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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 paved concrete); or “partial water view” (maybe a dried stream bed). A recent tweet about a “Frank Lloyd Wright inspired cabin” made me…
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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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August 9, 2018

Twitter’s Alex Jones Problem Goes Beyond PR

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

Twitter stepped into a PR mess this week when it broke ranks with peers and declined to suspend conspiracist Alex Jones from its platform. The decision came after most tech giants hosting InfoWars content – Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and  YouTube — removed at least some of its pages or broadcasts in response to public pressure….
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June 11, 2018

What PR People Should Know About SEO

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Public relations and SEO were once worlds apart, with no overlap between them. A PR team or agency would work to build brand credibility through news announcements and feature stories. SEO focused on getting backlinks and website-stuffed keywords to drive search rankings. What changed? Now there’s a growing area of commonality as traditional public relations…
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May 30, 2018

In Bold Move, ABC Boots Roseanne Reboot

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

There were bigger stories breaking on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but on social media the news was all about Roseanne. It started with @therealroseanne’s revolting tweet about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. The post was bizarre, horrible, and nakedly racist, but at the risk of sounding cynical, I didn’t think anything much would happen…
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May 11, 2018

Brands Bungle Response To Michael Cohen Scandal

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

This week two sophisticated corporations faced an unwelcome PR challenge. AT&T and pharma giant Novartis were confronted with awkward and pressing questions about “consulting” payments each made to a company set up by Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. In each case, the public response left a lot to be desired. Cohen is under criminal investigation for…
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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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