Category Archives: leadership

Creative Headlines Will Drive PR SEO & Success in 2017

template-cision-blog-carousel-840x450-6-840x423As quality content becomes increasingly important, Gotham PR predicts that creative headlines will drive PR seo & success in 2017.

Read the full article via Cision, here.

John Portman & Associates Architecture Cultivates Vision in Work

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Photo 🌐credit: Marriott Marquis Atlanta

John Portman, the multi-talented founder behind Portman & Associates Architecture, and Gotham PR new 2017 client, has a career and reputation that has spanned decades. With a focus on commercial design, Portman and his team have created some of the most beautiful work in the form of hotels and commercial spaces with a keen eye for impeccable design.

Current President, Jack Portman in tandem with his father and the senior management team, have created a company that dares to imagine.

Drawing inspiration from the observation of people who interact within his spaces, the JPA architectural team successfully cultivates a style and technique unique to context and venue

A testament to John Portman & Associates, the firm is up for many awards nationally including work featured in Atlanta, Denver and San Diego.

Nominated for a World Architecture News award, or a WAN award, Portman’s San Diego dual-branded BRIC II project has garnered attention for the guest experience integrated with a design synonymous with the city’s waterfront.

You may have seen quite a bit more of John Portman & Associates work than you even realized featured in popular movies and television.

This powerhouse is behind the backdrop design in the Hunger Games franchise, cult favorite, The Walking Dead as well as featured in the much awaited release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, set to launch Summer, 2017.

The ability to portray another world is something that takes a great deal of vision, a vision that the Portman design team possesses.

To further underscore John Portman’s work, his incredible style of building and perspective is taught in a Harvard design course ‘Portmania.’

Adding to the company’s portfolio, the architect is the focus of a documentary, “John Portman: A Life of Building,” that was created around the intriguing role he has played throughout his career as half artist and decidely ingenious business man. His fans are legion.

Featured in a Q&A given to the New York Times, Portman & Associates work is nothing short of astonishing, solely imagined to spark creativity in everyone who interacts in the space. Study!

Relative Space – a Reinvention

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An industry leader in the flooring business, Relative Space, and Gotham PR client, is ready for the New Year. As an exciting brand relaunch takes off, the eco-friendly flooring company is ready to share their impeccable work via a new website and updated social media outlets.

With the reintroduction of the company newsletter and a genius reinvention of Relative Space branding, it is clear that expectations are high for 2017.

Visit Relative Space on facebook as well as their new site, here for a glimpse into the sustainable company’s news updates and revolutionizing work.

A+I designs new Squarespace headquarters with productivity at the forefront

sqA+I, Gotham PR client and mastermind behind Squarespace’s new Manhattan headquarters, have dared to create a space that will foster both innovation and collaboration.

By designing an office that encourages open communication as well as productivity, the sophisticated space revolutionizes the way day-to-day work is done. By bringing to light the importance of the environment you spend your work day in, the headquarters may be paving the way for what’s to come.

Read the full article at Entrepreneur, here.

PR Pros as Compelling Content Providers in 2017

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As we dive into 2017 at Gotham PR, it becomes apparent that we as an industry are becoming more selective of the content we share. Whether tweeting, posting or blasting, the need for meaningful information and compelling content is greater than ever before.

We are in the midst of transformation within the PR industry globally, where leading practitioners are not just a brand’s primary storyteller and distiller of data—but essential business drivers through compelling content creation and distribution.

By planning ahead and harnessing new technologies, strategies, networks, multidisciplinary practices and quantifiable reporting formats—PR will effectively lead the global business change in 2017.

View the complete article, published in Bulldog Reporter, here.

Personal Vs. Private in PR & Social Media: Understanding the Difference

socialmedia_provpersonalNovember 3rd, 2016 –This piece was contributed by Courtney Lukitsch, founder and principal at Gotham PR in New York and London, with clients in 25 cities globally.

It represents Gotham Public Relations ongoing published series of articles focused on Client and Agency-side challenges and evolving solutions inside the global workplace.

Read the full article published by Bulldog Reporter and Cision.


As the current Presidential election demonstrates—along with daily breaking news in the world of entertainment—the “personal versus private” debate rages on.

As the lines between an individual’s personal and private life continue to blur and we move forward in a world where the fusion of these two seems inevitable, it is crucial that an understanding of the difference be made.

We certainly do not conduct ourselves in the same way at home on our own time as we would at the office or in a business meeting, so it should come as no surprise that we must distinguish between the two via social media as well. Opening a discussion on this topic will allow a little light to be shed on both sides of the matter.

