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The Data Is In: With Donations Down, Insight into Audience Must Go Up

What many nonprofit organizations across the country already knew at the end of 2018 has been reinforced by recent reports: overall giving is down. With a variety of factors to blame, most point to the redefined tax code. While it’s important to understand data trends and economic realities, no fundraiser or development department has the … Continued

What Your Business Can Learn From A College Tour

Touring four college in five days this past week, as a parent, was both fascinating and exhausting. Aside from the cliches (“We make a big school feel small”) and the absurdly excessive use of the word “like,” today’s college tour offers an important lesson to anyone trying to communicate to a fickle audience. Which audience … Continued

“PR…Isn’t That Like Advertising?”

I recently had the opportunity to present at a local middle school’s career day. A friend of mine is a teacher and saw that public relations wasn’t represented and asked if I’d like to come in and talk about what I do. I was joined by another friend and fellow PR professional and we decided … Continued

Virginia Governor PR Challenges Extend Beyond Politics

It doesn’t take a PR analyst to tell you that in his nationally-televised and much-tweeted about press conference, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a man most of the country had never heard of before made a bad situation if not worse, then certainly more weird. You wouldn’t be wrong if you picked a cliche to describe … Continued

Roger and You Makes A Bad Match.

Roger Stone is back in the news again and seemingly loving every minute of it. To put the recent indictments against him into context, I recommend watching the Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” as I did this weekend. With his full cooperation, the filmmakers laid out his entire story and it’s enlightening. But in … Continued

Is MSU’s Crisis Closer To The End, Or The Beginning?

When working with clients in crisis, of any magnitude, there’s a question I think about every day. “Are we closer to the end of this than to the beginning?” If the answer is “no,” there needs to be some sort of movement toward “yes.” The goal should always be getting out of crisis. Sadly, for … Continued