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So Long to the Wright Amendment

So Long to the Wright Amendment

I am among the long-time Dallas residents looking forward to the end of the Wright Amendment on October 13.  For the first time in three decades, we’ll be able to fly non-stop to dozens of new destinations from Love Field, our inner-city airport.  And, many of us are giddy at the idea! Most people outside Dallas-Fort Worth are unaware of the Wright Amendment.  It was a federal law enacted in 1979 governing traffic at Love Field.  It limited most non-stop flights...

A Talkin’ Texas Tasting of Local Food and Spirits

A Talkin’ Texas Tasting of Local Food and Spirits

Chef instructor Linda McKay and mixologist Vincent Lampe before the tasting Shiner Bock, Dr Pepper and Sweet Leaf Tea are household names here in the state of Texas.  But, what about Witherspoon, Herman Marshall and Deep Eddy? Since Hopkins PR prides...

Starting off on the Right Foot – the First 90 days of the Client/Agency- Relationship

Starting off on the Right Foot – the First 90 days of the Client/Agency- Relationship

Like every good partnership, it’s important to get a client-agency relationship off to a good start. Hopkins PR always puts a lot of energy and planning into the launch of a new client relationship.  Of course, we are excited to...

Unlocking the Power of Mentorship

Unlocking the Power of Mentorship

It’s a classic piece of advice for young professionals: find a mentor. The task of finding someone willing and able to listen to your concerns and offer advice usually isn’t too difficult in a close-knit industry like PR. While most...

Marilyn Pippin Tells the Dallas Morning-News How Small Businesses Can Use PR Basics to Better Their Business

Marilyn Pippin Tells the Dallas Morning-News How Small Businesses Can Use PR Basics to Better Their Business

The following article appeared in the Dallas Morning-News' "The Five," which featured five tips to help small businesses.  Marilyn Pippin, president of Hopkins PR, explains some simple PR methods that can help small business owners grow their bottom line.  The...

Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office

Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office

The virtual office – what was once a relatively nonexistent concept is now becoming prevalent in even the most traditional corporations.  As job seekers rank  work/life balance a top priority when seeking new positions, employers are more frequently offering the ability to work from home as an option.  As someone who’s worked in both a company office as well as from my home, here’s my view on the pros and cons of working where you sleep. Pros Flexibility – For me, this...

Where are your manners?  RSVP! Respond to questions!

Where are your manners? RSVP! Respond to questions!

I am perplexed by people who don’t respond to questions or  RSVP to invitations.  From people they know! I understand not replying to email queries and calls from strangers selling products and services. But after a productive meeting, why wouldn’t you answer follow-up questions or respond to queries about status?  Why wouldn’t you RSVP to a friend’s invitation to a nice event? I wonder if sometimes people don’t respond to questions when they don’t have an answer or an update.  But it...

The Price of PR

The Price of PR

A while back, I attended a Public Relations Society of America conference, where an engaging speaker exhorted us agency types to be straightforward about costs. “Put the prices on your website,” recommended this uber-successful seller of swimming pools. ”Your clients and...

Talkin’ Texas Recap Video

Talkin’ Texas Recap Video

Here’s a video recap of our first Talkin’ Texas event.  Talkin’ Texas is an informal, quarterly gathering of Hopkins PR clients and friends, developed by the agency to focus attention on interesting matters related to the Lone Star State. Hopkins...

Cool Summer Fun in Texas

Cool Summer Fun in Texas

It’s summer in Texas. That means vacation time and spending more time outdoors. Yes, it’s hot. But there are lots of cool things to do around the Lone Star State to enjoy our long summer days. Here are a few...

A Letter to the Potential Job Seeker, Part II

A Letter to the Potential Job Seeker, Part II

Dear Job Seeker: In the past month alone I’ve received dozens of emails from college graduates inquiring about openings at Hopkins PR. Your email is the only one I’ve responded to.  Why, you ask? First of all, I’d like to thank you...

