Archive for posts on ‘publicity’

Contagious public relations emotions

I was on TV today pointing out what kind of PR strategies companies should use when dealing with crises caused by the online contagion of strong viral emotions such as ‘disgust.’ Check […]

Posted November 13, 2018

When a company is publicly criticized by its founder

This week on BNN Bloomberg television, I commented on what companies should do when they are criticized in public by their founding CEO, as was recently the case with Encana Corporation. In […]

Posted November 6, 2018

Character and competence and corporate reputation

When a company lays out all its cards on the table with public relations, you know the stakes are high. That’s what engineering colossus SNC-Lavalin is now doing with its unusual corporate […]

Posted October 30, 2018

The PR dynamics of short seller attacks

I was on BNN Bloomberg TV for a lively interview with Andrew Bell during which I emphasized my #1 point: publicly traded companies need to fortify their c-suite PR function — reporting […]

Posted October 16, 2018

Communicating produces better PR than concealing

Today I refracted the Google+ news through a PR lens in this conversation with Jon Erlichman on BNN Bloomberg TV. Google’s decision to conceal rather than to communicate about its social network’s […]

Posted October 9, 2018

Interview about social media CEOs

I had an interesting interview🎙️on NewsTalk 1010 radio 📻 with Dave Trafford about the leadership communication lessons learned from Elon Musk’s ongoing public relations spectacles (stimulated by his controversial social media use). To […]

Posted October 6, 2018

CEO communications controversies

On CTV National News, I commented on the continuing communications controversies of Elon Musk. The story by Genevieve Beauchemin is online here.

Posted September 7, 2018

Cannabis PR hype

I was on BNN Bloomberg television drawing public relations parallels between the dot.com stock boom (and bust) of 20 years ago — which I lived through during a heady time for the […]

Posted August 28, 2018

Executive social media

The captivating yet bizarre Elon Musk case study is a ‘teaching moment’ when it comes to CEO leadership communication on social media, where it is important to be authentic and transparent without […]

Posted August 21, 2018

PR lessons from Musk

Elon Musk has dismissed professional corporate communications as “banal propaganda” and while he does transcend traditional PR handling, this ‘loose cannon’ way of sharing every twitch exposes stakeholders to gratuitous risks. Being […]

Posted August 16, 2018

‘FUD’ factor corporate communication

Air Canada launched an aggressive corporate communications campaign of ‘FUD’ (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) that I enjoyed analyzing with Jon Erlichman of BNN Bloomberg television, which wrote a story about our conversation […]

Posted July 31, 2018

Radio interview on leadership comms

Radio is my favorite medium, and so I particularly enjoyed my recent interview on NewsTalk 1010 with host Dave Trafford. We discussed the new public opinion study on CEO crisis comms from my firm […]

Posted July 21, 2018

From PR disaster to reputation recovery

Starbucks recently intercepted what was definitely trending as a PR disaster — things were initially looking as bad as the United Airlines crisis of 2017 — and has been transforming the issue […]

Posted April 18, 2018

TV interview on the Facebook scandal

“Facebook is suffering from ‘a failure in leadership communication,’ PR expert Bob Pickard told BNN’s Jon Erlichman in this interview. ‘That vacuum is being filled by critics and naysayers who are questioning […]

Posted March 20, 2018

Comment in PRWeek on Facebook’s ‘news feed’ changes

The United States edition of PRWeek based in New York recently asked some senior PR executives to comment on Facebook’s plans to change the social network’s ‘news feed’ and what that means […]

Posted January 19, 2018

The PR outlook for 2018

Recently I was on Business News Network for my second annual appearance reviewing the lessons learned from the top corporate communication case studies of 2017 and outlining keys to success in avoiding […]

Posted December 21, 2017

The year’s top PR stories

I was delighted to appear on Business News Network again today to talk about the top social media PR stories of 2016. I was interviewed at the anchor desk speaking with co-hosts Amber […]

Posted December 23, 2016

Interview about YouTube’s 10th anniversary on Channel NewsAsia

On April 23rd, I was honoured to be on Channel NewsAsia TV talking about the social media significance of YouTube’s 10th anniversary. I was interviewed live at the anchor desk by the splendid […]

Posted April 29, 2015

CCTV News interview on Chinese companies going global

There are now 95 Chinese companies on the FORTUNE 500 list, but only a handful of these are internationally renowned brands. In a social media age, it is critically important that this […]

Posted April 1, 2015

Comments on Japan Inc.’s global PR strategy

Recently with the appointment of some foreigners to high-profile global communications chief roles at Japanese multinationals (which is not an everyday occurrence), Arun Sudhaman of The Holmes Report asked me to supply comments for […]

Posted March 6, 2015

Anatomy of a PR crisis

Jason Wincuinas, Managing Editor of Campaign Asia, wrote a telling take on Lenovo’s crisis communications concerning a recent issue which I believe they successfully handled. His article can be accessed here and my comments […]

Posted March 4, 2015

‘Proactive reactivity’ in public relations

Last year I was interviewed by Madeleine Fitzpatrick for an article which appeared in Campaign Asia magazine in February 2014. The full email exchange between us appears below. However, owing to their […]

Posted March 1, 2015