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Interpublic Group's PR Q1 revenue sees high single-digit increase

Interpublic Group's PR Q1 revenue sees high single-digit increase

The Constituency Management Group unit, which includes IPG's PR agencies, saw 1.6% organic revenue growth in Q1.

Ogilvy hires former Freuds director Serge Vaezi to senior EMEA role

Ogilvy hires former Freuds director Serge Vaezi to senior EMEA role

Ogilvy PR has appointed Serge Vaezi from Freuds to the role of EMEA managing director, strategy and planning.

Deadline extended for PRWeek UK's 30 Under 30 initiative

Deadline extended for PRWeek UK's 30 Under 30 initiative

The deadline for PRWeek UK's 30 Under 30 scheme has been extended to Tuesday 28 April at 9am.

Labour leads social media election battle, says Yatterbox survey

Labour leads social media election battle, says Yatterbox survey

The Labour Party is 'winning the social media war' in terms of volume of activity, with Labour candidates posting almost twice as often as the Conservatives on Twitter and Facebook, research shows.

Channel 4 to shut down E4 on election day to get young people voting

Channel 4 to shut down E4 on election day to get young people voting

Channel 4 is switching off its digital channel E4 on 7 May to encourage viewers to get out and vote in the general election.

Vtech drops Grayling and hires Speed following four-way pitch

Vtech drops Grayling and hires Speed following four-way pitch

Electronic toy company Vtech has appointed Speed Communications as its retained UK PR agency, after incumbent Grayling repitched for the account.

Smarkets bets on Stature PR for comms and strategy

Smarkets bets on Stature PR for comms and strategy

Online betting exchange Smarkets has appointed Stature PR to raise its profile among consumer and trade media following a three-way pitch.

Barclays head of media Giles Croot moves to Balfour Beatty

Barclays head of media Giles Croot moves to Balfour Beatty

Former director of media at Barclays Bank, Giles Croot, has moved to Balfour Beatty to head up its comms and investor relations team, PRWeek has learned.

Can #Milifandom give Labour the edge?

Can #Milifandom give Labour the edge?

Labour leader Ed Miliband received a surprising boost in popularity this week after the #Milifandom hashtag took off on Twitter. But will this digital support translate into votes come 7 May?

Brands failing to cash in on blogger influence, research suggests

Brands failing to cash in on blogger influence, research suggests

A survey by blogging community BritMums, in partnership with comms consultancy Hill+Knowlton Strategies, has revealed that UK brands are not engaging effectively with bloggers.

Asia Resource Minerals and Finsbury cease relationship amid Rothschild-linked takeover bids

Asia Resource Minerals and Finsbury cease relationship amid Rothschild-linked takeover bids

Troubled coal producer Asia Resource Minerals (ARMS) has stopped working with Finsbury and will not replace the agency as two competing takeover bids battle it out for control of the London-listed company, PRWeek has learnt.

WPP PR and public affairs Q1 growth held back by UK and continental Europe

WPP PR and public affairs Q1 growth held back by UK and continental Europe

WPP has reported a 1.2 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in its PR and public affairs group in the first quarter of 2015, with growth in all regions except the UK and continental Europe. Net sales in the division grew 1.6 per cent.

UK Athletics hires Chris Denny to head comms for 2017 World Athletics Championships

UK Athletics has hired Chris Denny from LOCOG as head of marketing and comms, ahead of the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017.

Grifco PR called in to handle comms for Discover Greece

Grifco PR called in to handle comms for Discover Greece

Grifco PR has been appointed to promote tourism organisation Discover Greece following a competitive pitch.

Berkeley PR touches down in the Big Apple

Berkeley PR touches down in the Big Apple

Berkeley PR has opened an office in New York as it looks to expand outside the UK.

Curzon PR to advise digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel

Curzon PR to advise digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel

Patel has enlisted Curzon PR to help her promote equality and diversity in the workplace, following a non-competitive pitch.

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Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Public affairs tactics will need to change radically after the general election

Notwithstanding a sudden surge in the fortunes of one of the major parties, the general election is likely to result in either a slim Parliamentary majority of the kind not seen since Sir John Major's ill-fated 1992-1997 administration nearly 20 years ago, or a minority government. This in turn presages a radical change in the tactics employed by public affairs agencies to influence the Government's legislative programme. PRWeek speaks to three public affairs professionals to get their insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by the composition of the next government.

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

Beware the pitfalls of debate: The personal comms of David Cameron and Ed Miliband

It is already received wisdom that the general election result is too close to call, with a host of smaller parties entering the fray and creating havoc for the calculations of the main contenders. But in the end, only David Cameron or Ed Miliband can realistically become Prime Minister and, while the UK electorate votes for parties rather than prime ministers, some argue that personalities will have the largest effect on which party the electorate votes for. On the eve of the hotly anticipated seven-way debate between the party leaders, PRWeek looks at a month in the comms strategies of Cameron and Miliband, how they resonate with voters and, crucially, what they should do next.

