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Using Surveys to Get Media Coverage

November 19, 2009  

The director of our PR Polling Division, Nathan Richter, was recently interviewed for an article on how to use surveys to drive media coverage.  We’ve reposted the article below. And, if you happen to be flying Midwest Airlines this January, you can read more about P …

The New Deal for Employees

October 19, 2009  

This recession seems to have changed the employer-worker relationship in ways that will last for many years — in ways that won’t put a smile on employees’ faces. The Wall Street Journal reports on a survey revealing that 2 out of 3 large companies that have …

Opt-Out Moms Aren’t the Norm

October 9, 2009  

Over the past couple of decades, amid the references to “soccer moms,” an image emerged of many successful, professional white women choosing to leave the workplace and raise kids as a stay-at-home mother. Their decision to leave a successful job helped coin the t …

“I’ll Have a Pint of Bitter and 1 Calculator”

October 5, 2009  

Political reforms and electoral campaigns can sail or fail based largely on how they are marketed. In the 1994 election, Newt Gingrich and his fellow Republicans in Congress successfully rallied behind the Contract With America. This year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel won …

Supermarket Sweep

September 25, 2009  

Price cuts are in the news.  The Washington Post says that supermarket prices are falling, and price cuts for popular video game systems such as Nintendo’s Wii are above-the-fold news fodder this month. Price cutting is a tactic that nearly every brand from canned corn …

A Recession That’s Surprising the Experts

September 17, 2009  

In a typical U.S. recession, those who hold onto their jobs experience virtually no wage growth. And some of them even suffer wage cuts. But the stats show that this recession is doing a dance of its own. According to the N.Y. Times: Last winter, stories of companies cutting …

A Brief Recession

August 31, 2009  

Back in the 1990s, the hard-rockin’ band Bane released an album called It All Comes Down to This. But there wasn’t a single track on that album about men’s underwear. Maybe band members just hadn’t heard. This article in Monday’s Washington Post …

Newscycle Round-Up

August 6, 2009  

I love the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. In addition to being a positive force for responsible journalism, it also can be a handy tool to help publicists “keep it real.” Here’s a look at the top news stories: #1 Healthcare …

Poll: Would You Start a Business in a Recession?

July 9, 2009  

Maybe some ideas are so good that the economic climate is irrelevant (like the Manzier) but kudos to anyone with the cojones to start a business in this economy. But that’s exactly what some brave souls have done. In the midst of one of the worst economies in national h …

That Falling Line Is Someone’s Bungalow

May 21, 2009  

Sometimes graphs and charts require a lengthy explanation before their meaning can fully sink in. But, in other cases, one glance at ’em and . . . . wow. It makes perfect sense immediately. A great read is Bubble Meter, a blog that tracks America’s housing bubble …