Monthly Archives: August 2009

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August 31, 2009

Is Multitasking A Myth?

by: in: creativity, Crenshaw Communications, public relations, social media, technology

Like many PR professionals, I consider myself a decent multitasker. I find plenty of ways to justify my surface-skimming ways, including the most obvious excuse, the nature of the agency business. And, yes, I’ve occasionally had a superiority complex about my juggling act. I used to work with someone who never tried to take on more than…
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August 25, 2009

The Face Of Online Anonymity

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, social media, technology

After becoming a parent, I was briefly obsessed with the anonymous online community UrbanBaby. UB was ostensibly about parenting, but it became known as a place where sleep-deprived moms would confess embarrassing secrets. As New York magazine put it, the anonymity was like a blend of “truth serum and a very strong cocktail.”  Beyond the oversharing, UB could be snarky, even…
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August 21, 2009

Whole Foods, Healthcare, And The "S-Word"

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, leadership, public relations, reputation

Partly because it’s in my building, but also because I like and admire the company, I feel bad when Whole Foods is attacked. I’m referring to CEO John Mackey’s Wall Street Journal editorial that has many customers threatening to hang up their reusable shopping bags for good. The piece, which essentially argued for fiscal restraint and individual empowerment, has…
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August 17, 2009

The Humane Society Makes It Real

by: in: celebrity, communications, Crenshaw Communications, public relations, reputation

Since the news broke that Michael Vick would rejoin the NFL and work with The Humane Society on its anti-dogfighting campaign, speculation about his true state of mind has gone into overtime. Is he sincerely remorseful? Does he regret only that he was caught and suspended, or has he actually changed? It’s impossible to tell if Vick’s…
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August 14, 2009

Astroturf: PR’s Dirty Battleground

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

If social media is the PR industry’s shiny new object, then fake-grassroots activities – known as “astroturfing” is its dirtiest open secret. I’m embarrassed to say that I haven’t followed the policy details of the healthcare debate, yet. it’s driving me crazy. Not just the ballooning price of coverage for my employees. Or even the $4500…
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August 11, 2009

Penny Pranks Pay Off For Office Max

by: in: advertising, creativity, Crenshaw Communications, marketing, public relations, social media

  Back-to-school campaigns make me anxious. They evoke that Sunday-night-and-I-haven’t-done-my-homework feeling in a sure sign that the summer’s waning.  This year, despite some encouraging economic reports, it’s looking like a depressing September all around. Forecasts suggest that shoppers will keep their wallets zipped, and major retailers are responding with uninspired price promotions and coupon drops. There’s even evidence that…
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August 3, 2009

Don't Get Mad, Get Online; Social Media As Bully Pulpit

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, public relations, reputation, social media

  Social media has become not only a way to connect with friends and contacts, but a bully pulpit about customer service. Today’s Wall Street Journal features yet another story about large companies who act fast to avert PR disaster when someone complains publicly about their service or brand.   And, why not? Who hasn’t used…
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