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@jenzings  I hear ya! I'm now at Rutgers, and they're offering up flu shots for free next week. I'll be there!

1 year, 1 month ago on Talking PR on the Street…Er, in a Hotel

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I know your pain! I've had it twice in the last six years. It really just wipes you out. And it once wiped out the entire PR department at PRSA. I think it was 2009 or 2010 -- it was the height of the H1N1 virus. Like dominoes, we all came down with the flu on the eve of Silver Anvils -- I was the last one to get sent home. I think that was the first time we had no PR reps at Silver Anvils. Hope you feel better soon!

1 year, 1 month ago on Talking PR on the Street…Er, in a Hotel

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@martinwaxman  I think because these were, for the most part, local media contacts. We weren't the "sexy" client -- minimal national exposure (trades only). I worked in higher education and transportation. Both eventually eliminated the contracts when the majority of services were brought in house due to insufficient attention from the agencies. 

1 year, 2 months ago on What’s the Future of PR?

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I think it depends on the industry you're targeting as clients. Having worked in the public sector most of my career, I have been the client for PR and marketing agencies in the past. But when it came to media relations, we had better luck cultivating the relationships ourselves rather than relying on the agencies to do that, and reporters had a tendency to bypass our AOR and come straight to us. I've seen the diminished use of agencies in companies for which I previously worked. I've also seen budgets more focused on services we couldn't otherwise do ourselves -- videos, digital and traditional design, Web development, etc. Of course, that doesn't rule out future use of an agency in time of, (cough, cough), crisis. 

1 year, 2 months ago on What’s the Future of PR?

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@ginidietrich @gomezdm Doing well in my new position -- and I have to say, Arthur prepped me well. Hope you are doing well.

1 year, 4 months ago on Rest in Peace, Arthur Yann

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Thanks Gini for your kind words about Arthur. He certainly was a man to be reckoned with (pardon the cliche). He challenged me on so many levels when it came to work, and I'm sure I challenged him on a few projects. Yet, when I needed the ear of a mentor and friend, he easily gave me his attention and concern. He was as straightforward as they come, and that's what I think I appreciated most about him. I haven't heard that booming laugh since I left PRSA last year, but the memories of his laugh and smile will never fade. 

1 year, 4 months ago on Rest in Peace, Arthur Yann

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