Rolling Stone, Big Brother 15 & The Marine Corps

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– Some random notes on such subjects as; Rolling Stone, Big Brother 15 & The Marine Corps –

First – Interestingly, The Navy and Marine Corps believe they can shame sexual offenders and reduce others from following in their footsteps. Both military divisions will begin publishing their own versions of a sex offenders list on their home pages as part of an effort to crack down on sexual assaults. Interestingly, they intend to publish both convictions and acquittals.

And then – Certain TV personalities apparently believe that crisis PR firms are miracle workers – Big Brother 15 has apparently hired a company to help her manage her media reputation – after repeated racist remarks.  When there are regular racial slurs, even the best PR pro may not be able to do much with a D-Level celebrity.

Plus – Rolling Stone Magazine is making headlines everywhere for featuring Boston Bombing terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. While I surely wouldn’t say that all press is good press, it does have many people talking about the magazine, perhaps for the 1st time in a long time.  All of that said, this issue – despite chains refusing to cover it – won’t have a long-term reputational effect on their brand or business. They may take a beating for a few weeks, but no one chooses a cover like this and doesn’t expect backlash. They took a gamble on a marketing concept. As much as it is a detestable ode to an alleged killer, it will not seriously damage them in the long run.

And finally – topPRagencies.com just released their list of the ten best social media PR agencies for July 2013 – and is towards the top of the list.  Love the continued wins for the agency I founded.

It is a brutally hot summer in New York City – have a great weekend wherever you’ll be spending it.

About Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the Founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations. He is an experienced leader in the public relations industry with over 20 years of experience. Ronn Torossian has been named as Public Relations executive of the year by the American Business Awards, and has run countless award-winning Public Relations programs.

Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian is the founder and Chairman of 5WPR, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 25 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America’s most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company’s growth, overseeing more than 275 professionals in the company’s headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named “PR Agency of the Year” by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world’s most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine’s Most Influential New Yorker, a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider, and a recipient of Crain’s New York 2021 Most Notable in Marketing & PR. Torossian is known as one of the country’s foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and has authored two editions of his book, “For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations,” which is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.

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