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah: how can government comms teams and PA firms navigate pre-election restrictions?

Purdah describes a pre-election period when restrictions are placed on the activity of civil servants. Ahead of the purdah period, which starts on Monday alongside the dissolution of Parliament, PRWeek takes a look at what the challenges are for professionals during this time of restricted communication.

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

PR in the dock: Nearly 70 per cent of the general public does not trust the industry

It is often said, with much hand-wringing, that the PR industry has a PR problem but this is usually within the context of arguments about why PRs do not have a seat at the top table or command the same budgets as counterparts in marketing or advertising. But the alarming results of an exclusive survey for PRWeek show that PR itself has a reputational deficit to navigate, with nearly 70 per cent of the general public saying it does not trust its practitioners.

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Why are there so few female leaders in PR?

Following International Women's Day last Sunday and to coincide with our women's issue, PRWeek asks why an industry that is two-thirds female has such clear imbalances when it comes to senior roles and pay equality. We spoke to senior women in the industry about the main barriers women in PR face, why we should do something about it, and what steps the industry can take to tackle this issue.

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

A third of PR people have experienced mental ill health so what is the industry going to do about it?

More than a third of people working in PR and comms have experienced or been diagnosed with mental ill health and a majority would not feel comfortable talking to their boss about it, according to a survey carried out for PRWeek by the PRCA. Meanwhile, a CIPR State of the Profession report this week found that more than half of senior managers in PR are either "extremely stressed" or "very stressed" in their roles.

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

The pitfalls of sprinkling celebrity stardust on brands

Children's charity Barnardo's came under fire this week after The Sun accused the charity of paying reality TV star 'Binky' Felstead £20,000 for promoting the charity on Instagram. PRWeek commissioned research to gauge the impact of the incident on the charity and asked celebrity endorsement specialists to give their view on the use of high-profile people to promote brands

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

How Britain's banks can fix their reputations in aftermath of HSBC tax scandal: PR experts give their views

The media firestorm over HSBC has highlighted one of the worst excesses in banking since the financial crisis of 2008. The revelations have created a toxic vortex, threatening to suck in all who come to be associated with it, including political parties of all stripes. But the current crisis only serves to cement an already strong feeling among the public that banks cannot be trusted and the road to redemption just got longer for the whole sector. PRWeek spoke to senior figures in financial and corporate comms to get their take on the scale of the damage and whether it can even be repaired.

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

Is this the first integrated general election campaign?

This week, the starting pistol was fired on the 100-day countdown to the general election on 7 May. The field is clear for an extraordinary pitched battle that is both wide open and likely to see the smaller parties, such as UKIP, the Scottish Nationalist Party and the Green Party, take a greater share of the popular vote than at any time in history. But what are the tools that the parties need to win?

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Four agencies line up for Vauxhall pitch

Four agencies line up for Vauxhall pitch

3 Monkeys, Kaper, Fever and incumbent John Doe are set to pitch for Vauxhall Motors' consumer PR account next week.

Grayling hits the jackpot with National Casino Forum account win

Grayling hits the jackpot with National Casino Forum account win

Grayling has won the National Casino Forum (NCF) account after a competitive five-way pitch.

Mothercare parts company with Tulchan as integrated comms brief up for grabs

Mothercare parts company with Tulchan as integrated comms brief up for grabs

Mothercare is holding a pitch with four agencies as it looks to expand its financial PR account into a more integrated brief, including corporate and consumer brand comms.

National Lottery Good Causes seeks agency for Brand Ambassador initiative

National Lottery Good Causes seeks agency for Brand Ambassador initiative

National Lottery Good Causes is reviewing bids from consumer PR agencies to promote its Brand Ambassador network, an initiative to get young people involved in Lottery-funded projects.

Recent European PR news

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in HK and China view innovation in brands differently

Consumers in Hong Kong and China view the concept of 'innovation' differently from, not just the rest of the world, but each other, finds a five-market study by Ketchum.

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Greek government has twice the support of Germany on social media

Germany's minister of finance Wolfgang Schäuble is the most unpopular figure in the bail-out debate and the Greek prime minister and finance minister have double the support of the German chancellor Angela Merkel, according to research by Talkwalker.

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects return to 'satisfactory' growth in 2015 after strong Q4

Publicis Groupe expects to return to "more satisfactory levels of growth" in 2015 as it reports a strong end to 2014.

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne hires three senior staffers to lead new LA and Dublin offices

Kyne is bringing its healthcare PR expertise to the West Coast and to Europe, with new operations launching in Los Angeles and Dublin, Ireland.

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe extends deadline for Sapient deal again

Publicis Groupe has extended the deadline for Sapient shareholders to accept its $3.7 billion offer for a fourth time.