Communications Lessons From President Trump

A little over a week into his presidency and Donald Trump is making a mark that has both critics and supporters going wild.  His presidency is in many ways unprecedented.  Yet in terms of communications strategy, he is pursuing tried and tested ways to reach his audience that were pursued by other politicians, and businesses ..

Five Communications Lessons From Trump’s Win

Americans elected Donald Trump as President on Tuesday.  It was the political upset heard around the world as every poll and pundit had predicted a Hillary Clinton victory.  Without a doubt it was our version of the famous Harry Truman upset over Thomas Dewey in 1948.  Even more so for business communicators Trump’s strategy provides ..

What Businesses Can Learn From This Year’s Political Conventions – Social Media Is King

The 2016 political conventions are upon us.  Unlike political conventions of the past, the suspense is gone on who will be the nominee and no intense battles over party platforms are fought out at the conventions.  The political convention in this day and age is in many ways an infomercial for the presidential nominee and ..

Tips on Maximizing A Television Interview

Television interviews are a key component of any successful media relations and publicity campaign.  Business leaders, entrepreneurs, and authors all know the power of television.  Being featured on air as an expert is an excellent way to develop a following and earn instant credibility with target audiences.  Yet there is much more that can be ..

Communications Lessons From Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Businessman and reality television star, Donald Trump appears to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  This became all but official with the exit of Texas Senator Ted Cruz from the Republican presidential race following a devastating defeat in Indiana.  Love Trump or hate him, he has shown on the stump some valuable public ..

Maria Sharapova Learns New Lessons of Crisis Communications – Social Media Drives Narrative

Social media drives narratives and brands react to the social media narrative.  This means that many of the old rules of crisis communications no longer apply as social media drives a crisis regardless if everything was handled correctly or not in addressing the situation with the media and key stakeholders. We saw this happen this ..

2016 Presidential Election – Throwing Away the Rules of Politics and  Communications

It has been said that the 2016 Presidential Election and Donald Trump have thrown away the rules of politics and communications. Yet in many ways Trump and those in the Republican Party opposing him are replaying the communications strategies of the Republican Party in the 1960s when the Party would battle between conservatives and the ..

Less than one percent of small and medium size businesses have a public relations strategy. The challenge is that many businesses simply do not understand what public relations actually is and what it will do for them in terms of business growth and branding. Many business owners and executives equate public relations component with paid ..

Planned Parenthood is in a crisis mode and attempting to launch a public relations counterattack after an undercover video surfaced that seems to indicate that the organization sells fetal tissue from abortions to researchers for a profit. Such action if true would be illegal. The video was released by the Center for Medical Progress on ..

Social media drives narratives.  This cannot be stated enough.  Yet despite the power of social media and brands realizing its importance, they forget about its power and potential to create a crisis.  Very often their social media strategy does not reflect their tradition public relations strategy. A case in point was celebrity chef, Paula Deen.  ..