PR Opportunity vs. Opportunism
January 28, 2021
Group Gordon’s Alison Berg explains how to find PR opportunity in the news cycle without being opportunistic. Coming out of a tough year, we’ve become accustomed to a heavy and hyper-focused news cycle. From growing COVID fatalities, horrific racial violence, and a contentious election season, the appetite for unrelated storylines was minimal. Pitches about unrelated […]
Four Remarketing Ideas to Maximize Media Placements
August 20, 2020
Group Gordon’s Nick Bonavolonta outlines four pathways for remarketing earned media placements to maximize their value and visibility. So you landed your dream media placement. Now what? A strategic, substantive news placement can be a major moment for your company or organization and can help to raise its profile, reputation, and leadership status among important […]
Building Media Relationships: A Worthy Investment
September 27, 2018
Group Gordon’s Jenny Friedman writes about building and sustaining strong media relationships. Once in a while, a new client engagement gets off to a slow start. My team faced this challenge recently when we struggled to get journalists interested in speaking with our source. Finally, when a reporter at a national outlet responded to my […]
Dear GiGi: Since Lance Armstrong admitted to doping, the media frenzy has quieted down. Have people forgiven or forgotten him?
February 19, 2013
Dear Claudio, I don’t think people have forgiven or forgotten Lance – I think they’re fatigued. In today’s 24-hour news cycle, it takes a lot to hold the media’s – and the public’s – attention for more than a few days. Look at the Pope, for example. His resignation sparked a day of continuous coverage […]
Dear GiGi, We run a relatively new non-profit organization focused on scientific research to cure a rare disease. We are very excited to be funding our first research projects. Any thoughts as to how we can get the best bang for our (very little) buck in terms of announcing the news?
June 1, 2012
Congratulations on securing funding for your first research projects! I’ll lay out a few ways in which you can hopefully get traction from the announcement. 1. Identify your target audiences. It’s crucial that you’re constantly aware of whom you’re trying to reach. This will save you the effort of blasting news to a diffuse audience […]
Dear GiGi, I work for a national nonprofit, and one of our board members was recently tied to a small scandal at her company. Although the charges are unfounded, I’m worried that my organization may become collateral damage by way of association. What can I do to protect my organization’s integrity and avoid having our name dragged through the mud?
September 23, 2011
Dear Dana, Regardless of the charges’ merit, you absolutely should be thinking about how the scandal may reflect on your organization. Everyone associated with the organization — from the executive director to board members to staff to interns — are brand ambassadors, and their actions affect the collective integrity. Here are a few things you […]