Why Nothing Matters More in PR than Creativity

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Originally posted on D&AD.

Following the introduction of the new D&AD Professional Awards category for PR, Marian Salzman, CEO of Havas PR, offers some award-winning creative PR examples and tips. She explains why, in the ever-changing landscape of creative communications, PR matters. Continue Reading →

Agility: Changing How PR Scrums for Breakthroughs

We’re all in the software business today, according to Harvard Business Review, no matter what we’re selling. What it means: We’ve all got to act with the agility of a software startup, from our products and services to every team in our company, focused on “solving a business problem,” says the magazine. In public relations, we’re always after the next innovation that will help our clients make the news (or as Havas PR says, be the news). Agility is the answer, a characteristic we’ve all got to have 24/7/365—so much so that our agency has written the book on agile PR, due out in December. Watch this space for more information.

Why B2E Is the New B2B

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Originally posted on Campaign US.

The communications landscape has gotten far more complicated than simple business-to-consumer and business-to-business campaigns. Today, everyone is a stakeholder, and companies and marketers need to talk to all of them. There was some discussion of business-to-human communications at the recent Cannes Lions Festival, but really what it comes down to is B2E—business-to-everyone.

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Consumer/Lifestyle Branding Digest, June 1, 2016


The Next Wave: The Age of the Customer
(Branding Magazine, 24.05.16)

There’s a wave coming and marketers must know what’s driving it if they hope to ride it successfully. Using a surfing metaphor, James McQuivey, Vice President, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, discussed the next wave, the age of the customer, and keys to brand leadership.


Living the Brand: How to Build a Strong Brand Persona
(Business2Community, 19.05.16)

Why do we gravitate toward certain brands while actively avoiding others? What is causing the rise in “lifestyle” branding? When does a brand become something more than just a brand?


5 Ways Generation Z Thinks & Buys Differently
(Entrepreneur, 18.05.16)

Admit it. The world is changing all the time. And the businesses that want to keep up with the stride of time must be versatile. And for a business to be versatile, it’s crucial to see what the customer base used to be like, and what the customer base is like.


Embracing Negative Comments Can Help Corporations Increase Consumer Trust
(Phys.org, 26.01.16)

Public trust is incredibly hard won once a corporation has been mired in negative publicity. Volkswagen and Chipotle face huge obstacles in regaining consumers after debacles, but can simply owning up to their transgressions on social media really help? A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Youngstown State University found that embracing supporting and opposing perspectives to comments by a corporation can enhance its trustworthiness.


“Focus on the core problem your business solves and put out lots of content and enthusiasm and ideas about how to solve that problem.” —Laura Fitton


Consumer/Lifestyle Branding Digest, May 11, 2016


Thinking of Rebranding? Look to These Larger Companies to Do It Right.
(Entrepreneur, 10.05.16)

The task of rebranding a small company can be relatively easy. It typically involves surveying your five employees and handful of other stakeholders (i.e. — your spouse), then choosing a new logo, color scheme and tag line.


Build Your Brand as a Relationship
(Harvard Business Review, 09.05.16)

The way we think about brands need to change. In the past, they were objects or concepts. You had a relationship with a brand. But in this social age, brands are the relationships. By defining a brand’s particular kind of relationship, companies can create greater engagement, differentiation, and loyalty.


Why Consumer Brands Should Focus on the Top 5% of Customers: 3 Ways Brands Can Laser-Focus on Top Social Influencers
(Business2Community, 30.04.16)

When I think of brands that have an in-depth CRM strategy, enterprise giants like IBM and HP, rather than Pepsi or Kellogg’s, immediately come to mind.


Why Brands Need to Respond to Individual Customer Journeys
(Marketing Week, 14.02.16)

Having a clear understanding of your customers’ journey to purchase is essential to generate repeat sales, encourage people to buy your products more often and spend more money with you over their lifetime.


