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You Need to Know Jack

On September 19th, the most popular man on Wall Street–  and perhaps the entire financial world– was Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba.  Shares of the Chinese internet juggernaut were being sold for the first time on the New York Stock Exchange, and Ma was there to celebrate.  Of course, reporters from all the financial media […]

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The Captain and the Captivated Audience

Yankees captain and sure-fire Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter, played his final All Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday.   As you might expect, a series of opportunities for fans to pay tribute to Jeter were incorporated in the pre-game ceremonies and during the game itself.   And they were great.  I’d say even […]

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Firing Up Your Media Presence’s newly-unveiled smartphone–Fire–has a truly unique feature.  Called Firefly, it can “read” a picture of an object and find it for you—then try to sell it to you (Through, of course). It’s probably too early to tell if Firefly will have a dramatic impact on the smartphone/retail space, but for those focusing on “getting […]

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Becoming a Media Idol

The 13th edition of American Idol just wrapped up with North Carolina rocker Caleb Johnson winning the crown.  One thing was clear to those of us who have followed the hit program for years–  this season was a lot better than last.  The 2013 version of the show was almost painful to watch.  The animosity […]

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Icing Your Media Success

Let it go, let it go And I’ll rise like the break of dawn.                                       –from “Frozen”   I was at a clinic recently to get some routine blood work done, and while I was in the waiting room a young girl, maybe 5 or 6 years old, went in for her tests.  Suddenly, […]

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Forging Your Media Image

When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died today, almost every headline noted she was called the “Iron Lady,” a moniker received from her adversaries in the Soviet Union because of her toughness in dealing with them.  Most women probably would have been insulted by such a nickname, but instead Thatcher embraced it, using it […]

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Riding the Media Pony

I’m a proud graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  As a “Mustang” supporter, I was recently invited to a New York-area alumni gathering at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.  At the event, school President R. Gerald Turner spoke at length about this month’s opening of former U.S. President George W. Bush’s library on campus.  Dr. […]

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A Media Lesson of Biblical Proportions

Americans love keeping score. We pay attention to all kinds of rankings:  richest people, top colleges, best restaurants, highest weekend box office sales…the list goes on and on. One that struck me recently was a headline for the History Channel’s super-popular miniseries on the Bible.  It proclaimed:  “The Bible tops American Idol in Nielsen ratings.” […]

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Mad About Your Message

It’s March Madness time.  And even people who don’t have a clue about sports know that means the NCAA basketball tournament is getting underway.  It should also be a reminder of how you can do better at “getting noticed” in the media. March Madness is one of the most popular sporting events in the country.  […]

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