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In blogs and news media, we can read all about instances where companies have made mistakes or wound up knee-deep in a crisis. Pundits and critics love to expound for days on end about what the company did wrong and who should shoulder the blame. However, we rarely discuss companies that are doing things right.

While it may be easier to remember the companies that are behaving badly, you can probably learn more from a company’s success story.

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Topics: Public Relations, Featured, PR Success Stories

PR Success Story: Gatorade

PR Success Story: Third-Party Endorsement Earns Gatorade International Acclaim and a Place in Sporting History

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: Supersonic Jet Takes Off Aided by Public Relations

Concorde by Rainier Wong

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Topics: Crisis PR, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: The Ford Mustang

PR Success Stories: Ford Creates a Buzz Through the Power of Public Relations

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: CBS Wins the Case in the Court of Public Opinion

PR Success Story: CBS vs. Gen. Westmoreland

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Topics: Public Relations, Crisis PR, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: Vietnam War Memorial

PR Success Story: The Power of Public Relations in Overcoming National Controversy

Background

In what began as a simple plan to promote construction of a Vietnam War memorial in Washington D.C., project fundraisers soon found themselves becoming the source of a dispute that quickly spread across the country. Architecture major Maya Lin's vision of a "rift in the earth" created by a polished black stone wall on which the etched names of the dead or missing would appear, generated as much praise as it did intense opposition. At the center of contention lay disagreement over the chosen design's ability to provide dignity and valor to the memory of the war's fallen servicemen. Now far removed from simply promoting a non-profit fund and its statue, PR experts responsible for the memorial's image instead found themselves in the middle a struggle to find a resolution that would benefit their client as well as the public at large.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: Orville’s Gourmet Popping Corn Gets a Second Chance

PR Success Stories: Orville Redenbacher

Background

Having sold his “gourmet” popcorn concept to Hunt-Wesson Foods, Orville Clarence Redenbacher believed he had created the freshest and most satisfying snack experience to come from a kernel of corn. Unfortunately for Orville and Hunt-Wesson, few were swayed by the idea of a popcorn delicacy costing twice as much as other brands. Despite attempts to impress shop owners with the snack’s fluffier qualities, none could foresee it becoming a popular selling item, simply refusing to carry the product as a result. Typically signifying the end of the line for most brands, Hunt-Wesson instead chose to rely on the power and influence of public relations in resurrecting this seemingly dead horse. What transpired became perhaps one of the best examples of turnaround profits in the marketing industry.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Success Stories

Value-Based Public Relations: Why low-priced PR carries a high cost

When you're comparing two PR firms' offerings, be careful not to confuse price with the value of their service.

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Topics: Public Relations, PR Success Stories

PR Success Stories: How Public Relations Saves Lives

PR Success Stories: Seatbelts

Background

The potential for public relations to create positive social change would prove its worth in 1971 when administrative leaders within the U.S. Department of Transportation sought to replace car seatbelts with air bags in all new vehicles starting in 1974. The controversial move lay with the fact that although seatbelts had saved thousands of lives, they remained very unpopular with American consumers, the majority simply refusing to wear them. The solution, some claimed, would come from eliminating seatbelts entirely, and in their place installing the newer, less irritating airbag technology. This decision would be supported despite reservations from auto industry manufacturers that airbags came with several drawbacks, including potential injury to children, damage to ear drums as a result of the explosive noise and their tendency to distract drivers attempting to navigate through accidents.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Success Stories

The Power of PR (Positive Relationships)

In Oprah’s final episode, she was asked if there was a common thread throughout her 25 years on air. As she reflected on decades of interactions and interviews, she distilled it down to one thing all of her guests shared:

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations, PR Tips, PR Success Stories

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