“Branded content is created for a company. A content brand is created for a valuable company.” —Drew Davis


Personal Branding Digest, May 6, 2016


How Your Personal Brand Can Stand Out in Crazy-Competitive Spaces
(The Next Web, 29.04.16)

It’s a common misconception that personal branding is reserved for authors, speakers or those looking to become well-known personalities. In our digitally savvy world, where potential clients, investors and employers are just as apt to look you up on Facebook or Google search your name as they are to call your references, personal branding is mission critical.


Ditch the Elevator Pitch for a Social Selling Personal Brand
(Business2Community, 28.04.16)

Physical networking is a necessity for a personal brand. This blog post presents an alternative to the traditional elevator pitch: a social selling un-pitch.


10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating Your Personal Brand
(Forbes, 26.04.16)

When it comes to your personal brand, being another face in the crowd isn’t going to cut it. You need to know how to differentiate yourself. But in order to do that, you need to know exactly who you are and what you stand for.


Personal Branding: 8 Ways to Create a Unique Business Identity
(Huffington Post, 24.04.16)

If you’re not familiar with what the term “personal branding” means, it’s a way of making yourself unique and memorable as a business (or business person).

“It’s not who you know that matters—it’s who knows you that’s important. Personal branding builds up your reputation to the point where you have a presence even in your absence.” —Jarod Kintz


Corporate Branding Digest, April 25, 2016


Crisis Communication After an Attack
(MIT Technology Review, 20.04.16)

Here’s an increasingly common scenario: You’re a business or IT leader, and you learn—quite possibly from sources outside your company—that cyberattackers have compromised your organization’s systems. You don’t know yet how serious a breach you’re facing, but it’s clearly time to activate your crisis-communication plan.


Crisis PR Lessons from Zika, Ebola Experts
(Ragan’s PR Daily, 29.03.16)

Words like “Zika” and “Ebola” have the power to alarm nearly any audience—and for a good reason. In comparison to these damaging viruses, crises of corporate scandals and executive shakeups seem tame. Yet we can still glean valuable takeaways from the biggest health scares since AIDS and Asian bird flu.


Employees Need HR Communication in Crisis, Speaker Says
(Bloomberg BNA, 24.03.16)

Crisis communications evokes images of embattled chief executive officers with microphones shoved in their faces, but “when we focus only on these external stakeholders, we overlook one of the most important audiences in a crisis—our employees,” branding consultant Marianne Griebler said in a March 24 webinar.


EFSA Issues Food Crisis Communication Guidance
(Food Quality News, 21.03.16)

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published recommendations to ensure ‘consistency and coherence’ when communicating with external parties during a crisis.


“The secret of crisis management is not good versus bad; it’s preventing the bad from getting worse.” —Andy Gilman


Why Awards Matter to PR

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Originally posted on PRWeek.com.

The ever-shifting landscape has brought seismic changes to PR, and now creativity matters more than ever.

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PR: The Evolution of “Spin”

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Originally posted on Forbes.com.

PR sometimes gets a bad rap for being a spin cycle. I like to look at it a different way. Public relations, like all communications disciplines, has been marked by standards, strategies and tactics that roll along and change over time. Sometimes they even spin full circle, taking us on circuitous detours on the way to ending up back where we were.

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Your Turn to Celebrate Our 40th: Free Agile PR Seminars

Attention, communications pros: We’re marking our major milestone with several initiatives that give a fond nod to the past while looking to the future, including one targeted to you. The Havas PR team is authoring a book, Agile PR, scheduled to debut before Christmas from AMACOM. In the lead-up, we’re conducting seminars on agile PR—our term for expert messaging in a hyperconnected, always-on, complex world—and we’re offering the first 40 respondents a free seminar in the setting of your choice. (Staff training session? Client-invite event? One-on-one? You decide.) Click here to sign up.

Inside: Havas PR

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Originally posted on the 186.

Time to pop some bottles!

On March 1, Havas PR North America turned 40 years old, marking four decades of transformative solutions, charitable giving, and forward momentum. The global collective is commemorating this major milestone with a yearlong celebration, starting with a pledge to donate $400k in pro bono services to worthwhile organizations.

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