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May 5, 2014

A Journalist’s View: 3 Questions From A PR Pro

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

It’s every intrepid PR practitioner’s dream to get inside the brain of a working journalist and see what makes them tick. In an effort to get there, we are inaugurating a regular feature called “A Journalist’s View: 3 Questions From A PR Pro.” Our first journalist is Lisa Collier Cool, a bestselling author, award-winning health…
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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 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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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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January 24, 2014

PR for Start-Ups: Avoid These Pitfalls

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

For an early-stage company or start-up, a strategic PR campaign can help drive visibility, highlight what makes the company or its products different, and propel the business forward. But while early-stage entrepreneurs and their associates typically value what strategic PR can bring, they are usually wearing many hats, and they don’t always understand how to…
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January 21, 2014

Don’t Leave This Out of Your Strategic Communications Plan

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, PR Fish Bowl, public relations, reputation

When approaching a client PR proposal or strategic communications plan, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of insightful strategies and creative tactics. But it’s also important to prepare prospects or current clients for any downside risk. In the era of instant communication and real-time social media response, it’s best to put plans in…
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January 10, 2014

PR Pros: Turn Your Client Into a Subject-Matter Expert (SME)

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

Smart PR practitioners know that it’s integral to strategic communications to have a client you can confidently and consistently put forward as a subject-matter expert (SME). Whether you’re trying to pitch a fresh story, “newsjack,” or prep a conference speaker proposal, having a go-to SME with the right background is key to many a PR…
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January 7, 2014

Better Brand PR: How To Work With A Third-Party Spokesperson

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

Brand spokesperson. It’s a time-honored PR strategy, and for good reason. The right spokesperson can add depth to your message, help tell a story, and confer appealing attributes that the brand may lack or need to amplify. But borrowing expertise, or sheer glamour, from a third party always carries risks. Just ask Samsung, which suffered…
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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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November 26, 2013

Preparing the Perfect RFP: Tips From A Top PR Agency

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

  As a PR agency professional, I’ve grappled with a fair share of requests for proposals, better known as RFPs. These documents can create excitement inside an agency, but since they often require an “all hands on deck” approach and usually include several PR firms, they’re regarded as a necessary evil. But the issuance of…
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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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