With the reveal of highly sensitive and supposedly ‘private’ email, twitter, direct instant messages via Facebook and Gmail, not to mention Instagram images and hashtags, reputations are made and lost. A quick tweet or Facebook post can reach far beyond the allotted 140 characters, creating the need for user discretion on the posting of sensitive topics.

There is a massive difference in private and personal matters even down to the audience you would direct these thoughts towards. The point being, as TechCrunch asserts, use another platform to convey information if there is a concern that it reach an unintended audience. As private is defined as an item confined or intended only for the persons immediately concerned; confidential in other words, we as a society have twisted, skewed and transformed this seemingly defined term. As the article also insists, “digital etiquette” is imperative to adopt.

In applying this critical thought process to PR, as professionals we are trained to be mindful of the consequences of unintended recipients of critical information, and anticipate in advance for our clients not to engage in the worn out ‘off the record’ argument. In sum: if you do not wish to see it published in the press, do not say it. That’s media training 101.

According to the Digital Media Law Project publishing information about a person, company or entity minus prior consent basically constitutes legal liability – despite its accuracy. This is where the complexity of the PR universe in terms of fact checking and due diligence comes into play. Factors that include publication of private facts or using the name or likeness of another online become mission critical.

Now more than ever, it is essential PR teams be equipped with appropriate facts backed with research on such matters. As the age-old adage advises, hope for the best, expect the worst. Certainly while it is probable that no issues will surface, there is always the unexpected and as we know, chance favors the prepared.

With the free for all atmosphere of the Internet and encouragement for professionals to blur their social media and professional pursuits creates an interesting dynamic if not dilemma moving into 2017 and beyond.

We believe that one of the major draws of social media would lie in the instant gratification one feels when blasting off a post. Being able to share your thoughts quickly and easily with your network can be a beautiful thing as you are able to broadcast freely to the world. However, on the flip side think about the intricate process that a business article undergoes pre-publication. Multiple rounds of fact checking and confirmation of all details must occur in order to publish a reputable piece. In other words, your online visibility is much more accessible via social media.

The recent theft of Kardashian jewels in a Paris hotel is directly attributable to a millennial tendency to not only broadcast exact whereabouts through surveillance technology—Instagram and snapchat when geo-tagged—but to make oneself a target and tarnish reputation for very poor judgement. A novel issue in the world we live in today as even 5 ears ago, this incident would have been deemed highly unlikely.

According to Fox Business News millennials on social media fall into this practice the most. The routine updates we provide for our followers (wanted or not) can be a source of instant gratification but also a source of vulnerability.

This group will comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025. While there are reputation management tools currently available to wipe clean former online photos, links and mentions, behavior modification might be the most advisable route to pursue. Not to mention, no matter if it has been wiped, deleted or hidden, a person only has to see something one time for a lasting impression to be made.

PR executives the world over will daily experience the joys of seeing their clients in business news, only after careful advance planning, strategy and scrutiny as to its desired outcome and utility. The flip side is also a recurring theme where a client does not follow PR instructions, says too much, and then suffers the consequences in print. Fortunately in the era of digital, sometimes editors are willing to correct but not retract information or attributions. Again, proceed with caution.

As the New York Times alludes, the new wave of Internet attacks come from everyday devices, proving that we are more exposed than we think. As the awareness of this topic increases due to recent occurrences, this is a highly sensitive and important discussion to have. Just last Friday, the Eastern Coast of the US was faced with an attack on the infrastructure of the Internet, proving that nothing is 100% private anymore.

States PR Moment, those working in Marketing PR and advertising are most likely to let their online and real time lives merge, while maintain a perspective that positions and portrays both favorably—but responsibly. Why is this? When you work within an industry where live sharing is encouraged and has become about as routine as your morning coffee, overlap is bound to occur. This piece goes on even further to say that one in three people search for interviewees beforehand on social media. If you can honestly say that you have never performed a quick Facebook or Instagram search for a new co-worker or potential hire, it would seem that you were among the minority.

The sharing of ideas, images, contacts, networking opportunities and accomplishments can burnish rather than tarnish a reputation. It also adds value from a brand extension perspective that employees are taking their respective work seriously enough to extend pride in practice and demonstrate leadership. If you are proud of something happening in your professional life and chose to share that with your personal followers that would seemingly speak to the quality of your work.

At Gotham PR, we’ve created such a network over the past 12 years with interns to junior and SAE team members that there is a perpetual referral system to help each other reach new opportunities and contacts, a far underutilized tool.

It also factors into a professional mentoring book being written on this topic by the agency’s founder, who realized over a decade ago that employees want a coach not a boss, and to learn at a very advanced level at a young age. Published articles on this topic may be found here: The Importance of a PR Internship (Plus: How to Cultivate a Mentor) and How to fix the misrepresentation of PR Pro’s in the Media.

