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Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Brunswick Guides Successful Coupons.com IPO
By Greg Hazley
 
couponsCoupons.com engaged Brunswick Group for PR counsel through the Silicon Valley company's successful initial public offering this week.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Weber Shandwick, Glover Park Shop $9B Safeway-Albertsons Deal
By Kevin McCauley
 
albertsonsWeber Shandwick and Glover Park Group are working the $9B acquisition of Safeway by Cerberus Capital Management and its Albertsons operation.
Category: M&A
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014
Cision Postpones Annual Meeting Amid Takeover Offer
By Greg Hazley
 
PR software provider Cision has postponed its annual meeting originally slated for April 9 as a takeover offer from a Chicago investment firm runs through March 27.
Category: PR Services
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
Larry King Should Exit Putin's Propaganda Network
By Kevin McCauley
 
larry kingIf Larry King had any scruples, he would follow Liz Wahl out the door on RT America.
Category: Media News
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
UN Child Health Org Floats PR RFPs Ahead of Major Forum
By Greg Hazley
 

PMNCHA United Nations partnership focused on reproductive, newborn and child health is looking for PR help ahead of a major global forum for government, NGO, academia and private sector leaders in South Africa in June.

Category: RFPs
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Careers The PR road less traveled: In-house to agency life (L. Spaventa) 
IR Can't take the heat? Cancel the investor meeting (Reuters) 
Essay Myths to live by (D. Pinkham) 
Millennials Give me the damn title! (S. Cody) 
PR Comcast indefinitely extends low-cost broadband for poor families (NY Times) 
Exec Search How to choose the right executive search firm (C. Hickey) 
Higher Ed Rutgers rages over Condi Rice invitation (NRO) 
Corporate Stakeholder expectations: A tale of two books (B. Geller) 
Media To spur traffic at news sites, just Travoltify (NY Times) 
Tools How to build and grow a private Facebook group (A. Hanson)
Obit Kathleen DeSales Nolan, PR executive (Balt Sun) 
Marketing The 2014 product placement awards (Brand Channel) 
Entertainment How Jimmy Fallon is winning the late night battle online (Lost Remote) 
Corporate How consumers can make or break CMOs (K. Taylor) 
TV Don Draper disembarks in cryptic 'Mad Men' teaser (Atlantic) 
SXSWi Sysomos' SXSW buzzword bingo (MW)
Category: PR Links
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
The Deal Crowns Joele Frank
By Greg Hazley
 
the dealThe Deal has crowned Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as the top M&A PR firm in the U.S. for 2013 as the firm worked 79 transactions during the year.
Category: M&A
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
BBC Shuts Down Youth Channel
By Kevin McCauley
 
bbc threeThe BBC today announced plans to kill Channel Three, the No 1 channel in the U.K. for the 16 to 34-year old age bracket, to save about $75M a-year.
Category: Media News
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
RFP: Tourism PR and Marketing
By Greg Hazley
 
Oregon city eyes national and statewide PR to position itself as the premiere tourist locale for southern Oregon.
Category: RFPs
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
BHP Steps Up DC Effort
By Kevin McCauley
 

bhpBHP Billiton, $66B Australia mining/energy conglomerate, has registered a D.C. lobbying outpost with the growth of its U.S. business.

Category: Lobbying
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
Barbary, Davis Nab San Fran Transit PR Pacts
By Greg Hazley
 
san franciscoBarbary Coast Consulting and Davis & Associates Communications have picked up PR pacts with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, following an RFQ process.
Category: Public Affairs
Thu., Mar. 6, 2014
Peppercomm Reads Redbook Exec for Content Post
By Greg Hazley
 
robyn mait levineRobyn Mait Levine, associate publisher for integrated marketing at Hearst's Redbook, has moved to Peppercomm in the new post expanding its content services.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Pataki Aide Goes Rational
By Kevin McCauley
 
peter bardenPeter Barden, who was former New York governor George Pataki's deputy director of legislative affairs, has joined Rational 360 as managing director in New York.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
PR Links of the Day
By Greg Hazley
 
Essay PR ethics: Lead by example (T. Martin) 
PR 3.0 Protip: Scrub the media list (K. Dugan) 
PR 101 Reddit's dir. of comms. on best practices for media/PR on reddit (Muck Rack) 
Big Picture The CMO's job has changed (for the better) (D. Aaker) 
Tourism Israeli prime minister visits Hollywood for tourism film premiere (WHTC) 
Social Subway customer pays for complaint to go viral (G. Rudawsky) 
Media Are alt weeklies over? (NY Times) 
Conent How to squeeze the last drop of value from your content(T. Morral) 
RFP Canada - PR strategy for Community Futures program (PDF) 
Entertainment John Travolta apologizes for Oscar name flub (RS) 
Panel The effects of Google's Hummingbird algorithm on search and social (P. Opelbaum) 
TV HBO recruits hip-hop, latin music artists to promote 'Game of Thrones' (WSJ) 
Service Where to cry in New York (tumblr) 
SXSWi What you can't miss in the 2014 SXSWi health track (G. Matthews)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Collegio Exits GOP Super PAC to Rep Auto Dealers
By Greg Hazley
 
joanthan collegioJonathan Collegio, who directed communications for Republican Super PAC American Crossroads, has moved to the National Automobile Dealers Association as VP of public affairs.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Washington Gets Tough In Battle Over Obesity
By Jon Gingerich
 
O'Dwyer's MagazineFederal health agencies have changed their tactics in the battle over obesity. After decades of passive campaigns meant to educate Americans on the dangers of excessive fats and sugars, authorities have now ditched this strategy for more aggressive measures. 
Category: Food & Beverage PR
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Joele Frank Fuels The Pantry in Proxy Showdown
By Greg Hazley
 
kangaroo expressPublicly traded convenience store chain The Pantry has enlisted Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher as it fends off a dissident proxy challenge ahead of its March 13 annual meeting.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Ketchum's Gazprom Client Squeezes Ukraine
By Kevin McCauley
 
gazpromGazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy entity, yesterday yanked Ukraine’s special discount on gas supplies effective next month, a move that further squeezes the economy of the beleaguered former Soviet state.
Category: International
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
Ketchum, Ukraine Unit in Tough Spot Amid Strife
By Greg Hazley
 

pleon talanPleon Talan, the Ketchum unit based in the Ukraine, is distancing itself from Ketchum's ongoing PR work with the Russian government amid the cross-border showdown between the two countries.

Category: International
Wed., Mar. 5, 2014
CMT Comms Head to Nashville Firm
By Greg Hazley
 
lisa chaderLisa Chader, senior VP of corporate communications for country music network CMT, has moved to Nashville-based NPG PR in an executive VP role.
Category: Corporate Communications
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