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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.


Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
Hedge Fund Buys Up IPG Shares
By Greg Hazley
elliottActivist hedge fund Elliott Management said in an SEC filing it has built up a 6.7% stake in Interpublic in a bid to "engage in a constructive dialog" with IPG's board "regarding steps to maximize shareholder value."
Category: Marketing Communications
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Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
Plastic Surgeon Group Wants PR Work
By Kevin McCauley
asdsThe American Society for Dermatologic Surgery is looking for publicity and media relations work for the 5,800-member group.
Category: RFPs
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Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
FH Catches Schad
By Kevin McCauley
david schadFleishmanHillard has recruited Dave Schad for the senior VP/general manager slot at its Minneapolis-St. Paul outlet.
Category: PR Firms
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
China's BlueFocus Buys into US
By Greg Hazley
bluefocusChina PR giant BlueFocus Communications has moved to acquire a majority stake in San Francisco-based design, communications and digital firm Fuseproject, its first foray into the US.
Category: International
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
PR Veteran Dach to HHS
By Greg Hazley
leslie dachLeslie Dach, the Edelman, Wal-Mart and Clinton White House veteran, has been named to a new senior post at the Dept. of Health and Human Services to advise Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
Media: Geithner Out of Time, Bizo Links with LinkedIn, Turner Upped to Slate EIC...
By Kevin McCauley

david geithnerGeithner out of Time; Bizo links with LinkedIn; Turner upped to Slate EIC; Murray makes Fortune move...

Category: Media News
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
White House Snatches Purse for Media Post
By Greg Hazley

andrea purseAndrea Purse, VP of communications for the Center for American Progress, has moved to the White House as director of broadcast media.

Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Jul. 24, 2014
Branson Reviews Tourism Marketing
By Greg Hazley
bransonBranson, Missouri, the Ozark Mountain entertainment mecca that draws millions of visitors each year, is reviewing its seven-figure tourism marketing account with an RFP process through August.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
Glover Park Jumps into Corporate Tax Dodge Mess
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.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
Blog: Ex-Georgia Prez Calls for Ban on PR Firms Repping Russia
By Kevin McCauley
mikheil saakashviliMikheil Saakashvili, former president of the former Soviet Union republic of Georgia, which was invaded by Russia, wants a ban of western firms like Ketchum from representing Russia.
Category: International
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
RLM Acquires FTI's Goldberg
By Greg Hazley
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
Wed., Jul. 23, 2014
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
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