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February 19, 2015

Can PR Scale?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

There’s an interesting question buried at the end of Tom Foremski’s recent  broadside against the PR Council’s move to redefine what PR agencies do. The post is about the term “earned influence” to describe the work of the modern PR practitioner and move PR beyond the classic “earned media” outcomes that some feel are outdated. (For…
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February 17, 2015

What Great PR Campaigns Have In Common

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

When it comes to capturing the attention of journalists, influentials, and prospects, some PR campaigns have more impact than others. What makes the difference? There are countless factors, from the development of the initial strategy, through the details of planning and execution. Every campaign is distinct, of course, and there are no cookie-cutter solutions. But…
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January 30, 2015

The Truth About Going From Journalism To PR

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

Journalists are making the transition to PR in greater numbers than ever before, with many joining PR agencies or taking corporate communications posts. It’s widely accepted that former reporters can be valuable additions to communications teams (some arguments notwithstanding). For PR, it’s important to be able to think like a reporter and to understand how…
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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 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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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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October 21, 2014

Four Ways To Make Sure You Meet Your PR Deadlines

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

Nobody likes deadline busting, and in the PR business, completing projects on time is critical. Whether it’s finishing a new business proposal, writing a seasonal PR plan or editing that byline – every PR pro juggles deadlines. As we can all probably attest, missing deadlines can erode credibility, while delivering on time helps earn you…
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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 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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October 2, 2014

Top Five PR Mistakes To Avoid

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

This is not about PR or reputation catastrophes, like the NFL’s fumbled  response to its domestic violence problem, or even Mike Tyson’s recent profanity-laced on-air meltdown. Maybe they don’t grab headlines, but the everyday PR misses are far more likely to result in underperforming campaigns or even the occasional publicity backfire. I’m talking about a…
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September 25, 2014

Keeping The Technology In Tech (Or Any Other) PR

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

“Taking the Tech Out of Tech PR” has some useful advice for PR agency professionals, mostly about keeping communications personal and not abusing email outreach. It can’t be said often enough. We monitor an inbox for a major technology news site, and the quantity of PR pitches that come in through it is truly staggering….
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September 22, 2014

The NFL’s Black Eye Offers Lesson In Crisis PR

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

For the NFL, the (reputation) hits just keep on coming.  Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press briefing following the release of the notorious Ray Rice videotape in which he knocks then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious is a lesson in crisis PR, but mostly about what not to do. Here are some of the more instructive learnings from the…
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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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