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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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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 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

by guest blogger George Drucker 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….
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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 – Advice from a PR Agency Insider

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 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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October 10, 2013

TGIF: B2B PR Doesn’t Have to be Boring

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

As a brand marketing PR veteran, I never thought that one of my finest moments would be leadership of a B2B engagement for a financial services client. McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union markets directly to businesses for whom membership is an employee benefit. Yet, corporate decision-makers are consumers, too. And the success we’ve had raising awareness…
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