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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 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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October 4, 2013

TGIF: 5 Hot Content-Sharing Tools for Tech PR

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

In tech PR, thought leadership requires more than innovative ideas. You also need an understanding of technology, as well as familiarity with hot platforms, so that you can pick the latest and greatest tools to effectively package and share your ideas with both media and influencers. Basically, your musings on Twitter’s IPO should be shared—just…
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September 17, 2013

Tuesday Tips: PR Pointers for Mobile Content

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

More people have access to cell phones than working toilets. From a PR perspective it has never been more crucial for brands to adopt a functional mobile presence, as more and more, devices become our primary source of information. Furthermore, given mobile’s prevalence, now there is great opportunity to drive your content and brand more…
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September 6, 2013

TGIF: The Best PR Advice I Ever Got from Grandma

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

This weekend marks that most Hallmark-esque of holidays, Grandparent’s Day. While the day may have been created to sell more cards, the sentiment is a good one. It’s true, your grandparents may not use a smartphone or follow you on Instagram, but the odds are that advice you’ve received from them is applicable to the…
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July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Managing Multiple Agency Relationships

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

Being a successful PR pro goes hand-in-hand with successfully navigating multiple relationships around you: getting the media what they need, on deadline; answering to multiple supervisors who oversee different accounts; and of course, making all your clients happy. If the juggling act among media, supervisors, colleagues, and clients weren’t enough, now throw more agencies into…
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June 28, 2013

TGIF: Wendy Davis Stands and Delivers and a PR Star is Born

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

What’s the quickest way to political PR stardom? It might just be a filibuster. Wendy Davis was a nationally unknown Texas state senator–up until Tuesday, that is. Although the mainstream media was late to the party, social media fans were mesmerized by the Democrat’s 13-hour filibuster to block what many saw as a highly-restrictive abortion…
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June 18, 2013

Tuesday Tips: PR Tips For The Big Media Interview

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

Successful media coverage is a defining component of a successful PR plan, and the most straightforward way to get it is a client interview. These opportunities come in all different shapes and sizes, from casual coffee shop background briefings to in-depth phoners. Though every interview may not carry the same clout as “O’Reilly-Obama,” that doesn’t…
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June 11, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Overcoming the “Sweatiest” PR Moments

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

PR is a stressful industry, but some moments are clearly more “sweat worthy” than others. It’s these moments, though, that really keep PR pros on their feet and teach invaluable lessons. After crowd sourcing some PR colleagues, here are some of the most sweat-worthy PR moments folks have dealt with and tips for overcoming them:…
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June 5, 2013

Tuesday Tips: To Friend or Not to Friend? Best Practices for Connecting with Clients on Social Media

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

These days, it seems that everyone and their grandmother is on Facebook. For PR pros, embracing social media often means connecting with clients. Team members start friending client staff, and vice versa, but are personal social media accounts really the best way to communicate? What are the risks? Whether you’re a social media super user…
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