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Ode to the Vacation

Ode to the Vacation

The cover story for Texas Monthly’s August issue featured Galveston Island, and it took me on a pleasant trip down memory lane to our family vacations there. It also reminded me of the value of taking time away from work to revive. My family made numerous summer vacation trips to Galveston when I was young.  We left our hometown of Van in the early mornings.  Mom and Dad made a bed in the back seat of the car and transferred three...

Guest Blog: I Want an Eight-Minute Video!

Guest Blog: I Want an Eight-Minute Video!

Sue Abrams, a friend of Hopkins PR and owner of Sue Abrams Productions, offers sage advice on the corporate video in today's guest blog, "I Want an Eight-Minute Video!"  The length of your corporate video can be one of the biggest...

Above and Beyond the Call of PR  Duty

Above and Beyond the Call of PR  Duty

Sometimes public relations professionals are called on to perform tasks above and beyond the typical scope of work. I recently witnessed a colleague answering such a call. Sheri Goldberg, the director of public relations for Ride 2 Recovery, spends a lot...

Highly Valuable Deposits into the Goodwill Bank

Highly Valuable Deposits into the Goodwill Bank

When we counsel brands on crisis communications, one of our first steps is assessing goodwill.  We want to know how the organization is regarded by its customers and supporters. You only have to look as far as Brenham, TX, and its...

Excelling in the E-Commerce Business, Part II

Excelling in the E-Commerce Business, Part II

In this two-part series, “Excelling in the E-commerce Business,” Patrick Wire offers advice on ways to generate a profit while keeping the customer happy.  Read the first part of this series here. Let Your Copy Paint The Picture Just like good visuals,...

Excelling in the E-Commerce Business

Excelling in the E-Commerce Business

In this two-part series, “Excelling in the E-commerce Business,” Patrick Wire offers advice on ways to generate a profit while keeping the customer happy. Want to have a successful ecommerce site? Here are few things to keep in mind. Easy Navigation Its sounds like a no-brainer, but how many times have you visited a website to shop and left quickly because it was difficult to find what you were looking for? Simple and easy is the name of the game. And not...

Happy 35th to Barbara Hyman!  Anniversary, that is!

Happy 35th to Barbara Hyman! Anniversary, that is!

A few weeks ago I celebrated 35 years at Hopkins PR. 35 years! OMG! If anyone had told me when I joined the firm in 1980 that I would still be here in 2015, I would have said, “Horse hockey!”  Or something similar. Clyde Hopkins hired me when I was new to Dallas and to the agency world. I shared an office with the fax machine, which ran constantly and smelled. We wrote on typewriters and used white-out. I dressed daily in a...

Guest Post: 10 Things That Bug Me

Guest Post: 10 Things That Bug Me

George Rosenberg, of The Rosenberg Group, specializes in advising owners and senior management on how to create and build successful firms and run their business more effectively.  The post below was adapted from his blog, PR Coach. Here are a few of...

No Matter Where You Are, You’re on “Texas Standard” Time

No Matter Where You Are, You’re on “Texas Standard” Time

No Matter Where You Are, You’re on “Texas Standard” Time.  That’s the claim made by “Texas Standard, a new daily radio news show produced in Austin in collaboration with KUT Austin, KERA North Texas, Houston Public Media and Texas Public...

It’s Time to “Spring Clean” Your Press Release

It’s Time to “Spring Clean” Your Press Release

A popular Christmas song hails the winter holiday as “the most wonderful time of the year” but, I firmly disagree.  I’d argue that blistering cold and fewer hours of daylight are in fact, not wonderful but rather dreary.  I personally...

My Texas Travel Bucket List

My Texas Travel Bucket List

I have seen a lot of my native state over the years – from childhood family camping trips in state parks to South Texas beach trips with friends to traveling the state for business.  But Texas is BIG, and I...

Universal Technical Institute Offers Tips for Getting Your Car in Tip-Top Shape for Spring Break

Universal Technical Institute Offers Tips for Getting Your Car in Tip-Top Shape for Spring Break

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.  For families planning a Spring Break road trip, Shawn Rizzo, an instructor at UTI's Dallas campus, offers the tips below to prepare your car for a worry-free vacation. •           Check your car’s coolant. The coolant helps keep your engine from overheating.   As the weather warms up, engines work harder and proper coolant maintenance is important to...

Guest Blog: Boot scootin’… pistol packin’… diversity!

Guest Blog: Boot scootin’… pistol packin’… diversity!

Does this sound like Texas? Well, podnah, you might be as surprised as we were to learn that Houston is the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country… even surpassing New York City!  And we have two Houston suburbs even more diverse than the City of Houston, according to Rice University research: Missouri City and Pearland, where a person from Nigeria may live next door to a person from India or Mexico or Louisiana. We’re diverse alright…Houston Mayor Annise Parker,...

Our Love Affair with Texas

Our Love Affair with Texas

Ahh, Valentine’s Day – 24-hours filled with heart-shaped boxes of mystery chocolates, sweet confections asking the ones we love to “Be Mine” and couples making kissy-kissy faces everywhere you go. At Hopkins PR, we’ve decided to forego the fattening candy and...

Guest Blog: How to negotiate a raise

Guest Blog: How to negotiate a raise

Editor’s Note:  Ed Dawson, chairman of our client Capital Alliance, is a masterful negotiator. He’s honed his skills working thousands of deals over nearly 40 years in investment banking. Since 1999 Ed has taught “Power Negotiating” to graduate students in...

So What Makes a Good Place to Work?

So What Makes a Good Place to Work?

Most of us spend a lot of time in the workplace, and those of us who truly enjoy it are fortunate. Employers who make their companies attractive to creative and productive talent usually benefit from a stable and loyal workforce. There’s...

PRSA Dallas Honors Barbara Hyman With Norm Teich Award  for Community Service

PRSA Dallas Honors Barbara Hyman With Norm Teich Award for Community Service

DALLAS, December 10, 2014 – Barbara Hyman, APR, PRSA Fellow, CC, has been recognized for her long service to the Dallas community with the 2014 Norm Teich Award from the Dallas chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The...

Giving Thanks for Public Relations

Giving Thanks for Public Relations

It’s hard to believe the holidays are here already.  With Thanksgiving only a week away, the crew at Hopkins PR took some time to reflect on how lucky we are for our health, our families and our friends.   Plus, we are so grateful to be doing what we do every day!  So, we posed the question: Why are you grateful to be in public relations? No day is the same. Truly! There’s hardly ever a dull moment. I get to work with...

A House Divided

A House Divided

My beloved Uncle Henry once counseled 9-year-old me never to discuss politics or religion in polite company. Back then, I had no idea what he meant. Now I do. I live in a house divided politically. I am of one political persuasion; Robert is of another. The specifics don’t matter. But you will never see a yard sign in front of our house. You’ll never listen to us hold a reasoned discussion about one issue or another. As impassioned, hard-headed opposites, we...

Communications and Creativity

Communications and Creativity

In recent discussions with two prospective clients, we heard both complain about their current agency’s lack of creativity. “We just need a fresh approach.” “We want some new ideas.” Happily we convinced both companies that Hopkins PR could provide that spark and we...

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