A recent PBS special on the coming-of-age of Silicon Valley reminded me of the excitement I had dreaming up the seemingly endless uses for my family’s first home computer (a Timex Sinclair 1000, with 1.5k of built-in memory, circa 1982), and the epochal significance of the work everyone in the technology sector is doing today,…

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You’re ready to launch. Your development team has worked its magic, your distribution and pricing models are set, your shareholders and partners have bought off. All set, right? Too often emerging and established companies leave marketing and PR considerations as the last piece of their launch puzzle. It’s easy to push these elements to the…

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Maker’s Mark recently announced it would drop the whiskey’s proof from 90 to 84 and then stumbled a bit before going back to its original recipe and apologizing for the mess it had caused along the way.  In that controversy, one of America’s truly great brands forgot — even if just for a day or…

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For a PR firm, the hardest mission is helping clients simplify their messages.  The USDA’s “MyPlate“, which replaces the maddeningly complex and therefore uselsess food pyramid, is a brilliant example of successful message simplification. A food nutrition purist can find many faults with the MyPlate – it’s too simple, it leaves out all of the…

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Innovation Nation

One cannot help but appreciate innovation’s role in an emergence from a deep recession, but President Obama and China and others have kicked this theme into high gear for 2011. What does this mean for the technology industry, and for those of us who are in the business of developing public relations campaigns to support…

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