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Winter is Coming: 5 tips for holiday PR

You may hate the headline of this blog but, you cannot ignore the reality that winter and the holidays are, in fact, coming. Now is the time for PR pros to set their sights on this ‘most wonderful time of the year.’ Here at Franco, we have a lot of clients whose business peaks during[…]

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What’s your AP Stylebook Pet Peeve?

As PR professionals, we have been taught and follow the rules of the Associated Press Stylebook. The AP Stylebook is the PR professional’s bible. And occasionally there are individuals who break the rules. Sometimes by mistake and others simply may not know what the Associated Press has to say about it. I’m on a mission[…]

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An inside look at the Rouge River

Ever wonder what happens to your water after it goes down the drain or runs off into the sewers? If you answered, “It makes its way to the river,” you’d be correct. But do you know which river or watershed your area drains into? I bet you do, but it’s something most of us don’t[…]


12 Books to Sharpen Your Public Relations Skills in 2016

Following the popularity of last year’s 12 Books To Read To Sharpen Your Public Relations Skills In 2015 post, I figured I should draft my 2016 PR reading list. I had fun reading my picks for 2015 and am looking forward to tackling my 2016 picks. Franco Book Club anyone? 1. Spinglish: The Definitive Dictionary of[…]


Franco Tackles the NFL Draft

“Hello and welcome to the 2016 NFL Draft.” To the fandom that surrounds the NFL, there are few phrases that conjure more excitement. That phrase means fresh talent on their team’s roster, it means seeing the next Joe Montana before he becomes a superstar. But, for Franco client STAHLS’, it means making custom, national TV[…]

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New Beer’s Eve: Six client beers

Among the many joys of working with beer, wine and restaurant clients, we learn quite a bit of great trivia. Like the fact that April 6 is celebrated by some as an unofficial U.S. holiday, “New Beer’s Eve.” Some basic research tells us that shortly after the end of U.S. Prohibition, the sale of beer[…]

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Election 2016: The Power of Earned Media

DISCLOSURE: This is not a partisan post, an endorsement for a particular candidate, or a political rant. This is about the power of PR, more specifically, the power of earned media, something I speak about frequently in my business as president of Franco. We’re often asked to measure the value of media coverage, or to[…]

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Eighty Days of Red Kettle

All PR professionals have that one client project that seems to take over everything. It means long hours at the office, lack of sleep (which leads to copious amounts of caffeine), around the clock emails and being on your feet for hours at a time. For those of us who work on The Salvation Army[…]


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[…]

NAIAS Survival Checklist: Must-Haves For Working The Event

There’s lots of great articles out there with tips on attending the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), but what if you’re not an attendee but working it for a client? Our Franco auto team is no stranger to the behemoth auto exhibit, so we asked them what they have on their must-bring lists for 2016.[…]