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September 15, 2014

Is “Big Data” In PR’s DNA?

by: in: imPRessions

“Back then, I was a geek. Now all of a sudden I have a sexy job.” – Claudia Perlich, Chief Data Scientist at Dstillery and panelist at the upcoming Council of PR Firms Critical Issues Forum The rise of digital media and availability of ever-more granular data about how we use it have transformed marketing,…
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September 8, 2014

Exposing Apple’s PR “Secrets”

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

“Seeing Through The Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media,” a blog series on 9to5mac.com, has had the tech PR community fairly riveted over the past week. The posts were hyped as pulling back the curtain on the PR and message control machinery behind Apple’s famous “reality distortion field.” The words were coined about Steve…
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September 1, 2014

7 Common PR Storytelling Sins

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Most of the stories that PR and marketing professionals tell on behalf of the brands they represent fall into one of the classic story categories. Christopher Booker’s Seven Basic Plots, which has been adapted by major advertising creative directors like TBWA’s Rob Schwartz, outlines some of the most common. They range from the ever-powerful David vs…
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August 28, 2014

Five Ways To Get Great PR With Specialist Bloggers

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

  Once relegated to the most esoteric of interests (think Philately or Dungeons and Dragons), specialist bloggers are now all over the media landscape, and PR professionals are paying attention. In fact, I’ve had consumer clients who were more interested in what an influential blogger said about their product than a mainstream news publication, especially when it…
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August 19, 2014

11 Blogging Tips For Busy Perfectionists

by: in: imPRessions

“I have no time.” “What would I say?” “How could I keep it going?” These are questions that staff, clients, and colleagues have asked about maintaining a business blog. And they’re all fair questions and objections. Blogging isn’t always easy. If it were, everyone would do it. And even though it may seem like everyone…
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July 9, 2014

Best and Worst in PR Crisis Management 2014

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

The year is only half over, and already there have been all manner of PR “crisis” situations for professional communicators to dissect. But some recent shenanigans, and the accompanying reputational consequences, have been so varied and so fascinating that I’ve decided to bestow informal “awards” for crisis PR. Most entertaining: Hands down, the Donald Sterling…
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June 17, 2014

A Journalist’s View: Three Questions From A PR Pro

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

Rachel Weingarten is a weekly style columnist for Parade.com and opinion columnist for amNewYork who also freelances for CNN Digital, Esquire.com Fortune, Newsday, USA Today and many others. Rachel is the author of three non-fiction books including Ancient Prayer: Channeling Your Faith 365 Days of the Year. The most important rule to remember when pitching a…
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June 16, 2014

How Strategic PR Can Support A Successful Exit

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Ask any PR or communications professional how to succeed with an investment in strategic public relations, and they will surely ask about goals. The most powerful PR programs are focused on supporting business objectives from product visibility to expansion into new markets. But strategic PR is also valuable for accelerating a business exit – the…
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May 22, 2014

A Journalist’s View: Three Questions From A PR Pro

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

Here’s another dispatch from our ongoing conversations with top journalists on best media relations practices.  Today we interviewed Mandi Woodruff, who covers personal finance for Yahoo! Finance, having recently moved from a similar position at Business Insider. Mandi shared her insights on PR professionals and the interview process. When a PR person asks for interview…
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May 7, 2014

To Be A Better Communicator, Listen

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

One of the overlooked  skills of PR practitioners and other communicators is listening – both literally (as any good manager or colleague should), and more broadly, as in hearing and interpreting the opinions and feedback of high-priority audiences. These days, even with terrific social tools, listening can be a challenge.  There’s the speed of digital…
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April 23, 2014

Lessons From The NYPD’s Twitter PR Backlash

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

The latest Twitter campaign to backfire in spectacular fashion was as predictable as a taxi shortage at rush hour. Considering that NYC recently elected a new mayor largely on his rejection of controversial “stop-and-frisk” police tactics, it’s hard to imagine what the New York Police Department was thinking when it dreamed up its recent Twitter…
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April 16, 2014

7 PR And Media Relations Rules You Might Want To Break

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

Most disciplines have unwritten rules or principles that professionals live by, and the practice of public relations is no exception.  But none of the PR or media relations “laws” are ironclad. There are times when you just might need to break the rules, or at least shake up PR industry convention when it comes to…
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