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June 30, 2015

PR Breaks Through At Cannes. Or Not.

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

PR agencies were celebrating this year at the Cannes Lions, the annual ad tech extravaganza that bestows prestigious awards for creativity in advertising, marketing, and public relations. 2015 was a good Cannes for PR, which has been the stepchild, persistently overshadowed by splashy paid marketing campaigns submitted by global ad agencies. PR jury president Lynne-Anne…
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June 17, 2015

What Journalists Should Know About PR People

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Lauren Sieben’s enlightening post about what PR agency and client-side pros should know about today’s newsroom got me thinking about the flipside. What, if anything, should journalists know about a PR firm, or how communications professionals operate? While the typical public relations agency hasn’t been as radically disrupted as the traditional newsroom, there are many…
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June 16, 2015

6 PR Lessons From The Olive Garden Food Truck

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

Recently the Olive Garden restaurant unveiled an unlikely sampling initiative that PR agency folk will find either cool or cringe-worthy. The often-maligned (but also beloved) Olive Garden sent a food truck into Boston’s North End – a neighborhood synonymous with authentic Italian cuisine. The Boston stop was the latest one in a sampling and PR…
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June 8, 2015

How To Run A PR Agency Search

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Lou Hoffman wrote a great post on the “broken” PR agency review process. Certainly the classic client-agency dating ritual could use improvement. The process rewards many skills, from powerpoint graphics to research capabilities, and not all are equally important to a successful PR relationship. Lou’s post makes the often-overlooked point that an agency’s ability to…
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May 29, 2015

Five Ways To Ace A PR Presentation

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

Your PR agency team has made the finals and is invited to present your brilliant campaign recommendations. You’ve succeeded “on paper” and now must bring your strongest talent to seal the deal. Here are some pointers to help ace the process. Know your audience. Learn as much as you can about them ahead of time. Who are the decision-makers? Who might have…
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May 27, 2015

Five Books That’ll Change The Way You View PR

by: in: PR Fish Bowl
Tablet and books on blue background --- Image by © C.J. Burton/Corbis

The role of PR agencies and the work of communications professionals is constantly evolving. Business leaders are more savvy about PR, and the content explosion has enabled businesses to communicate more directly with their customers. With summer reading season (finally!) upon us, here we recap our favorite reads on the ins and outs of the profession….
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May 21, 2015

Top Tips For A Successful PR Media Tour

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, media relations, PR Fish Bowl, public relations, time management
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As PR agency professionals we rely heavily on digital communication, but face-to-face interactions like “deskside” meetings can be invaluable. A well-executed media tour, or series of one-on-one meetings with journalists, can establish genuine, long-term relationships. While the media might not become your new weekend brunch besties (although maybe down the line!), deskside visits help you…
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April 21, 2015

PR And The Power Of Podcasts

by: in: PR Fish Bowl

As storytellers and public relations professionals, we consider podcasts one of our favorite forms of content. What’s not to love? You can take them on the go, listen at your own pace, delve into subjects in-depth, and get lost in the story-time nature of the experience. But personal preferences aside, podcasts are becoming a powerful…
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April 7, 2015

PR, Pizza, And Crisis Management In Indiana

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

One of the tougher PR and reputation management aspects of the furor around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act is the struggle faced by local businesses who want to separate their own views and polices from the interpretation of Governor Pence’s original legislation as homophobic. Although the state quickly passed a “clarified” bill under pressure last Thursday, the…
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March 17, 2015

Mad Men Enters The 70s And PR Looks Back

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

The final season of Mad Men advances the advertising and PR industries into the 70s along with fictional agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. The period is considered by many the decade of the “great shift.” America inches away from the public-spirited universalism of the 60s that birthed the Civil Rights movement toward the free-market economy that changed the…
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March 4, 2015

Why Do Women At PR Agencies Earn Less?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

                              Image by Steve Wilson There’s a gender wage gap at PR agencies and in our industry overall, and it’s getting worse. According to the latest PRWeek/Bloom, Gross & Associates Salary Survey, women in PR earn significantly less than their male counterparts on average. Among those with less than five years experience, men outearn women…
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March 3, 2015

How To Boost PR With The Right Non-Profit Partner

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

Companies choose to support non-profits for many reasons, not all of which involve public relations. A philanthropic commitment is often the result of legitimate alignment with ethical principles or social responsibility, as well as a goal to be identified with a specific cause or community. Historically, when these partnerships work, the benefits to both parties…
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February 25, 2015

What PR People Should Know About Analyst Relations

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

Most B2B technology companies and the PR agencies who represent them understand the value of industry analysts as part of a strong PR program. Journalists often look to analysts to confirm trends, deliver insights, and add quotes and credibility to their profiles on specific companies and sectors. Cultivating analyst relationships over the long term can…
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