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Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
17 of top 25 PR Firms Grew in Double Digits in 2013
By Jack O'Dwyer
 
O'Dwyer's PR Firm RankingsIndependent PR firms showed strong growth in 2013.  Eight of the ten largest posted double-digit gains as did nine in the 11 to 25 category and 57 in the complete list of 127.
Category: PR Firms
Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
Levick Acquires Davis, Steele Firm
By Kevin McCauley
 
Levick, the Washington public affairs shop, has acquired the firm of Lanny Davis and Michael Steele.
Category: Public Affairs
Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
Seitel: Public Relations Morality
By Fraser Seitel
 

fraser seitelMany moons ago, an eager young public relations seminar leader was excoriating the reputational damage done to Exxon as a result of its Valdez tanker polluting the Gulf of Alaska.

Category: PR School
Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
Northwest Power Utilities Seek Marketing Plan
By Greg Hazley
 
neeaAn alliance of more than 100 energy utilities in the northwest U.S. has cast a net for marketing communications support as it pursues more cost-effective and efficient ways to deliver power.
Category: RFPs
Mon., Mar. 3, 2014
PR Web Links of The Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Microsoft Mark Penn is MSFT's controversial new strategy chief(BBW) 
Microsoft Memo confirms exec shakeup, Mark Penn promoted (BI) 
Social 14 answers to the 'What do I say on Twitter' question from your CEO (A. Hanson) 
Tech Privacy and digital marketing (P. Lamotte) 
PR Seattle mayor's PR office retracts release about ex-city official's death (Romenesko) 
Corporate Disney to cut Boy Scouts support over ban of gay leaders (LA Times) 
Branding Olive Garden logo change dubbed 'brand renaissance'(Consumerist) 
Oscars Samsung shines at the Oscars. Or does it? (J. Nau) 
Oscars Tips PR pros can learn from the Oscars (T. Beaven)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
Chapman U Eyes PR Education
By Greg Hazley
 

chapmanCalifornia's private Chapman University in the hunt for a PR firm to promote the institution, faculty and its programs as it expands with schools of pharmacy and health/behavioral science over the next two years.

Category: RFPs
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
PR Quotes of the Week
By Greg Hazley
 

“[B]rands have never been more fragile. The reason is simple: consumers are supremely well informed and far more likely to investigate the real value of products than to rely on logos.”

— James Surowiecki, “Twilight of the Brands,” The New Yorker ....

Category: Public Relations
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
FH Grabs MWW's Digital Domo
By Kevin McCauley
 

ephraim cohenFleishmanHillard has recruited Ephraim Cohen, MWW’s executive VP-innovation and chair of its technology & digital media industry practice, to spearhead its social media efforts in New York and Boston.

Category: Technology PR
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
GolinHarris Snatches WCG Analytics Guru
By Kevin McCauley
 
chuck hemannGolinHarris has hired Chuck Hemann as executive director of digital analytics.
Category: Technology PR
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
PR Web Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Finance Now hiring: Head of hedge fund PR (CNBC) 
Entertainment PR firm drops Drake after Rolling Stone cover debacle (@billboard) 
Finance IR before the IPO (B2Community) 
PR How to land an interview with Charles Koch (Gawker) 
Tech Microsofties ponder fate of Mark Penn in new Nadella regime(Recode) 
WP Wikipedia tackles paid entry problem, but still has a bigger sexist one (M. Humphrey) 
Finance Look for even more megamergers in 2014(Entrepreneur) 
Listicle 7 PR musts for startups and small businesses (J. Sahin) 
Crisis Sea World questions ethics of 'Blackfish' investigator (NY Times)
Category: PR Links
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
Paul Newman Trades eBay for MSLGroup
By Greg Hazley
 
paul newmanPaul Newman, VP of communications for eBay, is moving to MSLGroup to head North American operations as president.
Category: PR Firms
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
MSNBC Showcases Keystone Pipe Backer
By Kevin McCauley
 
brian schweitzerBrian Schweitzer, the populist former governor of Montana, has joined left-leaning MSBC as a contributor.
Category: Media News
Fri., Feb. 28, 2014
PR Newswire 2013 Revenue Tops $300M
By Greg Hazley
 
pr newswireUBM reported today PR Newswire's 2013 revenue climbed 1.9% to £201.8M, or about $316.2M by the average 2013 exchange rate.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
PR Web Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Media Times' Sorkin is Wall Street's most valuable flack (A. Pareene) 
Healthcare FDA press releases - what they say (M. Senak) 
Crisis Disgraced Penn State hires mammoth PR firm and gets what it paid for (New Republic) 
IR Ending the shareholder lawsuit gravy train (HBR) 
Crisis Three PR lessons from 'Scandal's' Olivia Pope (J. Rossi) 
Poll What publications do top PR, IR, social and digital marketers read? (BW) 
Suit Private Relations: Tech PR firm sued for rampant sexual harassment (S. Biddle) 
PA Michigan puts off $1M boost to Weber Shandwick contract(Free Press) 
Crisis City of Lakeland spent nearly $130K on PR as it faced scandals (Ledger) 
Internships Creating a mutually beneficial relationship (A. Allison) 
Entertainment Oscar voter spills secrets (Daily Beast)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Big Oil Faces Fresh PR Challenge on Climate Change
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Union of Concerned Scientists is working on a landmark report that will name oil/gas/coal companies and tie them to corporate practices that trigger specific changes in climate.
Category: Environmental PR
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Zogenix Slates Potent Painkiller for March Launch
By Greg Hazley
 
zohydroZogenix, the San Diego drug company preparing to market the potent painkiller Zohydro in March, relies on WCG for PR counsel.
Category: Healthcare PR
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Effler Gets Checkered Flag of NHRA
By Kevin McCauley
 
geno efflerVice president of communications at Volvo Cars of North America is named VP of PR and communications at the National Hot Rod Association, which bills itself as the largest motorsports sanction authority. 
Category: Corporate Communications
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Havens Sails From Atlantic to Time Inc
By Kevin McCauley
 
Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, is moving to soon-to-be-independent Time Inc. as senior VP-digital next month, according to a "colleagues" memo send today from Atlantic Media CEO Dave Bradley.
Category: Media News
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Federal Workers Doff Image
By Kevin McCauley
 
nteuThe National Treasury Employees Union has launched a year-long PR effort to link the productive work of members with the quality of life in the U.S.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
Ex-Congressman Scans Sky for Amazon
By Kevin McCauley
 
Former Congressman Norm Dicks is representing Amazon on issues surrounding the federal government’s use of cloud computing.
Category: Lobbying
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