Archive for the Media Category

Authenticity: An Imperative of Successful CSR

May 21

Authenticity is such a buzz word in PR. We use it all the time: our channels must be authentic — i.e. use earned media and integrated content, vs. paid placements – so our audiences are less skeptical of the content being communicated; we must use authentic voice when talking with our audiences, so they trust […]

Can marketing campaigns impact our hidden biases?

May 18

Embarrassing story: I was chatting with an acquaintance at a holiday party a few years ago. I had heard him talk before about having a family and raising his son, so I asked if his wife was at the party too. His response: (a large chuckle, and…) My husband couldn’t make it tonight.  While I […]

White and Gold or Black and Blue…Should That Really Be The Question?

Mar 18

For the better part of the last weekend in February, my parents (in their seventies) visiting from Brooklyn, my eleven year old daughter, my seven year old son, my nineteen year old au pair from Denmark, and various friends and family as far flung as France and as close in as a few blocks from […]

Fresh off ABC, from an ABC

Feb 09

Last Wednesday ABC premiered its new comedy Fresh Off the Boat, the first American TV show to feature an all-Asian cast in 20 years. As an ABC, (American-Born Chinese) I waited for this show with great anticipation and understood the high stakes associated with its success, given how quickly All-American Girl was canceled in 1995. […]

Can We Be Over-Aware?

May 22

I recently read Peggy’s Orenstein’s thought-provoking New York Times article, “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer,” and I’m hoping every social marketer will read it too. It has sparked widespread dialogue within the social marketing community, and left me feeling unsettled and with many questions about the meaning behind my work. The article suggests that […]

The Kickstarter Dilemma: You vs Veronica Mars

May 16

In April 2013, Kickstarter celebrated its fourth anniversary, marking four years of bringing to life the projects of ambitious filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers. The accolades are pretty impressive—10% of the 2012 Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW film festival acceptances were funded on Kickstarter; six films have been nominated for Academy Awards (and one won!); one […]

Web Sites: It’s a Journey, Not a Destination

Apr 30

I’ve spent much of my career advising on Web site design and content strategy. Essentially, I serve as the translator between the content lead at the organization and the Web site developer. I’ve really enjoyed this role. I love finding creative solutions to help organizations get the dynamic and innovative features they are looking for […]

Lunching With The Ravens’ PR Maven

Apr 09

Kevin Byrne is the man behind the Baltimore Ravens’ media plan. He spoke recently at The Carmine in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, DC. He was a personable, thoughtful individual whose passion for his job was palpable. It’s possible he was still riding the Super Bowl XLVII win high, but something tells me that, like […]

Potential Changes to Social Media in North Korea

Mar 07

For the first time, North Korea’s sole mobile service provider, Koryolink, allowed visiting foreigners to bring their phones into North Korea and have access to the internet on the 3G network. This same wireless internet is not yet available to North Koreans since they are governed by separate telecommunication rules. It is unfortunate that North […]

All (credible) News is Local

Aug 24

Call it the Ron Burgundy effect. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press put out its most recent ratings of believability of news organizations and it’s bad. The average positive believability across 13 news organizations went from 62% in 2010 to today’s low of 56%. To give you some kind of perspective, 10 […]