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Free Wi-Fi for the Masses, Everywhere?
July 3rd, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Consider whether free Wi-Fi access to the Internet isn’t becoming a factor in public relations. That thought occurred at a McDonalds the other day when the staffers were wearing headsets to talk to each other, but customers couldn’t access the Internet (other than by paying telephone charges) while enjoying their meals. Now coverage of the run-up to this year’s baseball All-Star Game at Cincinnati discloses that the Great American Ballpark has added free Wi-Fi for the fans, “via more than 570 high-density antennas; the free public network will be labeled REDSWIFI.” And it will apparently remain after the All-Star Game.

PR’s Not Purgatory, It’s Relevance
July 2nd, 2015 by Doug Bedell
I guess we should be taking exception to this. Here’s a clergyman reporting that one former associate minister he’s heard about “is working in public relations at a major state university.“ As though that’s a form of purgatory. The reality, however, is that for churches, too, public relations ought to be a pivotal discipline. Things appear to be slipping for churches. But strong relational ties to communities and their residents are part of where renewal may lie.
Read About Empathy, PR's Foundational Precept
July 1st, 2015 by Doug Bedell
What is, or ought to be, recognized as PR’s foundational (and most important) precept – empathy – is explored in a LiveScience post by P.J. Manney, who has written a science fiction novel on the subject – ‘Revolution’. 'Empathy – the ability to share someone else’s feelings – is perhaps the most important trait humans demonstrate,' Manney writes.
Principles of Good PR: 'On the Ground' in Georgia
June 30th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Brookhaven, Ga., appears to be an Atlanta suburb, and, writing in the local paper, Mitch Leff appears to be a highly knowledgeable PR guy. He’s advising on how to avoid a media crisis and other relational matters and he ought to be taken to heart – in Brookhaven and elsewhere.
Brian Solis: What the New Generation Values
June 29th, 2015 by Doug Bedell
Brian Solis was a panelist on the new generation of workers, who are rethinking a lot about what’s important to them. “Their value system is profoundly different,” Solis writes, “and they’re forming relationships with products and services based on the things they value and appreciate.” What are they? Read the post as an introduction to an Entrepreneur panel discussion on where we’re headed. “The older generation,” Solis writes, “is making decisions based on their experience and how they went through life – going to college, getting a job, getting married, buying a house and buying a car. Today’s generation is rethinking whether or not college is important, and whether they want full-time jobs or want to be entrepreneurs..."
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