From Brainerd to Brexit: Local Just Got Real

Originally posted on The Huffington Post.

A few weeks ago, most people probably hadn’t heard of Michigan’s Macomb County, the small cluster of suburbs outside Detroit, much less considered that it could determine the fate of the world. Continue Reading →

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 →

Consumer/Lifestyle Branding Digest, Aug. 10, 2016


#TRENDING: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Breakthrough’ Brand?
(Biz Community, 08.08.16)

In this ‘Year of Disruption,’ change is also being amplified by those brands that are disrupting the market. Interbrand has packaged this new generation of brands, these “upstarts and challengers,” to the established market as “breakthrough brands.”


Hey, Travel Marketers, so Here’s the Story …
(MediaPost, 08.08.16)

According to the US Travel Association, direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $650.8 billion in 2015. Yet, even with this huge market, leisure travel is still just that—leisure.


Marketing Is Responsible for Creating Body Issues Among Boys, Study Finds
(Marketing Week, 08.08.16)

Brands must make a bigger contribution to the health and wellbeing of males aged 8-18, with many feeling pressured by advertising to look good, according to new research by the advertising industry’s think tank Credos.


4 Ways to Amplify Your Brand Message
(Huffington Post, 01.08.16)

A brand always has a message. When your brand message connects well with your target audience, converting them to customers becomes very easy. Top brands like Apple, Coca-Cola and Google are able to unify customers behind their brands because they got their core brand messaging to hit home with their many customers.


“Once a teen has been identified as part of the ‘target market,’ he knows he’s done for. The object of the game is to confound the marketers, and keep one’s own, authentic culture from showing up at the shopping mall as a prepackaged corporate product.” —Douglas Rushkoff


Cause/CSR Branding Digest, Aug. 9, 2016


Social Responsibility Buoys Business Health
(Business in Vancouver, 02.08.16)

A business that is concerned only about profits is kind of like a person who is obsessed with his or her own body mass index (BMI). While a BMI can tell you vital information, it doesn’t give you a full picture of your health. Similarly, a focus solely on profit that ignores social responsibility does not give an accurate description of the health of a business.


Subway, Coca-Cola Launch Clean Water Cause Marketing Campaign
(MediaPost, 26.07.16)

Subway and the Coca-Cola Company are partnering on a clean-water cause marketing campaign.


Record $373.25 Billion Given to U.S. Charities
(The NonProfit Times, 14.06.16)

Donors dug deep during 2015 and reached record highs in charitable giving for a second consecutive year hitting $373.25 billion, up 4.1 percent from 2014, according to preliminary estimates released today. It’s the first time in a decade that giving reached double-digit growth during a two-year period at 10.1 percent.


4 Ways to Share Your Brand’s Philanthropic Story
(TriplePundit, 17.05.16)

According to a 2015 study by Cone Communications, 64 percent of millennials use social media to address or engage with companies around social and environmental issues.


“[The] glorious power of free will to choose envisages beneficent social responsibility as manifest and welcome.” —Louis Sullivan


Corporate Branding Digest, Aug. 8, 2016


Massive Delta Outage Highlights Need for Quality Center Power Backup Plans
(TechRepublic, 08.08.16)

Business leaders must prepare for disasters made by man or Mother Nature with extensive, practiced recovery plans to avoid system shutdowns.


Crisis Risk in Rio: Business Must Play, too
(Huffington Post, 05.08.16)

My colleague, John Larsen, and I have worked with dozens of Olympic sponsors on crisis preparedness and response over the last two decades. And while the Rio Olympics have focused much attention state of preparation, it is easy to forget about the extraordinary behind-the-scenes efforts around crisis and security planning. But, in reality, crisis response for an Olympic games is largely a communications sport.


Studies Examine Twitter’s Growing Importance in Crisis Communications
(The Holmes Report, 01.08.16)

Two new studies underscore the importance of Twitter in both the start and spread of crises and the way in which people respond.


Six Strategies for Reacting to a Crisis Communications Situation
(Forbes, 19.05.16)

When dealing with a crisis communications situation, all businesses should have a plan in place ahead of time so they can react and respond immediately, thus preventing the situation from getting out of hand.


