The Inside News of PR & Marketing Communications

Last Updated: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019 @ 8:30 am

Porter Novelli's Farnham Switches to Finn Partners

Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Kyle Farnham, who led Porter Novelli's New York and Chicago outposts, has joined Finn Partners as its first consumer practice chief. He also was in charge of BCW's US consumer group and helmed MSL's Atlanta office.

Hayward Improvement Assn. Shops for PR

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Downtown Hayward Improvement Assn.The Downtown Hayward Improvement Assn. is searching for a PR firm to promote its activities to grow the economy of the city located in the East Bay section of the San Francisco Bay region.


O'Dwyer's Magazine

Oct. Healthcare & Medical PR Checkup

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's Oct. '19 Healthcare & Medical PR MagazineOur annual healthcare and medical PR issue features profiles of 44 firms, advice and strategy from leading thought leaders and O'Dwyer's exclusive ranking of the top firms by net fee income.  Plus, check out the creative display ad artwork submitted by 23 specialists in this field. 


Litigation PR Pro McCaleb Moves to Mercury

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Ian McCalebIan McCaleb, who led Hogan Lovells’ litigation communications & crisis group and chaired Levick’s legal advisory practice, has joined Mercury as managing director.

Commentary

Calling Shep Smith

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Shepard SmithCalling Shep Smith: CBS chief Shari Redstone toys with starting a competitor to Fox News... NBA commissioner Adam Smith can't wait for tomorrow's season opener... NBA/China battle has little impact on how Americans view league.

New Revenue Recognition Standards in 2019

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinThe Financial Accounting Standards Board has introduced recent changes to Revenue Recognition Standards that may affect privately-owned PR firms. Additionally, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers new benefits to 529 plans, which provides useful higher education savings.

Olson of Fingerpaint Elected PRSA Chair

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Michelle OlsonMichelle Olson, who runs Scottsdale office of New York's Fingerpaint, was elected 2021 PRSA National Chair at the 2019 PRSA Leadership Assembly in San Diego.

Lessons Learned from Slim Jimís Nontraditional Hire

Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianA popular snack brand’s struggles to gain traction on social media underscores why learning to look past résumés and awards can be a risk worth taking when hiring the ideal job candidate.

UND Posts Unmanned Aircraft RFP

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

UNDThe University of North Dakota is soliciting proposals from agencies that can provide public relations and marketing services and strategies to promote the state’s unmanned aircraft industry.

Ballard Pulls Plug on Indicted Turkish Bank

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

HalkbankBallard Partners, which has close ties with president Trump, terminated its relationship with Turkey's Halkbank on Oct. 16, the day after the US Justice Dept. filed fraud and money-laundering charges against the country's No. 2 state-owned bank. (1 reader comment)

MSL Alum Smith to Pilot Invariant's PR Push

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Stephanie SmithStephanie Smith, who was global client and business development officer at MSL, has landed at Invariant to spearhead the government affairs/PA shop's push into strategic communications. 

Hyundai CMO Evans Resigns

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

EvansHyundai Motor America chief marketing officer Dean Evans announced today that he’s stepping down from his post at the automaker.

Family Circle is Shutting Down

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Family CircleFamily Circle, which has been publishing since 1932 and had a four million circulation as of June, is being shuttered by Meredith Corp. after its December issue.

Making the Most at J.P. Morgan

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Carrie Jones

Carrie JonesMedia outreach strategies that drive results at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

On the Move: Weber Shandwick Shifts Sara Gavin to Chief Client Officer Slot; Hill+Knowlton Snags Marina Maher's Alex Taylor; Hawkins International PR Recruits BCW's Eilyn Segura; Metro PR Promotes Duo

Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Sara GavinWeber Shandwick ups Sara Gavin from North America president to chief client officer, replacing Cathy Calhoun, who will shift to IPG’s constituency management group... Hill+Knowlton Strategies snags Marina Maher's Alex Taylor... Hawkins International PR hires Eilyn Segura from BCW for senior director of corporate communications spot... Metro Public Relations promotes Rebecca Rolnick Knaack to VP- entertainment and Andrew Valdes to VP-media relations.

Geothermal Resources Council Cooks Up PR RFP

Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

GRCThe Geothermal Resources Council wants to hire a firm to help develop a "sharp and modern PR that reaches out across society to promote awareness of geothermal energy."

Commentary

See You at the Doral, Suckers

Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

By Kevin McCauley

Trump DoralPresident Trump doubled-down today on his breathtaking record of corruption as the White House announced that the 2020 G-7 summit will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami. Was the choice ever in doubt? (2 reader comments)

Accounts in Transit: Marino Adds DKMS, Nonprofit Fighting Blood Cancers; Laura Davidson PR Books Curated Touring; Agency Ten22 Wins ClearBalance

Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

DKMSMarino has added DKMS—an international nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood cancers—to its portfolio of nonprofit accounts... Laura Davidson Public Relations books Curated Touring, which specializes in art/cultural trips... Agency Ten22, a healthcare public relations and digital marketing services company, is working with ClearBalance, a provider of patient financing programs to U.S. hospitals and health systems.

Brand-Produced Video Gets Good Press

Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Brand VisibilityBrand-produced video has become a key component in garnering positive media coverage, according to a new study from D S Simon Media.