News and PR Insights from 5W Public Relations CEO Ronn Torossian

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Unconventional Management Tips to Boost Team Performance

Strong and effective teams are usually the driving force behind a successful company. It has been shown time and again that when team member support each other and work cooperatively, they perform better than groups where the members are focused on their individual interest.

Every single person in the team from the CEO to intern has an important part to play when it comes to having an positive impact on team performance.An exceptional manager is able to understand this and the importance of a cooperative group dynamic. They find ways to piece together different pieces of a team to create a cohesive and functional unit working towards a common goal.

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Gold Medalist Offers Mea Culpa for Halloween Costume

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Listen, in case you have never heard this before, the Internet is forever… and it’s not very forgiving. You can be a hero today, but mess up once on Twitter, and you may find yourself apologizing for weeks… if you can manage to salvage your career at all.

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Victoria’s Secret May Have a Generational PR Problem

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Not that long ago, from a branding perspective, Victoria’s Secret practically owned the lingerie market. Even today, if you ask anyone over 40 to name a national lingerie brand, the majority will get to Victoria’s Secret quickly. But, as with many other established brands in many other markets, young people are trending away from this clothing brand.

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Harley Having to Answer for Yet Another Recall

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For every automotive manufacturer, recalls will happen. Each one is an opportunity for effective, ineffective, or disastrous public relations. Most people will remember the GM consumer PR disaster in which the company held off on recalling parts that some later reported they knew could be defective. Those defects caused deaths and proved to be a major PR scandal for the company.

Then there was the Takata airbag PR nightmare, in which it was shown that the life-saving devices may be defective on many different models across a variety of different manufacturers. The scandal rocked the company, causing serious, permanent ramifications.

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Starbucks Offers Double Shot of Holiday Cups

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Remember “Cupgate” a few years ago? When Starbucks tried to go minimalist on their traditional holiday-themed cups, some people were fighting mad. Then there was last year’s cups, which invited customers to draw on them in order to “to create a culture of belonging, inclusion and diversity…” Once again, fury erupted in some quarters, leaving Starbucks to defend their aesthetic choices. While that upset passed quickly each time, leaving a general feeling of silliness about the whole episode, Starbucks has clearly not forgotten.

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White Castle teams up with Wu-Tang Clan to promote its new slider

 

In it’s new promotional stunt, White Castle has teamed up with hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan to create a four-part online series called “Wu Tang in Space Eating Impossible Sliders”. The series is an attempt to promote the fast-food chain’s new addition to its menu – the Impossible Slider, a plant-based burger.

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Conners Debut Sends Mixed Signals to ABC

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Ever since it was announced that “The Conners” would replace long-running and recently revived sitcom, “Roseanne,” with the forced departure of the show’s creator and star, opinions have been lining up on both sides of the “Roseanne” divide to see what would happen when the first episode aired. Now, that question has been answered, and it seems to have given narrative ammunition to both sides of the argument.

On the side of ABC, which fired Roseanne and banished her from her own show after the comedian published a tweet many found racist, you have people touting 10.5 million viewers tuning in to see the show. Those ratings are more than “pretty good.” In fact, those numbers made “The Conners” the most-watched ABC show of this season so far. In fact, “The Conners” was the biggest new program on any major network.

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Coffee Competition is Heating Up

Move over Cola Wars, this is the decade of the Coffee Wars. Starbucks is the clear leader, with brand saturation coast to coast, but the former “Dunkin Donuts” brand is retooled and ready for battle.

Slowly, over the past few years, Dunkin’ has been increasing its breakfast menu of quick to-go items and expanding its coffee and beverage offerings, both in the stores and on grocery shelves. There were rumors that the brand might be setting itself up to go toe-to-toe with Starbucks, but, until now, that was mostly speculation.

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Time to Address the Elephant in the City

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Stopping just short of launching a stampede through London streets, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) this week released an elephant out the front of St Paul’s Cathedral- a life-sized hologram elephant,that is.

The hologram, reaching more than 16 feet in length, is part of the organisation’s Stop Wildlife Trafficking Campaign, aiming to collect more than 100,000 signatures as part of a call on the British government to end illegal wildlife trafficking.

According to the WWF, 90 percent of African elephants have been lost in the last century, amounting to 20,000 of the animals killed for their ivory each year. The figure outpaces the species’ birth rate by a country mile.

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No More Dunkin’ Your Donuts

While you might still be inclined to dip your donuts in your coffee, you will no longer be enticed to do so by the sign on the door. The rumors that have persisted for these past many months have come to pass. Dunkin’ Donuts is now, officially, only “Dunkin’.” Customers will not see the complete changeover until this coming January, when the new logo will appear on signs, boxes, cups, and napkins, but Dunkin’ is focused on getting the message out.

While donuts will still be on the menu, the brand hopes that consumers will get a different, broader message from the new moniker. Dunkin’s message is that “we serve more than just pastries,” and they hope to focus more on coffee and other drinks going forward.

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