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January 27, 2015

What PR People Know About Content Marketing

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

From PR agencies to corporate SEO teams, everyone’s doing content marketing – or more accurately, content creation. These days, it’s increasingly hard to make content stand out. The challenge has grown more acute with the advent of what Mark Schaefer calls “content shock” or the explosive growth of the content supply without a corresponding growth…
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January 26, 2015

How To Make A TED Talk Part Of A PR Plan

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

For some in the PR world, TED talks represent the “holy grail” of thought leadership initiatives. But how should PR professionals approach securing this highly competitive opporrunity? TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The organization began in…
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January 15, 2015

Why Writing Skills Are Still Crucial For PR Pros

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

How important is writing in public relations today? A PR Week editorial has sparked a fresh discussion about the value of writing skills in today’s PR agency or corporate communications environment.  In the op-ed, University of South Carolina’s Shannon Bowen, Ph.D. argues that as PR has evolved into a management discipline, college communications curricula must…
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January 5, 2015

12 Ways To Spot A PR Agency Person

by: in: imPRessions, public relations

Professional stereotypes are annoying, as outlined in my post about PR cliches that just won’t die. The tropes of the fast-talking, image-making  press agent or the people-pleasing party girl are ones that most PR consultants reject, yet there are some common ways that PR agency and corporate communicators think. Occupational hazard? Or are certain personality…
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December 29, 2014

5 PR Stereotypes That Are Outdated Or Wrong

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

It’s an inside joke that no one outside the industry understands what communications professionals or PR agencies really do. I don’t actually believe that, but this week, a relative at a holiday gathering confessed that she’s always likened me to Samantha Jones, the infamous PR woman on “Sex And The City”  – ten years after its last episode! I proceeded…
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December 23, 2014

Five Tips For Media Relations Success In Healthcare PR

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

When it comes to medical and healthcare PR, standard best practices apply, but there are some industry-specific guidelines to follow to ensure successful outcomes. We recently attended a “Meet the Media” event hosted by the Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society of Greater New York, which included a panel of health care reporters and editors offering…
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December 17, 2014

Five Cases Of Top PR Crisis Management In 2014

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions

It’s hard to find terrific examples of crisis management PR, presumably because we don’t hear about the crises that never happened. When a true reputation emergency hits, communications experts like to criticize it and offer retroactive advice.  Armchair pundits urge businesses to “get ahead of the story,” – good counsel, in theory. It’s not so…
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December 11, 2014

What PR People Can Learn From “Serial”

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

PR agency professionals like to talk about storytelling, and we’re good at identifying and shaping a narrative. But, let’s face it, much of the content about brand storytelling doesn’t always make for a great story. Enter “Serial,” the podcast. If you’re one of its five million listeners, or even among those tired of hearing about…
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November 25, 2014

8 Sins Committed In The Name Of Good PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

ProPublica’s recent expose of The American Red Cross contained a colorful and symbolic detail that made PR agencies and their corporate communications counterparts cringe. The article reports that the organization drove around nearly-empty trucks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy “to be seen,” to give the impression that it was delivering aid when in fact…
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November 18, 2014

Is Anything Ever Really Off The Record?

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

Uber hit another reputation speedbump yesterday when one of its senior executives shared an unusual suggestion for generating better PR for the brand with a group of notables. At a celebrity-studded dinner in New York, SVP of Business Emil Michael floated the idea of hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on journalists who’ve been…
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November 11, 2014

Does Everyone Deserve PR Agency Representation?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations

Would you serve as PR agency for a sexual predator? What about a celebrity with a reputation crisis? The sexual abuse scandal surrounding CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi raises interesting questions for PR agency professionals. The controversy is smaller than, say, Ketchum’s work on behalf of Putin’s Russia, or Edelman’s involvement with ALEC, which bubbled…
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October 24, 2014

Why PR Should Rethink Social Influence

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

What if everything the PR industry believes about social influence is wrong? And that there’s no such thing as truly viral content? That’s the case made by Duncan Watts, network-theory scientist for Microsoft Research, whose views are outlined in the book Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know The Answer.) His research challenges accepted thinking about…
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October 20, 2014

PR Learnings From The Ebola Crisis

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

The Ebola epidemic in Western Africa and its (very limited) spread to the U.S. represents not only a public health crisis, but a PR and communications challenge for healthcare providers, aid organizations, and governments. Much of the blame for the sensationalized coverage in this country goes to national media outlets who fanned the flames of…
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October 15, 2014

What Apple Knows About Great Tech PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

As both a business and a brand, Apple is frequently invoked as a role model for design, technology innovation, and, yes, public relations and marketing. Its “1984” campaign is still regarded as a watershed moment in advertising, and more recently, its marketing and PR are credited with producing glowing reviews, long lines at stores, and…
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October 14, 2014

5 Ways To Kill A PR Pitch

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl

The PR pressure is on. An announcement is imminent and the task of generating media coverage is in the capable hands of the seasoned PR team. They have written a solid press release and created professional, individualized approaches to a short list of meticulously researched media. Now it’s go time. For the best possible outcome,…
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October 7, 2014

What PR People Should Know About Advertising Week

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

Despite the ad-tech buzzwords and marathon-like scheduling, Advertising Week is an upbeat and insightful event for PR professionals. Yes, the jargon is a killer – and in the manner of German compound words, it’s all starting to combine, as in “programmatic premium direct” and “mobile native.” But what can PR professionals learn from the weeklong…
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