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

PR & Marketing Communications News

Last Updated: Thu., Jan. 23, 2020 @ 5:30 pm

BGR Makes Case for Honduras

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Juan Orlando HernandezBGR Government Affairs is working on a $60K per-month effort to provide strategic communications services to Honduras, which has been rocked by corruption.

Commentary

News Flash: Trust in Media is on the Rise

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Gordon CrovitzNews flash: Trust in media rose in 16 of 26 global markets surveyed last year by Edelman’s 20th Trust Barometer... Say what? Wal-Mart, Geico, Amazon, Best Buy, ETrade and Kroger help fund Vladimir Putin's propaganda machine.


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)


News Anchor Jim Lehrer Dies at 85

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Jim LehrerJim Lehrer, who teamed with Robert MacNeil in 1975 to launch “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS, died today. He was 85. (2 reader comments)

Consumers Support Cause-Driven Companies

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

DiversityA growing percentage of consumers today are paying attention to companies’ stances on social, environmental and political issues, according to a new report.

The Real Cost of Crisis

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Tony Langham

Tony LanghamIn a crisis, long-term reputation matters a lot more than short-term stock price. (1 reader comment)

Tax Changes for 2020

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Richard Goldstein

Richard GoldsteinA look at some of the tax changes that might affect your financial planning in 2020.

On the Move: GAMCO Hires KGA Alum Jennifer Schlueter as CCO

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Jennifer SchlueterGAMCO Investors hires Jennifer Schlueter, one-time financial communications head at Kreab Gavin Anderson, as CCO... Ingredion, food ingredient company, adds Tiffany Willis as VP-corporate communications officer... BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee ups Scott Wilson to VP-corporate communications & community relations.

Athens, GA Issues Visitors Guide RFP

Thu., Jan. 23, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

Athens, GAAthens, Georgia’s Convention and Visitors Bureau seeks an agency that can develop and produce the 2020-2021 edition of its official Athens Visitors Guide.

Teneo Signs Up to Manage PR Unit of Saudi Mega-City

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

NeomTeneo has inked a six-month $840K contract to manage the communications department of Neom, which is the $500B mega-city that is supposed to be the centerpiece of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economic base.

Ex-Sen. D'Amato's Firm Settles Sanctions Case

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Al D'AmatoFormer Senator Al D’Amato’s Park Strategies paid $12,250 to settle allegations that its work for a Somalia-based client that is on the Treasury Dept. global terrorism list violated US sanctions.

Brian Communications Bags Heavyweight Talent

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Bill MarimowBrian Communications has brought on Bill Marimow, former e-i-c at Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun, and David Demarest (ex-White House communications director) as senior advisors.

News of Firms: Weber Shandwick Forms Global Intelligence Unit

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Brian BuchwaldWeber Shandwick has formed a global intelligence division, which will use data and analytics to inform strategies that include the development of insight-driven, earned media storytelling opportunities... Lambert & Co. acquires Casteel Schoenborn Investor Relations & Corporate Communications... Baretz+Brunelle has created a NewLaw practice to be led by Brad Blickstein and Beatrice Seravello, who have joined the firm as partners

Avoid the ‘Call Center’ Approach to Crisis

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Alex Stanton

Alex StantonWhy offering rapid, uniform responses to crises will always be a second-rate solution to providing authentic, nuanced messages that are tailored to the needs and motivations of specific audiences.

On the Move: Fairmont Century Plaza Hires Lou Hammond's Brenda Urban as PR Director

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Brenda UrbanFairmont Century Plaza recruits Lou Hammond Group's Brenda Urban for PR director job... Infiniti Motor Company ups Wendy Orthman to global communications GM effective April 1. She succeeds Trevor Hale... Lippe Taylor has hired Manvir Kalsi as senior vice president, insights & planning. Kalsi previously served as head of consumer & market insights at Samsung Electronics America.

Accounts in Transit: Affect Adds Israel's Unbound Tech, Keeper of Corporate Secrets

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Unbound TechAffect adds Unbound Tech, the Israeli company that helps clients protect corporate secrets as cryptographic keys, credentials and other private data by ensuring they never exist anywhere in complete form... Mitchell picks up Designer Brands Inc., producer/retailer of footwear & accessories... Slingshot lands Aspire Allergy & Sinus, which was formerly known as the Texan Allergy & Sinus Center.

Sard Verbinnen Tops Mergermarket Lists

Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

By Steve Barnes

MergermarketSard Verbinnen continued its streak at the top of Mergermarket’s rankings of PR advisors in the global merger market for 2019, both in terms of the number of deals and total deal value.

Liberty Wants Tourism PR Partner

Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Liberty Tourism CommitteeThe Liberty Tourism Committee is looking for a marketing communications partner to bolster the number of visitors to the historic Missouri town located 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City.

Queen Elizabeth's Royal Crisis PR Performance

Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Queen ELizabethQueen Elizabeth II schooled the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (aka Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) in the ways of crisis PR, according to Forbes contributor Chet Wade. (1 reader comment)

 

Commentary

Joe Biden & Friends Battle Distortion King

Tue., Jan. 21, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Joe BidenJoe Biden and the rest of the Democratic president wannabes have the unenviable task of competing against a GOP opponent who is a virtual lie machine, spewing an average 22 falsehoods a day in 2019... PR’s toughest job: plastics are not the future, according to a Davos survey. (1 reader comment)