Jay Leno

An evening with Jay Leno: Tips for working with a celebrity

Franco recently had the opportunity to work with former Tonight Show host and celebrity comedian extraordinaire. Jay visited the Stahls’ Automotive Museum in support of its inaugural Hat Trick for Heroes, a three-day event celebrating heritage, heroes and hockey, all in support of local veterans and their families. Jay attended the charity gala fundraiser in[…]

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Detroit Design

Detroit is a hard working city, with its own highs and lows; it’s a place with fantastic roots and a true creative energy.  I dove deep in all things Detroit and within just a few months I was moving my life, design studio, and job all into Detroit. Soon after, my design adventures with Franco[…]

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Frozen Fish Fiasco, Team STAHLS’ and Tales of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick

I grew up playing hockey, but after trading in my skates for office life, I never thought I’d play a meaningful game again. Turns out, I was wrong. I emerged from hockey retirement and laced up my skates to support Team STAHLS’ as we faced off against the Detroit Red Wings Alumni team for a[…]

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Media Tips for Small Businesses

While marketing and public relations can be beneficial to businesses of all sizes, sometimes smaller businesses and startups aren’t quite sure where to start. We’ve all been there and you have to start somewhere, right? Recently NextEnergy – one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy and transportation technologies, businesses and industries – reached[…]

Be Prepared When Working With a Design Partner

In today’s ever increasing visual world, anyone involved in promotion must venture into the realm of design, whether it’s to create a single flyer or develop a full-blown campaign. But what if design is not your forte? Here are a few tips for getting the best from your graphic partner: Do a little soul searching.[…]

Understanding Facebook Advertising

While online advertising has been in the advertiser’s toolbox for some time now, social media options like Facebook advertising might be unchartered territory for some. As an agency, we provide clients with options and recommendations to reach their audiences. More and more, we find ourselves talking about Facebook advertising as a targeted and economical tool[…]

How to get started: Video ideas for web and social media

Businesses and organizations can effectively engage their audience by using online videos.  As Franco PR’s “video guy” I sometimes get asked by clients and colleagues what types of videos they should create. The options are endless. Here are a few ideas to get you started: How to video You can learn how to do pretty[…]

Brad Pitt – the sweet smell of success

So Brad Pitt is the new Chanel No5 spokesmodel. Is it a branding coup (or “coo,” for those who get a little wobbly kneed looking at him)? Hunky guys have shared the space with beautiful women selling various products, but, ah, a man alone with a bottle of Chanel No5. Now that’s sweet (with a hint of musk). Coco[…]