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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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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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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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March 20, 2018

How PR Measures Corporate Reputation

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

Most public relations professionals know that a company’s reputation can be big factor in its long-term success. A positive public perception helps inspire employees, recruit new talent, protect a brand from negative PR, and differentiate its offering from that of the competition. When it comes to government relations and regulatory issues, a stellar reputation can…
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March 13, 2018

Global PR Trends And Practices In An Age Of Uncertainty

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

Every two years, the New York-based Corporate Communication International (CCI), conducts an in-depth survey of senior PR and communications officers at Fortune 500 companies about global PR trends. As a sort of “state of the communications field” analysis the CCI Corporate Communication Practices and Trends Study 2017 offers fascinating insights about the PR landscape today. Speed…
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March 7, 2018

The Evolution Of Social Marketing In PR: A Snapshot

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

Nearly a decade after winning the vote, American women took to the streets in 1929 to march against the patriarchy in a brilliant New York PR stunt focused around … smoking? That’s right, in the innocent days before the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, public relations industry godfather Edward Bernays hatched an…
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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 22, 2018

How Good PR Builds Competitive Advantage for Startups

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

Gaining competitive advantage with PR programs comprised of media relations, reputation management, and content marketing can help a young tech company achieve prominence. For an early-stage technology business, differentiation can be everything. Many operate in a crowded environment prone to fast changes and quick obsolescence. While solid business strategy and a good marketing plan are fundamental, a…
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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 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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