How Communicators Are Adapting to the Trump Era

Every new presidential administration brings changes along with it. Since President Trump’s inauguration, the public relations discipline is already adapting to this new normal. I recently spoke on a PR Council panel about how to effectively communicate in a “Trump World.” Perhaps the most discussed topic was that, even though the President has only been in office for a couple of weeks, the rules of engagement have drastically changed.

From “Skype seats” in the White House briefing room to “guidance” on how reporters should cover the administration, the media landscape has been democratized and communicators need a new playbook for how to engage with influencers and reporters. Furthermore, how communicators and others are adapting to the landscape is an important and evolving case study for the public relations discipline.

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Reputation Management: A Blueprint for 2017

2017, a year of significant change in many parts of the world for sure. What will it hold for organizations in the area of reputation management? A new year always brings new challenges in an ever-evolving reputational threat landscape. But it also inevitably includes imperatives which are seemingly timeless and risks we can anticipate year after year.

With that in mind, here are seven observations, potential watch-outs and recommendations for brands and organizations as we begin the year:

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Do Mediagenic Digital Influencers Exist?

Influencers are in high demand, and as we continue to explore the potential of brand/influencer relationships, the notion of multifaceted influencers, those who not only develop content – but can also participate in media interviews, is taking center stage. So, we asked ourselves, do “mediagenic” influencers exist? While many are capable of “doing it all,” you need to consider a few different factors before asserting that an influencer can serve in a multi-purpose role…

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Game-Planning for a Successful Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a cultural phenomenon, with people from all over the world tuning in to watch the game, the halftime show and the ads; perhaps not in that order. And, regardless of the current issues the NFL is facing both on-and-off the field, this year’s event figures to once again deliver a mass audience devoted to delivering as much, if not more, social chatter about the ads rather than what transpires on the gridiron.

It used to be that the game-winning formula for Super Bowl marketers was simple: Run New Ad + Hire Spokesperson + Host Party = Success!

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Turning the Page on 2016

“Reading is a way to slow down and get perspective. There’s something particular about quieting yourself and having a sustained stretch of time that is different from music or television or even the greatest movies.”

He didn’t single me out directly, but when Former President Barak Obama recently said this to the New York Times, well, I just know he was talking to me.

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The Influencer Relations Gold Rush: How to Find a Nugget

The 1848 discovery of gold in a hitherto sparsely populated part of the world called California sparked one of history’s classic gold rushes. Gold fever brought thousands of migrants to the region, saw entire gold mining ecosystems spring up almost overnight and set California on a new trajectory.

Fast-forward 168 years and another type of gold rush is in full swing. This time in a hitherto under-populated part of the communications industry called influencer relations. Once again entrepreneurs are flooding in, new ecosystems are popping up, and the historical status quo looks sure to be disrupted – as PR, digital and advertising firms all seek to own this expertise.

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Healthcare in 2017: Yes, your doctor will be human. No, fake news cannot be ignored.

From the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, this month kicked off a series of environment-setting and industry-shaping conferences for the year. So like many communications professionals taking a look at the year ahead for clients and their organizations, I made my way through a volume of 2017 trends, predictions, insights and counter predictions from various experts (a good, quick read is the PwC Top Health Industry Issues of 2017: A Year of Uncertainty and Opportunity).

As one would expect, we will continue to see drug pricing scrutiny, health reform uncertainties, cross-sector collaborations, and a fervent focus on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. We will also experience a new level of excitement around the promise of CAR T-cell therapies (FierceBiotech shares insights on upcoming milestones here) and the high expectations for CRISPR (I particularly like this VOX overview).

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WEF: The Future of Tech Looks Bright

My tablet possesses processing power equivalent to 5,000 desktop computers from 30 years ago. The average adult in the U.S. consumes more than 10 hours of digital media per day. Sensors are connecting the physical world to virtual networks. AI software is engaging us daily under the names Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Home. Since the World Economic Forum introduced the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution at Davos last year, I’ve noticed tremendous leaps in the technology that’s already a part our daily lives, and the innovations that are just around the corner.

Here are a few of the big tech trends making waves in Davos this year:

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WEF: A 100-Year Life, Well-Lived

My husband’s grandmother is nearing 102 years of age, and a colleague just celebrated her grandfather’s 100th birthday. Reaching this age used to seem like a pipe dream, but as living beyond 100 becomes more common, I’ve found myself, and my social circle, discussing what this trend will mean for us and our children. Will our quality of life improve as our longevity increases? What lifestyle changes should we be making now to improve our odds of living healthy later?

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It’s Time to Close the Gap Between What Leaders Say and What They Do

The Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum has begun and this year there is an extraordinarily timely theme: responsive and responsible leadership.

Amid the growing discontent of the world’s citizens with corporate and government leaders, we are on the verge of a transformation with respect to who leaders are and how they lead. For leaders, there is also the question of how to be effective while ensuring they are heard.

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