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Thu., Feb. 27, 2014
WPP PR Revenues Decline in 'Difficult' 2013
By Greg Hazley
 
wppWPP reported today PR and PA operations fell 1.7% to £921M ($1.3B) for 2013, although a rocky first nine months of the year turned to growth in the fourth quarter.
Category: Marketing Communications
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Web Links
By Greg Hazley
 
Amen Next time you're crafting exec quotes, consider this (L. Hoffman) 
PR 101 The secrets to working with a PR firm (G. Matusky) 
RFPs Why I'm done with RFPs (for now) (A. Hanson) 
PR 101 How serious are PRs about being professional? (N. Hobson) 
Women Why 'leaning in' is killing us (Foreign Policy) 
Marketing How to find and use online brand ambassadors (S. Scott) 
RFP Regional Transportation Commiss. of So. Nevada (PDF) 
Profile Chris Lehane out-Washingtons Washington (NY Times Mag)
Tools Pinterest for corporate communications (Streamfeed) 
Olympics Russia somehow pulls off Olympic PR masterpiece (J. Landsberg) 
Healthcare Small screen reporting on ACA misses big picture (W. Potter) 
Media Newspaper denies attorney general profile is Trump's revenge (BuzzFeed) 
Entertainment Ronan Farrow's PR rules: No personal questions (NY Post) 
RFP India, IDBI Bank (PDF)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
'Network' Book Charts Media Descent into Beale's World
By Kevin McCauley
 
mad as hellPaddy Chayefsky’s prophetic “Network” was a movie almost forty years ahead of its time, a film highlighting the “comicization’ of the news business.
Category: Book Review
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Upcoming: Syncing Your Content & Digital Ad Strategies
By Greg Hazley
 
Fri., Mar. 21, 9:00-11:00 a.m., Adfero/Nat'l Press Club. You have great online content. And you’ve launched (or are thinking about launching) a great digital ad campaign. Find out how to get as much as possible out of both.
Category: Upcoming Events
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
W20 Invades Boston
By Kevin McCauley
 
W20 Group has opened in Boston to expand its U.S. market presence to that technology/medical devices company-rich city and New England.
Category: Technology PR
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Cosmetic Ultrasound Company Listens to Pitches
By Kevin McCauley
 
ultheraUlthera, specialty dermatology company that has developed a non-invasive ultrasound treatment for cosmetic medical practices, is looking for a PR partner to build awareness in the U.S. and selected foreign markets.
Category: RFPs
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Image-Battered Salt Lake School District Shelves PR for Cupcakes
By Kevin McCauley
 
The Salt Lake City school district has shelved hiring a PR firm to defuse national outrage connected to its policy of yanking $2 lunches away from kids whose parents were delinquent with cafeteria payments. 
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Ex-US Weekly Editor Sees PR Light
By Kevin McCauley
 
suzanne marcheseSuzanne Marchese, former senior fashion editor at US Weekly, is opening a Beverly Hills outpost for New York’s Now+Zen PR, lifestyle PR shop.
Category: Public Relations
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Lobbyist Stages PR Stunt to Ban Gay Players from NFL
By Kevin Foley
 
michael samIn one of the sleaziest publicity stunts I've seen in my 30-plus year PR career, lobbyist Jack Burkman made a brief splash by claiming he was writing legislation that would ban gays from playing in the National Football League, a travesty aimed at putting his two-bit D.C. lobbying firm on the map.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Lawsuits Said to Threaten Corporate Democracy
By Jack O'Dwyer
 

omnicom, cheveddenLawsuits by Omnicom and three other companies against small stockholder John Chevedden in four different U.S. district courts are a threat to corporate democracy by exerting a “chilling effect” on stockholder actions, he charges.

Category: PR Ethics
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
SEO Firm Acquires LVM Group
By Greg Hazley
 
david grantDigital marketing firm Didit has acquired LVM Group, a boutique New York PR shop with clients like 3M, Insperity and the Empire State Building.
Category: PR Firms
Wed., Feb. 26, 2014
Cadley Heads Comms for Mobile Ad Platform Millennial
By Greg Hazley
 
todd cadleyTodd Cadley, who led Horn's New York office, has moved to publicly traded mobile ad company Millennial Media as VP of communications.
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
USA Track & Field Pulls Up Lame in PR Race
By Kevin McCauley
 
GrunewaldUSA Track & Field didn’t exactly cover itself in PR glory with Monday’s decision to reinstate Gabriele Grunewald as 3000-meter indoor champion and Team USA representative at the world championships in Poland next month. It had no choice.
Category: PR Commentary
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
Web Links
By Greg Hazley
 
Content Nostalgia, #tbr, quizzes & the secret to content engagement (K. Dugan) 
Careers Get creative with your PR job search and stand out (R. Mathias) 
TV PR winners and losers from House of Cards (F. Strong) 
Careers How to evaluate multiple job offers (G. Corbett) 
PR 101 5 tips for optimizing an outsourced PR relationship (L. Soza) 
Corporate Citizenship & future-proofing brands (Interbrand) 
Corporate Legal Sea Foods turning tragedy into a cause (R. Tauberman) 
Data What data-obsessed marketers don't understand (J. Sorofman) 
Food Taco Bell takes on McDonald's in breakfast game (AP) 
Food Nutrition labels set for major overhaul (Politico) 
Social @GSElevator tattletale exposed (NYT) 
RFP PR for Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (link)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
Quinn, Weber Shandwick Share Top PR Adrian Award
By Greg Hazley
 
hsmaiQuinn + Company with client Waldorf Astoria New York and Weber Shandwick working with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. shared "Best in Show" honors for PR last night at the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International's annual Adrian Awards.
Category: Travel PR
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
GolinHarris Gets Social in London
By Kevin McCauley
 
neil kleinerGolinHarris has named Neil Kleiner head of its Gi digital unit composed of 45 technologists, planners, coders and creatives in its London office.
Category: Technology PR
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
C&B Works to Protect Trade Secrets
By Kevin McCauley
 
Covington & Burling is representing an informal coalition of Big Business, working to keep their trade secrets under wraps.
Category: Lobbying
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
Pussy Riot Strikes Gold; Putin, IOC Strike Out in Sochi
By Arthur Solomon
 
The Games are over and the athletes are chasing another type of gold. Putin and the IOC will congratulate themselves but the human rights abuses in Russia continue as IOC’s corporate sponsors remain mute.
Category: Entertainment & Sports PR
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
Florida's 'Capital County' Reviews Tourism Account
By Greg Hazley
 

tallahasseeFlorida's Leon County, encompassing the state capital Tallahassee and known as "Capital County," is reviewing its tourism marketing account with an RFP process through May 6.

Category: RFPs
Tue., Feb. 25, 2014
APCO Adds Ericsson, Google PR Alum Leach
By Greg Hazley
 
danielle leachDanielle Leach, an Ericsson and Google communications alum, has moved to APCO Worldwide in Seattle as senior director for corporate communications to focus on tech.
Category: Technology PR
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