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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September 27, 2013

Public Relations Is A Powerful Storytelling Tool

by: in: Crenshaw Communications, imPRessions, public relations

Brand storytelling and PR – what’s really new here? The truth is, marketers have been telling brand stories through paid media, branded events, and, lately, brand journalism, also known as owned media. Make no mistake, a well-crafted 30-second television spot can tell a resonant story. But the heart of brand storytelling lies with public relations….
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December 28, 2012

Secrets of a Successful CSR Campaign

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

It’s no surprise that public trust in corporations, along with government and faith institutions, seems to be at an all-time low. According to the Reputation Institute’s 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility RepTrak 100 Study, only 17% of respondents trust what companies promise in their marketing. What’s more, a mere 6% perceive the top 100 companies as…
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August 7, 2012

Tuesday Tips: PR Blunders and Some Lessons Learned

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

With the year more than half over, we couldn’t help but cringe over some badly handled company communications. So please join us in reflecting on these “PR don’ts” and giving thanks that they weren’t committed by YOU or your clients! Starbucks Ireland tweets about Britain Five years ago no one would have thought a 140-character…
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November 3, 2011

Does Matt Lauer Hate PR?

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

People in PR-agency-land are getting steamed this week about our industry’s reputation. Again. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz appeared on the NBC-TV’s “Today” to talk about his jobs creation fund, which will raise cash for micro-loans to small businesses, and host Matt Lauer was less than gracious. Lauer allowed Schultz to outline the program, but he seemed…
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August 21, 2009

Whole Foods, Healthcare, And The "S-Word"

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

Partly because it’s in my building, but also because I like and admire the company, I feel bad when Whole Foods is attacked. I’m referring to CEO John Mackey’s Wall Street Journal editorial that has many customers threatening to hang up their reusable shopping bags for good. The piece, which essentially argued for fiscal restraint and individual empowerment, has…
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