PR & Marketing Communications News

Last Updated: Mon., Mar. 30, 2020 @ 9:00 am

How Long Will CMOs Have to Deal with COVID-19?

Mon., Mar. 30, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianMarketers must devise long-haul strategies for connecting with consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak, keeping in mind that ecommerce will likely become stronger than ever when the pandemic ends.

SC Johnson Names VanderMolen CCO

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alan VanderMolenAlan VanderMolen, former international president of WE Communications and vice chairman at Edelman, has joined SC Johnson as senior VP and chief communications officer, according to a company representative.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

Food & Bev PR Featured in March Mag

By John O'Dwyer

Our annual issue on food and beverage PR features articles from leading thought leaders, plus profiles of 27 firms with expertise in this specialty.


Top Alcohol Lobbyist Goes to Pot

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark GormanMark Gorman, who led government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the US for 20 years, has joined the National Assn. of Cannabis Businesses as executive VP/COO.

'Cease and Desist'… Telling the Truth

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyDonald Trump's lawyers claim that a pro-Biden PAC ad that uses the president's own words in denying any responsibility for the response to the COVID-19 outbreak is false, misleading and deceptive advertising. It fits the pattern Trump has followed his entire adult life to avoid accountability.

Amsterdam & Partners Eyes $4M Fee from Venezuela

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

AmsterdamAmsterdam & Partners will receive a $4M flat fee to push for the removal of US sanctions on Venezuela. The US does not recognize the government of Venezuela and has charged its president Nicolas Maduro with narco-terrorism.

Media Manuevers: High Times Parent Acquires Pot Grower

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

High TimesHightimes Holding Corp., publisher of cannabis-focused High Times, Dope and Culture, makes deal to acquire Humboldt Heritage pot grower... Lee Enterprises, which owns such newspapers as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Arizona Daily Sun, has launched Health Bright Marketing, a full-service marketing company... W magazine, which Condé Nast sold to Future Media Group in June, is going on hiatus.

How to Zoom in Style

Fri., Mar. 27, 2020

By Matthew Lenig

Mathew LenigWith Zoom becoming a major way that meetings and networking get done in the COVID-19 landscape, here are a few tips to make sure you put your best foot forward when you take your professional interactions online.

COVID-19 Hits Interpublic's Financial Targets

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Michael RothInterpublic CEO Michael Roth has yanked a full-year financial projection of three percent organic growth for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Becomes Publishing Industry Crisis

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption, but the economic impact of the crisis has also devastated the publishing industry, as companies affected by the outbreak scale back their advertising budgets. Already, widespread layoffs have shaken the media world this week, leaving many publishers to wonder if they’re next.

Ex-Clinton Aide Joins Team Biden

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Lily AdamsLily Adams, who was communications director for Kamala Harris’ presidential bid and a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 run for the White House, has joined Unite the Country, the PAC supporting Joe Biden’s campaign, as chief communications officer.

At-Home Workers Worry About Lack of Exercise

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

G&SThe biggest challenge faced by America’s growing army of people working remotely from home is getting enough exercise, according to a snap poll conducted by G&S Business Communications on March 20 and 21.

News of Firms: Lambert & Co. Acquires Fairly Painless Advertising

Thu., Mar. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Chris CookLambert & Co. has acquired branding, creative and digital agency Fairly Painless Advertising... Hispanicize Wire, a press release distribution service aimed at U.S. Hispanic journalists, influencers and thought leaders, has rebranded as Latinx Newswire... Milldam Public Relations, a Boston-based firm for tech companies, is offering a free one-hour communications consultation to mission critical providers and vendors.

Commentary

COVID-19 Crisis Highlights Need for Free, Vibrant Press

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Let Journalists Do Their WorkCOVID-19 crisis highlights important role that a free, vibrant and independent media plays in communicating vital information to the public... Bill Gates warns that any premature "opening up" of the economy would result in piles of bodies... Coronavirus pandemic deals PR blow to Bank of America... "Fake news" sites love Google.

News of Firms: Coyne PR Teams with Pacira Bio to Fight Opioids

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

GatewayCoyne PR and Pacira BioSciences have joined forces on a project addressing the effects of the continuing opioid epidemic in the U.S... InkHouse offered a March 25 free virtual briefing on new best practices for communications during the COVID-19 crisis... Sutherlandgold partnered with creative agency Moonshot on a coronavirus communications resource page for CEOs and communicators.

On the Move: Curley Company Hires CTA's Tina Anthony

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Tina AnthonyCurley Company, DC-based PA shop, hires Tina Anthony, who was digital strategy director at the Consumer Technology Assn... TeamSupport, a business-to-business focused customer support software solution, appoints Connie Glover as VP of marketing and communications... I-Mab, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, taps Gigi Feng as VP, global head of corporate communications.

Media News: Former NYT Reporter/Editor Alan Finder Dies of COVID-19

Wed., Mar. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Alan FinderFormer New York Times reporter/editor Alan Finder dies of coronavirus. He was 72... Esquire, which is owned by Hearst Magazines, is cutting its print circulation from eight issues a year to six... Comcast, owner of NBCUniversal, to take major hit from postponement of Tokyo Olympics... Sports journalism ad-free website The Athletic knocks down paywall as it struggles with suspension of pro sports leagues.