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Accounts in Transit

Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Death Wish CoffeePadilla serves Death Wish Coffee, world’s strongest brew... O’Brien Communications Group scoops up Finys, software/services provided to property/casualty insurers… J Public Relations adds hotels in New Orleans, Nashville, Tampa and Savannah.

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Instagram as the New Restaurant Reviews

Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianRestaurants have caught onto the fact that offering a beautiful plate and photo-worthy decor has become just as important as how the food tastes.

H+K's Koeneman Takes to Bully Pulpit

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Claire KoenemanHill+Knowlton Strategies’ Claire Koeneman, who has more than 20 years of corporate & financial PR experience, has joined Bully Pulpit Interactive, digital marketing & communications shop, as a partner.

WhiteBoard Animation Scripts PR Search

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

WhiteBoard AnimationWhiteBoard Animation, which has done work for Verizon, Trader Joe’s, ExxonMobil and Aetna Life, is looking for a PR firm.

PR Employment Lags Behind 2009 Peak Year

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

By Steve Barnes

PR Underground chartPR employment lags behind 2009 peak year, according to report from PR Underground. Providence (RI) and Durham-Chapel Hill (NC) offer best value.

People on the Move

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Armel LesileSloane & Co. adds Mike Boccio and Armel Leslie... Hotwire ups Suzanne Chan to senior VP-strategy, North America... 5W Public Relations hires Grant Powell, Melissa Olund as VPs.

Trump Mulls National '5G' Cell Phone System

Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

By Editorial Staff

5GThe 5G system would be "the equivalent of the Eisenhower National Highway System.” The move is being considered by Trump national security officials. (1 reader comment)

B-M Recruits Lee for No. 2 Health Slot

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Avril LeeBurson-Marsteller has named Avril Lee deputy global healthcare practice chair. Stationed in London, the former managing director of MSL Group's UK & EMEA health unit, will join the WPP unit Feb. 19.

Commentary

Three Amigos of Healthcare Drop Bomb on Wall St.

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Three Amigos of Healthcare - Bezos, Dimon & BuffettAmazon's Jeff Bezos, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon issued a content-lite press release today, promising to work together to lower healthcare cost for their employees. (1 reader comment)

Keys to Unlocking the Power of Celebrity for PR

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

By Tara Reid

Tara ReidCelebrity endorsements remain a valuable opportunity to boost sales, loyalty and inspire consumer confidence, yet some guidelines are needed to determine if the star power of a celebrity partnership is truly right for your brand.

Finn Partners' Thompson Shifts to Henkel

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Alexandra Kirsch ThompsonAlexandria Kirsch Thompson is leaving her VP-editorial & social strategy post at Finn Partners for a spot at Henkel, the German chemicals and consumer products powerhouse.

News of Firms

Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Lucy ZeppHawkins International PR sets up Los Angeles outpost… Henson Consulting rebrands as Agency H5…. Elizabeth Christian PR of Austin acquires Wyatt Brand shop… Philadelphia's DDC Works sent scrapple to Minnesota clients after Eagles destroyed Vikings in NFC championship game.

Nasdaq Unloads PR Biz to West Corp.

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

NasdaqNasdaq today announced the $335M sale of its PR business to Omaha-based West Corp., provider of voice/data services communications.

Canada Arts Council Calls for Deaf PR Strategy

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Jon Gingerich

Canada Council for the ArtsThe Canada Council for the Arts has issued an RFP for firms with expertise in sign language and communications with the deaf or hard of hearing to develop and provide a communications strategy.

How Bannon Got Played

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Fraser Seitel

Fraser SeitelSteve Bannon’s fall from grace should serve as a cautionary tale for any PR pro who regularly deals with the press. (5 reader comments)

AbMac Works Keurig’s $19B Dr Pepper Deal

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Dr. PepperAbernathy MacGregor is working Keurig Green Mountain’s nearly $19B deal to acquire Dr Pepper Snapple, a bid to forge a hot and cold beverage powerhouse with brands the partners say will “satisfy every consumer throughout the day.”

Kirk Returns to Steady Reeling LAT

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Steve Barnes

Jim KirkJim Kirk has returned as interim editor of the Los Angeles Times as editor-in-chief Lewis D'Vorkin is shifted to corporate post at parent Tronc following three-month stint.

Ammer Stars in Paramount’s PR

Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

By Kevin McCauley

Mia AmnerParamount Pictures has named Mia Ammer VP-corporate communications, responsible for film, TV publicity initiatives and day-to-day corporate PR.