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July 13, 2016

Don’t Let Breaking News Steal Your Thunder

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

When PR agency professionals plan a product launch or news announcement, we do it with close attention to detail. In most cases there’s sufficient lead time to schedule each element carefully. A top priority is to steer clear of previously planned events that could conceivably steal our PR thunder. Even if the news isn’t directly…
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June 22, 2016

Will The Election Kill Brand Trump?

by: in: imPRessions

Is Donald Trump’s presidential run just a giant PR push for his brand? And if so, is it backfiring? It doesn’t take a political pundit – or public relations expert – to suspect that Trump’s true goal in running for our nation’s highest office is to build up his name in order to license more…
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June 6, 2016

What Clients Really Want From A PR Agency

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

What do clients really want from their PR agency? A panel of communications officers from top brands tackled the question recently in a no-holds-barred session at the global meeting of PROI Worldwide. The meeting was hosted by PROI partner agency Jackson Spalding, who tapped clients from three notable companies: Scott Williamson, VP Public Affairs &…
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May 18, 2016

The Five “Rs” of PR: How PR Can Boost Brand Marketing

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Although they’re sometimes confused, marketing and public relations are very distinct. Marketing builds brands by communicating directly to the customer, while PR drives reputation through third-party endorsement, among other techniques. But in the ideal world, the two work together and reinforce one another to reach business goals. The visibility generated from a smart PR program…
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May 10, 2016

When The CEO Takes A Stand

by: in: imPRessions

There was a time when good public relations dictated that a CEO shouldn’t take a position on a controversial issue. A public stand, of course, can risk backlash among customers or employees. Conventional PR wisdom may be changing. Starbucks chief Howard Schultz is known for his willingness to wade into treacherous waters – from healthcare…
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April 26, 2016

What PR Can Do – And What It Can’t

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations
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Brand marketers often look to public relations to accomplish a great deal of “heavy lifting” in terms of creating awareness. When done well, a strategic PR program is good at achieving certain objectives while other disciplines fit different needs. PR is most effective at: Packaging a company’s story to resonate with reporters. The seasoned PR team…
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April 21, 2016

How To Win A PR War (Hubspot vs Dan Lyons)

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

Marketing software company Hubspot’s recent struggle with writer Dan Lyons is instructive for anyone embroiled in a public relations war about reputation. The brouhaha wasn’t as public as some such battles – largely because Hubspot isn’t a consumer company  — but it made the rounds in technology circles faster than new malware and probably caused…
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April 14, 2016

Managing The Risks Of Influencer Marketing

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Influencer marketing programs are a godsend for PR agencies and others who look to combine the third-party endorsement of earned media with the credibility of word-of-mouth marketing. But any influencer marketing opportunity comes with risks and caveats, as recent news suggests. Compliance.  Lord & Taylor recently settled charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission for…
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April 12, 2016

How PR Can Treat Every Company Like a Start-Up

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations
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Once an established company decides to engage in public relations activities, the decision presents some wonderful opportunities to burnish, refresh and create anew – much like what a start-up does as it enters the marketplace. Here are some ways that strategic PR planning can help leaders regain that “new company smell.” Re-examine the mission. We have…
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April 1, 2016

What Master Interviewers Can Teach PR People

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Because we spend time preparing clients for meetings with journalists, PR people tend to study media interviews from the view of the person getting the questions. During this crazy political primary season, interview-watching is a spectator sport, usually starring Donald Trump. Yet something changed this week. Trump has had interviews with conservative Wisconsin radio personality…
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March 22, 2016

3 Ways PR Can Leverage A Comments Section

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, media relations, PR Fish Bowl, social media
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As anyone in PR today knows, an article’s comments section can be as revealing as the piece itself. Online comments are so fascinating that there’s even a book about the topic (Reading The Comments.) Yet anonymous comments can be controversial due to the negative conversations they may spark, prompting many publications to limit or do…
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