Life Flashed Before My Eyes This Morning

I was on Delta flight 1491 from New York’s La Guardia Airport to Cincinnati at 6:45 A.M this morning. About two minutes after takeoff, the cabin began to fill with smoke…the captain told us over the intercom that they in fact realized the cabin was filling with smoke and that they were circling back to La Guardia for an immediate landing, and asked us to prepare.Read the rest

Harold Burson Blogs

Harold Burson, the living PR legend, just started a blog. He is — perhaps more than any other individual — someone all PR professionals and business leaders should strive to emulate.

I first met Harold after I was accepted into his "Harold Burson Summer Internship," while an undergraduate at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School over a decade ago.… Read the rest

Sleazy Conference Sponsorships

As marketing guy for a leading market research company, I allocate a lot of staff time and resources in matching our executives and leading thinkers with relevant speaking engagements at important industry conferences. It’s usually a fair trade: my company contributes talent, coordination resources and original content to enable the conference to happen; in return, my company receives exposure and conversation with relevant stakeholders.Read the rest

Online Reviews & Half-Truths

Reports like Christopher Elliott’s February 7, 2005 New York Times story – Hotel Reviews Online: In Bed With Hope, Half-Truths and Hype – wrongly pigeonhole valuable online ratings and community sites. Nobody can argue there are bad, disingenuous people online, but this story was at least partly a victim of the cliché trap.… Read the rest