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Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
RLM Acquires FTI's Goldberg
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Kal Goldberg, senior managing director, FTI Consulting, has moved to RLM Finsbury as a partner in its New York M&A practice.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
 
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Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
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By Kevin McCauley
 
azGlover Park is handling communications for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals regarding the controversial "inversion" tax dodge issue that has received great play of late due to the wave of European acquisition plays by US companies Pfizer, Walgreen's, Mylan, AbbVie and others.
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Site 'Credibility' Drives Native Advertising
By Kevin McCauley
 
edelman berlandNews sites deemed "credible" are visitors are the best platforms for "sponsored content" or "native advertising," according to a survey of 5,000 respondents conducted by Edelman Berland and Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Category: Content
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
Blackmon Orders Up FreshDirect
By Kevin McCauley
 
larry blackmonNew York-based FreshDirect has named Larry Blackmon VP-community & government affairs to handle outreach, expand partnerships and cultivate new relations ties for the fresh food delivery grocer.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
Honick: Jon Stewart, Gaza Body Counts and Sad Realities of War
By Joe Honick
 

israelNo less than TV star Jon Stewart took to the airwaves a couple of nights ago to make a point about how we can finally feel sorry for Palestinians.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
UC Davis Dangles Comms Pacts
By Greg Hazley
 
ucdavisThe strategic communications office for the 34,000-student University of California-Davis is taking proposals to establish a pool of firms and contractors to handle PR, writing, marketing strategy and related services.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
NerdWallet Puts Shuman in Communications Fold
By Greg Hazley
 
ken shumanConsumer finance website NerdWallet has slipped Ken Shuman in the PR fold as VP of communications for the San Francisco-based company, which is eying a bigger profile in the online money advice space.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Publicis First-Half Net Sinks 17%
By Kevin McCauley
 
maurice levyPublicis Groupe suffered a 16.9% plunge in first-half net to $352M on flat revenues of $4.5B due to cancellation or postponement of campaigns and lousy economic conditions in Europe and emerging markets.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Omnicom PR Units Jump 6.2% in Q2
By Greg Hazley
 
omnicomOmnicom revenues across its PR operations jumped 6.2% in the second quarter to $357M as overall revenues at the marketing conglomerate climbed 6.4% to nearly $3.9B.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-22-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Q&A Reinventing the CMO: Unilever's Keith Weed (HBR) 
Traffic PR maven totals her car on Hamptons highway (Page Six) 
Marketing Coke's World Cup ad blitz flops in Brazil (BBW) 
Finance Bill Ackman's big Herbalife reveal bombs with investors(Forbes) 
Social Small biz negative reviews are a gift; here's what to do (F. Strong)
Instagram Brands raising the bar and what we can learn from following (A. Anderson) 
FDA Developing a policy for correcting third party misinformation(M. Senak) 
Monitoring The checklist that will replace RFPs (E. Friedman) 
Careers PR advice to recent grads (G. Matusky) 
Case Study Carlsbad (CA) talent attraction campaign (DCI) 
Propaganda Russia: Perception v. Reality (J. Horton) 
Sports Dungy walks back remarks about Michael Sam (ESPN) 
Interns 5 tips for PR interns this summer (R. Laitala) 
Trolling Tech PR Dummies: PeepMe is 'new form of swagger'(Gawker)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Blog: Rick Perry's Costly PR Stunt
By Kevin McCauley
 
rick perryEverything's big in Texas. That truism applies to PR stunts. By dispatching 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border, Governor Rick Perry is committing a whopper of a PR stunt.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Ciarlante Returns to Ketchum to Head Atlanta Office
By Greg Hazley
 
diana garza ciarlanteCoca-Cola's Diana Garza Ciarlante has returned to Ketchum to take the reins of the firm's Atlanta office as a director.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Podesta Works Sallie Mae Spin-Off
By Kevin McCauley
 
navientPodesta Group navigates the D.C. political scene for Navient Solutions Inc. as Democrats push to revamp the $1.2T student loan sector.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Jul. 22, 2014
Ford Social Media Guru Monty Shifts to Agency Realm
By Greg Hazley
 
scott montyScott Monty, the Ford Motor Company PR and digital communications guru who stepped down in May, has joined Shift Communications in Boston as executive VP of strategy.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
B-M Snags Obama's Media Maven
By Kevin McCauley
 
Dag VegaDag Vega, who handles TV for President Obama, will join Burson-Marsteller Aug. 4 as managing director, reporting to Ann Davison, US PA & crisis practice chair.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Weitz Exits H+K
By Kevin McCauley
 
Andy WeitzAndy Weitz, president of H+Knowlton Strategies US, is exiting the firm to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and spend more time with his family.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Fahle Places Winning Bid for Detroit House Raffle Post
By Kevin McCauley
 
Craig FahleCraig Fahle, a popular talk show host on Detroit Public Radio, has taken the PA director post at the motor city's auctioneer of abandoned/foreclosed homes.
Category: Personnel Appointments
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Ogilvy Throws PR Lifeline to Migrant Group
By Kevin McCauley
 
MOASOgilvy PR is representing the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, which is bankrolled by high-risk insurer Tangiers Group, for immigration, maritime and foreign relations matters.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
Forbes Unloaded to Asian Group
By Kevin McCauley
 
Forbes MagazineThe Forbes family has surrendered control of its print/online business publication for more than $300M.
Category: Media News
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
E-Mail Pitch Perfect
By Fraser Seitel
 
Fraser SeitelThere is nothing worse for a PR professional than “cold call” pitching via email, reaching out to a reporter you don’t know or haven’t worked with before.
Category: Professional Development
 
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