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November 18, 2016

Five Key Skills For Modern PR Professionals

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

In order to succeed in public relations today, professionals need the skills to fit in with this ever-changing industry. Technology – from marketing automation to Virtual Reality –  has done much to change the paradigm. It’s still essential to have strong writing skills and think like a reporter, but there’s a full complement of skills that help PR whizzes…
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November 5, 2016

Six Ways To “Hack” Your PR Program

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Despite becoming more data-driven in recent years, public relations is still a relatively low-tech business. That’s one reason the $5 million fundraise by AirPR, which builds analytics tools to measure PR’s impact, was notable in PR and technology startup circles. Compared to digital marketing and advertising, which has only become more automated over time, our…
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October 27, 2016

When A Privacy Breach Is A PR Crisis: How To Avoid It

by: in: imPRessions

What would happen if your emails were disclosed for all to see? For most of us, it would be awkward at the very least, but for a public figure or corporation, disclosure of private communications amounts to a full-blown public relations crisis. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is currently dealing with a regular trickle of private emails…
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October 19, 2016

Social Hashtag Campaign Is A PR Winner For Excedrin

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Tying a brand to a big news story is a time-honored public relations tactic for earning media coverage. Sometimes it’s about a fast-breaking event, like a data security executive commenting on a major hack. Often there’s a narrow window of opportunity to ride the wave. Then there are stories that dominate over months, offering more…
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October 13, 2016

Reporter Fahrenthold Crowdsources His Way To Glory

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

People who work in media and public relations like to say that click-bait headlines and hot takes have replaced traditional, “shoe-leather” reporting – the type that involves long hours of investigation, dogged pursuit of sources, and boring background interviews. Some even say the internet killed “real” journalism. But one reporter has turned that trope on…
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October 7, 2016

Want To Tell Your Story? Tell Your Public Relations Firm

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

In a public relations agency, there’s nothing we like better than working with a company whose marketing or comms leader picks up the phone regularly and says, “do you think there’s a story here?” Crafting and packaging compelling stories and conveying them to the right audience is the essence of building a brand through PR. Yet we’re…
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October 4, 2016

Why Your PR Agency Didn’t Win The Business

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

Keeping the pipeline full of new projects is critical for public relations agencies and even internal teams. Beyond the bottom-line implications, a flow of fresh assignments is important for ensuring career growth for all staff, and it’s often a great team-builder. Whether the project is an extension of current work or something entirely new, it’s…
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September 30, 2016

What PR Agencies Can Learn From Advertising Week

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

Thousands of public relations, advertising and marketing people gathered this week in and around Times Square for New York’s Advertising Week. They came to hear a wide range of speakers and panel guests share their insight and opinions on the current and future state of the advertising business. As the lines between PR and advertising have blurred, the…
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September 28, 2016

What PR Can Learn From The 2016 Election

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

Every presidential election is a showcase for public relations and political strategy, but the 2016 race has taken PR to a whole new level. There’s ongoing coverage about the candidates themselves, but then there’s the spin, counterspin, punditry, analysis, and back-and-forth around each campaign’s communications and media strategy. The pace of the coverage and social…
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September 27, 2016

How To Add “Borrowed Interest” To Your PR Campaign

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

What makes a winning public relations program? There are many factors, but one key to a strong program is what we used to call “borrowed interest.” PR works harder when teams build alliances with third parties to add credibility, news value, or social impact. We’ve been fortunate to have created several third-party collaborations with a…
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September 22, 2016

PR Advice For CEOs Under Fire

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

When the stuff hits the fan, what’s an embattled CEO to do? It helps to hire a top PR firm, but even the best advice may not salvage a reputation. That’s the case for two chief executives who found themselves facing congressional investigations this week. What can PR and reputation experts take away from the…
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September 15, 2016

Simple Tips For A Solid PR Strategy

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

At the beginning of any public relations engagement, the collaborators need to agree on objectives for the campaign. Typically, we’re talking about establishing a leadership position for a brand or helping differentiate vis a vis competitors. Sometimes the goals are very specific for a company that has just undergone a change of leadership or an…
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September 15, 2016

What B2C Can Learn From B2B PR

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

B2B public relations is widely perceived as the nerdy cousin to consumer PR’s popular girl. Some of this reputation is deserved; it’s true that B2C PR is often more glamorous and accessible than B2B. Promoting marketing automation software to corporate executives is very different from marketing luxury shoes or helping a whole-grain snack bar reach…
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