Sandra Bullock in Movie Gravity – Too Little Too Late for NASA PR – Fed Shutdown

The irony of this week’s opening of the movie Gravity starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and Ed Harris is just, well, “out of this world. ” Unintentionally timed by public relations wonks to match up with this week’s furlough of 97% of NASA employees is nothing short of amazing.  As Hollywood’s magic PR campaign and star power launch the movie  to earth orbiting heights, the real U.S. space program appears to be burning up upon re-entry.

Deemed “nonessential” ...

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Entrepreneur – 2 Critical Areas of Study

In the weekend Entrepreneurship class I teach for a local university, I see dozens of aspiring business owners with tons of great ideas for starting a business. In my role as a Entrepreneur Consultant, my company sees the few that ever get from “idea” to “plan” to “execution.” Out of dozens of successful clients, four having reached the Inc.500 so far, I find a common theme. Successful startups learn 1) leadership skills and 2) ...

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Entrepreneur Consultant John Pilmer Accepts Weekend Faculty Invitation at UVU

 

Entrepreneur Consultant John Pilmer is back by popular demand.

SALT LAKE CITY—August 27, 2013—Utah Valley University (UVU) has enlisted PilmerPR CEO and business advisor John Pilmer, to teach Entrepreneurship (MGMT 3170.301) for a fourth semester in the Woodbury School of Business. This introductory class for aspiring entrepreneurs offers students a unique view into the real world of creating a running a successful startup company. Since his class meets on Saturday mornings, Pilmer continues as CEO for PilmerPR.

“I’m pleased to ...

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Facebook Smacks Email from Passing Lane in Consumer Digital Communications

Breaking News: In the world of digital communications, Facebook now equals Email in the percentage of connected consumers who use the platform for talk to others. (source: Chinet).  87% of consumers use both.  That’s up drastically over numbers reported just two years ago (2011).

Why should companies and marketers care? If you stay stuck in the old-school-think of mass email business-to-consumer (B to C) campaigns, you may be ...

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Daily Herald Gets Online Media Wings, Prepares to Fly to New Location

The Daily Herald and I go back 16 years to it’s first print edition delivery on my doorstep. I was a new recruit on Eric Schmidt’s Novell public relations team at the time. We’ve had a love/hate relationship since then as the Utah Valley staple rides the roller coaster despised by print newspapers over the past decade. The less than nimble ones are now found in the ...

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2 Hotly Debated PR Topics

Recently, there has been a flare up of incidents that have left the media questioning, the PR world fumbling, and bystanders scratching their heads about these PR topics. Many times, businesses and people at the top end of the American social elite act before thinking and backpedal when their metaphorical toast is already burnt. Here are 2 examples of such blunders:

The Paula Deen Controversy

Paula Deen PR TopicAs much as this topic ...

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PR Online: 5 Ways to Ensure Your Email Gets Deleted

“If only our clients would read our emails all the way through, our business would be booming!” Sound familiar? Most businesses have run into the problem of promotional emails getting deleted with few emails even being opened by the recipients. So why don’t people care about the awesome goods or services we offer? Here are five approaches that ensure your email does not get picked up by local media and potential clients.

1. Overusing exclamation points, question marks, and ...

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Google Fiber, PR, and Utah

These three things have nothing in common right? Wrong.

Recently the city of Provo in Utah Valley, a place  I call home, announced it would make a huge announcement that would change the city entirely by putting us on the map. Great, I thought…another mall or maybe even a commercial airline terminal at our airport (it’s hardly a landing strip). The morning of the big announcement came and I sat waiting for what was to come. The mayor stood with ...

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PR in the News – Re: Terrorism – Ignorance is Bliss

When it comes to terrorism, “ignorance is bliss.” That is the PR in the news from the Associated Press speaking to a Michigan Chamber of Commerce representative regarding where explosive materials are stored in the town of Shelby.  As President Obama follows his public relations script, directing that the war on terror must end, homeland terror threats appear very real if you pull back the sheets.

The AP reports that even post 9/11, even post Timothy McVeigh and ...

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Social Media PR: Utilizing The World’s Largest Online Focus Group

PilmerPRIn years past, social media was viewed as a means for expressing oneself and saying whatever came to mind so others could hear. Sounds like something teenagers would latch onto, right? Phrases like “social media PR” were not even considered and that was just the way things were. Today social media is used as the same babbling platform on one front but a powerful business tool on another. In fact, the fastest ...

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