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February 12, 2009

Random Thoughts In Defense of "25 Things"

by: in: social media, technology

Given the backlash, it’s hard to admit that I can’t get enough of “25 Random Things About Me,” the annoying, addictive chain-letter-cum-confessional that got started on Facebook and now is taking over the world. Yes, it typifies what many don’t like about Facebook and Twitter — the over-sharing, time-sucking, sometimes self-indulgent posts, games, applications and invitations…
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February 9, 2009

A New Chapter

by: in: public relations

Today marks our official rebranding as Crenshaw Communications, and we couldn’t be prouder or more energized. Though we’ve all been working together at Stanton Crenshaw, our old firm, for many years, it’s exhilarating to launch a new brand and website. I’ve had my own PR business, in a partnership, for over a dozen years, so…
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February 4, 2009

Up in Smoke

by: in: celebrity

(photo by: Heinz Kluetmeier/Sports Illustrated) It’s a shame that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has taken a hit (so to speak) and lost a key endorsement over a few puffs of (illicit) smoke. But, there are more than a few lessons in his experience. For years, clients have asked us about the risks and benefits of…
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February 2, 2009

I Want My DTV…Now!

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

But, it’s not happening. As everyone who follows the digital TV transition drama knows, the postponement is back on.  The House had overturned the Senate bill that would postpone the switch until June, but in yet another twist, the delay is expected to stand after a second House vote later this week.  Read more here….
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January 30, 2009

The "Massification" of the President

by: in: public relations

Never in history has the person occupying the Oval Office been so marketed, merchandised, packaged, promoted, and, well, exploited.  His theme of “change” was reduced to a cliche when adopted by so many marketers, and there’s been a bit of a media backlash against a slew of dubious Obama products.  (Even NBC’s “Today” Show devoted…
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January 26, 2009

Bullish on the Ox?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, leadership

Today is the start of the lunar Year of the Ox.  In Asian astrology, the ox symbolizes calm, hard work, resolve, and tenacity, which seem like reassuring symbols.  Chinese astrologists, however, are predicting a tough year.  In fact, according to an Associated Press report prominent Asian soothsayers say newly elected US President Barack Obama will…
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January 21, 2009

Twitter and the Memphis Blues

by: in: public relations

First the Motrin Moms bring down an ad campaign, now an entire city’s a-Twitter over an ill-advised post!  The flap over the Ketchum executive who  used Twitter to insult Memphis, corporate headquarters of FedEx , which happens to be one of Ketchum’s larger clients (while on the way to deliver a presentation  to FedEx execs about…
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January 16, 2009

Working Women Hit A Milestone

by: in: imPRessions

In my New York Women in Communications discussion group, there’s been lots of talk about how and whether an economic downturn disproportionately affects women and minorities…particularly those of us in editorial, marketing or corporate communications, or advertising.  Though communications had undoubtedly been hit, there may be some good news for working women. It seems women…
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January 8, 2009

What Happens in Vegas….Seems Like Less Than Usual

by: in: technology

The Consumer Electronics Show, one of the most well-attended and splashy tech conferences on earth, is decidedly more subdued this year.  You don’t have to read the news and blog accounts to feel the difference.  On the one hand, it’s easier to get a taxi, a restaurant reservation, or show tickets.  It also seems to…
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