Monday September 16, 2019

An Interesting PR Problem

What do you do when your founder considers a run for President over loud opposition?  This is the position Starbucks finds itself in.  Howard Schultz is publicly noodling whether to run as an independent for the White House, and Democrats are terrified he will split the ranks and give another four years to Trump.  They […]

Image Problem

Vancouver, Seattle and Portland have an image problem.  The three cities are overrun with homeless men and women who reside on the streets because the weather tends to be mild.  The three towns want to project a forward-moving economy, but it is hard when people congregate on sidewalks,in alleyways, under bridges and in parks.  Portland […]

PR/Marketing Problem

Kentucky Fried Chicken has run out of chicken in the UK.  It has had to close 2/3 of its 900 restaurants in the country because of the shortage.  The chain is making light of it but the situation is serious.  There is no faster way to lose customers for the long-term.  Once they get out […]

Negative PR Not A Problem

In a usual election year, this kind of negative PR would be enough to sink a candidate.  Not this year.  Hillary Clinton should thank the Republican party for putting up a candidate with more negatives than she has.  Although it is early, it is looking now like Clinton will sweep most of the states in […]

Not Our Problem

The tally is out and the most deadly terror group in the world is not ISIS but West Africa’s Boko Haram.  Why then has the group not received the same news coverage and headlines as ISIS?  The answer appears to be that they are exploiting their own in Africa and not working outside of the continent to spread […]

Long-term PR Problem

Just as the Exxon Valdez caused multi-decade problems for Alaska, BP’s Deepwater Horizon well in the Caribbean has left a wide bed of gunk on the ocean floor.  The damage might not be visible but it is there on the seabed where marine creatures can ingest it to what effect is unknown.  This means that […]

A Global Problem

Around the world, bacteria are becoming immune to antibiotics.  This has happened for a two reasons — people misusing them and doctors over-prescribing them.  Bacteria are evolving naturally and building resistance rather than dying and disappearing.  The problem is not new.  Early developers of antibiotics foresaw a day when new strains of hardier “bugs” would appear. […]

A PR Problem Either Way

Wal-Mart announced that it is sold out of some guns because of surging demand.  That is an interesting PR problem.  On the one hand, Wal-Mart needs to please customers, many of whom are gun-owners.  On the other, the company is coming under pressure, as are all gun sales outlets, to stop arms sales.  Wal-Mart carries […]

Long-term Problem

This is a long-term problem for the President, the next President and perhaps, the President after that.  The middle-class of America was crushed by the burst housing bubble.  Retirement funds are gone and any notion of passing wealth to the next generation is a mirage.  The decline will change the way politicians talk about the […]

Business Decision – PR Problem

There are times when a corporation can’t win.  This is one.  Boeing in response to pending cutbacks in military budgets has elected to close its 80-year-old plant in Wichita, KS.  Everyone is crying foul.  Kansas politicians had gone to bat for the company in its long and much-disputed win of an Air Force aerial tanker […]