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Hall of Fame: The Last (Plastic) Straw
Edward Segal, Crisis Management Expert Edward Segal, Crisis Management Expert
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Washington , DC
Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Linking announcements to current trends or events in the news can be an effective way to attract the attention of the media and generate positive publicity.

A case in point: There is growing interest among the public, local governments, and the business community in abandoning or prohibiting plastic straws that are harmful to the environment and encouraging the use of eco-friendly paper alternatives.

Hoffmaster Group, Inc. capitalized on these concerns in a news release about their purchase of Aardvark, Inc., the only U.S. manufacturer of paper straws. The company said that their acquisition of Aardvark, “will provide Aardvark with the necessary resources to fulfill orders in light of the increasing demand for viable plastic straw alternatives.."

The news release included the following copy about the environment:: “Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time, with statistics showing that there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish, by volume, by 2050. Restaurants, venues, and establishments worldwide are working to combat plastic pollution by switching from plastic to Aardvark paper straws.."

The announcement also referred to the current trend of prohibiting or switching from plastic straws. “Within the last year, Seattle, Fort Myers, Florida, and Carmel, California, have banned plastic straws, while New York, San Francisco, and more communities are considering them. Notable brands such as Starbucks, Disney, and American Airlines, have also announced they’ll eliminate plastic straws from their establishments.."

The strategy of linking the announcement to concerns about the environment was a success. The news release, which was prepared and distributed by Aardvark’s PR firm, Dittoe Public Relations, resulted in more than 230 stories or mentions about the acquisition including coverage by USA Today, Fortune, and CNN. The PR firm said that the news release and the publicity it created resulted in the equivalent of almost $2 million in advertising.

About Edward Segal
Segal coaches executives on how to prevent or manage a wide range of crisis scenarios. He is the author of two public relations handbooks including Getting Your 15 Minutes of Fame, and More!  A Guide to Guaranteeing Your Business Success (Wiley) and Profit by Publicity: The How-to Reference Guide for Real Estate Agents and Brokers (iUniverse), which included an e-book, audio book and was the basis of an online course, seminars, and workshops; his advice is featured in Present with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz by Arnold Sanow and Henry J. Lescault (iUniverse).  

Segal was a senior media relations consultant to Ogilvy Public Relations and has conducted spokesperson, presentation skills, and crisis management and communication training for hundreds of business executives and their staff.   He is the former Vice President of two public relations agencies, CEO of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of REALTORS® and CEO, communications director, and government affairs director of the Marin Association of REALTORS® in Northern California.

For more information go to www.PublicRelations.com or contact Segal at edwardsegalcommunications@gmail or 415-218-8600.

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