Swing a cat and it’s fairly easy to find a PR or marketing executive who will regale you with all you need to know about so-called real-time marketing. But there’s a fairly significant gap between the rhetoric and the reality when it comes to comes to real-time marketing.
Despite a wave of goodwill and positive PR from its decision to stop selling cigarettes, CVS Caremark is now among the 10 least respected brands, according to an annual ranking by brand marketing firm TenetPartners.
WPP reported third quarter revenue at its PR and public affairs operations climbed 6.5% to top $351M while revenues overall at the marketing conglomerate rose 5.9% to $4.5B on the strength of North American operations.
Chime Communications, the UK-based marketing group being acquired by WPP and Providence Equity Partners, reported first half revenue fell nearly 5.7% to $289.7M as advertising and marketing services gains met restructuring charges and declines at its flagship sports and entertainment operation.