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1 in 128 Billion: A Slam Dunk

Warren Buffett (via Forbes)These are the odds of winning the $1 billion that Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans ponied up for the NCAA hoops genius who correctly picks the "perfect March Madness" bracket.  Not only will Mr. Buffet and Quicken...

Posted January 23, 2014    

Media's Fate: Platform or Publication?

PandoDaily's intrepid New York reporter Erin Griffith set Twitter tongues-a-waggin with her piece drawing a journalistic distinction between news "publications" and content "platforms." She questioned the editorial integrity of news sites that...

Posted December 19, 2013    

Elon Musk Takes the Wheel

Tesla Model SSeveral years ago I agreed to have breakfast with a soon-to-be former senior executive of the nascent Tesla Motors Inc.. The employee chose to leave the then-struggling company whose chairman, he insisted, was not publicly forthright in...

Posted October 10, 2013    

Facebook's Story Time

So it's settled (or so I thought). The forward-thinking marketing maven's media universe was neatly divided into three categories: paid, earned and owned. This was codified in a Forrester post a couple of years back, and updated (by me) to include "...

Posted March 2, 2012    

Whitney, Twitter & SONY's Tin Ear

Whitney Houston's untimely demise produced all sorts of fodder for those following the machinations of the media and marketing worlds.Here's a topline starting with a tweet from Mashable's Pete Cashmore:@petecashmore Twitter Breaks News of Whitney...

Posted February 16, 2012    

Google: Don't Be Evil

Scott McNealyIn March of 1998, the straight-talking CEO of Sun Microsystems travelled to Washington to testify before Congress on the then-monopolistic ways of one famous tech company out of Redmond, WA. Scott McNealy, with whom I sat the following...

Posted January 14, 2012    

And the Winner at SxSW is... 2D Barcodes

Unlike last year when location-based services FourSquare and Gowalla dominated the discourse coming out of SxSW, this year's conference had way too many dimensions to declare a single company or technology as the clear winner. Some companies had...

Posted March 19, 2011    

Groupon in the Red Zone

TV HotJobs.com | Super Bowl Ads | SPIKE.comThe last time we visited with the monster of all local couponing sites, it had to do with the unorthodox way the company's founder deflected the obvious question from NBC Today's Matt Lauer. Groupon's...

Posted February 7, 2011    

Herb Schmertz & The Huffington Post

This blog periodically looks at the immeasurable contributions an impartial media make in a democratic society, i.e., trained journalists who ferret out and expose untruths and...spin. Maybe it was my PR work over the years for two news...

Posted January 26, 2011    

Where Social Media Resides

CNN's Ali Velshi @ Council of PR Firms' Critical Issues ForumLast week I had the good fortune to attend the Council of PR Firms' annual  Critical Issues Forum and the PR+MKTG CAMP EAST events, both in New York City. Some common themes emerged...

Posted November 2, 2010    

Social Media and the New Course of PR

Sounds like a Brian Solis post, doesn't it? Actually, on Friday afternoon, I had a chance to preside over one of the last panels of the two-day PRSA Digital Impact Conference (#prsa_di) in NYC. We gathered a fab group of industry...

Posted May 11, 2010    

The CEO's Role in Big Agency Digital Credibility

The namesake of Ragan's PR Daily today called out Fleishman-Hillard (NYSE: OMC) CEO Dave Senay with the following tweet: @MarkRaganCEO Fleishman CEO doesn't tweet, has no Facebook page, and uses ghostwriters to help with his blogMr. Ragan's goal...

Posted April 5, 2010    

PR Day Jobs of the Twitter Famous

I'm very selective about whom I follow on Twitter. My "follow strategy" mostly attempts to capture authoritative voices in media, marketing, PR and technology. Conversely, here are three sure ways to get un-followed: Twitpic an image of...

Posted March 30, 2010    

Forget the Bong

Over the weekend, the inimitable Michael Arrington -- he of TechCrunch fame -- laid down the gauntlet to reputation minders everywhere via a blog post titled: "Reputation Is Dead: It's Time To Overlook Our Indiscretions...

Posted March 29, 2010    

What Can I Say?

My Remarks February 19, 2010 I want thank the handful of reporters who stupidly happily agreed to join me in listen-mode only today at my former [unnamed] sponsor's tournament. I also want to thank my wife Elin who I hope will reconsider my...

Posted February 19, 2010    

Mining Influence Without Twitter & Facebook

In his PR Squared blog post "When Clients Want Coverage in Your Blog: Social Media Ethical Dilemmas," my buddy Todd Defren frames the debate with the following two questions: Should clients be allowed to leverage the agency's (or its staffers...

Posted February 12, 2010    

Publicity for Roach Motels

I enjoyed reading New York Times' travel writer Joe Sharkey's interview with TripAdvisor.com CEO Stephen Kaufer in which Kaufer defends the integrity of the just-published, crowd-sourced “2010 Dirtiest Hotels” list. In the piece "A...

Posted February 10, 2010    

Bye Bye Bobby

A few friends sent me Jim Barron's New York Times "City Room" piece on PR man Bobby Zarem's decision to leave his adopted city for his boyhood home of Savannah, Georgia. And why should I care? Well, other than Elaine's losing its most famous...

Posted February 5, 2010    

Anatomy of a Controlled Leak

On Monday evening, I tweeted the following: @PeterHimler March shipping date. Price of $1K. My my. How unApple-like for new product details to leak in advance of the launch. 8:43 PM Jan 4th from Power Twitter Late yesterday, the good folks from...

Posted January 6, 2010    

Social Media... You Are What You Read

We were gathered at our bi-monthly Boys' Lunch at Michael's last month when one of "the boys," a very senior media-minded communications executive, looked at me incredulously when I said I actually read Bernoff's Groundswell, Jarvis's What Would...

Posted January 4, 2010    

 
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