What’s Happened to the Quality Job Query?

What’s Happened to the Quality Job Query?

Dear Job Seeker: I’ve just read your email inquiring about openings at Hopkins PR, and I must respond. Please don’t take offense. Yours is just one of many I’ve received recently, now that graduation season is here. Yours simply prompted the reply I’ve so often been tempted to send -- and didn’t. While the trend has been apparent for some time, I’m noticing increasingly poor form with respect to tone, content and attention to detail in emails like yours. I’m baffled by...

Universal Technical Institute Selects Hopkins PR To Support Dallas-Fort Worth Campus

Universal Technical Institute Selects Hopkins PR To Support Dallas-Fort Worth Campus

DALLAS, June 4 – Universal Technical Institute (NYSE:UTI) has retained Hopkins PR to provide public relations support for its Dallas-Fort Worth campus. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, UTI is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. The company has graduated more than 180,000 students in its 49-year history. The DFW campus, located at 5151 Regent Blvd. in Irving, opened in 2010 and is one of 11 campuses nationwide. The Metroplex...

When “No Comment” is the Best Comment

When “No Comment” is the Best Comment

  Virtually every public relations pro is shaking his/her head at the continuing diatribe from Donald Sterling.  How can he  “stick foot in mouth” in so many different ways?  We are all glad we are not his PR counsel!   Over the...

Hopkins PR Announces New Office in Austin,  Meagan Guidry Named Managing Director

Hopkins PR Announces New Office in Austin, Meagan Guidry Named Managing Director

AUSTIN, May 9 – Hopkins PR, a Dallas-based public relations firm, announced today it has opened a new office location in Austin.  The Austin office will be led by Meagan Guidry, who will serve as managing director.  The Austin office...

Brand Mascots: Workin’ Hard for the Money

Brand Mascots: Workin’ Hard for the Money

From Flo the Progressive Girl, to the Geico Gecko and the Energizer Bunny, brand mascots are as strong as ever.  For decades, products like Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes have used figures like Tony the Tiger to communicate brand attributes. “They’re grrrrrr-eat,”...

SMU Cox School recognizes Ed Dawson  with 50th excellence award for ?Deals 301? seminar

SMU Cox School recognizes Ed Dawson with 50th excellence award for ?Deals 301? seminar

DALLAS (April 3, 2014) ? Ed Dawson, chairman, president and CEO of Capital Alliance Corp. (www.cadallas.com), has become the first seminar instructor in the Edwin L. Cox Business Leadership Center (BLC) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to earn 50 Teaching...

Let the (Final Four) Games Begin

Let the (Final Four) Games Begin

March Madness has led us to the Final Four NCAA men?s basketball tournament, hosted in the DFW area in a most celebratory way. The event planner in us is proud of the myriad activities beyond the games planned to engage fans and families. buy a essay online The games are this coming Saturday and Monday evenings at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.? But the celebration kicks off today, with free practice sessions and a ?Tip-Off Tailgate? at the stadium. In Dallas there?s the three-day...

Bud Kennedy Launches ‘Talkin’ Texas’

Bud Kennedy Launches ‘Talkin’ Texas’

DALLAS, March 28 -- Veteran Fort Worth Star Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy candidly shared his take on the quirks and attributes of different Texas cities during yesterday's launch of "Talkin' Texas." online essay writers Talkin' Texas is an informal, quarterly gathering of Hopkins PR clients and friends, developed by the agency to focus attention on interesting matters related to the Lone Star State. Hopkins PR is a Texas-centered public relations firm. Several business colleagues attended the late afternoon event at the agency's downtown...

Hopkins PR’s Takeaways on South by Southwest 2014

Hopkins PR’s Takeaways on South by Southwest 2014

Ahhhh. Can we all take a collective breath now that the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival has passed? The masses have left and the streets have been cleaned. As we all catch up on some sleep and resume eating...

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