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Last Updated: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019 @ 2:50 pm

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Billing Rates Up, Productivity Down at PR Firms

Wed, Aug. 14, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

GouldPR firms increased their average hourly rates in 2018, but the percentage of billable hours submitted by staffers for the year remained low almost across the board.

News of Firms: Wunderlich Kaplan Opens in Miami; Edelman Turns to Behavioral Science to Boost Clients; Orange Orchard Joins IPREX

Tue, Aug. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

WKCWunderlich Kaplan Communications of New York has opened an office in Miami led by WKC chief executive officer Gwen Wunderlich... Edelman forms partnership to help companies use behavioral science to improve business performance... Orange Orchard, which focuses on environmentally conscious businesses and nonprofits, has joined IPREX. Ripley PR of Tennessee owns Orange Orchard.

News of Firms: Paul Wilmot Communications Goes to Pot; 5W PR Counters Instagram's Move to Hide 'Likes;' Faselis Launches Platform to Help Start-Ups Reach Journos

Tue, Jul. 30, 2019

By Steve Barnes

CBDPaul Wilmot Communications has launched a dedicated division focusing on cannabis products in the CBD and THC space... 5W Public Relations is expanding its digital practice in response to Instagram’s decision to hide likes on posts in an increasing number of markets around the world... Faselis, a software-as-a-service company focused on media and the public relations industry, has developed a platform geared toward helping startups get press releases out to journalists.

News of Firms: Hong Kong Trade Development Council Taps Bob Gold; Brandware Expands Biz with Ashton Woods; Hill+ Knowlton Gears Up for 2020 Olympics

Wed, Jul. 24, 2019

By Steve Barnes

HongKongThe Hong Kong Trade Development Council has selected Bob Gold & Associates to promote and raise awareness of this year’s Think Asia, Think Hong Kong symposium in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 20... Brandware has expanded its relationship with homebuilder Ashton Woods by adding its Texas properties... Hill+Knowlton Strategies, in conjunction with Team GB (Great Britain’s Olympic team), has launched One Year to Go, a campaign to spread awareness of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

News of Firms: Allison+Partners Does Headstand; Worldcom Adds MC Comunicaciones of Quito to Club; Public Relations Boutiques International Names Amanda Foley of Kiterocket President

Tue, Jul. 23, 2019

By Steve Barnes

HeadstandAllison+Partners unveils Headstand integrated communications consultancy to offer creative campaign development & execution, brand identity, messaging, influencer relations and social engagement. Zach Colvin, 12-year A+P vet heads unit... WorldCom invites MC Comunicaciones of Quito, Ecuador, to partnership... Public Relations Boutiques International names Amanda Foley of Kiterocket president.

MMGY Acquires NEXTFactor

Mon, Jul. 22, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

MMGYMMGY Global has acquired Vancouver-based travel and tourism strategic planning agency NEXTFactor Enterprises Inc.

PR Industry Growth Remains Flat

Wed, Jul. 17, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersThe North American PR industry grew by 4.8 percent last year, reflecting a revenue growth rate that has remained essentially unchanged for the last three years, according to a report.

News of Firms: Researchscape Unveils AI-Powered Software Tool; Vested Acquires Stake in Caliber; Shape Advocacy Launched by LMG Vets

Mon, Jul. 15, 2019

By Steve Barnes

ResearchResearchscape International, research consultancy/SaaS firm, has developed a new artificial intelligence-powered software tool to help market researchers generate detailed reports based on their research findings... Vested has purchased a minority stake in Caliber Corporate Advisers, which will move into Vested's NYC headquarters... Shape Advocacy has been launched byTed Kalo, Sam Sokol and Casey Murray, veterans of LMG public affairs shop.

News of Firms: Jeff Hunt, Ex-B-M COO, Launches Legend Labs; Cision Unveils Communications Cloud; MMGY Rolls New Brand Mark to Showcase Global Reach

Wed, Jul. 10, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Jeff HuntJeff Hunt, former COO of Burson-Marsteller launches Legend Labs, a brand & reputation management shop in Austin... Cision unveils Cision Communications Cloud, which it touts as only "platform that measures value of earned media"... MMGY Global introduces new brand mark inspired by earth's 23.5 axial tilt to promote its global reach.

PAN Picks up UKs Capella PR

Tue, Jul. 9, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

PANPAN Communications has acquired London-based communications shop Capella PR.

News of Firms: Worldcom Adds Airfoil, IN.FOM, MAARC, Tell-Em; KWT Global Unveils Purpose Podcast; Marriott Gives $100K to Immigration Equality; FLM Harvest Picks Project EverGreen, Grow North Minnesota as Pro Bono Partners

Wed, Jun. 26, 2019

By Steve Barnes

WorldcomWorldcom Public Relations Group adds Airfoil (Detroit), IN.FOM (Singapore), MAARC (Paris) and Tell-Em (Nairobi)... KWT Global has launched Brand on Purpose podcast to tell stories of companies that work for greater good. MDC Partners owns KWT... Marriott International donates $100K to Immigration Equality to support its work on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants... FLM Harvest, marketing communications shop, awards pro bono work to Project EverGreen, which works to revitalize urban parks, and Grow North Minnesota, which supports innovation in ag/food sectors.

PR Agency Profitability Slides

Thu, Jun. 20, 2019

By Jon Gingerich

Gould+PartnersThe average profitability of PR agencies in the U.S. was down slightly from last year, according to an annual Gould+Partners survey that measures PR firm profitability.

News of Firms: Hall+Co. Established in Toronto; Hemsworth Communications Opens in Napa Valley; Maverick PR Formed in Denver

Wed, Jun. 19, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Lowell HallHall+Co. has been established after a rebranding and dissolve of Toronto-based Ireland+Hall Communications Inc... Hemsworth Communications is opening a Northern California office in Napa Valley. The launch of the office will be overseen by Charlene Peters... Maverick Public Relations has been launched in Denver by Shawna Seldon McGregor, a former senior vice president at The Rosen Group.

News of Firms: Badger and Winters Teams with Fenton; Merritt Group Partners with Women In Technology; LLYC Joins WPP Partnership

Mon, Jun. 17, 2019

By Steve Barnes

cagesBadger and Winters has partnered with Fenton and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services on a campaign to bring home the plight of immigrant children to New Yorkers... Merritt Group is teaming up with Women in Technology to present “WIT Connect: Decoding B2B and B2G PR & Marketing Trends,” a June 20 event... LLYC, which is active in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, joins Finsbury, Glover Park Group, Hering Schuppener partnership.

News of Firms: Blue Engine / JDA Frontline Rebrands; PR World Alliance Names Marianne van Barneveld President; Solebury Trout Unveils Environmental / Social / Governance Group

Thu, Jun. 13, 2019

By Steve Barnes

Erik SmithBlue Engine Message & Media + JDA Frontline is rebranding as Seven Letter... PR World Alliance elected Marianne van Barneveld, founder of Marcommit, The Netherlands, as president at its annual general assembly meeting in Paris... Solebury Trout IR/financial communications firm has launched an environmental, social and governance practice.