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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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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 15, 2018

Tech PR Tips To Pitch Media Like A Boss

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

Media relations is typically a key part of a good technology PR program. One thing entrepreneur-led startups and enterprise technology businesses have in common is a desire to generate positive earned media coverage in widely read publications from TechCrunch to BloombergBusinessWeek. Here are our best tips for maximizing public relations success for tech clients, straight…
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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 30, 2018

9 Blogs To Make You PR-Smart

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

Want to boost your public relations acumen? One of the best ways is to stay on top of key PR industry blogs as well as more general sites that offer a fresh take on business, creativity, and content. Why limit yourself to PR blogs when there’s a whole world of interesting stuff that can offer…
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January 25, 2018

What PR Can Learn From The Oscar Nominees

by: in: PR Fish Bowl, public relations

This year’s best picture nominees offer glimpses into different lives and compelling stories, and they also offer up some lessons for public relations professionals. So, time spent watching movies this year can definitely be categorized as professional development, right? Here’s a light look at what we can learn from the films that captured moviegoing audiences…
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January 24, 2018

7 Reasons Why PR Matters More Than Ever

by: in: imPRessions

Public relations has many fans, from legendary figures like Steve Jobs, to the current occupant of the White House. Yet PR doesn’t always command the same respect as other disciplines, like advertising or direct-mail. It’s even still a bit mysterious to some. As Greg Galant of MuckRack once observed, the advertising business is linked with…
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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 accelerated pace of change, new directions don’t always announce themselves with great clarity. Yet in 2017 we’ve seen the growth of 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…
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December 19, 2017

2017 Crisis Management That (Mostly) Worked

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

Armchair PR experts get lots of mileage from critiquing crisis management by major brands and businesses this time of year. But what about the crisis situations that are handled well? Those instances are obviously few and far between, presumably because we don’t hear about the bad news that never hit the press. But in the…
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December 15, 2017

Top PR Takeaways For The Year

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, public relations

Each December public relations agencies spend time crafting pitches and byline articles capturing clients’ takeaways for their particular industry. It’s the season for recaps, forecasts, and lessons learned, so it makes sense for PR professionals, too, to look back and ruminate on the year that’s coming to an end and share a few observations from…
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