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Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
PPG's Ukraine Pact Worth $500K
By Kevin McCauley
 
Prime Policy Group has just released text of its consulting agreement with Ukraine, calling for fees of $500K during a nine-month period.
Category: Lobbying
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Activating Employee Brand Ambassadors
By Kevin McCauley
 
weber shandwickWorkers are the best defenders of a corporate reputation, but many companies do little to motivate these potential brand ambassadors, according to research unveiled by Weber Shandwick today.
Category: Reputation
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
PR to Journalist Ratio on the Rise
By Greg Hazley
 
blsThere are 4.6 PR pros for every reporter in the U.S., according to the latest Dept. of Labor figures for 2013, up from a three-to-one ratio in 2008.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Porter Novelli's Sullivan to B-M
By Kevin McCauley
 
catherine sullivanCatherine Sullivan, who handled PR at Omnicom’s Porter Novelli subsidiary, now does it for Burson-Marsteller in the managing director of worldwide communications post. She reports to CEO Don Baer.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Rankings Called 'Absurdly Influential' by Consultant
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

russell perkinsMorgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs gave up millions in fees in order to rank high in deal-making tables, notes consultant Russell Perkins, who says such rankings are “absurdly influential.”

Category: PR Firms
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Wheeler Heads IR, Comms at Newly Public Relypsa
By Greg Hazley
 

sylvia wheelerSylvia Wheeler has left the VP of IR and corporate communications slot at Hyperion for a similar role at Relypsa, the biopharmaceutical company with a hyperkalemia drug in Phase 3 clinical trials.

Category: Corporate Communications
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
MN Billionaire Moves to Acquire Star Tribune
By Greg Hazley
 
glen taylorGlen Taylor, the billionaire owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball franchise, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Star Tribune.
Category: Media News
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Huey: Barra Needs to Take Ownership of GM Crisis
By Bill Huey
 
mary barraMary Barra has been given something of a pass by commentators for dealing with GM's recall forthrightly even though she wasn’t in charge at the time, but in fact she owns this problem.
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Apr. 2, 2014
Balenske Takes Comms Post at Revolution in DC
By Greg Hazley
 
meredith balenskeMeredith Balenske, a VP for corporate technology at FleishmanHillard in Washington, has moved to Revolution, the DC-based venture firm backed by tech luminaries including AOL founder Steve Case.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Brooklyn Navy Yard 'Green Industrial Site' Seeks PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
bnyThe Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 300-acre industrial park that houses more than 330 businesses, is looking for a firm for marketing, PR and community affairs duties.
Category: RFPs
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Sirva Moves PR to Sard Amid $175M IPO
By Greg Hazley
 

alliedRelocation and moving services provider Sirva is relying on Sard Verbinnen & Co for PR counsel as the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based company pursues an initial public offering to raise up to $175M.

Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Crisis Malaysia Airlines nails crisis checklist, falls short on execution (C. Winters) 
Tactics The power of cross-training in PR (M. Kessler) 
Students Handicapping the PR career track (Culpwrit) 
Sponsorship The NCAA took away my cat mug (WSJ) 
Social 13 statistics from an Inc. 500 social media study (F. Strong) 
Ethics Peppercomm names G. Washington chief ethics officer (S. Cody) 
Food/Bev Americans drinking fewer soft drinks, more fake fruit water (Consumerist) 
RFP Sierra Club, 6-months comms. consultant (CL) 
Vid Huff Post's Arin Greenwood on pitching stories, cats… (D. Simon) 
RFP Maine Assn. of Planners, RFP for comms. consultant (MAP) 
Entertainment Lego Movie: Master class in branded content(Lewis360)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
FH Gets Fashionable
By Kevin McCauley
 

emily shapoffFleishmanHillard has recruited Alison Brod PR's fashion leader for the VP-brand marketing slot.

Category: Beauty & Fashion PR
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Gross to Take Reins of RLM Finsbury
By Greg Hazley
 
michael grossRLM Finsbury partner and president Michael Gross will succeed CEO and co-founder Walter Montgomery later this month.
Category: PR Firms
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Solomon: Why I Became A Whistle Blower
By Arthur Solomon
 
arthur solomonOn the first Monday of each January after the inauguration of a new president, there is a secret meeting of editors of influential newspapers at which no notes are taken and no words are spoken to anyone outside of the group. All who attend are sworn to secrecy.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Troubled Hawaii Health Exchange Eyes PR Help
By Greg Hazley
 

hawaiiHawaii's health insurance exchange, which, like the federal marketplace, had a rocky rollout at the end of 2013, has released RFPs for PR and marketing services as the state pursues a goal of running its own marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Category: RFPs
Tue., Apr. 1, 2014
Wash Post Publisher Weymouth at Page Seminar
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
weymouthKatharine Weymouth, granddaughter of Katherine Graham, longtime head of the Washington Post who died in 2001, will address the Spring Seminar of the Arthur W. Page Society Thursday at the Conrad New York.
Category: PR Groups
Mon., Mar. 31, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Big Picture PR is the new SEO (C. Penn) 
Travel Drone on, travel marketers (P. Himler) 
Digital Move from listening to learning (J. Bell) 
Tactics What the hell does the PR guy know about journalism? (L. Hoffman) 
Marketing Gmail's updated promotions tab: What organizations need to know (K Street Cafe) 
Strategy Mastering the art of the pivot (J. Weiss) 
Travel Driving social media engagement with photos (G. Pritchard)
PR 101 How to get your product in a magazine's holiday gift guide(E. Friedman)
Category: PR Links
Mon., Mar. 31, 2014
WSJ Buries Inconvenient Climate Change Report
By Kevin McCauley
 
climateThe Wall Street Journal today buried the blockbuster report from the UN body, which calls for immediate actions to curtail greenhouse gas emissions in order to stave off future environmental disaster.
Category: Environmental PR
Mon., Mar. 31, 2014
Wren Elevates Sherman at Omnicom
By Greg Hazley
 
peter shermanOmnicom has promoted JWT North America CEO Peter Sherman to a new executive VP post reporting to Omnicom CEO John Wren.
Category: Marketing Communications
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