Posts By: Dorothy Crenshaw

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October 1, 2015

7 PR Lies To Avoid At All Costs

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Are PR people unethical? I don’t think so. But our profession is dogged by the stereotype of the fast-talking spinmeister, or the unscrupulous flack. Recently a small but troubling study caught the industry’s attention at the International Public Relations Research Symposium. Anonymous interviews with more than 20 high-level PR executives in South Africa revealed that…
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September 15, 2015

PR, Too, Can Do Well By Doing Good: Edelman’s Climate Decision

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

The world’s largest PR agency has learned a lesson in the power of public pressure to force corporate policy. After months of waffling on the issue, Edelman yesterday told the Guardian that it would end work for coal producers and groups who deny climate change. The move is particularly interesting because Edelman holds itself up…
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July 15, 2015

PR Tactics For Business Networking And Personal Branding

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Smart public relations isn’t just for corporations, brands or tech startups. A PR-based approach to one’s personal brand can also help when it comes to nailing that next job opportunity, new client, or partner. Here are some common ways that PR principles can be used for successful business networking. Boost your digital footprint. One of…
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July 8, 2015

Brand Ambassador And Reputation Risk: A Guide For PR

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

Subway’s recent PR crisis demonstrates how fragile a public image can be. It also shows the risks of using an advertising or PR brand spokesperson, even one as seemingly innocuous as Jared Fogle. It all happened when the home of the longtime Subway brand ambassador was searched by authorities investigating child pornography charges against a…
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June 30, 2015

PR Breaks Through At Cannes. Or Not.

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

PR agencies were celebrating this year at the Cannes Lions, the annual ad tech extravaganza that honors creativity in advertising, marketing, and (sometimes) public relations. 2015 was a good Cannes for PR, which has been persistently overshadowed by splashy paid marketing campaigns submitted by global ad agencies. PR jury president Lynne-Anne Davis noted a “dramatic…
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June 17, 2015

What Journalists Should Know About PR People

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Lauren Sieben’s enlightening post about what PR agency and client-side pros should know about today’s newsroom got me thinking about the flipside. What, if anything, should journalists know about a PR firm, or how communications professionals operate? While the typical public relations agency hasn’t been as radically disrupted as the traditional newsroom, there are many…
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June 8, 2015

How To Run A PR Agency Search

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Lou Hoffman wrote a great post on the “broken” PR agency review process. Certainly the classic client-agency dating ritual could use improvement. The process rewards many skills, from powerpoint graphics to research capabilities, and not all are equally important to a successful PR relationship. Lou’s post makes the often-overlooked point that an agency’s ability to…
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April 7, 2015

PR, Pizza, And Crisis Management In Indiana

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

One of the tougher PR and reputation management aspects of the furor around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act is the struggle faced by local businesses who want to separate their own views and polices from the interpretation of Governor Pence’s original legislation as homophobic. Although the state quickly passed a “clarified” bill under pressure last Thursday, the…
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