Posts By: Marijane Funess

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April 3, 2014

Does This PR Firm Make Me Look Fat? How To Know If Your Agency Is Still A Good Fit

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

Is a little voice telling you that you and your current PR agency are suffering from the business equivalent of the seven-year itch? Are you “growing apart”? Could they be “just not that into you,” or vice versa? There are warning signs that it may be time to re-evaluate and get a fresh start with…
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March 28, 2014

Why You Need To Hire A PR Firm Now

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

Even if your hot ad/tech business isn’t being acquired today for millions of dollars or you aren’t quite ready to launch your latest sure-to-wow consumer product, you may still need to consider professional PR counsel for your company. Here are some good reasons why: You are being left out of a story right now. Without a…
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March 25, 2014

Fresh Search Techniques Will Fill That Tech or B2B PR Position Today

by: in: account management, Crenshaw Communications, media relations, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Job needs in New York public relations firms can turn on a dime. You land a new tech or B2B project and after the celebrating, you ask who will staff it? Great employees are the lifeblood of any PR staff, agency or in-house. What can you do to ensure you get the most qualified candidates?…
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March 21, 2014

Tips to Whip Your B2B or Tech PR Blog into Spring Shape!

by: in: blogging, Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations, social media, technology

There are an estimated 31 million people blogging in America. That is a lot of competition for your company’s posts. Now is a good time to examine your content with fresh eyes and make sure it is “lean and mean” and relevant to a discerning audience. Ask yourself these questions and then choose a shape-up…
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March 14, 2014

Put Your Best (PR) Face Forward

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

Do PR agency pros and their clients have something to learn from Pope Francis on his one-year anniversary? According to veteran papal watcher and professor Father John Wauck, perhaps so. “Francis is…a transparently happy person,” Wauck says. “And it sounds really simplistic, but unfeigned happiness on the part of a public figure is not that common.” Unfeigned…
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March 11, 2014

Are Better Client-Agency Relations the Key to Better Public Relations?

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

At our New York-based public relations agency, we can never be accused of under-communicating with clients. Beyond daily e-mails and weekly status calls, we manage to achieve maximum “touchpoints” throughout the week. If you ask anyone in our firm, they will agree that better client agency relations are, if not THE key, certainly one key…
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February 25, 2014

Convert A PR Project Into Ongoing Business With These Five Tips

by: in: account management, communications, Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

The good news is after some blood, sweat and tears from the agency team, that tech or consumer PR client you’ve been after has awarded you the business. The bad news? It’s a project, wherein the agency must prove its marketing mettle to be considered for PR agency of record status. What can your brilliant…
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February 4, 2014

PR Agencies: Does Your Client’s Strategic Communications Plan Include a Social Media Policy?

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

We’ve all seen examples of uncensored tweets, negative Facebook postings and disastrous Instagrams. From your friends, no problem, but from your client’s company accounts? That’s cause for alarm. One way to prevent such indiscretions is to create, maintain and enforce a strict social media policy as part of your overall PR plan. A smart social…
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December 31, 2013

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better PR Agency-Client Collaboration

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

Typically, a consumer or B2B PR firm will put forth some resolutions to improve agency performance and delivery on key strategic communications plans. As we approach the beginning of 2014, we offer up a few recommendations for the agency-client team to make for a truly fruitful relationship in the New Year and beyond. Be fearless…
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December 20, 2013

TGIF: “At the End of the Day” PR Pros, Put an End to Cliches!

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

An informal poll shows that the average public relations practitioner can spend up to half their day writing. This includes memos, strategic communications plans, creative PR pitch letters, blogs and press releases. It is a challenge to keep the writing fresh, concise, and interesting! The best writers often accomplish that by avoiding words and phrases…
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December 2, 2013

A Beautiful Noise: Five Tips for Better Brand PR Messaging

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

by guest blogger George Drucker When it comes to brand public relations campaigns, consistent and compelling messaging can mean the difference between a successful PR campaign and an “also-ran.” You have to make noise to be heard above the clutter. But that noise, in essence, your messaging, must be carefully, thoughtfully and creatively crafted so…
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November 12, 2013

Tuesday Tips: So You Want to Hire a PR Firm? Eliminate these Roadblocks First

by: in: account management, communications, Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

As senior level communicators or marketers look to enhance their capabilities with outside talent, one consideration should be retaining a public relations agency. Marketing execs are often the keepers of brand image and sometimes the corporate image as well. Who wouldn’t benefit from competent, connected and creative PR thinking? And yet. Some companies plunge into…
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November 8, 2013

TGIF: Awards Equal Rewards when PR Firms Win One for the Client

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

In an earlier post we discussed the mechanics of entering a B2B PR or consumer public relations client in an awards competition. Here is a brief case study on how we “scored” meaningful recognition for a hard-to-categorize client. Our agency recently entered a small business specializing in deluxe packaged travel for non-profits,started by two entrepreneurs,…
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November 5, 2013

How To Be A Winner in the PR Awards Game

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

By guest blogger George Drucker It’s awards season. No, not Oscars, Emmys, or YouTube. It’s the time of year where you or your PR agency, whether doing brand public relations, B2B PR, consumer PR or the like, can demonstrate your creativity, media skills, digital savvy and communications expertise in a truly competitive setting. Winning industry…
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November 1, 2013

TGIF: Questioning PR Measurement? Please Do!

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

While most PR professionals have moved well past counting “clips” or calculating ad equivalencies as a gauge of a campaign’s success, there is still no one universally accepted way to measure PR outcomes. Perhaps there shouldn’t be. While no two campaigns have the same objectives or strategic roadmap, why would the results calculus be the…
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October 29, 2013

Don’t Call Them Mommy Bloggers…But Do Call Them!

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl

In light of Martha Stewart’s recent comments about bloggers, where she dismissed them as “not trained editors and writers,” and lacking in expertise, it may be time to revisit blogger relations for PR professionals. To be fair to Martha, she seemed to be targeting actress and self-appointed lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow during the interview in…
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