Is The McDonald’s Lawsuit Smart PR?
Is it a terrible PR move or just a juicy corporate communications case? Yesterday McDonald’s announced it is suing ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook over previously undisclosed relationships with company employees. The complaint even claims “nude, partially nude, or sexually explicit” photos as evidence. Yikes. The Easterbrook story is notable, and not just for obvious reasons. As […]Read More
Goya And The Art Of The Brand Boycott
The consumer boycott is a time-honored tactic for those who seek to force political or social change. But do boycotts ever work? Consider the recent backlash dished out to Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue after Unanue participated in a White House roundtable on economic and educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans. As he announced Goya’s involvement, […]Read More
How To Safeguard Your Digital Reputation
The foundation of a good public relations campaign is reputation management, and it’s important now. As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, we’re all concerned about protecting health. But the shutdown also threatens brand health, and not only due to lost business. Our new all-digital workstyle can impact brand and personal reputation, and not always in […]Read More
Can Technology Companies Achieve Diversity?
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, corporate America is trying to walk the talk when it comes to matters of racial justice and equality. This time it’s bigger than press releases or PR-driven diversity pledges. Early efforts have been led by African-American CEOs, entrepreneurs, and companies that serve a diverse customer base, but nearly […]Read More
Can PR Take Ownership Of Reputation?
In business as in life, reputation is everything. Few corporate CEOs will deny that a company’s reputation colors every aspect of business, including marketing, talent recruitment, employee relations, shareholder relations, and even customer experience. In fact, the 2017 U.S. Reputation Dividend Report calls reputation a “cornerstone of corporate value” and quantifies the dividend that corporations […]Read More