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Independent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013.  Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.


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
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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
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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
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
NY Giants' John-Baptiste Rushes to Browns
By Kevin McCauley
Peter John-BaptisteNew York Giants' VP-communications Peter John-Baptiste has moved to the Cleveland Browns in the same capacity, replacing Zak Gilbert, who left after a year.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Mon., Jul. 21, 2014
What Gaza and Ukraine Share: Breakdown of Law
By Jack ODwyer

Paul KahnDeaths of non-combatants including children in the downing of Malaysian Flight 17 and the fighting in Gaza show international law is ineffective, says Yale Prof. Paul Kahn.

Category: International
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Texas Reviews Tourism PR
By Greg Hazley
texasThe Lone Star State has kicked off a review of its tourism PR account for the Americas as it tries to broaden perceptions beyond its cowboy image.
Category: RFPs
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 7-18-2014
By Greg Hazley
Gender Why do we treat PR like a pink ghetto? (NY Mag) 
Int'l Backlash against US PR firm hired to improve Nigeria's image(LA Times) 
Entertainment Tim McGraw's publicist plays down fan slap video(Hollywood) 
Propaganda 'Want some Klandy?' KKK launches nationwide push(Vice) 
Legal Two PR firms trip over the Foreign Agents Registration Act(NLR) 
Legal PR firm sued in Seattle (CNS) 
CSR God pledges $5K for cancer research (Onion) 
RFP Marketing, social media, comms. for YWCA of Greater Portland(link)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
WWI Home Front Exhibit to Explore Roots of PR
By Kevin McCauley
enlistPR people and students of the craft should flock (no, make it run) to the New York Public Library's "Over Here: WWI and the Fight for the American Mind" exhibit which opens July 28.
Category: Public Relations
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
Gun Industry Group Taps PR Director
By Greg Hazley

pearsallThe National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Newton, Conn.-based trade group for firearms manufacturers, has brought in Jennifer Pearsall as director of PR.

Category: Trade Associations
Fri., Jul. 18, 2014
World Health Org PR Pro Among Dead in Malaysian Airlines Crash
By Greg Hazley
glenn thomasGlenn Thomas, a former BBC journalist working as a media officer for the Geneva-based World Health Organization, is among the 298 who died aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.
Category: Public Affairs
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