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December 6, 2018

The Problem With Influencers

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Influencer programs can be very effective, particularly as part of a strategic PR program. From YouTube kids to #dogsofinstagram, influencer marketing has grown fast, especially in consumer product sectors like toys, fashion and beauty. Inevitably, problems have emerged. The relationships are not without risk, and some marketers simply go too far with influencer marketing, essentially…
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November 29, 2018

#MeToo Slams Under Armour: Can It Recover?

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

The #metoo movement has claimed the reputations of many high-profile men. But its real impact may be at the corporate level. Our heightened awareness – and the corporate reluctance to address systemic misbehavior – presents serious public relations challenges for established companies in every sector from technology and media to food service and sports. No…
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October 24, 2018

When The Crisis PR Guy Is The Crisis

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

There’s not a major corporation today that doesn’t have a small army of PR and reputation experts helping it navigate a tricky media and government relations landscape. But occasionally, the damage comes from a company’s own ranks. That happened this week when the Campbell Soup Company found itself in hot water after a bizarre tweet…
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October 5, 2018

PR Buzzwords That Should Be Banned

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

As a PR professional and secret Zillow enthusiast, I can appreciate real estate euphemisms. We’ve all seen flowery descriptions describing homes for sale as “cozy” (read: tiny); with a “low-maintenance yard” (probably concrete); or “partial water view” (maybe a dried stream bed). A recent tweet about a “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired cabin” made me think about…
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September 25, 2018

8 Reasons To Raise Your Internal PR Game

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

It can be easy for a corporate PR team to neglect a critical aspect of business communications — internal PR. Sometimes the last stakeholders on the minds of senior management are those inside the organization. In certain cases, high-profile companies take it for granted that employees are corporate cheerleaders, or they may leave the responsibility…
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September 20, 2018

The PR Perils Of Cultural Appropriation

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

PR teams have been pressed into crisis duty in a series of corporate missteps that have something in common: marketing or advertising that shows “cultural appropriation” – borrowing a sensitive ethnic or cultural theme for commercial purposes. It’s easy to see why a marketing campaign would be tempted by the currency and news value of…
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September 18, 2018

6 Quick Tips For PR Writers

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

If you’re in PR, chances are, you’re a writer. Now more than ever, public relations recruiters prioritize writing skills. Yes, visual content is very important in what we do, and we’ve woken up to the power of podcasts, but don’t underestimate written-word content. According to USC’s 2017 Global Communications Report, written communications is second only…
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September 14, 2018

PR For The “New” Technology CEO

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

For CEOs of technology companies, arrogance is out and humility is in. “Boring is the new black,” proclaims New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo in a piece about the latest trend for technology company chiefs. Whereas they once reveled in being colorful, brash, and outspoken, today’s leaders have quieted down a bit. The trend…
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September 13, 2018

How PR Can Boost Lead Generation

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

Public relations isn’t just for publicity, awareness, and reputation management. A company’s sales and marketing teams should consider PR as a lead-generation tool that can work in tandem with business development and paid advertising. Here are some things to consider when planning your next campaign. PR as a lead generation machine Earned media boosts SEO…
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