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Snapshots from downtown

Snapshots from downtown is a brief roundup of what the D&E team is seeing, hearing and doing leading up to and during the Republican National Convention. For all posts like this, click here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Noon:  Even though the Republican National Convention (RNC) starts this weekend, media from all over the country have already started descending on Cleveland. There was a noticeable traffic delay this morning as delegates, journalists and RNC visitors converged on downtown. 

MSNBC has taken over the Erie Island Coffee Co. on East Fourth Street and is preparing to broadcast live from there. (Erie Island was providing coffee from the sidewalk nearby.)

East Fourth often is a center of activity near the Q, where the RNC will take place. In the coming days,…

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Everything is earned in a championship city

As our CEO Chas Withers wrote recently, Dix & Eaton has always been a champion of Cleveland and eager to help tell the city’s story to the world. And as a media relations professional, I’ve noticed lately that media far beyond the county line are becoming eager to listen – and not just because our beloved Cavaliers have become world champs.

I’ve been a Clevelander for half my life now. Even though I was born and raised in black-and-gold territory, this city is my second hometown and I am thrilled that it is enjoying so much positive attention and interest from across the nation and around the world.

For almost two years, Cleveland’s political, business and civic leaders have been planning for the Republican National Convention, which is now less than a month away.…

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BMW CEO Harald Krueger, meet that master psychiatrist, Frank Sinatra

4 tips for recovering after a stumble in the spotlight

Harald Krueger, chief executive officer of BMW for just a few months, fainted during a press conference to introduce new car models at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Reports indicate he is recovering.

Was it pressure at his first major appearance and at one of the most prestigious events in the industry?

Was it, as apparently suggested by a company spokesperson, the result of a frenetic travel schedule?

Certainly it is important to know what caused the dizziness to make sure it does not happen again.

But what he does then is critically important to make sure that one very real stumble does not define him as a leader for the rest of his life.

Because the media will keep this story alive for as long as possible –…

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6 signs your company needs a social media playbook

D&E recently hosted a Brainfood session for clients and friends of the firm, part of our series of thought leadership sessions designed to share the latest and greatest thinking about emerging trends and issues facing communicators and marketers. The topic? Social media playbooks. About 25 professionals from organizations large and small, public and private, attended the event – and nearly 90% left the session agreeing that their company did, indeed, need a social media playbook.

Does your company need one too? Before deciding, consider what a social media playbook is. The way we see it, a playbook provides a detailed roadmap for how to tactically implement your company’s social media strategy. This ensures consistency across platforms (and accounts, for those…

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Communication innovations shape presidential campaign weaponry

At their most basic level, presidential campaigns are about one thing: communications.

Not the standard formula that involves the stand-up interview that leads to an article that leads to a vote. The communications strategies that campaigns develop every four years are far more dynamic, and far more desperate, than the standard fare. Equally as frenetic are the efforts of journalists and others who seek to chronicle every move and statement candidates make.

Just as the urgencies of war accelerate innovation in weapons development, the pressures of a presidential campaign act as a catalyst for communications change that affects us all.

Let’s look at a few moments in history:

September 26, 1960:  Massachusetts Democratic Senator John F. Kennedy and Republican Vice…

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