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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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April 10, 2014

PR Isn’t Dead, But It Should Be Reincarnated

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

Some prominent members of the PR industry were up in arms recently over a story in the Financial Times about companies who reject the traditional PR agency relationship and choose to handle their own public relations. “Publicity is Free With No PRs” featured such luminaries as Warren Buffet and Elon Musk and their propensity for…
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April 10, 2014

How Strategic PR Makes A Milestone Work Harder

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

This month our client Edible Arrangements, the originator and category leader of artfully designed fresh fruit bouquets, celebrates its 15th birthday. From humble beginnings – one store in New Haven, opened by founder Tariq Farid, a Pakistani immigrant – to over 1,200 stores worldwide, the operation has grown phenomenally, achieving $500 million in sales in…
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March 31, 2014

Things You Should Never Say To A PR Agency

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Every public relations agency executive delights in hearing from prospective clients. One of the great things about the business is that you never know which award-winning campaign, career-changing relationship, or high-profile engagement might be just around the corner. But a typical part of the chase is a series of calls or meetings with client prospects…
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March 28, 2014

Why You Need To Hire A PR Firm Now

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

Even if your hot ad/tech business isn’t being acquired today for millions of dollars or you aren’t quite ready to launch your latest sure-to-wow consumer product, you may still need to consider professional PR counsel for your company. Here are some good reasons why: You are being left out of a story right now. Without a…
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March 16, 2014

Whatever Happened To The Big Technology PR Launch?

by: in: celebrity, imPRessions, leadership, social media

Some former colleagues in tech PR and I were talking recently about the “good old days” when nearly every tech launch included a splashy press conference. Maybe it wasn’t as theatrical as Steve Jobs taking the stage at MacWorld, but it was entertainment, complete with a dramatic unveil, executive presentations, and pretty models who would help…
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March 11, 2014

Are Better Client-Agency Relations the Key to Better Public Relations?

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

At our New York-based public relations agency, we can never be accused of under-communicating with clients. Beyond daily e-mails and weekly status calls, we manage to achieve maximum “touchpoints” throughout the week. If you ask anyone in our firm, they will agree that better client agency relations are, if not THE key, certainly one key…
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February 28, 2014

Five Ways To Create The Right CSR PR Plan

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, reputation

Corporate or brand reputation is often at the heart of a sound public relations strategy. And the companies who enjoy the best corporate reputations are typically those who make a commitment to social responsibility. The reasons are many: a strong reputation can help an organization differentiate its products and services, attract talent, and even mitigate…
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February 25, 2014

Convert A PR Project Into Ongoing Business With These Five Tips

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

The good news is after some blood, sweat and tears from the agency team, that tech or consumer PR client you’ve been after has awarded you the business. The bad news? It’s a project, wherein the agency must prove its marketing mettle to be considered for PR agency of record status. What can your brilliant…
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February 21, 2014

Eight Ways PR Pros Can Make The Client Look Good

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

PR veteran Arthur Solomon’s recent post about challenging basic public relations “rules” and other industry tenets really struck a chord with me. The most insightful point may have been this one:  “Good work is not a sure way of receiving client approval. The best way to ensure a good review is to make the client…
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February 14, 2014

Top Tech PR Trends in 2014

by: in: PR Fish Bowl

In tech PR, storylines change quite a bit from year to year. The rapid shifts are inherent to technology, with both products and software evolving swiftly and with frequent changes in direction. So, it can be challenging for PR pros, or companies DIY’ing their PR efforts, to stick their finger in the air to determine…
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February 4, 2014

PR Agencies: Does Your Client’s Strategic Communications Plan Include a Social Media Policy?

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

We’ve all seen examples of uncensored tweets, negative Facebook postings and disastrous Instagrams. From your friends, no problem, but from your client’s company accounts? That’s cause for alarm. One way to prevent such indiscretions is to create, maintain and enforce a strict social media policy as part of your overall PR plan. A smart social…
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January 24, 2014

PR for Start-Ups: Avoid These Pitfalls

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

For an early-stage company or start-up, a strategic PR campaign can help drive visibility, highlight what makes the company or its products different, and propel the business forward. But while early-stage entrepreneurs and their associates typically value what strategic PR can bring, they are usually wearing many hats, and they don’t always understand how to…
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January 21, 2014

Don’t Leave This Out of Your Strategic Communications Plan

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, PR Fish Bowl, public relations, reputation

When approaching a client PR proposal or strategic communications plan, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of insightful strategies and creative tactics. But it’s also important to prepare prospects or current clients for any downside risk. In the era of instant communication and real-time social media response, it’s best to put plans in…
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January 10, 2014

PR Pros: Turn Your Client Into a Subject-Matter Expert (SME)

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

Smart PR practitioners know that it’s integral to strategic communications to have a client you can confidently and consistently put forward as a subject-matter expert (SME). Whether you’re trying to pitch a fresh story, “newsjack,” or prep a conference speaker proposal, having a go-to SME with the right background is key to many a PR…
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January 6, 2014

At CES 2014, PR Stunts Abound

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

The Consumer Electronics Show is known for outlandish marketing and PR stunts, including product prototypes designed for brand publicity appeal rather than actual retail distribution. 2014 is no exception. The show officially opens Tuesday, but media previews started earlier, and the buzz is all about tech that’s wearable and sensor-equipped, from the “world’s first connected…
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December 20, 2013

TGIF: “At the End of the Day” PR Pros, Put an End to Cliches!

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

An informal poll shows that the average public relations practitioner can spend up to half their day writing. This includes memos, strategic communications plans, creative PR pitch letters, blogs and press releases. It is a challenge to keep the writing fresh, concise, and interesting! The best writers often accomplish that by avoiding words and phrases…
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December 19, 2013

How Strategic Public Relations Builds Brands

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Public relations drives reputation, while marketing builds brands, right? Not so fast. That assumption defines both disciplines too narrowly.  There are many ways in which the classic PR approach and tactics help defend, deepen, and even create an indelible brand identity. In fact, a Procter & Gamble study showed that out of all the services…
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