“We’ve got to be judged by how we do in times of crisis.” —Johnnie Cochran


Personal Branding Digest, Aug. 5, 2016


Follow These 3 Steps to Determine Your ‘Personal Brand’
(Fortune, 04.08.16)

These days, we hear a lot about the importance of building a “personal brand.” While that might sound like a corporate buzzword, there’s a reason it comes up so often: Your brand is about how you’re seen by the world—including clients, investors, and, yes, the boss.


How to Supercharge Your Personal Brand
(Esquire, 03.08.16)

The digital evolution has not only provided anyone with a basic internet connection the ability to introduce themselves to the world, but to also manage the way they would like to be seen. Social Media, personal websites, blogs etc. are all part of the arsenal that can be used to show the world just who you are, what you stand for and why you should be taken seriously (or not) in your chosen field of interest – in short, your personal brand.


Why Every Personal Brand Deserves an Early Start
(Huffington Post, 03.08.16)

One Florida high school’s forward-thinking course is jumpstarting students’ professional lives.


How to Use Quora to Build Your Personal Brand
(Business2Community, 14.07.16)

Quora is a forum where anyone can ask a question and those with decent opinions and/or subject matter expertise can chime in with an answer.


“The most important thing to remember is you must know your audience.” —Lewis Howes


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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Cause Branding Digest, July 12, 206


The Importance of Ethically Sourced Products
(Huffington Post, 11.07.16)

What does ‘ethical marketing’ sound like to you? Does it sound more like a buzz word than a real promotional strategy? Maybe you rolled your eyes at the thought of barefooted advertising guys talking about ‘corporate social responsibility’. However, if you’re looking for a clear way to differentiate your brand and establish a clear strategic advantage for your product offerings online, CSR might be for you.


Cause Marketing: How Your Company Can Focus on Purpose as Well as Profit
(Business2Community, 23.06.16)

Now more than ever before, cause marketing initiatives hold importance in the workplace. Companies who exhibit social responsibility have a competitive advantage as their values illustrate that they care about more than just increasing their bottom line. For consumers, this plays a critical role during the decision-making process and can be the difference between brand loyalty or disengagement.


If Humanity Were a Corporation …
(Sustainable Brands, 20.04.16)

… what would it take to make sustainability its brand and the sufficiency economy its value?


Boost Your Cause: Increase Donations with Mobile Payments
(TriplePundit, 20.04.16)

Mobile payments were designed with traditional buyers and sellers in mind, but they can be highly beneficial to nonprofit organizations that rely on donations for financial support. Here are a few simple ways your group can increase donations with the help of mobile payments.


“Martin Luther King did not say ‘I have a mission statement.’” —Simon Sinek


Corporate Branding Digest, July 11, 2016


3 Ways to Use Company Culture to Strengthen Your Marketing
(Entrepreneur, 07.07.16)

In Los Angeles today, being pro-GMO (short for genetically modified organisms) in your food choices is akin to being pro-Communist in the 1950s. But meal-replacement company Soylent doesn’t care. Last fall, it took out a billboard ad proudly proclaiming itself to be “pro-GMO.”


The New 3 P’s of Branding (And How to Use Them)
(Forbes, 06.07.16)

That was a turning point in how I explain the need for the company or corporate brand. I had used a bunch of marketing buzzwords like “brand promise,” “personality,” “core messaging,” but I had missed the bigger picture of explaining how promoting our company was going to impact our business results. The CEO did not see how developing the corporate brand would sell more products, earn more customers or even attract new talent.


Hands Off My Smiley Face: Emoji Become Corporate Tools
(The New York Times, 20.06.16)

Emoji have emerged as cultural forces in and of themselves. The crisp, candy-colored glyphs form a modern emotional palette. And it’s growing: On Tuesday, the Unicode Consortium, the body that standardizes emoji, will release 72 new ones that will soon make their way to our fingertips, including a black heart, a wilted flower and a pregnant woman.


Trashing the Brand: ANZ and CBA Could Pay a High Price for Choosing Profit Over People
(Smart Company.au, 21.03.16)

The recent CBA and ANZ scandals show that the big banks fail to understand the long-term pay off from investing in their relationships with people over short-term profit.


“So often corporate America, business America, are the worst communicators, because all they understand are facts, and they cannot tell a story. They know how to explain their quarterly results, but they don’t know how to explain what they mean.” —Frank Luntz