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March 22, 2017

Influencer Marketing For B2B Brands

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Can influencer marketing work for B2B brands? PR programs that include influencer campaigns are often linked to emerging YouTubers or glitzy Kardashian-type personalities, but influencer marketing works in B2B public relations, too. The names may not be as glamorous, but the impact is real. Here’s why. Most B2B companies operate in a competitive category characterized…
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March 17, 2017

5 Tips To A Successful PR Career

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

Public relations is a $13 billion industry employing 100,000 people in the US. And, the need for qualified PR people has never been greater. The country has seen record growth in entrepreneurism according to a study by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, with 27 million businesspeople vying for a presence. And that’s only counting start-ups – established businesses,…
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February 23, 2017

The Top Threats To Your Company’s Reputation

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

In today’s volatile media and social environment, good PR comes at a premium and brand reputation is fragile. Look at Trump’s dressing down of Nordstrom, or the controversy Uber runs into just about every time Travis Kalanick does anything. (More on that later.) Some argue that presidential tweets might actually be good for business, even…
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February 14, 2017

PR Tips For Crowdfunding Campaigns

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

Anyone in B2B or B2C tech public relations knows that crowdfunding is an exciting part of the startup community and a key source of grassroots support for many pre-revenue business ventures. Since the Pebble Watch was launched in 2012 and became Kickstarter’s breakout  success, the crowdfunding dream has captured the imagination of many cash-strapped entrepreneurs….
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February 9, 2017

How Smart PR Can Extend Your 15 Minutes Of Fame

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

When someone is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, public relations strategists often watch to keep score. We’re interested to see who’s getting the worst of a PR backlash, or who comes out looking great. A case in point is that of Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Attorney General who successfully filed a state lawsuit challenging…
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January 19, 2017

How PR And Customer Service Can Work Together

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

Good customer service and good public relations have never been more aligned. One of the quickest ways to understand an organization’s reputation is to look at its response to a consumer complaint. A company can spend millions on a brand reputation campaign, use high-powered PR agencies, and reap the benefits of CEO thought leadership, but…
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January 12, 2017

How To Manage A Press Conference (If You’re Not Donald Trump)

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Donald Trump gave his first press conference as President-Elect yesterday. Reactions to the presser may vary with the political views of the observer, but most professional PR people would probably say it did not go well. Overall, the transition team seems to be stuck in campaign mode. The briefing was staged more like a mini-rally…
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December 13, 2016

#PRGoals For 2017

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

In public relations agency offices around the country, the time has come for a few annual rites of passage. Planning a holiday soiree, check! Buying client gifts, done! Sending end-of-year greetings or newsletter, got it! What remains? Besides tuning into Lee Daniels’ new series “Star” and getting the story on all the Golden Globes nominees,…
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December 6, 2016

Enhance PR Through These Simple Social Media Tips

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

Our public relations clients are always looking for ways to leverage traditional media on social channels in a relevant, traffic-building way. We observed how well some organizations and businesses are using social media to amplify other efforts and want to pass on a few current tips. Rethink the 70-30 rule. Many social media managers use the…
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November 16, 2016

How PR And Content Marketing Can Work Together

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Public relations and content marketing are powerful when they work together, particularly for B2B PR programs designed to educate prospective customers and push them down the funnel to a point of purchase. But too often, the disciplines and even their teams are distinct. Many PR practitioners naturally prioritize the generation of earned media coverage over…
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November 5, 2016

Six Ways To “Hack” Your PR Program

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Despite becoming more data-driven in recent years, public relations is still a relatively low-tech business. That’s one reason the $5 million fundraise by AirPR, which builds analytics tools to measure PR’s impact, was notable in PR and technology startup circles. Compared to digital marketing and advertising, which has only become more automated over time, our…
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October 19, 2016

Social Hashtag Campaign Is A PR Winner For Excedrin

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Tying a brand to a big news story is a time-honored public relations tactic for earning media coverage. Sometimes it’s about a fast-breaking event, like a data security executive commenting on a major hack. Often there’s a narrow window of opportunity to ride the wave. Then there are stories that dominate over months, offering more…
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October 13, 2016

Reporter Fahrenthold Crowdsources His Way To Glory

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

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 15, 2016

What B2C Can Learn From B2B PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

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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