O'Dwyer's 2020 Rankings of PR Firms -- Deadline: Fri., Mar. 6 (Ranking Instructions)

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Last Updated: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020 @ 5:27 pm

WPP Revenues Slide 1.9% in Q4

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark ReadWPP CEO Mark Read reports WPP like-for-like revenues declined 1.9 percent during Q4 and 1.6 percent for the full year to $14B. (1 reader comment)

Advocacy Group Launches Anti-Hacking Lobbying Salvo

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

ATAAmericans for Transparency and Accountability has hired a series of lobbying outfits to pitch support for a bill that would hold foreign governments accountable for committing cyberattacks against U.S. citizens.


PR Firm Rankings

O'Dwyer's Adds New Specialties to Rankings

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's 2020 Rankings of PR FirmsNew categories auto/transportation, education, energy, industrial, non-profits, purpose/CSR and real estate finance & development bring the total number of PR specialties ranked by O'Dwyer's to 19.

Deadline: Mar. 6 Instructions (PDF)


Commentary

Zuckerberg Wants Crisis Help

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg wants crisis help... Bernie Sanders burns down Democratic-controlled House... Ruder Finn reports coronavirus wallops luxury market in China. 

On the Move: V2 Communications Ups Katelyn Holbrook 

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Katelyn HolbrookV2 Communications, which was Version 2.0 Communications, has promoted Katelyn Holbrook to senior VP, managing director... R&J Strategic Communications promotes Tim Gerdes to VP of creative & digital services... Mercury has promoted Dan Bank, Ben Feller and Jan Feuerstadt in New York, Nicole Flotteron and Bryan Lanza in DC, and Jennifer Wlach in San Francisco... M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has hired Kate Farinella and Payton Wang as VPs. 

Women Equality Group NAMA Seeks PR Partner

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

NAMA Women Advancement EstablishmentNAMA Women Advancement Establishment, which promotes gender equality in the United Arab Emirates, seeks a firm to promote its participation at the 64th Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Chang to Impact Weber Shandwick Clients

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

ChangWeber Shandwick has named Sung Chang, chief creative officer at sister Interpublic shop MRM, its chief impact officer, a new post.

Beer Drinkers Abandon Corona

Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

CoronaMore than a third of beer-drinking Americans admit they won’t purchase popular Mexican beer brand Corona in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a recent 5W Public Relations survey.

Augusta, GA Flies Airport Marketing RFP

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

AugustaAugusta, Georgia seeks an agency that can provide marketing services and support for the city’s public airport, Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field.

Commentary

BP Fails PR Test

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

BPBP fails first PR test to demonstrate its committment to eradicate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050... MSL cuts ties with PR Council as parent Publicis Groupe loses interest in PR... Version 2.0 Communications blasts off with unfortunate choice of new name.

How Are Our Opinions Shaped?

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

By Tim O'Brien

Tim O’BrienWhy I launched a podcast to learn more about the people, events and stories that have influenced the way we think.

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy Seeks PR

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Rose Kennedy Greenway ConservancyThe Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston is looking for PR/marketing pitches to help promote the 2020 season and the role the nonprofit plays in the management/funding of the public park.

News of Firms: Regan Communications Launches Digital Division

Wed., Feb. 26, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Dave JensenRegan Communications Group launches Regan Digital Studio... Witt O'Brien's, provider of crisis/emergency management services to public/private sector, acquires Navigate PR maritime crisis/corporate communications shop... 5W Public Relations launches practice aimed at streaming space... Powerhouse Communications CEO Kristin Daher takes board seat at California Restaurant Assn. Foundation and will promote its programs.

FTI's PR Group Grows 14.3% in Q4

Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Mark McCallFTI Consulting's strategic communications unit posted a "solid" Q4 performance as it counseled clients on how to navigate increasingly complex political, trade and economic environments, Mark McCall, segment leader told O'Dwyer's.

Chevron's Samson Takes Edelman Vice Chair Job

Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Dave SamsonDave Samson, general manager of public affairs at Chevron, will join Edelman as global corporate affairs vice chair on May 1. It's a new post.

Joele Frank Works Mallinckrodt's Opioid Deal

Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

MallinckrodtJoele Frank is working media for Mallinckrodt PLC's deal to pay $1.6B over eight years to settle its share of the thousands of lawsuits filed against opioid makers and distributors.

Gregory FCA Adds Digital Shop

Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

By Steve Barnes

FCAGregory FCA, a top financial PR firm, has acquired KM Digital Relations, a digital and social marketing agency based in Fort Washington, Pa.