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H+K's Marketing Guru Henderson Exits

Wed, Oct. 6, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Natasha HendersonNatasha Henderson, who was global business development manager at Hill+Knowton Strategies and US marketing lead has flown the coop.

PR Industry Growth Hit Record Lows in 2020

Wed, Sep. 22, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+Partners LLCThe COVID-19 pandemic slowed growth in the PR industry to only 3.1 percent in 2020, according to an annual survey conducted by Gould+Partners.

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Rise of the Boutique PR Firm

Wed, Sep. 15, 2021

By David Ball, Julia Labaton

David Ball and Julia LabatonFive reasons why boutique public relations firms are well-positioned for growth in a post-pandemic world.

BellPott Film is Free for People in UK, SA

Fri, Aug. 27, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Tim Bell"Influence," the 2020 documentary that charts the rise and crash of the notorious British PR firm Bell Pottinger and its leader Tim "The Fixer" Bell, is now free to watch on a limited time basis for people in the UK and South Africa.

Derris Focuses Warby Parker's IPO

Wed, Aug. 25, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Warby ParkerDerris is handling media for the public listing of Warby Parker Inc., which on Aug. 24 filed a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the public listing of stock.

Edelman Vet Engineer Moves to Teneo

Thu, Aug. 19, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Annika EngineerTeneo has hired Annika Engineer, who did a 15-year stint at Edelman, as managing director for strategy & communications. She joins the "global CEO advisory" from Real Chemistry.

Edelman Budgets $10M to Build Global Advisory

Tue, Aug. 3, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Edelman & BasilinnaEdelman commits a $10M outlay to build up a global advisory unit to help governments, businesses and non-profit organizations deal with the rapidly changing geopolitical and economic landscapes.

Roop & Co. Acquires Stevens Strategic Communications 

Tue, Jun. 15, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Brad Kostka & Ed StevensCleveland’s Roop & Co, which is noted for handling content marketing for the business-to-business community, has acquired 46-year-old Stevens Strategic Communications, one of the oldest PR firms in Ohio.

PR Firms Remained Profitable in 2020

Mon, Jun. 7, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

Graph showing growthCuts to overhead, deferred rents and economic assistance in the form of grants and loans allowed PR firms in the U.S. to yield strong operating profits last year in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent industry survey.

rbb Merges with O'Donnell Agency

Tue, Jun. 1, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

ODonnellrbb Communications has entered into an agreement to merge its operations with West Palm Beach-based agency O’Donnell Agency.

PR Salaries Flat, Hourly Billing Rates Up

Mon, Apr. 12, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

moneySalaries at PR agencies nationwide were essentially flat in 2020, even as hourly billing rates increased at an average rate of nearly five percent, according to an annual Spring Associates report.

News of Firms: SourceCode Launches WeRaise PR to Advance Role of Working Mothers

Thu, Mar. 11, 2021

By Steve Barnes

WeRaiseSourceCode Communications launches WeRaise PR to advance working mothers... Allison+Partners forms mentoring program with The Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications... W7Worldwide, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, takes home the PRCA MENA 2021 International Campaign Award for its Communicating Through Covid-19 Resource Centre... Sherlock Communications of São Paulo, starts up SEO unit.

News of Firms: Montieth Joins with Strategic PR Group for Hong Kong Launch

Tue, Feb. 2, 2021

By Steve Barnes

MontiethMontieth & Company joins with Strategic Public Relations Group to launch Montieth SPRG, a Hong Kong-based agency... Vested starts up VestEd, a free financial marketing/comms education center... Motion launches its Women of Impact Award, which will honor trailblazing women in the Chicago area across marketing, public relations, advertising and media... Dezenhall Resources CEO Eric Dezenhall writes "False Light, a novel that incorporates his crisis communications experience into events surrounding a public figure’s sexual assault allegations.

PR Industry Growth Slips 6% in 2020

Tue, Dec. 8, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

PR firmsMore than three-quarters of North American PR agencies have experienced a net decrease in fees this year or no growth at all, according to a recent Gould+Partners survey.

News of Firms: Interpublic Recasts CMG as IPG DXTRA

Thu, Oct. 29, 2020

By Steve Barnes

IPGDXTRAInterpublic recasts constituency management group as IPG DXTRA... Brandman Agency launches partner program that invites senior practitioners to join its network... PRSA awards "Best of Silver Anvil" honor to Houston First Corporation for its “Space City: Moon Landing 50th Anniversary” campaign with TURNER Public Relations.

News of Firms: W2O Acquires Starpower

Tue, Oct. 6, 2020

By Steve Barnes

W2OW2O acquires Starpower... The Belfort Group launches BG Data Hub, a platform that utilizes real-time marketing and communications data to optimize clients’ businesses... Former US Olympic and Paralympic Committee VP for communications Mark Jones unveils Agado Communications.

News of Firms: Furia Rubel Creates Anti-Racism Center

Thu, Sep. 17, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Gina RubelFuria Rubel Communications creates Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Anti-Racism Resource Center... Jeff Winton Associates partners with UK-based marketing communications firm Onyx Health... North America Women in PR launches Public Relations Academy.

Hill+Knowlton Recruits Diversity Duo

Fri, Sep. 11, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

H+KHill+Knowlton Strategies has named Azuree Montoute-Lewis as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion and Bridgette O’Neal as its US DE&I chief.