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April 25, 2017

American Airlines Soars Through A Potential Crisis

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

At least one company learned something about PR and reputation from the United Airlines fiasco earlier this month. Over the weekend, Twitter and Facebook lit up with smartphone videos of a fresh instance of passenger distress on an airplane. This time it was a scuffle between an American Airlines flight attendant and a passenger who…
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January 19, 2017

How PR And Customer Service Can Work Together

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

Good customer service and good public relations have never been more aligned. One of the quickest ways to understand an organization’s reputation is to look at its response to a consumer complaint. A company can spend millions on a brand reputation campaign, use high-powered PR agencies, and reap the benefits of CEO thought leadership, but…
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April 21, 2016

How To Win A PR War (Hubspot vs Dan Lyons)

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

Marketing software company Hubspot’s recent struggle with writer Dan Lyons is instructive for anyone embroiled in a public relations war about reputation. The brouhaha wasn’t as public as some such battles – largely because Hubspot isn’t a consumer company  — but it made the rounds in technology circles faster than new malware and probably caused…
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October 19, 2015

The Business Case For Corporate Reputation PR

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

PR  and corporate communications professionals often advocate for proactive corporate reputation management. We talk up the benefits of having a good reputation, but can you put a value on it? A bad reputation can be ruinous, of course.  Just look at the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal.  Its shares tumbled and its chief executive resigned after…
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September 15, 2015

PR, Too, Can Do Well By Doing Good: Edelman’s Climate Decision

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

The world’s largest PR agency has learned a lesson in the power of public pressure to force corporate policy. After months of waffling on the issue, Edelman yesterday told the Guardian that it would end work for coal producers and groups who deny climate change. The move is particularly interesting because Edelman holds itself up…
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July 8, 2015

Brand Ambassador And Reputation Risk: A Guide For PR

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

Subway’s recent PR crisis demonstrates how fragile a public image can be. It also shows the risks of using an advertising or PR brand spokesperson, even one as seemingly innocuous as Jared Fogle. It all happened when the home of the longtime Subway brand ambassador was searched by authorities investigating child pornography charges against a…
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April 9, 2015

Conferences & Symposia: Potential PR Goldmine

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

With a little work and ingenuity, professional conferences can provide a wealth of PR opportunity for a company leader. Speaking at conferences enhances reputation and visibility and positions an executive as an industry and thought leader. Speaking engagements can be used to build brand and product awareness in a specific context, highlight knowledge and expertise, and…
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April 7, 2015

PR, Pizza, And Crisis Management In Indiana

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

One of the tougher PR and reputation management aspects of the furor around Indiana’s Religious Freedom Act is the struggle faced by local businesses who want to separate their own views and polices from the interpretation of Governor Pence’s original legislation as homophobic. Although the state quickly passed a “clarified” bill under pressure last Thursday, the…
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November 18, 2014

Is Anything Ever Really Off The Record?

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

Uber hit another reputation speedbump yesterday when one of its senior executives shared an unusual suggestion for generating better PR for the brand with a group of notables. At a celebrity-studded dinner in New York, SVP of Business Emil Michael floated the idea of hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on journalists who’ve been…
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July 9, 2014

Best and Worst in PR Crisis Management 2014

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

The year is only half over, and already there have been all manner of PR “crisis” situations for professional communicators to dissect. But some recent shenanigans, and the accompanying reputational consequences, have been so varied and so fascinating that I’ve decided to bestow informal “awards” for crisis PR. Most entertaining: Hands down, the Donald Sterling…
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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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January 21, 2014

Don’t Leave This Out of Your Strategic Communications Plan

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

When approaching a client PR proposal or strategic communications plan, it’s easy to get lost in the excitement of insightful strategies and creative tactics. But it’s also important to prepare prospects or current clients for any downside risk. In the era of instant communication and real-time social media response, it’s best to put plans in…
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August 1, 2013

Oh, No! This Blog Was Hacked! (Chipotle’s PR Stunt Shows Poor Taste)

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

Okay, the title is a joke. But did Chipotle’s fake Twitter hack legitimize the faux attack as a down-and-dirty publicity stunt? Apparently the random tweets, which include such nonsensical posts as “do i have a tweet?” and “mittens13 password leave” were part of a treasure hunt promotion based on a series of puzzles. The promotion…
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July 17, 2013

