed” toward the stratosphere (See what a PRNewser stamp of approval can do?). Anywho, that list was very difficult to finalize because we wanted to maintain the numerological alliteration—14 and 2014, for those scoring at home—so we had to get picky and put on the cap. Nothing personal if you were excluded; we’re just OCD like that.

Whelp, after reviewing our rules for what makes a “real PR twit” and realizing how many social media studs we couldn’t put on our initial list because numbers, we threw caution into the wind and decided to write a sequel. So, break out your Twitter feed and get ready to follow everyone on this “hotly anticipated” follow-up.

Here are the other 14 Twits for your review, flacks.

Enjoy…

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Yahoo on ‘Work from Home’ Controversy: Mind Your Own Business

Marissa MayerLast night Yahoo issued a belated response to The New York Times on the totally unnecessary “no telecommuting, ever” controversy by releasing a statement that effectively read “Mind your own business; this doesn’t apply to you.”

The brand spokesperson’s words:

“This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home. This is about what is right for Yahoo right now.”

That’s it. No further elaboration, because “We don’t discuss internal matters”. A little translation via inside sources: Marissa Mayer “is in crisis mode” trying to fix the malfunctioning culture of a company that until recently sponsored “work from home” policies loose enough to allow employees to launch startups while still technically working for Yahoo full time.

Yahoo clearly doesn’t want to take part in the larger debate about telecommuting, internal cohesion and working mothers. One thing is clear, though: anyone who doubted that the company’s culture is in serious trouble can now rest assured that the rumors are true.

Also: Here’s an interesting post on the subject from KMSPR CEO Kathleen Schmidt. She argues that, while the “blanket memo” was not a great idea, this “controversy” is really all about the fact that Mayer happens to be a woman–and many in the corporate world would applaud a similar decision coming from a male executive.

What do we think?