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Thu., Sep. 11, 2014
Ex-Grayling Chief to WaggEd
By Greg Hazley
michael murphyMichael Murphy, who served as CEO and stepped down as chairman of Grayling last year, has landed at Waggener Edstrom as senior global advisor.
Category: International
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Varnon Leads Comms for Catholic Charities USA
By Greg Hazley
maureen varnonMaureen Varnon, a senior agency pro for Spectrum and Porter Novelli, has taken the reins of marketing and communications for Catholic Charities USA, the multibillion-dollar Virginia-based network that is one of the country's largest charities.
Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Glover Park Turns on TV One
By Kevin McCauley
tv oneGlover Park Group is handling TV One, a top cable TV network aimed at African-Americans on a range of federal matters.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-10-2014
By Greg Hazley
Crisis Ohio suburb may hire PR firm after police shooting (AP) 
Clients How we're responsible for the procurement trap - and how we can escape it (P. Sheahan) 
PR services Tough legal road for third-party providers (J. Cannon)
Net Neutrality Faux go-slow (The Economist) 
Narrative How to tell a good story: Somebody, wanted, but, so(D. Hopkins) 
Crisis Inside NFL's lobbyist draft drama (Politico) 
Crisis Pledging to shield the NFL's brand at all costs (NYT) 
PR 101 Now what? How to stay top-of-mind post-launch (A. Grinavich) 
Content Every content marketer needs an editor (HBR) 
Measurement Breaking down the Barcelona Principles (Cision) 
Fashion Why Bill Cunningham is the most interesting person at Fashion Week (HuffPost)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
New Engagement Tips for the New Luxury Consumer
By Lauren Banyar Reich
Lauren Banyar ReichWhether you’re marketing fashion, skincare, cosmetics or health and fitness products, luxury brands must listen to their customers to discover what motivates them.
Category: Lifestyle PR
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
H+K Throws Beijing Bash
By Kevin McCauley
HKHill+Knowlton today celebrated its 30th year in China in a reception in Beijing featuring CEO Jack Martin.
Category: International
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Ray Rice: Cut the Back Some Slack
By Fraser Seitel
fraser seitelForgive me, but ... I’m with Ray Rice's former fiancé, now wife, who says the ones suffering most from the fallout of her husband's infamous video are her and her little daughter. Ironic, since she was the one abused.
Category: PR Commentary
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Brunswick Aids $9.1B Dollar General Hostile Bid
By Greg Hazley
dollar generalDollar General is leaning on PR counsel from Brunswick Group as it takes a $9.1B hostile takeover bid for rival Family Dollar to straight to shareholders.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Legal Services Provider Taps Sitrick Vet for New PR Offering
By Greg Hazley
brenda adrianLegal services provider KCC has former a strategic communications offering and hired crisis PR pro Brenda Adrian as managing director.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Sep. 10, 2014
Luxury Electric Carmaker Speeds Up PR
By Greg Hazley
renovoRenovo Motors, the Silicon Valley vehicle maker that is marketing a $529K electric sports car, has brought in Driven PR.
Category: News of Accounts
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
PR's Reputation Shredded at PRSA/NY Mock Trial
By Kevin McCauley
ethicsA prosecution team shredded the reputation of PR last night at a mock trial sponsored by PRSA's New York chapter. PR rapped for 'destruction of journalism.'
Category: Public Relations
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
Blog: US Tells Obama to 'Man Up'
By Kevin McCauley
obamaThe American people are turning up the heat on our reluctant commander-in-chief into escalating the war against the Islamic State terror organization.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-09-2014
By Greg Hazley
Social DiGiorno uses domestic violence hashtag to sell pizza( 
Measurement Why your marketing metrics don't add up (HBR) 
Measurement What PR metrics you shouldn't measure (C. Penn) 
Launch Apple unveils Apple Watch, iPhone updates, mobile payment (recode) 
Internal Why Glassdoor is an excellent beacon for seeing (and improving) employee engagement (G. Grates) 
Brands Becoming a lifestyle brand, the Apple way (D. Lauer) 
Corporate Apple PR: 'You have to be able to control the journalist' (ValleyWag) 
Entertainment Counting on cannabis to build film buzz (NY Times) 
Media Can the news surive? (A. MacDougall)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
Coyne Checks Out Columbia Biz School
By Kevin McCauley
Jersey-based Coyne has signed on as Columbia Business School's agency of record in charge to driving its new "At the Very Center Business" market positioning.
Category: Associations
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
DCI Taps Digital Guru Zurn
By Greg Hazley
suzanne zurnSuzanne Zurn, GM for Virginia-based digital agency The Prosper Group, has moved to DCI Group as VP of digital.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
TheStreet Names Managing Editor, Tech Reporter
By Greg Hazley

scott billingsScott Billings, a Wall Street Journal and alum, has moved to as managing editor of the financial news portal.

Category: Media News
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
Malinowski Jumps into PAN
By Kevin McCauley
mark malinowskiMark Malinowski, founder of Ketchum's entertainment marketing group, has joined PAN Communications to expand its consumer practice.
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Tue., Sep. 9, 2014
Sard in Rival Bid for Brokerage Firm
By Greg Hazley

GFISard Verbinnen & Co is guiding PR for BCG Partners' $675M bid for brokerage and clearing firm rival GFI Group, which has already agreed to be acquired by another company.

Category: M&A
Mon., Sep. 8, 2014
CHR Acquires Trylon SMR
By Greg Hazley
lloyd trufelmanIntegrated marketing agency The CHR Group has acquired Trylon SMR, a New York-based media relations and tech specialist with $1.5M in billings in 2013.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Sep. 8, 2014
Penn State Lures Lokman for PR Post
By Kevin McCauley
larry lokmanPenn State has named Lawrence Lokman, UCLA PR veteran, VP-strategic communications effective Oct. 8.
Category: Professional Services PR
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