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Response to Attacks on LGBT Community Rally Community Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has announced a new campaign called, “Houston Stands With Orlando.” It follows the Orlando terrorist attack that targeted members of the LGBT community, leaving more than 100 dead or wounde...
Impact Gives Way to Conflict and Shock Value When Determining What’s Newsworthy News is constantly changing and the factors that determine newsworthiness constantly evolve as well. The changes in what is defined as news and how that information is presented are primarily driven b...
For more than a year prior to launching the Year in Space mission, I had the honor and pleasure of working with NASA’s scientific team. Our collective goal was to transform the highly technical and complex information underlying the mission into compelling and actionable communic...
How a word association game can save you from the quicksand of getting defensive I enjoyed reading the article, “One of the Biggest Mistakes You Can Make in a Media Interview,” by Tim O’Brien, APR. Tim was a close associate when we both worked at Ketchum Public Relati...
Words You Use Everyday Are Quietly Eroding Your Positivity I do a fair amount of spokesperson training and one bit of guidance that often comes as a surprise is my warning about sneaky negative words. The choice of the right words to express what we truly mean — Semantics —...
A year ago, DPK Public Relations was called into service to help West Fertilizer communicate in the aftermath of the West, Texas industrial accident. I served as the company’s primary spokesperson and provided crisis PR response and counsel in the days, weeks and months following...
When Mercury Public Affairs describes itself as, “A high-stakes public strategy firm,” I guess they aren’t kidding. I have always thought that the term, “high-stakes” suggests high risk and high rewards. Personally, I have always preferred low risk and hig...
It seems like every month we have a new poster child that illustrates all that is wrong in corporate communications. A few months ago it was Netflix. Then Bank of America. Then Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Now, Best Buy is getting its turn in the spotlight. As everyone who pays attenti...
The vultures are circling the reeling Costa Cruises brand following the wreck earlier this month. There is already plenty of analysis of what transpired so I won’t retrace those steps. But I do want to examine one seemingly minor aspect of the crisis response that offers an impor...
I don’t know many organizations seeking help from a public relations agency that are satisfied with the recommendation to shut up. But it is often the best advice — at least for a period of time. Instead, PR firms typically recommend programs designed to increase visibility...
Crisis PR can help to protect an organization or encourage long-term change. I stumbled upon the story, “PR Students Learn How to Handle Crisis for Clients,” in the Cape May County Herald written by Al Campbell. I am not 100 percent sure where Cape May County is, but it app...
Last night after watching the final Oprah show (at least until the end of her non-compete with her syndicator, which ends in 2012), I read a terrific profile in BusinessWeek about Salmon Khan, “Salman Khan: The Messiah of Math,” which seemed to me to be the perfect subject ...
I have recently started working with a new client in the data security space, so I am trying to refresh my understanding of this highly complex area of technology. I had previously done some work around information security for AT&T both prior to the acquisition by SBC and afterwar...
It has taken me more than four months to dig deep into my favorite gift from last Christmas, “The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story.” One of the many fantastic discoveries in the treasure trove is a DVD of a 1978 concert in Houston by Bruce Springsteen and the...
First, I need to admit that I am a customer of Groupon. I have purchased some great meals. I have also used Living Social to pick up some bargains, including the photo shoot that resulted in that wonderful photo over there in the sidebar on the right from Payge Stevens Photography. Now...
It seems like almost every week I run into some situation involving a trademark. Today I had a new experience. One of my clients asked me to gather some information about one of their customers. The customer has a product that just so happens to have a name that is identical to the nam...
As the lyrics to the classic Boomtown Rats song make clear, Mondays can be a real downer. I’ve never really felt that way before - I’ve always enjoyed getting a jump on the week. But today comes word from the story, “Howard Stern’s new shorter work week is beginning,” in Radio-Info.com...
Is your business active on Yelp? A number of my clients have experienced troubling online reviews that can unravel a lifetime of hard work establishing a positive reputation. For anyone who have sacrificed so much to build a business and succeeded against all odds to create jobs and pr...
After listening to the recording of my brother, Brant Keeney, talking a distraught mother through the process of CPR to save her one-year-old baby’s life, I couldn’t be more proud. He is a great example of the men and women who have devoted their lives and careers to positi...
The big debate in public relations circles these days has nothing to do with the outrageous efforts to sully the reputation of  Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange and its implications for the profession and journalism in general, BP’s ham handed response to the biggest manmade environme...
I spent this afternoon learning about the concept of hyper targeting and getting acquainted with Facebook advertising. It is something I’ve been intending to experiment with for some time after hearing client Ed Schipul describe how it gives the user the ability to drill down int...
This morning’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram included the story of a young special education teacher who died over the weekend when her car was struck by a train. I read the story and wished that she had been profiled in life because she had touched so many lives. My wife read the sto...
Reading the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this morning, I saw the story, “Injection well called ‘plausible’ culprit.” It reported on the conclusions of a study by researchers at Southern Methodist University looking into whether recent seismic activity in the area co...
I have been doing some work pertaining to online video and came across some great information from ComScore that I wanted to pass along. Many times clients want to hit a home run with an online video. It is understandable. When we get them coverage on the television news, they know tha...
Of all the sessions I attended at the 2009 PRSA International Conference in San Diego last week, the one that may end up having the most profound impact on the way I work was the final session. It had nothing to do with public relations or ethics or strategy. In fact, communications wa...
As I posted in a brief article on my company Web site last week, Online Video is a Powerful Brand Building Tool, I have been increasingly integrating video into my daily work on behalf of my public relations clients. A special labor of love over the past month has been the process of p...
I thought this was a great easy-to-understand overview of the changes that are taking place in the media landscape, and the changes they necessitate in how organizations communicate with their audiences. Credit goes to Red Cube Marketing out of the U.K. for doing a great job.  Soc...
   Images made available from Mir Hossein Mousavi’s election campaign media operation, Ghalam News, via AP. I have been sad today watching the events unfold in Tehran and other cities throughout Iran. I am not sad that these uprisings are happening. I am sad becau...
Enjoyed a giant lunch covering every conceivable food group with the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America today. The luncheon speaker was Beth Harte of Harte Marketing & Communications. She had presented a morning workshop along with Twitter freaks ...
A big thanks to Brent Frei, co-founder and executive chairman of Smartsheet.com, for his illuminating piece, “Small BusinessesWill Inherit the Earth,” published online at Xconomy. Frei notes that specialized sole proprietors, such as independent public relati...