How PR Pros Should Respond to ‘Cancel Culture’

August 17, 2021By Lisa Fels Davitt

This article originally ran on PR Daily. I think PR people are predisposed to hate cancel culture. We’re in the business of promoting brands and individuals who serve brands, and cancel culture makes our job much harder to do. Also, I don’t think most PR people support “canceling” a person or brand for entertainment. However, … Read More

The 2021 Communicator’s Imperative: Take a Stand

January 14, 2021By Lisa Fels Davitt

As I read about the first-ever second presidential impeachment, I consider the reaction thus far from our nation’s top company leaders and communicators. The messaging and tone in response to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol is a far cry from what I witnessed in the late 90s when I began my career. … Read More

Five Years Later: What’s Changed and Some Advice for PR-osperity

October 21, 2020By Lisa Fels Davitt

I could not have predicted that my firm would evolve and grow so much throughout the past five years. Succession Communications was born on October 27, 2015. Since then, the work has been challenging and rewarding, but never boring. I’m forever grateful to my phenomenal clients, colleagues, partners, family and friends. But enough about Succession. … Read More

Consumer RePRts: The Best Clients…And the Ones to Avoid

July 23, 2020By Lisa Fels Davitt

“COVID-19 has screwed the economy, so we have to take the clients we can get.” Wrong. That’s not only short-sighted, it could be very damaging to PR firms. A shaky economy is not an excuse to compromise our standards in the PR business. PR firms should seek out the best possible client base (similarly, in-house … Read More

Four Years, Four Surprises…Four Takeaways!

November 18, 2019By Lisa Fels Davitt

I recently celebrated Succession Communications’ four-year anniversary while on a business trip to New Orleans, and I took some downtime to reflect. It has been a whirlwind four years of growth and change, and the original Succession is almost unrecognizable now. Wonderful clients and partners were crucial to our success, and we are very fortunate … Read More

Yes. We Need Journalists.

July 10, 2018By Lisa Fels Davitt

I read The Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein’s column on the death of business reporting this past weekend with interest. So much interest, in fact, that I posted a comment on it. And, I’m devoting a blog post to it because he raised a subject that is increasingly misunderstood and requires exploration. Based on Steve’s experiences … Read More

Take the Sechel Challenge!

April 21, 2017By Lisa Fels Davitt

There’s a popular Yiddish word, sechel, which means common sense. We’ve all likely seen illustrations recently in which companies have attempted to push boundaries to generate attention and excitement, but may not have considered the backlash they would face. An obvious example of this is Pepsi. The ubiquitous Kendall Jenner was recently featured in an … Read More