PR & Marketing Communications News

Last Updated: Thu., May 13, 2021 @ 4:45 pm

Starbucksí Kelly Streams to Roku

Thu., May 13, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

John KellyJohn Kelly, who was executive VP, public affairs and social impact at Starbucks, has joined Roku, the TV streaming service.

O'Dwyer's / D S Simon Interview Series

PR's Top Pros Talk: Christine Barney

By Steve Barnes

O'Dwyer's/DS Simon Video Interview Series: Christine Barney, CEO, RBB Communications
“What you stand for is more important than ever,” RBB Communications CEO Christine Barney tells Doug Simon in the latest “PR’s Top Pros Talk” video interview, and making sure a company’s views and opinions are effectively communicated to all stakeholders is one of the biggest challenges that PR pros currently face.

Marshalltown, IA Issues Community Marketing RFP

Thu., May 13, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

marshalltownMarshalltown, Iowa is seeking proposals from agencies that can create and implement a marketing campaign aimed at showcasing the city to area residents as a great place to live.

News of Firms: Allied Global Marketing Acquires Honey + Buzz

Thu., May 13, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Jonny and Paddy DavisAllied Global Marketing acquires Honey+Buzz, an experiential marketing agency based in Dublin... Chess and Company, a sports marketing firm focused on chess events/talent, launches... IPREX launches IPREX Academy, leadership development program for emerging PR and marketing pros.

Accounts in Transit: PopíN Creative Picks Up WNBA's Atlanta Dream

Thu., May 13, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Atlanta DreamPop’N Creative, an Atlanta-based, Black women-owned multicultural marketing firm, picks up WNBA's Atlanta Dream... Geoffrey Weill Associates lands Neos, Italy's No. 2 airline... Baker Public Relations wins Gwen’s Girls and the Sofranko Advisory Group.

On the Move: Purple Strategies Hires H+K Alum Nick Driver

Thu., May 13, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Nick DriverPurple Strategies brings on Hill+Knowlton's Nick Driver as research director... Bospar hires Joseph Krasinski of the Antenna Group as its first chief financial officer... M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment adds 5W Public Relations alum Leah Ponichtera as VP.

Ogilvy Powers Avangridís Vineyard 1 Wind Farm

Wed., May 12, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

AvangridOgilvy represents Avangrid as it wins approval for the nation's first large-scale offshore wind project. The 62 turbines will be located 15 miles off Martha's Vineyard.

Commentary

Progressives Should Love Liz Cheney

Wed., May 12, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Liz CheneyLiz Cheney deserves accolades rather than scorn from progressives for her revolt against the Republican party’s cultish worship of Donald Trump... China spends big money to spread its propaganda in the US... Jared Kushner, architect of the Abraham Accords, should go back to the drawing board.

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Teneo Guides CD&Rís $4B Healthcare Advisory Deal

Wed., May 12, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

ClaytonTeneo is providing PR services to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice as it moves to acquire Dublin-based UDG Healthcare in a deal worth $3.7B. CD&R plans to merge UDG's Ashford advisory with Huntsworth.

On the Move: Current Global Promotes Dini to EVP/Consumer Lead

Wed., May 12, 2021

By Steve Barnes

Lisa DiniCurrent Global promotes Lisa Dini to executive VP, global consumer lead... Bellmont Partners adds Maureen Cahill and Bridget Nelson Monroe as partners... Blue State brings on Alia Hassan as executive VP. Hassan rejoins the firm from SecondMuse... LevLane Advertising of Philadelphia hires Nicole Landau as chief marketing officer.

How Peloton Could Improve Communications

Wed., May 12, 2021

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn Torossian

Peloton’s recent treadmill crisis, where the company initially pushed back against requests from regulators to recall one of its models before 70 safety incidents were later reported in connection with the product, provides an important communications lesson for brands.

Webster Exits Team Biden for Estēe Lauder†

Tue., May 11, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Meridith WebsterMeridith Webster, special assistant to president Biden and chief of staff at the Domestic Policy Council, will join Estēe Lauder Cos. in the newly created executive VP, global communications and PA post on May 17.

Florida Int'l University Seeks PR Pitches

Tue., May 11, 2021

By Kevin McCauley

Florida Int'l UniversityFlorida International University is inviting firms to pitch proposals to provide strategic content marketing and other related services to the Miami public research facility with a student body of about 55K.

TikTok Outpaces Instagram Among Gen Z

Tue., May 11, 2021

By Jon Gingerich

TikTokVideo app TikTok is on track to surpass Instagram among Gen Z users by the end of this year, according to recent eMarketer estimates.

Muskís SNL Dogecoin Skit Is Messy Damage Control

Tue., May 11, 2021

By Curtis Sparrer

Curtis SparrerElon Musk, who jettisoned his company's PR department last year, tried to do a little damage control of his own on the May 8 "Saturday Night Live," but the results leave something to be desired.