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Newsjacking the Pandemic: The Rise and Ruin of Spinformation

April 7, 2020

Spin didn’t start the COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s not going to stop it either. Consider six cases and the strategies that power them and their players. Each amounts to the subtle but detectable exploitation (i.e., newsjacking) of our new reality. As though from Chernobyl, Chinese authorities shut down and slow-walked the novel coronavirus’ discovery, and […]

Podcast Plays with PRWeek: Strategic Comms, Taking the Front Foot, Zuck and Bernie

February 21, 2020

HELLLOOO! Thanks to @Steve_J_Barrett and @Washkuch for a lively chat on the @PRWeekUS podcast: In which we discuss the PR industry’s education-practice gap and how strategic communication puts us on the front foot. Also, my takes on why Mark Zuckerberg can only play offense and how Bernie Sanders can happen. #stratcom #strategiccommunication #corpcomm #PR Tap […]

Strategic Communication: Simulating a Ukraine Migraine

November 13, 2019

SIMULATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL in developed industries and professions. They help pilots, doctors and first responders execute with precision — not simply because practice makes perfect but because experimentation can be the better teacher. So why not simulate communications? And the strategies that drive it? At The Circle conference in Budapest, Hungary, I had the honor of engaging […]

What’s Behind Strategic Communications? A Periodic Table of Course.

July 23, 2019

From Bledcom, the premier communication theory symposium held annually in Bled, Slovenia, a presentation by Playmaker Systems’ Alan Kelly of his ground-breaking Taxonomy of Influence Strategies: “Reality Check: Presenting and Assessing a Periodic Table and Decision System for Strategic Communication” This video includes critiques from CCO veteran Herbert Heitmann and theorist Andrej Drapal.