Stories by Seth Arenstein


Something to Consider This Summer: Deciding on Pro Bono Work in Your Upcoming Budget

July 1st, 2021 by

In interviews, we found pro bono has several meanings. Strictly, it’s free work. In PR, it also encompasses volunteering at nonprofits. At some shops it includes at-cost or highly discounted work. Some brands consider pro bono tantamount to what many call corporate social responsibility.

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Cosmetics Dominate Pre-Holiday Social Engagement on Instagram, and a Tree Grows in NY

December 1st, 2020 by

Despite a troubled economy and uncertainty surrounding travel and festive gatherings during the 2020 holiday season, demand to look one’s best endures, whether it’s on Zoom or in person. We’ve never seen such domination; seven of the top 10 brands produce cosmetics and the remaining three firmly are rooted in beauty. On the other hand, how many times do you need to hear someone tell you 2020 was an unusual year?

For Transparency, It was the Best of Times and Worst of Times

July 24th, 2020 by

Sometimes, life isn’t clear cut. This week began with an outstanding example of transparency and included a rare show of transparency from the Department of Homeland Security. On the other hand, the week also highlighted that transparency has a long a way to go.

How to Position for Re-Entry and Communication in the Post-COVID-19 World

June 2nd, 2020 by

We see more and more agencies preparing for life after the pandemic by establishing practices and offshoots dedicated to post-virus communication and strategy. We asked M Group chief Jay Morakis to dive into the thinking behind establishing such a practice.

Engagement Falls 10% YTD for B2Cs, 30% for B2Bs (Jan-Nov 2019)

December 1st, 2019 by

Our (almost) year-end look at social media engagement by B2C and B2B brands shows a pattern in both categories. Engagement is off year over year. Data is provided exclusively to PRNEWS by data partner Shareablee.

Measurement’s Biggest Obstacle? Getting Budget for Analytics Tools

October 1st, 2019 by

Measurement is gaining traction in PR and communications, yet it remains a dark-haired stepchild in many quarters. Some of measurement’s pain points include the lack of budgets for data collection and tools, as well as concerns about how well those tools function, according to a news survey of some 500 PR pros.

Takeaways from Nike-Kaepernick Campaign, Crisis Analytics and New to the Resource Center

October 1st, 2018 by

In each edition of PR News we highlight takeaways from select articles as well as important additions to the PR News Resources Center, which is available to paid subscribers only.

How to Launch Social in a Regulated Industry

October 1st, 2018 by

This case study shows how health insurance provider AETNA is traversing the difficult terrain of regulation and still managing to mount a robust social media effort.

Is Mueller’s Silence His PR Lesson?

September 14th, 2018 by

Considering how often President Trump attacks him, special counsel Robert Mueller seems to be ignoring the PR maxim that if you don’t write your own narrative, someone else will do it for you. On the other hand, Mueller might prefer to allow the 30+ indictments he’s produced to do the talking for him.

$100K Hospital Bill That Shrank to $800 Illustrates Healthcare Communicators’ Dilemma

September 12th, 2018 by

Healthcare communicators have plenty to worry about, particularly working in a regulated industry where lives are at stake daily. Add to that the upcoming elections, where the Affordable Care Act is a major issue. Speaking of affordable care, questions abound when the story of a school teacher’s $100,000 hospital bill being cut to $800 is raised.