How To Apologize Effectively

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

  Mere hours after the tragic plane crash at San Francisco airport, executives of Asiana Airlines hosted a press conference to issue a formal apology for the accident. As is customary, CEO Yoon Young-doo and Asiana board members expressed their regret with deep bows of contrition in front of media and dignitaries. The Washington Post…
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June 27, 2013

The PR Verdict On Paula Deen’s Apology (Again)

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

From the frying pan to….yesterday Paula Deen, the queen of comfort cooking, faced Matt Lauer, and the outcome was not so comfortable for either one. Some have criticized Lauer for his brusque grilling of Deen. My view is that he took a no-nonsense approach, cutting to the business issues and her motive for finally living…
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June 12, 2013

When Brands Overreact To PR Problems

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

Social-media-fueled brand controversies are more common than ever in the digital age. But even in the current crisis-of-the-hour media environment, it’s natural for major brands to take slights very seriously. Where millions of dollars are spent and fat profit margins are at stake, overreactions are understandable. You can almost sense the confusion, conflicting advice, and…
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May 22, 2013

For Bad PR, Blame The Lawyers?

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

#BrandAdvocateFail – I can only assume the lawyers are to blame? lnkd.in/W_FxYe — Sarah Larcker (@slarcker) May 22, 2013 Was Shakespeare right after all? When legal strategy contradicts PR or communications strategy, PR usually loses. Typically, it’s in high-stakes liability suits or congressional investigations where avoiding stiff legal or financial penalties is considered more important…
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May 3, 2013

Retractions and Reversals: Best and Worst of Apology PR

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

This week has brought a fresh wave of public mea culpas and backpedalings – plenty of fodder for self-anointed apology PR experts. Most proactive is the ad campaign mounted by JC Penney after the failure of its everyday low price strategy and store makeovers of last year. The spot, which is narrated in a warm,…
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May 1, 2013

PR Crisis Management Lessons From Behind The Headlines

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

Hindsight – ahem – is always 20/20, particularly when it comes to reputation management. Yet, textbook crisis successes (and failures) aren’t always what they seem. Here’s my take on some recent examples of crisis handling by top brands. The Lululemon Yoga Pants Recall. For sheer, on-the-spot crisis management skill, Lululemon wins, hands down. PR experts…
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March 27, 2013

Is Tiger Woods Back?

by: in: branding, celebrity, communications, imPRessions, marketing, public relations, reputation

“Winning Takes Care of Everything,” boasts the ad. Sponsored by Nike, the only brand that stuck by the disgraced golfer as he struggled to get his reputation out of the rough, it has an impertinence that’s gotten everyone talking. It’s confident, even cocky, and most importantly, buzzworthy. A winner for Nike. Yet the tone is…
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March 20, 2013

How To Create Brand Advocates and Evangelists

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

It was Guy Kawasaki, former Chief Evangelist at Apple and instinctive PR expert, who coined the phrase “evangelism marketing.” Since then, all types of companies have been trying to let loyal customers do their brand building for them.  Social media makes that more accessible and easier than ever. But true brand advocacy usually happens organically. The…
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March 7, 2013

How To Protect Your Digital Reputation

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

A while back, I was startled to see myself criticized harshly on an online IT forum. One poster called me “clearly incompetent” and demanded that I be fired. It was a chilling feeling, especially since I didn’t know any of my antagonists. Of course, it wasn’t about me. I share a name with a former public…
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January 28, 2013

Why Subway’s Apology PR Fell Short

by: in: advertising, Crenshaw Communications, crisis management, imPRessions, public relations, reputation, social media

Maybe because I’m reading John Kenney’s excellent novel, Truth in Advertising, I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity in brand marketing and public relations. It’s one of those things that we take for granted when present, but that can be a time bomb when absent. Yet, when I first heard about the lawsuits served up…
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January 21, 2013

Armstrong Interview Is A Winner for Oprah

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

Lance Armstrong’s much-touted one-on-one confessional with Oprah,  broadcast last Thursday and Friday on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), was a winning performance. Not for Armstrong; for him, the road ahead seems very rocky. But for Oprah and her namesake network, the sitdown was a breakout accomplishment. You could practically hear the sound of millions of…
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