Kismet Group, an Australian private equity group, acquires, an internet domain that will equip users with text, video and audio-based capabilities to publish their stories, communicate their views and confront misconceptions. Unlike social networks, which are advertiser-driven, is a subscription-based network, enabling profile holders to have “clear air” to express their views. The company’s decision to disallow comments means users can tell their stories and state their position without harassment or objection. “The network is critical and timely for protecting society from the harm caused by misinformation, especially considering today's fragmented and increasingly divisive media landscape where clickbait, polarized news, and engagement-reliant social platforms can dramatically affect anyone’s reputation.” said CEO and founder James Mawhinney.


Elev8 New Media, which specializes in securing media and press coverage for its clients, launches an influencer marketing division. The new division’s services will include influencer strategy development, influencer identification, campaign execution, measurement and analytics, and compliance guidance. “With the launch of our influencer marketing division, we are excited to harness the power of influencer marketing to help our clients connect with their target audiences on a more personal level,” said Elev8New Media co-founder and CEO Jessica Starman.


Ripley PR, an agency specializing in home service and building trades, franchising, B2B technology and manufacturing public relations, is named PR Agency of the Year in the Southeast United States by the Corporate LiveWire Prestige Awards for 2023-2024.The awards, which recognize small and medium-sized businesses, are based on factors including a nominee’s service excellence, innovative practices, ethical or sustainable methods of working, and consistency in performance. “We’re delighted to have been chosen during our 10th anniversary as the Southeast’s PR agency of the year by an association that truly values small and mid-sized businesses,” said Ripley PR founder and CEO Heather Ripley.