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March 16, 2014

Whatever Happened To The Big Technology PR Launch?

by: in: celebrity, imPRessions, leadership, social media

Some former colleagues in tech PR and I were talking recently about the “good old days” when nearly every tech launch included a splashy press conference. Maybe it wasn’t as theatrical as Steve Jobs taking the stage at MacWorld, but it was entertainment, complete with a dramatic unveil, executive presentations, and striking models who would help…
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June 27, 2013

The PR Verdict On Paula Deen’s Apology (Again)

by: in: branding, celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

From the frying pan to….yesterday Paula Deen, the queen of comfort cooking, faced Matt Lauer, and the outcome was not so comfortable for either one. Some have criticized Lauer for his brusque grilling of Deen. My view is that he took a no-nonsense approach, cutting to the business issues and her motive for finally living…
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March 27, 2013

Is Tiger Woods Back?

by: in: branding, celebrity, communications, imPRessions, marketing, public relations, reputation

“Winning Takes Care of Everything,” boasts the ad. Sponsored by Nike, the only brand that stuck by the disgraced golfer as he struggled to get his reputation out of the rough, it has an impertinence that’s gotten everyone talking. It’s confident, even cocky, and most importantly, buzzworthy. A winner for Nike. Yet the tone is…
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June 6, 2012

Jason Alexander’s Apology Is A PR Homerun

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations, reputation

We communications pros like to use words like authenticity, transparency, and honesty. Too often, they’re empty cliches. But every now and then, they jump out at you. Take the latest public apology to go viral. I don’t know anything about cricket, so when I read that actor Jason Alexander had called the game “gay” in…
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January 5, 2012

Fake Twitter Accounts: The Ultimate Status Symbol?

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Wendi, we hardly knew ye. The all-too-brief period in which Mrs. Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter was thrilling for Murdoch-watchers, social media pros, and PR  types. It seemed another example of the faux-democratizing power of the social Web. It also showed the cleverness of Ms. Deng, and her uncanny ability to humanize her much-reviled husband….
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April 28, 2011

Have Press Agents Become “Suppress” Agents?

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Recently I attended an awards luncheon where a prominent PR woman was honored for her fierce protectiveness of her clients and her way of shutting out press who didn’t promise positive coverage. It made me wonder about the guard-dog publicist in the age of social media. A few days later, I read the New York…
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August 15, 2010

The Steven Slater Effect: Has JetBlue Lost Its Cool?

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, public relations, reputation

Steven Slater’s slide to freedom took less than a day to establish him as a folk hero. The reasons are obvious. Who hasn’t wanted to make an, um, emergency exit from a miserable job with that kind of flourish? It was just one employee who lost his cool, in a big way. But did his exit signal a downhill slide…
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March 16, 2010

Genius PR Move of the Year – Conan on Twitter

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, marketing, social media

Before late February, the closest Conan O’Brien came to social media was making lame jokes about tweeting celebrities on his show. So, when his updates came over my Twitter stream, I thought it was a clever way to stay relevant for a guy who’s barred from going on television for six more months. @ConanOBrien‘s bio seemed to…
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March 5, 2010

The Future of Celebrity Endorsement, Post-Tiger

by: in: advertising, branding, celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, marketing, public relations, reputation, social media

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking at a symposium sponsored by The Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal. The topic was “The Tiger Woods Effect” on celebrity endorsement, contract negotiation, morals clauses, and a host of other legal, marketing and PR issues. Here’s my take on the discussion, from a strictly brand marketing perspective. Brands…
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February 21, 2010

Why PR Advice Is The Last Thing Tiger Woods Needs

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, public relations, reputation

The Tiger Woods soap opera isn’t just a gift to the tabloid press. It’s been a championship season for PR and crisis management advice. Even before the latest statement hit the Web, communications experts were scrambling to rehash the criticisms of last November and offer another round of self-serving counsel about what Woods should do to get his reputation out…
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January 9, 2010

Lady Gaga and Polaroid: Beautiful Music or Bad Romance?

by: in: advertising, branding, celebrity, communications, creativity, Crenshaw Communications, marketing, public relations, technology

  Picture this. When Polaroid announced its new relationship with pop diva Lady Gaga, it rocked the CES haus and nearly brought down Twitter. The former Stefani Germanotta, looking wonderfully preposterous in a hat made of her own hair, was shakin’ it as the brand’s Creative Director. She even showed off her new business card.  Okay, the pairing might be a…
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December 14, 2009

