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Marketing industry reacts to Hong Kong protests

Marketing industry reacts to Hong Kong protests

Agency bosses shared their opinions on the Hong Kong protests and how they will affect the marketing industry.

UK's Spada merges with US outfit Infinite PR to create $7m business

UK's Spada merges with US outfit Infinite PR to create $7m business

Spada is to merge with US legal specialist, Infinite PR, in a move that will create a Transatlantic consultancy with an initial turnover of more than $7m (£4m).

Sainsbury's chief defends '50p challenge' initiative as sales tumble

Sainsbury's chief defends '50p challenge' initiative as sales tumble

Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's chief executive officer, has defended the supermarket's "50p challenge" blunder, calling it a simple mistake, as the retailer reports sales have dropped over the quarter.

Harrods and Whistles PR duo launch fashion PR agency Aisle 8

Harrods and Whistles PR duo launch fashion PR agency Aisle 8

The former head of PR at Harrods has joined forces with her counterpart at Whistles to launch a luxury fashion comms agency.

Save the Children contest finds 24-year-old to control its YouTube channel

Save the Children contest finds 24-year-old to control its YouTube channel

Save the Children has made 24-year-old Chloe Dungate the editor of its YouTube channel for the next year after it held a competition that was open to the public.

Three former Financial Dynamics figures launch Neustria Partners

Three former Financial Dynamics figures launch Neustria Partners

Rob Bailhache, Charles Gorman and Nick Henderson have launched a London-based comms consultancy aimed at financial services firms, called Neustria Partners.

Mattel looks at potential comms restructure

Mattel looks at potential comms restructure

Mattel is evaluating its internal communications structure a month after the departure of former VP of corporate affairs Dallas Lawrence.

Sky invests $5 million in native ad tech firm

Sky invests $5 million in native ad tech firm

Sky has invested $5 million (£3.1 million) in the native advertising technology company Sharethrough.

The inside track on leadership

The inside track on leadership

PRWeek's Leaders in Communications conference is designed for seasoned professionals from big brands, with big responsibilities. Below, 10 of our speakers, selected from the cream of the crop in PR, share their thoughts on getting creative, the all-important CEO/comms relationship, and investing in the 'reputation bank'.

Snack Media produces Europcar-branded live blogs on Arsenal games

Snack Media produces Europcar-branded live blogs on Arsenal games

Snack Media is managing a campaign by Europcar to provide live blogs on match days to amplify the car rental company's partnership with Arsenal Football Club.

SKV and Kindred partner for government-led small business campaign

SKV and Kindred partner for government-led small business campaign

SKV Communications and Kindred have joined forces to handle PR for the Government's Business is Great campaign.

Matalan defends 'racist' monkey onesie image

Matalan defends 'racist' monkey onesie image

Matalan has denied that a catalogue image featuring children dressed up in animal onesies was racist, after customers complained that the only black children featured were wearing monkey outfits.

And the Spikes Asia PR Grand Prix goes to...

And the Spikes Asia PR Grand Prix goes to...

An innovative use of real-time printing technology at the Tokyo Marathon earns Dole Japan $1.1m in earned media publicity. Here is why Dentsu Y&R won the 2014 Spikes Asia Grand Prix

Surname & Surname brought in for Dogs Trust awareness campaign

Surname & Surname brought in for Dogs Trust awareness campaign

Surname & Surname has been appointed by Dogs Trust to help raise awareness of the dog welfare charity.

MHP appoints Tim Rowntree as MD to boost financial practice

MHP appoints Tim Rowntree as MD to boost financial practice

Tim Rowntree has been hired by MHP Communications as MD of its financial practice.

Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

Transparency row over Tory MP's role with lobbying agency

The former Liberal Democrat leader of Kingston Council, Liz Green, and her Conservative successor Kevin Davis are in a war of words over the transparency of local government lobbying agency Cratus' relationship with Tory MP Bob Neill.

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Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

Alibaba shows critical comms importance of investor roadshows

As Alibaba executives go city to city as part of a 10-day roadshow, the pressure is on. Despite a bevy of new interactive media tools, roadshows are still a critical communications strategy for companies going public.

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

PR pros greet China media integration plan with cautious optimism

Media stocks surge as Chinese President announced plans to merge media into 'strong, influential and credible' groups. But what does this mean for the PR industry?

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

Experts expect P&G to emphasize cost savings, innovation as it gets back to basics

The CPG giant is making plans to rid itself of more than half its brands. While it does so, it must push a message of innovation and cost savings, say experts.

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

How communicators are addressing the spread of Ebola in West Africa

The spread of Ebola in West Africa has posed comms challenges in the region, where the focus is on containing the outbreak by educating those affected, and in the UK, where reassurance is more the order of the day.

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

Can a rebrand help change a disastrous narrative?

With Malaysia Airlines contemplating a change of name following two passenger aircraft tragedies close together, PRWeek asks whether a rebrand is the right course.

Planning the evolution of press releases

Planning the evolution of press releases

Don't expect press releases to cease to exist anytime soon. But look for them to evolve rather than die out.

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

How is Lego handling Greenpeace's pressure over Shell partnership?

Lego's reaction to Greenpeace's PR attack on its partnership with oil company Shell provides a case study of how a company should, or should not, react when it is targeted as a corollary in a protest campaign.

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

China food scandal rocks McDonald's and KFC

The two global fast food chains scramble to assure Chinese customers after a TV sting report accuses supplier of processing expired meat. What can these MNCs do to win back consumer trust in the wake of the latest scandal to hit their credibility?

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

Crisis experts: Malaysia Airlines had to respond where news is breaking - on Twitter

The airline's decision to go to social media first with what little information it had is a sign of the times and an "appropriate" tactic, say crisis comms experts.

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Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

Odeon hunts for consumer PR agency after split with 17-year incumbent Red

The company with the most cinemas in the UK and Ireland is drawing up a shortlist for a new consumer PR agency as it ends a long-running relationship with The Red Consultancy.

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya hunts for global PR help to reverse impact of Islamist attacks

Kenya is looking for a global PR agency to help turn around a decline in the number of tourists and investors coming to the country following assaults by Islamist militias.

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

Pension Protection Fund seeks first agency

The multibillion-pound company pension safety net launched by the government nearly ten years ago is hunting for external PR support for the first time.

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Portsmouth International Port issues six-figure brief

Agency assistance is being sought to promote Portsmouth International Port, with the work potentially worth up to £750,000 over five years.

Recent European PR news

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Double blow for Edelman as Starbucks shifts UK & France consumer work

Edelman's hold on its Starbucks relationship across Europe has weakened after the global coffee giant shifted work in both the UK and France to new agencies.

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman buys France's biggest independent agency ELAN

Edelman, the world's biggest PR network, has today bought all the shares of ELAN, France's biggest independent communications consultancy, in a bid to break into the top three agencies in the country.

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentina Village appoints Golin in China

Florentia Village, China's first luxury designer outlet has appointed Golin as their communications agency of choice, tasked with both consumer and corporate communication

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt supports €1bn Bank of Cyprus capital raising

Powerscourt is handling comms for the Bank of Cyprus, which last week secured a major funding boost following a disastrous year.

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

James Warren takes top EMEA digital role at MSLGroup

MSLGroup has hired former Weber Shandwick digital chief James Warren in an EMEA-wide role as the agency labels digital "a top priority".