The “Final Four” Tips for Business PR

Apr 8 2019

Whether you’re a lifelong college basketball fan or just looking to test your luck with some friendly office competition, March Madness is an exciting change-up to your daily routine. We’ve seen some unexpected upsets this year heading into the ‘Final Four,’ and I can’t help but think about how each team’s journey to reach this point reflects startups rise to the top within their industries.

While we’re in the spirit of the game, here’s a look at how PR can help businesses go from an unknown to a thriving team to reckon with in the media. Read more…

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Will your firm encourage gender equality after March?

Mar 27 2019

As women’s history month winds down in the US, UK, Australia and elsewhere around the world, it’s a good time to reflect on the diversity efforts in your organization. Many companies will take advantage of the broader, even popular, recognition of the month to put in place activities, events, presentations and communications to highlight the accomplishments of women in their organization. Many take it a step further and host programs for girls, encouraging the next generation to dream as big as they wish and find early professional support. Read more…

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Paragon Launches Capital Markets Thought Leadership Platform

Mar 5 2019

Hoboken, NJ and London, March 5, 2019 — Paragon has launched ‘Counterpoint’, a multimedia platform for capital markets participants to engage with a community of peers in thought-provoking debate and discussion on the challenges and opportunities provided by disruptive technologies.

Counterpoint will host and develop a range of content including articles, blogs, videos and podcasts and will be available to industry readers across multiple channels. Markets Media will become the first media partner later this quarter and will publish the majority of all third-party contributed content.

“The world has become awash with irrelevant content so it’s vital that the capital markets have a focused venue that provides true insight and education,” said Simon Hylson-Smith, CEO of Paragon and Editor-in-chief of Counterpoint. “By providing access to a full range of potential market contributors, we’re building a unique and powerful communications platform that can catalyze real change in the years to come.”

“Genuine thought leadership is a rare commodity, so we’re delighted to partner with Paragon to deliver even more quality content to Markets Media’s unique capital markets and trading community across its global platforms and publications,” said David Griffiths, Managing Director of Markets Media. “True insight is not only hard to come by, but a genuine differentiator for businesses.”

Peter Farley, a capital markets technology expert with over 30 years of experience in institutional finance, will be the Consulting Editor of Counterpoint. Most recently, he was Senior Capital Markets Marketing Strategist at Finastra.

“With regulatory, capital and market structural pressures on all participants, clear thinking is at a premium,” said Farley. “Counterpoint delivers this clarity of insight and debate across a range of media, enabling contributing firms to stand out and build reputations with key stakeholders.”

Counterpoint will have an ‘open access’ approach to content contributors. The content will be complimentary to readers, with a subscription or ‘pay-as-you-go’ model for contributors.

Follow Counterpoint on LinkedIn and Twitter and tune into our Podcast for the latest capital markets thought leadership content.

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Who are you?

Who am I?
Jan 9 2019

FT writer Laura Noonan does a great job pointing out the culture shock that many (most?) former bankers face when joining a startup. In her article yesterday, she also mentions how the change spotlights any fissures or weaknesses in an executive’s personality as, in effect, the safety net is pulled away. While I am sure these executives – a number of whom are our clients – have spent a lot of time thinking over this, have they put as much effort into isolating the true purpose and personality of their new firm? If not, it could prove costly.

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It’s time to think again!

Oct 24 2018

The next time someone tells me they are “thinking outside the box”, it may be more than I can do to stop myself from screaming. It’s (oxy)moronic, as are so many phrases that are intended to convey creative thinking. Most of the time, I would put “thought leadership” in this category. A good example of this was a fintech firm (I will spare them their blushes), which posted a sponsored article last week about their office expansion in Asia Pacific and then claimed it to be a “thought leadership” piece. Say no more. Read more…

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The Ryder Cup – a sporting and marketing phenomenon

Sep 27 2018

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The four annual golf majors are fantastic sporting occasions but the Ryder Cup, which takes place at Le Golf National in France this weekend, is bigger and better, attracting millions of golf fans, sports fans and even non-fans. The three-day event dominates the headlines – both news and sports – and sends social media into a frenzy of sharing. For a competition that was once only supported by a few die-hards, it is a remarkable renaissance. What lessons can we learn from the success of this iconic contest?

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Tools for Success in Financial Services & Fintech PR

Sep 13 2018

Today’s financial markets operate at lightning speeds and are constantly monitored by regulators and compliance organizations to ensure there is a level playing field for all participants. Participants must ensure their operations are organized and buttoned-up, particularly their messaging and their brand image. With that in mind, managing public relations for firms in this sector – whether asset managers, fintech vendors, or tier-one banks – is no small task and requires a specific set of expertise, tools and strategies. Here are five tips that will help you successfully manage your client’s expectations and become a more well-rounded communications professional.  

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PARAGON WINS GOLD STEVIE® AWARD IN 2018 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AWARDS®

Paragon PR Gold Stevie Award
Aug 30 2018

Winners to Be Celebrated at Gala Event on 20 October in London, England

Hoboken, NJ – 30 August 2018 – Paragon Public Relations LLC was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Public Relations Agency of the Year in Canada and the U.S.A. category in The 15th Annual International Business Awards®.

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations. The 2018 IBAs received entries from 74 nations and territories.

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I’ll drink to that!

Jul 24 2018

Last autumn, my wife, Colleen, and I invested in our local pub – along with 50+ other villagers. We lay claim to being the smallest community in the UK (160+ people) to own its own inn. After months of hard work by all, we recently got the good news that we’ve found the perfect tenants to run it. In early September, the newly named “The Winterbourne,” will open in the peaceful countryside of Winterbourne Bassett, Wiltshire with great real ales and a top-quality restaurant. So what are the lessons to be learned here?

I’d like to corrupt three cliches to answer that.

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Changing Methods of Marketing – From a Gaming Industry Perspective

Jun 28 2018

It would be incredibly difficult to find someone who has never played at least one video game in their life. The stereotypical view is that video games are made only for male teenagers and children – but this couldn’t be further from reality.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, in 2017 the average age of a gamer in the US was 35 – and 41% were female. This data is a clear indication that the industry is creating games that appeal to people from all walks of life. The gaming industry is now being increasingly used as a marketing channel. It’s no surprise that the sector is booming – in the US alone, the market was worth around $18.4bn (Statista, 2017), which provides an idea of the vast opportunities for marketing.

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