The Tabloid Carnival: Celebrities As Entertainment

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

One of the more troubling aspects of the Tiger Woods scandal is what a political consultant famously referred to as “bimbo eruptions.” That devastating (and devastatingly accurate) description of then-president  Bill Clinton’s extramarital history, and his PR problems, feels pretty familiar right now. Especially as more women come out of the woodwork to grab their tawdry piece…
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December 11, 2009

Will Tiger Woods Sink Celebrity Endorsement?

by: in: advertising, celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, marketing, public relations, reputation

  The seemingly endless Tiger Woods scandal, and the well-worn implications for PR and crisis management, have me thinking instead about another aspect of our business – the celebrity endorsement. In this case, the negative fallout is so dramatic – and so unanticipated – that I have to wonder. Could brands become wary of getting…
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November 28, 2009

Has Reality TV Gone Too Far?

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, public relations

The furor over the Virginia couple who evaded security and gained entry into the recent White House state dinner has many calling for a review of Secret Service procedures. When photos showed that the couple actually got close enough to the president to shake his hand, the concern, and the coverage, of “gatecrasher-gate” naturally escalated. But, there’s…
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October 5, 2009

Is David Letterman A PR Genius?

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, public relations, reputation

PR agency and crisis management pundits are saying that Letterman’s handling of last week’s bizarre extortion plot against him was a public relations masterstroke. As the world knows, Letterman chose to recount his experience last Thursday in a ten-minute monologue – but not his usual kind. Somewhere in those ten minutes, the late-night host admitted…
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August 17, 2009

The Humane Society Makes It Real

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, public relations, reputation

Since the news broke that Michael Vick would rejoin the NFL and work with The Humane Society on its anti-dogfighting campaign, speculation about his true state of mind has gone into overtime. Is he sincerely remorseful? Does he regret only that he was caught and suspended, or has he actually changed? It’s impossible to tell if Vick’s…
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July 13, 2009

Citizen Advertising, 2.0

by: in: advertising, celebrity, communications, creativity, Crenshaw Communications, reputation, social media, technology

  My Twitter account was recently suspended.  It was an accidental move apparently caused by an attempt to control spam, and it was rectified within 24 hours or so.  But for a short time, I was one of hundreds of legitimate users left out in the cold, vainly posting messages asking assistance. As one fellow complainer posted to…
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July 9, 2009

Michael Jackson Makes Internet History

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, social media, technology

It’s ironic that Michael Jackson had planned a series of “comeback” concerts scheduled to begin shortly before his death, since no comeback could have matched the media storm surrounding his passing and subsequent memorial service. The service, which was televised, live-streamed, and followed closely by millions on social networking sites in real time, has been called the largest…
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June 26, 2009

Why Are They Saying Those Things About You?

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, public relations, reputation, social media

  A while back, I was startled to see some harsh criticism of me on an IT Internet forum. People were calling Dorothy Crenshaw incompetent and even demanding that I be fired…which I thought was pretty unfair considering I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.  Of course, it wasn’t about me.  It turned out that…
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May 20, 2009

Why American Idol Matters

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications

Okay, it doesn’t.  Not really. But, every year as I get suckered into Idol madness just after the group dwindles to eight or less, I look for reasons that justify watching.   This year, it’s easier, since it’s become a Tuesday night treat that my daughter and I enjoy together, like a mother-daughter date night.  We tune…
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May 8, 2009

Mother's Day Goes Social – And Socially-Conscious

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, social media

Brandweek ran an interesting feature recently about a M2Moms survey in which 73 percent of moms said they feel advertisers don’t really understand them. While it’s true marketers have lagged in recognizing the purchasing power and social clout of mothers, I feel many are listening to and reaching the so-called Power Moms, on their own digital turf. …
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April 17, 2009

Following Oprah

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, social media

    She’s arguably the most influential figure in our culture next to the President…except, wait, she picked our President, right?  Seriously, the social media world is atwitter after the announcement that Oprah will make her first Tweet Friday on her show.  Only @Oprah, the Queen of Everything, could rack up over 40,000 followers before posting a…
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April 4, 2009

Last Night A Twitter Saved A Life

by: in: celebrity, Crenshaw Communications, social media

The social media thing can seem frivolous at times…after all, we’re not talking about saving lives, right?  Wrong.  Yesterday, actress and celebrity Twitterati Demi Moore reportedly helped stop a possible suicide attempt by a woman who tweeted her intent to cut her arm to kill herself. (I admit I follow mrskutcher, and even saw the comment in question, but…
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