9 September

HQ2 and Seattle’s greatest achievement

A year ago Seattle received a slap in the face. The sting is gone, but homelessness and traffic remain. Is Amazon a bad actor? 45,000 employees in the city and $250 million in state tax revenues aren’t bad. And not just any employees but the best developers, program managers and creative professionals in the world. […]

7 May

David Marriott 1943-2018

  You have probably heard of Dave Marriott. Even if you don’t know his name you know his work. He’s the guy who worked on the high profile crisis management cases in Seattle for 40 years: Alaska Airlines flight 261, Amanda Knox, Nordstrom union busting and maybe 100 others. Dave died last week and we […]

1 May

Seattle’s Transformation Myth

The Seattle Times published another hand-wringer recently about the death of old Seattle. About 1,000 people move to Seattle every week, pushing out the lumberjacks. The loss of Seattle is topic number one in cloud town. Traffic and homelessness are the leading concerns but there are plenty of gripes underneath those two. The argument misses the larger trend […]

9 March

PCC Rising at Rainier Square

            Seattle’s favorite co-op grocery planted its flag at Rainier Square today. It is always fun doing local press, including broadcast, for our client Wright Runstad & Company. March 9, 2018 / Seattle Times: PCC Will Put Grocery in Heart of Seattle’s Downtown March 9, 2018 / KING5: PCC to Open Downtown […]

6 March

Jay Rockey 1928-2018

Forever Seattle’s grand old man of PR, Jay Rockey, died this week. I extol his greatness here so that others may benefit. He is most famous for launching (and naming) the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962. His team secured 50,000 print articles including two Life Magazine cover stories. He then started a PR agency that became the Northwest’s […]

6 February

Relevance and timing are the new creativity

Tide owned the Super Bowl by spoofing typical TV ads. David Harbour, from Stranger Things, delivered the Tide punch lines perfectly. And now the ad is part of the national conversation. Just like the Budweiser Frogs and Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?” ads. The Super Bowl is unique in that it still rewards creativity. The rest […]

23 January

Amazon Go & Mixed Nuts

I stepped into the future at Amazon Go today. Everyone in Seattle knows that Amazon introduced the fully automated store check out a year ago and opened it to the public this week. It’s located at street level at the company headquarters. It’s attracting Amazon fanboys of all stripes, including Amazon partners visiting from all over […]

17 January

2018 Client Coverage

At Owen Media, we’re fortunate to work with some of the most influential technology companies in the world. Our media relations efforts focus on developing and telling stories that resonate with editors from print and Web-based outlets, across to television broadcast producers. Here is a list of articles we’ve secured for our clients since the […]

27 December

A Better World Through Pastry

I met a dozen clients, colleagues and friends at Seattle-area coffee shops in December for the sake of pastry and conversation. Here’s what I learned: The most important business meetings don’t happen in conference rooms. They tend to be semi-structured conversations over coffee in neutral third party locations like coffee shops. Conversations about non-work topics […]

1 December

5 Things I’d Make Alexa Do For Me At Work

Amazon announced Alexa at work this week, an effort to put Amazon Echo devices in offices. Here’s how much better work life could be with the dulcet toned assistant. Take a meeting. Why am I on all these conference calls? Alexa can take conference calls on my behalf. She’s friendlier and can call upon stores […]