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Paddy Power offers Arsenal fans the chance to save Arsène Wenger or give him the boot

Paddy Power offers Arsenal fans the chance to save Arsène Wenger or give him the boot

Controversial bookmaker Paddy Power is offering Arsenal fans the chance to vote on the future of beleaguered boss Arsène Wenger before the FA Cup semi-final.

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

PR firms should 'go all in' to embrace election opportunities - but also be wary of blips in business

Theresa May's decision to hold a snap general election presents a "huge opportunity" for creative work by consumer PR agencies and their clients - but may also present some with the prospect of a temporary blip, according to agency professionals.

Wagamama orders Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to cook up consumer PR

Wagamama orders Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to cook up consumer PR

Asian restaurant chain Wagamama has hired creative comms agency Talker Tailor Trouble Maker to run its consumer PR.

Share a Coke campaign returns with holiday twist

Share a Coke campaign returns with holiday twist

Coca-Cola is bringing back its "Share a Coke" packaging campaign - but this time, bottles and cans will feature the names of top holiday destinations.

Showcase: Cirkle creates Valentine's Day bouquets to promote Mr Kipling cakes

Showcase: Cirkle creates Valentine's Day bouquets to promote Mr Kipling cakes

Cirkle created sweet bouquets to raise awareness and increase sales of a range of Valentine's Day-themed cakes from Mr Kipling.

In brief: Wins for Munch, Brighter and Fourth Day, funeral site hires PR chief, Instinctif's IPO work

Marketing platform hires Munch, Travel agent appoints Brighter Group, Fourth Day wins Hamburg Marketing, and funeral site hires first head of PR.

M&C Saatchi PR launches Create team with senior hires and brings in Berlin boss

M&C Saatchi PR launches Create team with senior hires and brings in Berlin boss

M&C Saatchi PR has announced a new lead for its Germany office, and the creation of a new "strategic and creative hub" in its London HQ, led by two new hires and the agency's co-founder.

Lidl and W part ways as supermarket looks to bag new agency

Lidl and W part ways as supermarket looks to bag new agency

Lidl and W Communications have agreed to part company, with the supermarket chain understood to be in the process of hiring a new agency.

Diageo brings in The Romans for a new Gordon's Gin comms brief

Diageo brings in The Romans for a new Gordon's Gin comms brief

Drinks behemoth Diageo has hired The Romans for a new comms brief for Gordon's Gin, PRWeek has learned.

Watch: Giant Samsung phone tours great British sites ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Watch: Giant Samsung phone tours great British sites ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

Samsung has installed a giant phone sculpture at some of the British public's favourite landmarks ahead of the launch of its Galaxy S8 smartphone later this month.

London Communications Agency to handle PR for £26m Alexandra Palace restoration

London Communications Agency to handle PR for £26m Alexandra Palace restoration

Alexandra Palace has appointed London Communications Agency to promote the venue and handle comms for a £26m restoration project, following a competitive pitch.

Céline Dion and social platform Musical.ly among new clients wins for DawBell

Céline Dion and social platform Musical.ly among new clients wins for DawBell

The music social media platform Musical.ly, Canadian singer Céline Dion and the Isle of Wight Festival 2017 are among new clients won by the agency DawBell since the start of the year.

United Airlines faces social media backlash after forcibly removing passenger

United Airlines faces social media backlash after forcibly removing passenger

PR pros, members of the media, and even celebrities are weighing in on the incident on social media, and how United's comms team has been handling it.

Showcase: Kairos uses YouTubers to kick Topps to the top of the downloads chart

Showcase: Kairos uses YouTubers to kick Topps to the top of the downloads chart

Influencer and social agency KairosMedia teamed up with eight UK and two Spanish football YouTubers to help drive downloads to football card trading app Topps Kick.

SodaStream UK hires Alfred to reposition company as sustainability brand

SodaStream UK hires Alfred to reposition company as sustainability brand

Sparkling water machine manufacturer SodaStream UK has appointed London-based PR firm Alfred to help reposition the company as a health and sustainability brand, following a competitive pitch.

Opinion and features

Why your idea is probably sh*t - and why creativity without strategy is just jazz hands and pop-ups

Why your idea is probably sh*t - and why creativity without strategy is just jazz hands and pop-ups

"I know!" shouts an enthusiastic account exec at an all-hands brainstorm. "Free runners!"

Rogue One: A Brexit Story

Rogue One: A Brexit Story

A rushed election engineered to further divide the country, further international referendums and growing fears, calling the fundamentals of democracy as we have known it into question.

Bogus influencers are undermining brand confidence and confusing the state of play

Bogus influencers are undermining brand confidence and confusing the state of play

When the number of something increases, it typically follows that the value decreases.

Just how Christian is an Easter egg hunt?

Just how Christian is an Easter egg hunt?

Step aside Jesus - the Easter bunny is in town!

The United Airlines incident was viral content, not a crisis

The United Airlines incident was viral content, not a crisis

Whatever United Airlines is going through, it's not a crisis. Just because you've drafted a holding statement about something doesn't make it a crisis.

The five stages of brand grief (as experienced recently by Pepsi)

The five stages of brand grief (as experienced recently by Pepsi)

On the morning of 7 May 1937, engineers standing around the still-smoldering wreckage of the LZ 129 Hindenburg had a moment of quiet reflection.

A male PR industry saying it can't understand women as an audience isn't good enough in 2017

A male PR industry saying it can't understand women as an audience isn't good enough in 2017

Adrian Pettett's piece in PRWeek on gender diversity in sports PR raised some important points.

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

To be nice or not to be nice? That is the question

If you ever find yourself in a meeting with ad guys, policy wonks, media buyers and, of course, PR consultants, wait until the client cracks a joke. In fact, wait until the client says anything remotely amusing.

How women are undermining the traditional sports PR model

How women are undermining the traditional sports PR model

500 per cent is a big number. It was mentioned in a recent interview with Barbara Slater, the head of BBC Sport and relates to football.

The deference differential and why it undermines transatlantic M&A

The deference differential and why it undermines transatlantic M&A

The boss of an American company paid a barely noticed compliment to the British media a few years ago, declaring it the world's most impertinent.

Latest Jobs

Recent consumer PR people moves

WE promotes Kate Richmond to chief talent officer

WE promotes Kate Richmond to chief talent officer

Richmond, previously SVP of talent acquisition and development is reporting to WE CEO and cofounder Melissa Waggener Zorkin.

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Portland MD Oliver Pauley leaves to set up new agency

Oliver Pauley has resigned from Portland and is to set up his own agency, PRWeek has learned.

In brief: Travel site hires Frank, health brief for W, wins for ex-Grayling pair at Barley

Frank wins travel site Kiwi, Cera appoints W, wins for ex-Grayling pair at Barley and more from PRWeek UK.

In brief: Dowling leaves Lansons, new fashion chief and client for instinct, wins for Full Fat and Brandman

Dowling to leave Lansons, new fashion chief and client for instinct, quartet of musical wins for Full Fat and more from PRWeek UK.

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross moves into broader customer experience role

John Lewis comms chief Peter Cross moves into broader customer experience role

John Lewis' most senior PR practitioner has been given a new role overseeing customer experience at the Christmas-loving department store.

In Brief: APCO signs up ex-Diana aide, new creative at Weber, Storm wins beer

Jephson and Jacobi join APCO, new creative at Weber, WPP non-exec to step down and more from PRWeek UK.