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Assessing Trump’s and Clinton’s Public Relations Efforts: Implications for Practice

The recent inauguration of President Donald Trump marked a historic transition when someone with no political experience now occupies arguably the most powerful position in the world. In explaining the unexpected outcome of the election, many pundits credited Trump’s communication effectiveness and ability to directly “reach the people.” However, this may be an overly simplified […]

Combating “Post-Truth” with Honesty and Integrity

This weekend we watched as the White House spokesman presented misinformation and then reprimanded the media for reporting facts. This comes on the heels of backlash over fake news in social media that has raised skepticism and created confusion in the public. I suspect this kind of blatant disregard for truth is contributing to plummeting […]

2017 Edelman Trust Barometer

This post appears courtesy of Edelman. The full study can be found here. It’s 2017, and trust is at an all-time low. Just released, the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed that trust is in crisis. The general population’s trust in four key institutions – business, government, NGOs, and media – has declined considerably, a phenomenon […]

How Certain Personality Traits Lead to More “Likes” on Facebook

The interactive features of social media have attracted considerable attention from both scholars and professionals over the years. Among these features is the functionality of the “like” button. This functionality allows users to express their favorable attitude toward messages others post by “liking” them and also allows them to receive “likes” for their own posts […]

Five Tips for Practicing Public Relations in Asia

This article is the fifth in a series adapted from Alaimo’s book “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication.” As part of the research for “Pitch, Tweet, or Engage on the Street: How to Practice Global Public Relations and Strategic Communication,” my new book on how […]

Key Digital Trends for 2017 | Study by social@Ogilvy

This post appears courtesy of Ogilvy. The full study by Marshall Manson and James Whatley of Ogilvy can be found here. As 2017 begins, agencies and brands are looking to key trend measurements. The fourth annual Key Digital Trends report for 2017 has been released, all thanks to two of Ogilvy’s digital and innovation leaders, Marshall Manson, […]

Hyperglobalization and Hyperdemocratization: Implications for Public Relations | 2016 Pathfinder Award Presentation

Dr. Dejan Verčič, Professor and Head of Centre for Marketing and Public Relations at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, received the 2016 Pathfinder Award, the highest academic honor bestowed by the Institute for Public Relations. Dr. Verčič presented “Hyperglobalization and Hyperdemocratization: Implications for Public Relations” at the 5th Annual IPR Research Symposium in New York […]

Celebrating 60 Years of IPR: The Heart Beneath the Science

Writing from New York, the weather has finally turned. It’s freezing now. We brace ourselves before going outdoors. And when we forget to dress warmly, we suffer. But when we engage with one another through the Institute for Public Relations, we come out of the cold, and the world becomes a surprisingly warm place. The […]