Playmaker’s Blog


Words are Public. Strategy is Secret. Not for Long.

March 28, 2018

Seth Grimes’ Sentiment Analysis Symposium, held this week in New York City, proved again to be the place for miners of data gold. But presentations on bots, voice and emotion suggested something bigger. Human analytics, anyone? Playmaker chief Alan Kelly helped stretch the agenda with his talk, Beyond Sentiment: Mining for Strategy and Motive. To […]

Radoli’s Take: Netanyahu’s Peacock Nets Iran’s Restraint

February 25, 2018

Playmaker Don Radoli has an eye for influence strategy and the gamesmanship it propels. Watching the high drama of the recent Munich Security Conference, Radoli broke down the influence plays of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who took to the podium and raised what he claimed was a piece of a downed Iranian drone. Using the Taxonomy […]

IPR Symposium Showcases a Powerful, Conflicted Craft

December 11, 2017

The recent Institute for Public Relations Research Symposium, held Nov. 29th in New York, was a knothole in the fence that surrounds the cultish and chronically confused public relations and communications industries. Peering in and tweeting out, I had to marvel at the IPR’s clever reflection on the roles and reasons for the functions and their supporting […]

Take a Knee, NFL. We Have Your Playbook

September 25, 2017

For Donald Trump, the image of a kneeling pro football player is America-hating behavior. Disrespectful and a fireable offense, the president tells NFL owners. For black athletes — from the unemployed Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the well-employed NBA champion Stephen Curry — it’s their right to speak and assemble freely. This Sunday, sports and politics collided […]

Through James Comey, America is Great Again

June 9, 2017

Michelle Obama famously said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.” The former first lady’s words were on my lips this week as I watched dismissed FBI director, James Comey, tell his cat-and-mouse story of a worried president […]