The Risky Landscape of Public Statements: When Silence Isn’t Golden
In a recent piece published in New York Magazine, Just Stop Making Official Statements About The News, Jonathan Chait argues that organizations should “stop trying to settle our moral beliefs and instead establish rules of the road that let people peacefully coexist with their disagreements.” He’s talking about statements by businesses, universities, and celebrities around […]Read More
Big Tech Has A PR Problem. Can It Close The Trust Gap?
A new survey of 31,000 people in 27 countries has documented what most of us in PR know – Big Tech has a reputation problem. For years, the enormous role technology plays in our lives and our reverence for brands like Apple and Amazon shielded the sector from greater taxation and regulation. But things are […]Read More
When is It Okay To Get Political In Brand PR?
It’s (finally) Inauguration Week. With a new government starting, it’s a good time to look back at how brands communicated during the turmoil of the Trump administration, and how it informs new norms. Many of us were raised with the idea that it’s bad form to speak about religion or politics. Brands historically have followed […]Read More
Big Business Must Help Us Unify
Pundits and politicians have bemoaned our country’s cultural and partisan divisions for years. Yet things have gotten worse. There’s just not much that brings us together these days. We’ve seen an erosion of confidence in our major institutions – government, faith groups, and media, among others. I’ve long thought that this perfect storm of disunity […]Read More
PR Hits And Misses Of 2020
It’s that time of year — when observers trained in PR and reputation weigh in on the brands and personalities who made news in good and bad ways during the year. But 2020 is different from previous years. Many stories that might otherwise have made news were overshadowed by two monsters — the COVID-19 pandemic […]Read More