Posts By: Marijane Funess







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October 11, 2016

Bisquick’s Flapjack Flap? Public Relations Weighs In

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

When companies seek clever ways to leverage hot topics and gain some positive public relations in the process, it helps to vet the idea for relevance and the execution for tone. While Bisquick’s product may be yummy, its #PancakesvsWaffles Twitter hashtag campaign lacked taste – and good judgment – all the way around. The obvious…
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October 7, 2016

Want To Tell Your Story? Tell Your Public Relations Firm

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

In a public relations agency, there’s nothing we like better than working with a company whose marketing or comms leader picks up the phone regularly and says, “do you think there’s a story here?” Crafting and packaging compelling stories and conveying them to the right audience is the essence of building a brand through PR. Yet we’re…
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October 4, 2016

Why Your PR Agency Didn’t Win The Business

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Keeping the pipeline full of new projects is critical for public relations agencies and even internal teams. Beyond the bottom-line implications, a flow of fresh assignments is important for ensuring career growth for all staff, and it’s often a great team-builder. Whether the project is an extension of current work or something entirely new, it’s…
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September 27, 2016

How To Add “Borrowed Interest” To Your PR Campaign

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

What makes a winning public relations program? There are many factors, but one key to a strong program is what we used to call “borrowed interest.” PR works harder when teams build alliances with third parties to add credibility, news value, or social impact. We’ve been fortunate to have created several third-party collaborations with a…
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September 20, 2016

When PR Jumps On Breaking News (Brangelina Divorce Edition)

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

In the public relations industry, keeping up with the news is a must. This means hyper-vigilance to alerts about matters from the ultra-serious (terror arrests) to the news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are divorcing. Obviously, any divorce is sad for the family, and this one is compounded by an avalanche of media coverage….
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September 15, 2016

Simple Tips For A Solid PR Strategy

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

At the beginning of any public relations engagement, the collaborators need to agree on objectives for the campaign. Typically, we’re talking about establishing a leadership position for a brand or helping differentiate vis a vis competitors. Sometimes the goals are very specific for a company that has just undergone a change of leadership or an…
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September 6, 2016

Smart PR-Non-Profit Collaborations

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Teaming with the right non-profit can boost a company’s public relations efforts and thus, its public profile. When done well, social marketing programs can showcase corporate values, demonstrate commitment to community, and engage consumers, while providing needed resources for a group or cause. But before embarking on the search for the perfect corporate social responsibility…
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September 1, 2016

What PR Can Learn From “The Night Of”

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

The critically acclaimed HBO crime series, “The Night Of” wrapped up this past week, and there are some lessons for public relations teams. The show pits law enforcement against criminals (or would-be offenders) and the justice system, and there are interesting parallels to the relationships we have representing brands and businesses in public relations. Be…
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August 26, 2016

So You’d Like A Job In Public Relations

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

A successful B2B or consumer public relations operation is often dependent on a strong team of seasoned pros and a bench of promising up-and-comers. Although it’s important to keep the pipeline full all year, as we gear up for a busy fall, we’re paying particular attention to staffing needs. Whether you’re an aspiring communications pro, a veteran…
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August 9, 2016

6 PR Tactics For Back-To-School

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Certain times of year are associated with major public relations efforts. Next to holiday season, back-to-school may present the most bountiful opportunities of all. B2S initiatives can support diverse categories, including personal finance, fashion, health and safety. Here are some examples of what works well with those on the back-to-school beat. Know who covers what. This…
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August 2, 2016

How PR Gets The Most Out Of Media Spokespersons

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

There was a time when public relations teams sought the services of one perfect spokesperson to act as the media “face” of a B2B or B2C company. This often required a long search, a sizeable investment of time and budget, and sometimes, a less-than-stellar performance as the interviews or resulting stories fell short. Experience working…
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July 1, 2016

5 Signs You Should Wait To Invest In Tech PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

For many tech start-ups, investing in a strategic public relations plan is the first step in preparing a product or service for “prime time.” In our experience, timing is critical to getting the best press response, and the tendency to rush headlong into mass media relations can backfire. Here are five “slow-down” signs to help time the plunge into…
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