Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy said the famous selfie arranged by his firm that Ellen DeGeneres took at the Academy Awards ceremony was worth from $800M to $1B in “earned media” for client Samsung due to the massive press and social media coverage.
Next Fifteen Communications Group reported today first half revenue rose six percent to £49.3m (about $82.4M) on the strength of its US operations like Outcast, M Booth, Text 100 and Blueshirt, which saw 13% organic revenue growth for the period ended Jan. 31.
Media watchdog Media Matters for America is taking oil giant Chevron to task for its launch of a local “news” site in Richmond, Cal., the site of its 2012 refinery fire that led to a financial settlement of $2M for fines and restitutions.
Should a PR firm represent a client that is adverse to American interests? In this case, the client is Russia, represented by Ketchum, but the same question could be asked by most international PR firms which have toiled on behalf of foreign accounts or governments.
When O’Dwyer’s asked me to write up my thoughts on the state of public relations trends and the challenges of managing a PR agency in 2014, my first response was, well, ambivalence. Why? In short, my outlook is both bleak and upbeat.