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October 13, 2016

Reporter Fahrenthold Crowdsources His Way To Glory

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People who work in media and public relations like to say that click-bait headlines and hot takes have replaced traditional, “shoe-leather” reporting – the type that involves long hours of investigation, dogged pursuit of sources, and boring background interviews. Some even say the internet killed “real” journalism. But one reporter has turned that trope on…
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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 28, 2016

What PR Can Learn From The 2016 Election

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Every presidential election is a showcase for public relations and political strategy, but the 2016 race has taken PR to a whole new level. There’s ongoing coverage about the candidates themselves, but then there’s the spin, counterspin, punditry, analysis, and back-and-forth around each campaign’s communications and media strategy. The pace of the coverage and social…
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September 22, 2016

PR Advice For CEOs Under Fire

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When the stuff hits the fan, what’s an embattled CEO to do? It helps to hire a top PR firm, but even the best advice may not salvage a reputation. That’s the case for two chief executives who found themselves facing congressional investigations this week. What can PR and reputation experts take away from the…
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September 15, 2016

What B2C Can Learn From B2B PR

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B2B public relations is widely perceived as the nerdy cousin to consumer PR’s popular girl. Some of this reputation is deserved; it’s true that B2C PR is often more glamorous and accessible than B2B. Promoting marketing automation software to corporate executives is very different from marketing luxury shoes or helping a whole-grain snack bar reach…
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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 4, 2016

When Brands Take A Stand: PR Advice For Issue Campaigns

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Staking out a position on a high-profile issue is a time-honored public relations strategy. When done well it creates a public platform and builds brand visibility designed to resonate with customers. The right campaign can also humanize a corporate brand and engage individual customers and stakeholders in a powerful way by tapping their emotions. Most…
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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 13, 2016

Don’t Let Breaking News Steal Your Thunder

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, marketing, public relations

When PR agency professionals plan a product launch or news announcement, we do it with close attention to detail. In most cases there’s sufficient lead time to schedule each element carefully. A top priority is to steer clear of previously planned events that could conceivably steal our PR thunder. Even if the news isn’t directly…
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June 6, 2016

What Clients Really Want From A PR Agency

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

What do clients really want from their PR agency? A panel of communications officers from top brands tackled the question recently in a no-holds-barred session at the global meeting of PROI Worldwide. The meeting was hosted by PROI partner agency Jackson Spalding, who tapped clients from three notable companies: Scott Williamson, VP Public Affairs &…
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May 18, 2016

The Five “Rs” of PR: How PR Can Boost Brand Marketing

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Although they’re sometimes confused, marketing and public relations are very distinct. Marketing builds brands by communicating directly to the customer, while PR drives reputation through third-party endorsement, among other techniques. But in the ideal world, the two work together and reinforce one another to reach business goals. The visibility generated from a smart PR program…
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