A Cautionary Tale: Mixing Business, Personal and Politics

A Cautionary Tale: Mixing Business, Personal and Politics

There is a massive difference between a piece of dramatic news hitting that directly affects your company, in which case it is certainly compelled to respond in a timely and thoughtful manner; and a piece of dramatic new that doesn’t affect your company, in which case conventional wisdom says to keep your mouth shut and focus on the X’s and O’s, the 1’s and 0’s, the debits and credits.

Avoiding Fake Publicity

Avoiding Fake Publicity

Earlier this week I was following a story about the development of a blood test to detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage. The announcement of the test, developed by a team at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, N.J., garnered quite a bit of attention in the world of medical news.

But as I read multiple news articles regarding this ostensibly groundbreaking development, there was something obvious missing from all of them: Any form of data backing up the validity of the test.

Confederates & Kisses: Our Cultural Disconnect

Confederates & Kisses: Our Cultural Disconnect

Question: What do the photos above have in common?

Answer: They both should be captioned, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.”

The Confederate battle flag has been in existence in some shape or form for 150 years. Whether or not it should be flown on public or government grounds or whether it is morally acceptable to own, sell or fly one has been debated and discussed and then some over that lengthy period.

Is American culture so lacking of depth that some loony craving his 15 minutes of dark fame can alter legislation and commerce overnight? Apparently.

The Value of the Intangible

The Value of the Intangible

There are two ways businesses come into direct contact with their stakeholders – via their product or their personae. I pointedly remind clients their product is their responsibility. I’m not involved in the production process and I can’t make a bad product good by “doing the PR thing,” as a former client once put it.