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In an era of global policy challenges, navigating U.S. and European trends together is paramount. Recognizing this, the American Conversations series has been ...

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  1. You Can’t Skip Spring Training and Expect to Win the World Series

    In business just as in life, you can usually spot trouble coming down the road. There’s a natural tendency to avoid dealing with the problem and hope that it goes away, but it rarely works out that way. Human nature is to wait for a crisis to actually occur before...
  2. Consultants Need to Be Managed

    With apologies to my friends and colleagues, public affairs consultants need to be managed. Some may see this as a “man bites dog” post, and perhaps it is. But more importantly, it is true. Good consultants managed well can help bring success to a public affairs campaign. But when consultants...
  3. Know What You Want: The Ugly Sweater Principle

    When you don’t ask for what you want, you end up with another ugly sweater. Sure, sometimes that’s what you get anyway, but you’ll have to take that up with your relatives. In public affairs, knowing what you want often makes a key difference in the outcome of the debate....
  4. Legislative vs Regulatory Issues – The Principles Are the Same

    When people think of influencing public policy, the immediate focus becomes legislation. After all, the media tends to pay more attention to what the U.S. Congress and state legislators do than what regulators are up to. That’s natural because legislators are usually in the spotlight – debates occur in public...
  5. Oman Tribune: US Congress united on social media

    Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate from both parties have seized on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and integrated them into their communications operations, according to a report published late on Tuesday. The survey of congressional staff by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) found that most members of...
  6. Report: Traditional outreach still preferred to social media on the Hill

    While House and Senate offices say they use social media for broadcasting and better understanding constituent concerns, but traditional forms of communication are still their preferred medium for keeping constituents informed, according to a new report (.pdf) by the Congressional Management Foundation. Senior and social media managers in congressional offices...
  7. Helping Small Businesses and Consumers with Lower Debit Card Fees

    Bloomberg recently wrote about the successful campaign to lower the swipe fees paid by small businesses and other merchants for debit card purchases made by consumers. The article is lengthy but worth reading.  It’s a good case study for a public affairs campaign, with analysis about the importance of using...
  8. THMG.com Clicks, Likes, Tweets And Tumbles: Who Rules On Maryland Social Media?

    DCI Group Digital , part of the DCI Group public affairs company in Washington, D.C., compared each state’s Facebook and Twitter accounts to numbers from the 2010 census. Washington State ranked first and second for Facebook and Twitter users, respectively. New Mexico ranked 50th for Facebook accounts, with Utah taking...
  9. MSNBC: NBC’s Chuck Todd hosts a panel on social media and politics

    To kick off the announcement, NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd held a roundtable on the Meet The Press set to discuss the impact of social media and politics.  Chuck talked with Facebook’s Katie Harbath, the DCI Group’s Vice President for Digital Strategy Julie Germany, and...