Posts By: Marijane Funess

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September 19, 2017

PR Tips For Successful Media Training

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

It’s hard to overstate the importance of quality media-interview preparation to a successful public relations program. As most PRs know, an unprepared or ineffective spokesperson can unwittingly squander a media opportunity, while a well-prepared one can move it from mediocre to meteoric! Here are some “must-dos” along with new tips to incorporate into your media…
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September 15, 2017

Top Must-Read Books For PR Professionals

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

One of the smartest ways to keep producing high-quality public relations work is to keep reading – and not just work-related headlines or the clickbait on your Facebook page! We’re talking about long-form thought pieces, well-written blogs posts, and newsletters designed for particular verticals. We’re also talking about books. According to the Pew Research Center,…
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September 8, 2017

What Clients Should Expect From A PR Agency

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

There’s exhilaration every time a public relations firm enters into an agreement with a new engagement. And we’ve written about what agencies need from their client partners in order to be successful. In this post we’re looking at what clients should expect from their PR firm to ensure a productive and long-lived relationship. Beyond The…
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August 28, 2017

Best PR Practices For International Clients

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

At any given time our New York-based public relations teams are managing the accounts of clients from Pennsylvania to Poland. International business helps put a PR agency (quite literally) on the map, opening doors to expanded business opportunities. Given our large number of clients beyond the U.S., we’ve learned some tricks to help erase borders, ease…
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August 21, 2017

PR Takeaways From The Eclipse

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

There are lasting public relations lessons from large, newsmaking, once-in-a-lifetime events. Take this week’s solar eclipse, for example. Long after we dispose of the special viewing glasses and stop listening to “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” we can benefit from a mini-analysis of ways to leverage national events for our own brands and clients…sometimes! Smart PR…
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July 25, 2017

Better PR With Third-Party Partnerships

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

A third-party partnership is a staple of the public relations repertoire at many successful agencies. Opportunities expand when smart agency teams find ways to shape a multi-dimensional partnership where each side succeeds. Smart PR partnerships expand opportunities Make sure your messages are aligned. The best PR partnerships are borne of positions or values that are similar or…
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June 28, 2017

Smart PR Helps Spread Good News

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

Last week we shared best practices for delivering bad news, but sound public relations techniques are also effective for amplifying good tidings. In fact, happy news is a main driver for social media sharing. Emotions layered with happiness make up the majority of top drivers of viral content. Crenshaw client Brainjolt knows this; it delivers feel-good content that…
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June 13, 2017

Avoid These 7 PR “Surprises”

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

Surprises? Great for parties and gifts, but not so great for public relations. Like many client service businesses, ours works best when it’s predictable and reliable. This means attention to staffing, budgets, deadlines and prep work to ensure successful outcomes. Our informal poll elicited some interesting – yet undesirable – surprises we all strive to…
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June 8, 2017

A Summer PR Playlist

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

Summer in public relations includes outdoor meetings, shorts and flip-flops (if your office works that way), Summer Fridays, and an all-around happier work environment.  But it doesn’t mean we strive any less to keep clients happy and implement great new campaigns. If you find yourself needing any more motivation, music is always key and we…
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May 18, 2017

Six Steps to Better PR/Media Relationships

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

Recently a journalist posted some basic advice for public relations people to improve media relationships. He said to “read stuff, then take it to reporters who like that stuff.” That’s a little like Elmore Leonard advising writers to “try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.” Simple, yet true, and harder than…
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May 12, 2017

Making The Most Of A Hashtag Strategy

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

Nearly every public relations campaign can benefit from smart use of hashtags, those words that start with the symbol # and make social content more searchable by topic. Marketers know that hashtags help spark brand conversations, expand content reach, engage a target audience and improve search and SEO. Building Better Hashtags Hashtags work best when…
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