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February 18, 2016

Apple’s PR Showdown

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

It’s been a tough few months for Apple’s PR team. After it reported a slowing of its normally torrid sales growth, market-watchers and media speculated that Apple was showing signs of weakness. As investors turned bearish, Google parent company Alphabet surpassed Apple in market capitalization – a psychological milestone. Apple, usually in the driver’s seat…
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October 24, 2014

Why PR Should Rethink Social Influence

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

What if everything the PR industry believes about social influence is wrong? And that there’s no such thing as truly viral content? That’s the case made by Duncan Watts, network-theory scientist for Microsoft Research, whose views are outlined in the book Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know The Answer.) His research challenges accepted thinking about…
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September 22, 2014

The NFL’s Black Eye Offers Lesson In Crisis PR

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

For the NFL, the (reputation) hits just keep on coming.  Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press briefing following the release of the notorious Ray Rice videotape in which he knocks then-fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious is a lesson in crisis PR, but mostly about what not to do. Here are some of the more instructive learnings from the…
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September 8, 2014

Exposing Apple’s PR “Secrets”: One PR Person’s View

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

“Seeing Through The Illusion: Understanding Apple’s Mastery of the Media”, a blog series on 9to5mac.com, has had the tech PR community fascinated over the past week. The posts were hyped as pulling back the curtain on the PR and message control machine behind Apple’s “reality distortion field.” (The words were coined about Steve Jobs’ personal…
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July 19, 2014

Is There A Good Way To Break Bad News?

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, leadership, public relations

It can fall to PR specialists or other professional communicators to deliver information that will surely spark anger and resentment, not to mention negative media coverage and potential community impact. As an internal email explaining a planned workforce reduction by Microsoft recently showed, it’s not easy to deliver bad news. In the Microsoft case, a…
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May 15, 2014

Good Public Relations Is A Two-Way Dialogue

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

In public relations, we’re all about supporting strategic business objectives. Ask any PR professional, and you’ll probably get an earful about how what we do goes far beyond publicity and media relations. But CEOs haven’t gotten the memo. At least, not according to research unveiled at the 2014 International Public Relations Research Conference. One learning…
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May 7, 2014

To Be A Better Communicator, Listen

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

One of the overlooked  skills of PR practitioners and other communicators is listening – both literally (as any good manager or colleague should), and more broadly, as in hearing and interpreting the opinions and feedback of high-priority audiences. These days, even with terrific social tools, listening can be a challenge.  There’s the speed of digital…
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April 16, 2014

7 PR And Media Relations Rules You Might Want To Break

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

Most disciplines have unwritten rules or principles that professionals live by, and the practice of public relations is no exception.  But none of the PR or media relations “laws” are ironclad. There are times when you just might need to break the rules, or at least shake up PR industry convention when it comes to…
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April 10, 2014

PR Isn’t Dead, But It Should Be Reincarnated

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

Some prominent members of the PR industry were up in arms recently over a story in the Financial Times about companies who reject the traditional PR agency relationship and choose to handle their own public relations. “Publicity is Free With No PRs” featured such luminaries as Warren Buffet and Elon Musk and their propensity for…
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April 8, 2014

Public Relations And The Boycott Culture

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

Software community Mozilla lost its CEO recently, due to poor PR handling of a red-hot issue, or because said CEO was railroaded for unpopular views. Perhaps both. But, contrast the Mozilla mess with the sugar-coated response by a humble graham cracker to critics of its message about marriage. Each says something about the power of…
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March 11, 2014

Are Better Client-Agency Relations the Key to Better Public Relations?

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

At our New York public relations agency, we can never be accused of under-communicating with clients. Beyond daily e-mails and weekly status calls, we manage to achieve maximum “touchpoints” throughout the week. If you ask anyone in our firm, they will agree that better client agency relations are, if not THE key, certainly one key…
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February 28, 2014

Five Ways To Create The Right CSR PR Plan

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

Corporate or brand reputation is often at the heart of a sound public relations strategy. And the companies who enjoy the best corporate reputations are typically those who make a commitment to social responsibility. The reasons are many: a strong reputation can help an organization differentiate its products and services, attract talent, and even mitigate…
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February 25, 2014

Convert A PR Project Into Ongoing Business With These Five Tips

by: in: account management, communications, Crenshaw Communications, PR Fish Bowl, public relations

The good news is after some blood, sweat and tears from the agency team, that tech or consumer PR client you’ve been after has awarded you the business. The bad news? It’s a project, wherein the agency must prove its marketing mettle to be considered for PR agency of record status. What can your brilliant…
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February 21, 2014

Eight Ways PR Pros Can Make The Client Look Good

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

PR veteran Arthur Solomon’s recent post about challenging basic public relations “rules” and other industry tenets really struck a chord with me. The most insightful point may have been this one:  “Good work is not a sure way of receiving client approval. The best way to ensure a good review is to make the client…
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January 20, 2014

Communications Lessons From Martin Luther King, Jr.

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

In the 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered his final speech, many social movement leaders and politicians have walked in his footsteps, but few have matched his gift for leadership and, yes, public relations. Like most great leaders, King was a natural communicator. Here are some of the timeless communications techniques that King used…
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December 26, 2013

7 Myths That Undermine Content Marketing Success

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

The value of content marketing has been increasingly recognized by marketing and PR professionals. It seems clear that, over the long term, it can enhance brand awareness and even drive demand. According to the Content Marketing Institute, 60% of B2C marketers say their content marketing budget will increase in 2014. But there are barriers to…
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December 20, 2013

TGIF: “At the End of the Day” PR Pros, Put an End to Cliches!

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

An informal poll shows that the average public relations practitioner can spend up to half their day writing. This includes memos, strategic communications plans, creative PR pitch letters, blogs and press releases. It is a challenge to keep the writing fresh, concise, and interesting! The best writers often accomplish that by avoiding words and phrases…
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December 2, 2013

Amazon’s Preemptive PR Strike Hits Home

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions

Talk about a PR bombshell. After dropping hints that he would unveil a “big surprise” on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” program, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos launched a preemptive Cyber Monday PR strike…with a drone. As the highlight of a feature segment that went behind the scenes of the company’s vast holiday delivery operation (kind of a digital…
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November 26, 2013

Eight Secrets of Top PR Firms

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

What do top PR agencies know that lesser competitors or even their clients don’t? Why do some campaigns deliver okay results while others grow legs and build on their own momentum? Here are some thoughts on the organizations and teams that most consistently produce successful PR campaigns. They choose their clients carefully. Far from the…
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