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April 2, 2009

Manic Recession

by: in: Crenshaw Communications

I’m fascinated by some of the words and expressions that have been coined by what some PR types (like me) have euphemistically called the recent “downturn.”   My favorites are “chiconomics” and “recessionista,” since it’s fun and consoling to think you can stay stylish while being frugal.  But after reading Maureen Dowd’s editorial earlier in the week,…
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March 29, 2009

The New Home Economics

by: in: Crenshaw Communications

The flip side to the dismal economy, of course, is that it forces us to live within our means, and, if we’re lucky, to appreciate simple enjoyments as if they’re something new.  That’s why I’m interested in the plethora of articles about the newest old trend, which is our national enthusiasm for socializing, cooking, dining,…
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February 28, 2009

Newspaper 2.0?

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, technology

Friday’s report that Hearst will launch a wireless e-reader for magazines and newspapers, similar to Amazon’s Kindle, is deeply encouraging news for those of us who hope that reports of the death of traditional media are exaggerated. It’s a risky venture, to be sure; hardware is a completely different business from content, and not all…
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February 23, 2009

Truth and Consequences

by: in: communications, Crenshaw Communications, leadership

Transparency and honesty are good things, right?  They build trust, and trust engenders loyalty.  But, here’s a dilemma.  What happens when telling the truth makes the situation worse? Case in point:  President Obama cautions that a full economic recovery could take years, and the market shudders.  Senator Dodd refers to bank nationalization, which most experts believe…
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February 18, 2009

Frugal is the New Black

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

Last night I had dinner with an old friend who does stock market analysis, and our conversation around the economy was pretty much “an orgy of pessimism,”  in the words of Philippe Daumann. But, enough about that. The more interesting part of the discussion was about “the new frugal.”  My friend feels that no marketers have yet managed to align…
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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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