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June 14, 2018

5 Rules To Break In B2B PR

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Long ago, the PR gods handed down a set of rules around media relations and competitive engagement for the business of public relations. For the most part, those unwritten rules stand up well. Yet, in the digital age, technology, time and trends have a way of changing the game. After all, each client is distinct,…
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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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June 7, 2018

A PR Guide to Strategic Silence

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

In an era of constant communication, most PR agency experts will say that silence is rarely an option in the wake of controversy. In times of trouble, a “no comment” may be seen as a sign of guilt, indecision, or apathy. PR experts sound the alarm about the communication vacuum in such cases, worried that…
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May 31, 2018

5 Pillars of PR Success

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

What separates the good from the truly great when it comes to the success of a public relations program? Beyond native talent and strong skills, there are lessons on execution and optimization that simply come with experience. 5 keys to PR success PR plays the long game Great PR rarely exists in a vacuum. In…
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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 24, 2018

The Power Of Creativity In PR

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Some people don’t think of PR professionals as particularly creative – except when it comes to hatching wild PR stunts or gimmicks, like KFC’s fried-chicken-flavored nail polish. Yet creativity plays a part in much of a PR person’s daily work. They must constantly generate fresh concepts for bylines and story angles for pitching, as well…
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May 18, 2018

4 Ways PR Creates Brand Attachment

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

While top-tier marketing and advertising are valuable, associated PR campaigns can help propel a brand to the next level of emotional attachment. It’s that anticipation you get when you hear the three-note music intro before a Netflix movie or the warm recognition of a classic Mickey Mouse logo. You feel connected to these brands. They’ve…
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May 15, 2018

Analyzing First Responders In Crisis PR

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

A crisis situation presents abundant challenges for public relations and business leaders, not the least of which are the critical first communications. The tone of the language, the medium of the message, and its timing contribute to public perception of a company’s management of the situation. First statements say a lot about what a brand…
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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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May 10, 2018

5 PR Myths Debunked

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

When someone asks a public relations person what they do for a living, and that person hesitates, it’s usually because of Samantha Jones. Once and for all, real-life PR pros aren’t likely to resemble Samantha (Sex and the City), Olivia Pope (Scandal), Liz & Liz (Kroll Show), or Shauna Roberts (Entourage). Ironically, the PR profession…
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May 8, 2018

Mom’s Wisdom Makes Good PR Advice

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Who knew that when mom was dispensing her pearls of wisdom that she was preparing you for a public relations career? In case you never noticed, moms generally handle PR duties for families. They’re the most concerned with public perception, social responsibility, and community relations. The truth is, our moms’ teachings apply to virtually every…
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May 3, 2018

5 Ways PR Beats Paid Advertising

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl

PR, advertising, and marketing should be working together as well-oiled gears in a powerful machine that propels a brand toward success. While it shouldn’t be a contest, it’s worth noting that in some instances, public relations can yield a greater return on investment. Especially in the B2B tech sector, PR programs are essential to gaining…
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May 1, 2018

PR Tips For Stellar B2B Bylines

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Contributed articles bylined by a key executive are part of any PR program that emphasizes thought leadership. Bylined content helps establish a B2B executive as an industry expert or brand voice, and it’s also a strong way to boost SEO for an individual or company. But a byline program takes preparation, focus, and an ongoing…
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April 26, 2018

NFL PR: Protest Is On The Clock

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations, reputation

For almost two years, protests during the national anthem before the game have been a growing PR challenge for the National Football League. With the 2018 NFL draft beginning today in Dallas, speculation has intensified about whether the demonstrations will continue through the 2018 season and how the league will manage them. Since 2015, NFL ratings have…
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April 24, 2018

Influencer Relations For B2B Brands

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Most people think of third-party influencers as YouTube stars with millions of subscribers, or Instagram gurus pushing beauty products. Yet influencer PR for B2B brands is also an effective way to reach prospects throughout the customer journey, from lead generation to purchase and beyond. For B2B companies, programs that involve third-party influencers can require more…
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April 19, 2018

5 Reasons To Fire Your Tech PR Firm

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

An early-stage company with limited resources expects a good return on investment from any tech PR firm it employs. This, of course, is true of any organization, but for a startup, the stakes are a bit higher than for a long-established business. Young companies may not possess much experience outsourcing public relations work, and they…
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April 18, 2018

5 Insights On Corporate Activism From Top PR Experts

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations, reputation

Last week, seven of the public relations industry’s top PR professionals offered unusually candid insights into one of the hottest issues of the day – corporate activism. Values-Based Decision Making in a Provocative Environment was produced by the Museum of Public Relations, which has grown into an impressive thought leadership organization since its founding by Shelley…
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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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April 12, 2018

8 PR Tools for B2B Thought Leadership

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Thought leadership is part of public relations best practices, and it’s particularly powerful in B2B and technology categories. By shaping and serving up a unique perspective, expertise, or insight, a young company can gain a competitive advantage over larger and more established companies. If you’re a company founder, you have expertise that others don’t. Chances are,…
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April 6, 2018

Who Is Fighting Fake News? [article]

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Web 2.0 has radically changed journalism and public relations, two industries that rely on the free exchange of information and ideas. But one highly undesirable outcome is “fake news.” It’s a war of information being waged on keyboards and in the cloud and it affects all of us. The online communications revolution has unleashed a…
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April 3, 2018

Hidden PR Tips In 5 Top Movies

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Almost Famous (2000) — Media Relations It’s the 1970s, and the mid-level rock band Stillwater is poised to make its Rolling Stone magazine debut. The iconic publication sends a 15 year-old reporter to travel with the band to write an in-depth piece. Initially, the musicians consider the music critic “the enemy” and refer to him…
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