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Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Rhode Island Seeks Tourism Re-Brand
By Greg Hazley
 
rhode islandRhode Island, the smallest US state, is seeking agency support as it undertakes a $5M effort to revamp its image.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 7-8-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Environment Edelman loses execs and clients over client change stance (Guardian) 
PA Indiana gov addresses canceled Porter Novelli contract (AP)
Crisis NYSE resumes trading after unprecedented shutdown(Wash Post) 
Tech Here are the businesses Microsoft could cut next (BI) 
PA Gingrich-connected PR firm issues baffling response to WSJ disclosure failure (MMA) 
Entertainment Quaalude admission further damages Cosby's image (Toronto Star) 
Crisis Subway navigating as well as possible, crisis execs say(Adweek) 
Astroturf Why LA pol hired corporate-backed research firm to kill min wage plan (HuffPost)
Int'l US, UAE launched digital PR center in Abu Dhabi focused on ISIS (USN&WR)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter with Better Speechwriters
By Joe Honick
 
joe honickWith the klutziness of the Iranian negotiations and other Middle East misfires,  President Obams is the reprise of Jimmy Carter with a much better speechwriters.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Carnival Promotes Cuba Cruises
By Greg Hazley
 
carnivalCruise titan Carnival said it will begin voyages to Cuba in May 2016, after gaining approval of US authorities.
Category: Travel PR
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Tyson Heads IR for Outsourcing Giant Atento
By Greg Hazley
 
lynn tysonVeteran corporate IR and communications exec Lynn Antipas Tyson has moved to outsourcing giant Atento as VP of IR.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Carberry Lands at Schwab to Head Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
joe carberryJoe Carberry, who exited eBay as VP of global communications in May, has landed at Charles Schwab in San Francisco to head communications as a senior VP.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Jul. 8, 2015
Report: Clinton Campaign Mulls Hispanic PR Firm Hire
By Greg Hazley
 
hillary clintonHillary Clinton's presidential campaign has discussed hiring a national PR firm to develop an Hispanic media strategy, according to a Buzzfeed report.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Japanese Free PR Pro Hamp
By Kevin McCauley
 
julie hampJapanese authorities plan to release former Toyota PR chief Julie Hamp, who was jailed June 18 for allegedly importing an illegal painkiller into the country.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Blog: Starbucks Gouges Consumers!!!
By Kevin McCauley
 
starbucksStarbucks raises prices by one percent as CEO Howie Schultz wants to provide maximum value to customers. Wait a second, did he say raise or cut?
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Time Inc. Hits Acquisition Trail
By Kevin McCauley
 
Time Inc. has scooped up InVNT, an experiential live media, digital, brand creative services outfit, to add more events capability to the magazine company.
Category: Media News
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
US Tourism Push Reboots Ad Agency Search
By Greg Hazley
 
brand usaBrand USA, the tourism entity that promotes travel to the US, has rebooted its search for a global advertising agency of record after suspending the process amid a search for a chief marketing officer.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Edelman PR Squires Saudi Exec for Levant Suez
By Kevin McCauley
 
abdulaziz-al-harbiEdelman handled US visit of a Saudi businssman under contract from Levant Suez Consulting, which services the needs of the 'one percent,' especially those in the Middle East.
Category: Foreign government
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Westhampton Kills Trustee Benefits; Hears Eruv $$ Threat
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

whbThe new board of Westhampton Beach, meeting for the first time last night, ended medical/dental benefits for trustees. It also heard 10-minutes by Jack O’Dwyer on the multi-million dollar threat posed by backers of an eruv Jewish religious boundary in WHB.

Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Labor Costs Cut Into PR Firm Profitability
By Greg Hazley
 
rick gouldPR agency profitability inched up to 16.2% last year, a marginal climb from 2013 but still below pre-recession levels of nearly 20%, according to an annual survey by Gould+Partners.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
5W Works to Nix Iran Nuke Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 

rally5W Public Relations is promoting the "Stop Iran Now" rally set for New York's Times Square July 22 designed to kill the nuclear deal currently negotiated between Iran and world powers.

 
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
Douglass Reports to Bloomberg Media to Head Comms
By Greg Hazley
 
linda douglassLinda Douglass, a former journalist and Obama administration alum who stepped down as head of communications for Atlantic Media in 2013, is moving to Bloomberg Media to head global communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Jul. 7, 2015
PR Links of the Day - 7-07-2015
By Greg Hazley
 
Crisis Home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle raided (MSN) 
Response How Subway can recover from Jared (CNBC) 
Jargon Baffled by office buzzwords (NY Times) 
Sports FIFA spent more on its PR movie than Women's World Cup payouts (Mashable) 
Crisis HSBC fires six employees for making mock-ISIS video(CNN Money) 
Redux Paula Deen in hot water again (Fast Co.) 
Tools 10 ways PR can leverage LinkedIn (R. Iliff) 
Tech Old tricks just don't do it for Ellen Pao (J. Pepper)
Category: PR Links

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