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Tanner Friedman Honored with 2021 International Hermes Creative Awards

Farmington Hills, Mich. (May 3, 2021) – The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) has awarded Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications two international Gold 2021 Hermes Creative Awards for successful communications campaigns. In the category of Pandemic Response, Tanner Friedman’s work for Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency won Gold. While the nonprofit organization has been … Continued

Here’s How You Can Help The Looming Vaccination Crisis

You often read in this space about crisis communication. Together, we are heading straight toward a crisis. Communication is needed right away, no matter who you are or what you do, as long as you believe in the scientific advancement in the vaccines that lead to near-complete immunity from COVID-19. The numbers, as usual, don’t … Continued

Business and Politics Mix. Here’s How It’s Different Now.

Business and politics don’t mix, you say? How quaint. And how naive. Yes, we’re seeing much more commentary, especially from major employers, when it comes to political and social issues now that this iceberg is visible above the water’s surface. But big and small business have long, probably always, had a voice in political issues. … Continued

A Public Figure is a Public Figure is a Public Figure – Repeat.

When someone becomes a public figure, they are going to compromise their private life. There is simply no way around that fact as “home” and “work” become forever intertwined and actions open to scrutiny. Whitmer administration COO Tricia Foster is the latest public figure to experience this, posting and then taking down Facebook photos of … Continued

Cut The B.S. About “Transparency”

Once upon a time, maybe 15 or so years ago, the word “transparency” was part of a laudable communications message. It told audiences that you weren’t going to hide from the truth. It was a signal that you would put information, even uncomfortable facts, forward. It was a word that communicated you were going to … Continued

Confusing TV Channel Name Change Explained

Amid all of the changes in the media business in the last decade or so, I’ve never been asked as much about one even before it happens. On March 31st, all of the Fox Sports-branded regional sports networks (RSNs) around the country will change their name to “Bally Sports.” Viewers just can’t seem to understand … Continued