As we move into the new year, launching new campaigns and cultivating new talent both agency and client-side, let’s be mindful as an industry to practice what we preach. As Harvard Business Review validates, 60% of hiring managers utilize social media and professional industry references to advance-screen when hiring. When prospects – including clients do it right, social media can be a tremendous asset to leverage for global awareness. Using this as an advantageous tool can propel business forward leaps and bounds.

Moving forward, as we proceed to navigate the waters of personal and private matters via social media it is clear we must do so with a delicate hand. Discretion and attention must be paid to where and when we share information with our networks. Think twice about the content you project into cyberspace, curate and define which items are appropriate for your personal versus private life and lastly, stay mindful of your audience always.

Courtney Lukitsch is founder and principal at Gotham PR.

Here’s How to Build a Strong PR Team

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This is a guest post by Courtney Lukitsch, founder and principal at Gotham PR.

Building a great, solid team is at the heart of any business— whether you’re on the agency or client-side. While the term team is bandied about with tremendous frequency and import, it’s that rare firm that takes the time to identify the core values that each team member within the organization— and the team as a whole— possesses.

The idea of agility in our digitally-driven, always-on workplace assumes paramount importance and is explored in a bestselling book, Emotional Agility, written by expert Susan David, who effectively posits that internal behaviors manifest in the workplace, holding huge sway and impact within a team.

David identifies four main tenets to assist individual and group dynamics, offering a veritable compass for strategic planning and team building as we head into the 2017 business year:

  • Showing up to face challenges as a team, rather than ignoring problems upfront
  • Stepping out to detach from group-think or negative thoughts, to envision a chess board of new possibilities and outcomes
  • Walking your way to showcase core values to move the group forward, rather than relegating ideas to abstractions
  • Moving on to motivate the team to make a difference individually and collectively— finding a balance between challenge and solution

Silicon Valley veterans Bill Burnett and Dave Evans have taken the psychological concept of emotional agility and applied it to the framework of professional and personal development, educated by their creative minds and design backgrounds, in their Stanford University class turned published book on designing your life. They speak of ways to find your natural workflow by following your individual strengths, skills, and differentiators. Breaking down the system into basic parts, as a designer would, a series of ideas, tools, and prototyping decisions.

There is a certain team leader that will curate talent within a group based on individual skills, those that may be complementary to an agency client while existing outside of the normative media sphere. PRNews has gone so far as to say that diverse teams might be better prepared for the creative challenges posed, reflecting a focus on skill sets that become artful when a team is operating and is managed effectively— carefully identifying this balance of achievements as an art rather than a science.

Working in the realm of mentoring and coaching both agency and client-side, at Gotham PR, we have witnessed that team members with advanced degrees in journalism, business, marketing PR, art, design and architecture are the ideal internal partners to service client-side concerns.

By being inside the mindset of the media and client dually, we are able to communicate, anticipate, strategize, plan, and execute in real time with efficacy. Multi-lingual communication functionality and cultural awareness is also a huge asset for success within the agency world.

Entrepreneur cites that whether it be a Fortune 500 or an emerging brand, every business has the potential to tell a great story. Once a great PR team is in place, the agency may begin to help their client recruit talent and place qualified individuals into new positions to grow awareness and profitability.

In this manner, the PR team and client are woven together through strategic initiatives as trusted partners, aligned along the same goals, values and mission. Listening is perhaps among the most important assets to leverage while building the best team possible given resources— time and attention.

Another 5 things smart managers know about building teams according to Inc. can be heralded as “PR 101,” and bear repeating:

  • Play to individual strengths
  • Encourage transparency
  • Establish ground rules
  • Let them know you have their back
  • Provide an incentive

Sage advice from Forbes is the concept of operating as a harmonious team when a CEO is out of the picture. An effective team functions when targets are specified in advance and expectations are managed— both client and agency side. When one expects results without providing leadership, chaos ensues.

Perhaps the most salient aspect of team building is the actual experience of being a valued team member, doing the best work possible and being a part of something larger than the individual. By contributing to the agency or client’s overall mission— and its resulting success stories— is when a team shares in the glory.

There is nothing better than seeing clients’ names in lights, across a major headline or in national features. The halo effect of being able to position, train, launch, communicate and promote a new brand only drives success for all team members involved.

View the full article via PR Newser, here.

Courtney-profileCourtney Lukitsch is the principal and founder of Gotham PR, which was founded in 2002 and is a boutique Marketing PR firm based in New York and London, with a roster of high profile clients in 25 global markets.

You can find Courtney on LinkedIn or Twitter.