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Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Mower Acquires Luxury, Lifestyle PR Shop Middleton & Gendron
By Greg Hazley
middleton, gendronUpstate New York ad/PR agency Eric Mower + Associates is acquiring 36-year-old NYC-based luxury, hospitality and lifestyle PR shop Middleton & Gendron to expand its regional and national ambitions.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Interpublic PR, Net Income Jump in Q3
By Greg Hazley
interpublicInterpublic's PR-heavy Constinuency Management Group posted a 14.3% rise in third quarter revenue to $376.5M, including organic growth of 9.9%.
Category: Marketing Communications
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Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Blog: McDonald's Ignores Reality
By Kevin McCauley
mcdsMcDonald's blames its 30 plunge in Q3 net on image problems and being misunderstood by consumers. The fast-feeder is in denial.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 10-22-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis NFL, Y&R debut anti-domestic violence PSA (AgencySpy) 
Careers How to be(come) successful as a PR newbie (E. Eriksson) 
Media NBC launches long-form sports site (LR) 
Re-brand Council of PR Firm's 'soul-searching' leads to shifts in strategy (NY Times) 
Corporate Isn't change management just good management? (A. Rethore) 
Internal Should we take the 'internal' out of internal communications (G. Corbett) 
SEO It's not an SEO's job to create content (L. Hoffman) 
List Top 10 smartphone bloggers on Google+ (Cision)
Category: PR Links
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Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Younger People See End of Incivility
By Kevin McCauley
weber shandwickThere's a generational divide on reasons for the national state of incivility; younger people finger the Internet and social media while older ones fault politicians for the state of affairs, according to Weber Shandwick/Powell Tate's annual "Civility in America" survey.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
FH's Boudreau Joins AARP
By Kevin McCauley

boudreauMartha Boudreau, a more than 25-year veteran at FleishmanHillard and leader of its Washington operation, has joined AARP in the new post of executive VP & chief communications and marketing officer.

Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
WaPo's Bradlee Dies at 93
By Kevin McCauley

ben bradleeBen Bradlee, who guided the Washington Post through its Watergate coverage that brought down Richard Nixon, put the paper on the national radar screen and inspired a generation of journalists, died Oct. 21 of natural causes. He was 93.

Category: Media News
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Cision Gobbles Up Gorkana
By Greg Hazley
gorkanaCision has acquired UK rival Gorkana for more than $300M (£200M), following weeks of speculation and the PR software giant's own merger with Vocus under private equity firm GTCR.
Category: PR Services
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
PRSA Can Learn from IABC -- Amazing!
By Jack O'Dwyer

aprPRSA should copy International Association of Business Communicators which has dropped its accreditation program, switched its printed magazine to online, and sees cultivating small PR firms as its future.


Category: Associations
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
ICF to Aquire Olson for $295M
By Greg Hazley
olsonConsulting firm ICF International has moved to acquire Minneapolis consumer ad/PR/digital agency Olson for $295M in cash.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
Link: NY Times on Council of PR Firm's 'Soul-Searching,' Strategy Shift
By Greg Hazley
The New York Times ad column today featured the Council of PR Firms' "soul-searching" amid changes in PR and its shift to become the "PR Council."
Category: PR Links
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Omnicom PR Units Rise 3.3% in Q3
By Greg Hazley
omnicomOmnicom reported 3.3% growth across its PR operations in the thid quarter 2014 on revenue of $343.3M. Overall net income jumped 24.4% to $243.8M.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Blog: PR Business Needs More Balls
By Kevin McCauley

fred cookThe PR business needs more balls, said Golin CEO Fred Cook today in summing up his presentation at a Communications Week session presented by PRSA Tri-State at the Yale Club in New York.

Category: Professional Development
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Ex-Congressman Does Deloitte
By Kevin McCauley
edolphus townsFormer Brooklyn Congressman Edolphus Towns is advising Deloitte Consulting on financial services and employment matters.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
FH Alum Joins MWW
By Kevin McCauley
nicole schoenbergNicole Schoenberg, who was senior VP at FleishmanHillard, has shifted to MWW for the same title in its corporate reputation practice in its New York outpost.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
Crisis How to survive a scandal (Mother Jones) 
Media Ten noteworthy moments in US investigative journalism(Brookings) 
PR 101 Why you must be unfaithful in PR (PRM) 
Controversy Protests greet Met Opera's premiere of 'Klinghoffer'(NY Times) 
PR 101 5 ways to generate media coverage with no news (Muck Rack) 
Crisis Mother wants 'Breaking Bad' figures removed from Toys R Us (CNN) 
Pundits Not one single MLB expert predicted Royals-Giants World Series (Deadspin) 
Media TV broadcasters should worry about shift Omnicom just described (BI) 
Media CNN questions Ebola 'messaging' (E. Wemple) 
RFP NC A&T Univ enrollment comms. campaign (PDF) 
RFP No. Illinois Univ. PR in Chicago area (link)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Fahlgren Saddles Up The Cowboy State
By Greg Hazley
wyomingWyoming's Office of Tourism has put Columbus, Ohio-based Fahlgren Mortine in the PR saddle.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Oct. 21, 2014
Univ Seeks PR Plan to Burnish Science Program
By Greg Hazley
iconsTwenty-eight-thousand-student university looks for a PR firm to burnish the corporate image of its selective scientific academic program to attract sponsors and internship/job opportunities. 
Category: RFPs
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Ebola Drug Developer Hires Squire Patton Boggs
By Kevin McCauley
hemispherHemispherx Biopharma has hired Squire Patton Boggs as its global government relations firm to pursue African distribution opportunities for its two Ebola drugs.
Category: Lobbying
Mon., Oct. 20, 2014
Empire State Reviews PR for 'I Love New York'
By Greg Hazley
i love nyNew York's economic development agency has kicked off a review of PR for its "I Love New York" campaign, a year after Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged $60M for the iconic marketing push.
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