PR News & Commentary

Last Updated: Tue., Sep. 21, 2021 @ 9:00 am

BC Seeks PR for $4.2B Highway Project

Mon., Sep. 20, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

British ColumbiaBritish Columbia has issued a PR RFP for a $4.2B construction project to ease traffic congestion and improve public transit in metro Vancouver region. Contract to run for six years with options for another six.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Ali Taekman

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Ali Taekman, Partner, BPCM
BPCM partner Ali Taekman shares some tips about how to effectively work with celebrities and influencers in the latest "PR's Top Pros Talk" video interview with Doug Simon.

Mercedes-Benz Consolidates Marketing Comms at OMC

Mon., Sep. 20, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

MercedesOmnicom has picked up global marketing communications duties for Mercedes-Benz, edging Publicis Groupe in the competition for the account. CEO John Wren also acquires top German PR firm and digital ad shop.

Consumers Prefer Quality Products Over Purpose

Mon., Sep. 20, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

contentAccording to a study, consumers’ buying decisions are less influenced by a company’s mission and values and remain primarily driven by the product or service that company provides, suggesting that purpose, for all its perceived importance in marketing today, has its limits.

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Finsbury Makes Move on Sard Verbinnen

Fri., Sep. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

FGHFinsbury Glover Hering is discussing a takeover of Sard Verbinnen & Co, a deal that would create a firm with more than 1,000 staffers and $350M in annual revenues.

Alabama to Hire Firm For Job Training PR

Fri., Sep. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

AIDTAlabama Industrial Development Training is looking for a firm to develop a PR and media engagement program to build support for its Workforce Council.

Media Maneuvers: News Corp Brings Back Piers Morgan

Fri., Sep. 17, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Piers MorganNews Corp is bringing Piers Morgan back to the airwaves as the centerpiece in its launch of talkTV in the UK... Fox Corp. buys celebrity gossip brand TMZ... Roger Darnell of The Darnell Works Agency writes a book about how to develop soft skills required for PR career.

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Sonoran Speaks for Afghanistan Resistance

Fri., Sep. 17, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Ahmad MassoudSonoran Policy Group has signed a six-month contract to provide strategic advisory services to Ahmad Massoud, a leader of the resistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan.

On the Move: Finn Partners Names Jones NYC Health Chief

Fri., Sep. 17, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Tom JonesFINN Partners names Tom Jones to lead its NYC health/pharma teams. He succeeds Kristie Kuhl, who was upped to global health practice lead in July... Huge names Toni Howard Lowe group VP of diversity, equity and inclusion... Wagstaff Media + Marketing appoints Tara Schroetter as managing director, digital & social media... Visit Carlsbad appoints Kim Sidoriak president/CEO.

Texas Seeks Eco/Dev Plan for Lower Rio Grande

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Texas General Land OfficeTexas is seeking proposals for an economic development and diversification plan for the Lower Rio Grande Valley that was devastated by the 2019 floods.

Delta Dooms Travel Recovery Hopes

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Steve Barnes

BrandonThe Delta variant has dealt a blow to high hopes that the travel business had for a speedy recovery from the pandemic as more than a quarter of respondents to a Brandon Agency poll say they won't even plan for a trip in 2022 or beyond.

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ICR Hops on Gogoro's SPAC Merger

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

GogoroICR Inc. is handling media and investor relations for Gogoro, Taiwan’s No. 1 electric scooter company, as it merges with Poema Global Holdings Corp. via a SPAC transaction valued at $2.4B.

Curran Trades Chapel Hill for South Bend

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Joel CurranJoel Curran, who is vice chancellor for communications at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is shifting to Notre Dame for the VP-PA & communications spot effective Nov. 1.

Accounts in Transit: Peppercomm Cements Ties with Dole Sunshine

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Steve Barnes

DolePeppercomm scoops up Dole Sunshine Company, formalizing a partnership that has been more than a year in the making... Foodmix Marketing Communications lands Gills Onions to promote its growth plans... Workhouse picks up The Anthony Quinn Estate.

On the Move: ROKK Solutions Hires DCI Group's Wilkins

Thu., Sep. 16, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Genevieve WilkinsROKK Solutions names Genevieve Wilkins senior VP of creative. She was at DCI Group... GXO Logistics recruits Citigroup's Elizabeth Fogarty as chief communications officer... Consequence Media, which connects brands to independent publishers in music, film, gaming and pop culture, appoints Charles Raggio as head of partnerships.