Posts By: Dorothy Crenshaw

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June 11, 2018

What PR People Should Know About SEO

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Public relations and SEO were once worlds apart, with no overlap between them. A PR team or agency would work to build brand credibility through news announcements and feature stories. SEO focused on getting backlinks and website-stuffed keywords to drive search rankings. What changed? Now there’s a growing area of commonality as traditional public relations…
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May 30, 2018

In Bold Move, ABC Boots Roseanne Reboot

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

There were bigger stories breaking on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but on social media the news was all about Roseanne. It started with @therealroseanne’s revolting tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. The post was bizarre, horrible, and nakedly racist, but at the risk of sounding cynical, I didn’t think anything much would happen…
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May 11, 2018

Brands Bungle Response To Michael Cohen Scandal

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

This week two sophisticated corporations faced an unwelcome PR challenge. AT&T and pharma giant Novartis were confronted with awkward and pressing questions about “consulting” payments each made to a company set up by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. In each case, the public response left a lot to be desired. Cohen is under criminal investigation for…
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April 13, 2018

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Washington: A PR View

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Washington this week marked a high-stakes PR challenge for the Facebook CEO as well as its brand. After months of negative coverage following the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal and a series of half-hearted public responses, Zuck faced the music. So how’d he do? Above all, Zuckerberg was well prepared. Some…
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March 27, 2018

How The Parkland Students Are Winning The PR Battle

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, a small group of activist students have shown remarkable media and public relations savvy in taking on powerful forces who oppose firearm limits. In just six weeks, they may have accomplished more to raise awareness and change public opinion on gun safety than…
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February 27, 2018

A PR View Of Brands In The Crosshairs

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

When should a large company take a political stand? Some PR experts would say never. And you can’t blame big companies if they want to avoid public debates about the causes of gun violence, climate change, or other politicized issues. But increasingly, corporate America is being asked to pick a side. It seems there’s more…
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February 26, 2018

KFC Crisis Response Is A PR Win

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

Who says you can’t make lemons into PR lemonade? That’s precisely what the UK unit of fast-food chain KFC managed after an embarrassing shortage of a pretty important ingredient in its prepared meals – that’s right, chicken. Due to a change in suppliers, KFC was somehow unable to procure birds in the UK, forcing it…
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February 7, 2018

The Death Of A PR Firm, By Bad PR

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

Can you imagine being the guy running a public relations agency that “perished in a public relations fiasco”?  That’s the unhappy fate of James Henderson, the former CEO of now-defunct PR and crisis management powerhouse Bell Pottinger. The London-based firm imploded last year after its role in running a “dirty campaign” for South African client…
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January 24, 2018

7 Reasons Why PR Matters More Than Ever

by: in: imPRessions

Public relations has many fans, from legendary figures like Steve Jobs, to the current occupant of the White House. Yet PR doesn’t always command the same respect as other disciplines, like advertising or direct-mail. It’s even still a bit mysterious to some. As Greg Galant of MuckRack once observed, the advertising business is linked with…
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January 17, 2018

Are CEOs Ready To Embrace Social Activism?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, reputation

For years, public relations and reputation experts have promoted CEO activism and corporate social responsibility, preaching its benefits and warning of limits and pitfalls. But for many corporate communicators, the position was lonely. For some companies, the embrace of social change programming was little more than lip service — maybe a dignified corporate social responsibility…
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December 29, 2017

Trends That Will Shape PR in 2018

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

What can PR  professionals expect in 2018? Despite the acceleration of change, new directions don’t always announce themselves. Yet in 2017 we’ve seen specific trends that might reasonably be expected to continue through next year. Here are some we’ve noticed. Brand advocacy will grow. Shortly before the inauguration of the new president, some brands  went…
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December 19, 2017

2017 Crisis Management That (Mostly) Worked

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

Armchair PR experts get lots of mileage from critiquing crisis management by major brands and businesses this time of year. But what about the crisis situations that are handled well? Those instances are obviously few and far between, presumably because we don’t hear about the bad news that never hit the press. But in the…
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November 20, 2017

How To Engage Millennials In Corporate Social Responsiblity

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

When it comes to philanthropy, Americans are a generous bunch. A natural disaster tends to create its own PR appeals, and in 2017, millions responded. We opened our wallets to help victims of floods, fires, and other catastrophes, and the giving season has only just begun. The sixth annual #givingTuesday on November 28 will probably…
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October 10, 2017

A PR Trend: The Corporate CEO As Social Advocate

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

We’re living in divided times, and no PR professional is immune. If it weren’t for historical reminders, like those Hamilton-era honor duels, you’d think our culture is more splintered than ever. Part of what hinders communicators are changes in the news media. The media that once united us has fragmented into highly curated content feeds…
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September 13, 2017

PR Heroes Of The Hurricanes

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

Back-to-back hurricanes Harvey and Irma were unprecedented in their impact, destroying lives and homes, wreaking billions in damage, and knocking other news out of the headlines (a minor challenge for the media and public relations professions.) But the storms of September also brought some good news. Experts tell us that the U.S. is improving in…
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September 6, 2017

PR Tips On Being Quoted In The Media

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

As public relations professionals know, there are many different types of media interviews. Some are features based on in-depth contact with company representatives. Others involve a chance to comment about a breaking news story or issue. In the latter case, we sometimes experience disappointment. We work to generate a quick opportunity for a client or…
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August 23, 2017

The 7 “New” Rules Of Digital PR

by: in: imPRessions

Do you work in digital PR? If you work in public relations at all, the answer is yes. The difference between digital PR and “traditional” PR is fuzzy, yet worth examining, because it has transformed our profession in so many ways. And with change come challenges. In some ways PR hasn’t changed that much. We…
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