Talking Points Blog

Is 2019 the year of the social CEO? I wrote about this trend in my recent 2019 trends presentation. And, I’ve noticed a few more prominent CEOs taking a more active stance in social recently. Shelly Ibach, CEO and president of Sleep Number (client) comes to mind. In many of these situations, CEOs start on

For years, Ryan Pena was one of those people I definitely knew about, but never had a chance to meet. I recently figured it was time to change that, and asked Ryan to happy hour. And man, am I glad I did. Not only is Ryan a leading-edge social media marketer (and future pop star–have

Today’s internet culture is very much predicated on one basic principle: Me. Me, as in, how can I create more thought leadership to share on Twitter. Me, as in, how can I become an influencer and make hundreds of thousands of dollars on Insta, YouTube and TikTok. Me, as in, how can I talk more

This fall I’ll assume a role I’ve been working toward for the last 20+ years. The role of professor. I’ll be teaching my first class as an adjunct professor at the University of St Thomas starting on Sept. 3. The class? Strategic communications. It’s a capstone class of sorts, previously taught by the outstanding Bruce

In case you missed it, AdFed officially posted its 32 Under 32 list a few weeks ago. This is a great event that has taken on a life of its own the last few years. Seemingly everyone in town under the age of 32 has been nominated for this award! Jokes and cheap shots aside,

In case you missed it, a soft-serve ice cream entrepreneur in California made news recently. Yeah, instead of catering incessantly to influencers, he’s basically thumbing his nose at them. In fact, he’s going well beyond that. His recent Instagram post sums his approach up best: “We’ve decided to make this thing official with signage. We

If you want to get your client on TV in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and you’ve worked in PR for more than five minutes, you know there’s only one person to call: Peg Roessler. Peg has more than 35 years experience in the PR industry–including 28 working for herself! She’s not only a legend in

Over the weekend, we had wi-fi issues at Chez Hanson. If you have teens and/or tweens and you’ve had wi-fi issues, then you know when that happens your home is basically on DEF-CON 15. And I am not being dramatic. After a little research and a phone call to CenturyLink, world order was restored and