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Metia promotes Mark Pinsent to London MD and eyes new b2b sectors

Metia promotes Mark Pinsent to London MD and eyes new b2b sectors

Metia has promoted Mark Pinsent to managing director of its London office, as the group looks to expand into other b2b sectors.

Black Friday: the best of Twitter

Black Friday: the best of Twitter

With Black Friday sweeping the UK, we've rounded up the best Tweets around the shopping phenomenon.

Jenny Burns named internal comms personality of the decade

Jenny Burns named internal comms personality of the decade

Jenny Burns, brand and social media director at RSA, has been named internal communications personality of the decade at PRWeek's Decade of Achievements awards yesterday. Comms teams from Leeds City College and Sainsbury's were also recognised.

Financial sectors waking up to importance of corporate reputation, says study

Financial sectors waking up to importance of corporate reputation, says study

The investment and financial sectors are finally waking up to the importance of corporate reputation, according to new research.

Brands2Life wins account with on-demand iPhone repair service iCracked

Brands2Life wins account with on-demand iPhone repair service iCracked

Brands2Life has been appointed to handle iPhone repair service iCracked's UK launch after a three-way pitch.

Hill+Knowlton London hires Kate Samuel to Energy + Industrials team

Hill+Knowlton London hires Kate Samuel to Energy + Industrials team

Hill+Knowlton (H+K) Strategies London has expanded its Energy + Industrials team with the hire of Kate Samuel as a senior associate director.

CBRE appoints Teamspirit Public Relations after UK PR agency review

CBRE appoints Teamspirit Public Relations after UK PR agency review

CBRE, the commercial property agent, has brought in Teamspirit after a strategic review of its UK agency and in-house comms.

Young people spend half as much time as adults watching live TV

Young people spend half as much time as adults watching live TV

Young people spend half as much time watching live television as adults, according to new research by Ofcom that suggests an opportunity for PR to take the lead on campaigns.

Building long-term reputation harder in short-term world, says Ipsos Mori

Building long-term reputation harder in short-term world, says Ipsos Mori

The explosive growth of comms technology is making it increasingly difficult to take a strategic approach to managing corporate reputation, according to new research.

Two in three firms believe they are ill-equipped for digital comms

Two in three firms believe they are ill-equipped for digital comms

Two thirds of company bosses expect to increase their use of digital and social media over the next two years, but the same proportion believe they are ill-equipped to deal with greater levels of digital communication.

Habitat goes digital with online-only press show for SS15 launch

Habitat goes digital with online-only press show for SS15 launch

Habitat, the furniture retailer, has dispensed with a physical press show in favour of a digital-only launch for its new collection.

John Lewis Financial Services PR account out to tender

John Lewis Financial Services PR account out to tender

John Lewis has put the PR account for its Financial Services division out to tender, PRWeek has learned.

Industry losing experienced people because of poor maternity practices, poll reveals

Industry losing experienced people because of poor maternity practices, poll reveals

A poll of PRWeek readers has revealed that a majority believe the industry is losing experienced professionals because of poor maternity practices.

Adrian Pettett named Cake CEO as Mathieson prepares to launch music consultancy

Adrian Pettett named Cake CEO as Mathieson prepares to launch music consultancy

Mike Mathieson is to step down as chief executive of Cake PR to launch a new music consultancy called Harmonic, with current chief operating officer Adrian Pettett named as the new Cake CEO.

Video crowdsourcing company Genero appoints Propeller

Genero has brought in Propeller to manage its comms, in a bid to raise its profile in the advertising, technology and business sectors.

Premier relocates office to serve entertainment, arts and culture industries

Premier relocates office to serve entertainment, arts and culture industries

Premier, the creative comms agency, will move to new premises in Covent Garden at the end of the year.

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FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

FIFA World Cup reputation assignment too hot for two PR firms

Other agencies are weighing the risks of representing the embattled world soccer body, as well as the controversial host nations: Russia and Qatar.

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

Supermarket Christmas campaigns: This means war!

The Christmas marketing war among Britain's retailers increasingly features a central battle between John Lewis and Sainsbury's. Both have launched talkable, even controversial, campaigns for this year.

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

The Publicis Sapient deal is a harbinger of huge change for the PR industry

On Monday, Publicis Groupe announced the $3.7bn (£2.3bn) acquisition of Sapient, a move which took the industry by surprise, coming as it did several months after the failed attempt to merge with Omnicom - a deal which would have created a marketing services giant to overtake Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP.

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

Should 'sin' industries be switching comms specialists for lawyers to minimise risk?

A trend is emerging in which alcohol and tobacco firms are replacing comms specialists with lawyers to negotiate the regulatory landscape, but is this the right move?

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

The good, the bad and the ugly of supermarket comms

Supermarkets are hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons again but three examples of customer relations failures show that it's not the size of the mess you make but how you clear it up that makes the most lasting impression.

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

Who will steer Huntsworth out of stormy waters and can it survive intact?

The future of Huntsworth has become a subject of speculation following the sudden departure of its chairman Lord Myners, together with the expected retirement of its chief executive Lord Chadlington and a gloomy financial performance.

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

When does a brand partnership become a toxic relationship?

Greenpeace's success in forcing Lego to stop making Shell-branded toys shows that brands need to be wise to public sentiment when agreeing long-term partnerships.

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Public health communicators weigh up approach to Ebola threat

Ebola has arrived in Europe and the World Health Organization warns that new cases on this continent are inevitable. So how will health agencies communicate the threat level without causing public panic?

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Scandal and defections test Tory comms machine

Was the Conservative media response to a damaging sex scandal and UKIP defection up to scratch? Ian Griggs asks the experts what they thought of the tactics.

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Google's Nest Labs on hunt for consumer technology agency

Google's Nest Labs on hunt for consumer technology agency

Thermostat maker Nest Labs, which was bought by Google last year, is looking for a consumer technology PR agency.

National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

National Trust puts UK PR account up for review

The National Trust (NT) is reviewing its UK consumer account, with incumbent firm Mischief repitching for the work.

Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

Chambord narrows search for UK consumer PR agency

US wine and spirits company Brown-Forman has shortlisted agencies to compete for consumer work for its raspberry liqueur brand Chambord, which is understood to be worth £120,000 annually.

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

Croatian National Tourist Board launches tender for international PR agency

The Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB) is inviting agencies to pitch for its international PR account.

Recent European PR news

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry wins LogMeln account

Red Lorry Yellow Lorry has been appointed as the new international PR agency for LogMeln, the fast-growing US-based remote internet service provider.

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

Global agencies line up for "mission impossible" World Cup brief

FIFA has lined up at least five global PR agencies to compete for the job of reassuring fans and sponsors about the next two locations for the World Cup - Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022 - amid yet more controversy over its handling of corruption allegations.

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Havas turns in 6% organic growth

Maitland, Cake and Havas PR parent company Havas has reported overall organic growth of 6 per cent in its third quarter results.

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Weber Shandwick EMEA creative chief Gabriela Lungu departs

Gabriela Lungu, the EMEA chief creative officer at Weber Shandwick, is leaving the agency six months after it acquired Swedish creative powerhouse Prime.

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy outlines impact of Sapient deal on PR

Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of Publicis Groupe, has told PRWeek his £2.3bn deal to buy Sapient will benefit the company's clients and its individual business, such as PR group MSL.