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Edelman hires White House exec Simon for business and social purpose

Edelman hires White House exec Simon for business and social purpose

Simon previously served as the director of international affairs to first lady Michelle Obama.

BrandPie plants its flag in New York, adds Ford as creative director

BrandPie plants its flag in New York, adds Ford as creative director

The London-based firm also brought on Richard Ford as its US creative director, reporting to MaryLee Sachs.

FleishmanHillard, Bowen Foundation team up on diversity initiative

The firm will work to grow opportunities for people of color in both the PR and media fields.

Lewis PR raises $27m in funding

Lewis PR raises $27m in funding

CEO Chris Lewis said the firm is looking into acquisitions in the US, China, and India, among other markets.

Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.20.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 4.20.2015

BuzzFeed wipes out three posts for advertisers, according to internal memo; Elmo helps the surgeon general encourage vaccinations; IPG buys a TV analytics firm.

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

It's official: Steve Dowling succeeds Katie Cotton as Apple's comms leader

The technology giant dropped the "interim" from Dowling's title this week.

Dove Real Beauty effort has run its course

Dove Real Beauty effort has run its course

It may be time for Dove's award-winning and groundbreaking Real Beauty campaign to come to an end.

How to get hired into PR - part two

How to get hired into PR - part two

There's never been a better time to get into PR - so don't blow that one-time opportunity to make a great impression.

Spotify to let brands target ads based on users' moods

Spotify to let brands target ads based on users' moods

It will also allow marketers to target ads based on age, geography, and language.

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.17.2015

Six things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.17.2015

Bloomberg terminals go out globally; Rubio launch pushes him even with Bush in Florida; Group of influential doctors wants Dr. Oz out at Columbia.

Massage Envy brings on Golin to tell brand's wellness story

Massage Envy brings on Golin to tell brand's wellness story

Golin's Dallas office is leading the account, which was previously held by Fish Consulting.

Canadian firm offers '.sucks' domain to brands for $2,500 annual charge

Canadian company Vox Populi Registry is now in command of the latest - and highly controversial - generic Top-Level Domain, '.sucks'.

Portland design firm Citizen hires Waggener Edstrom vet Moede as CEO

Portland design firm Citizen hires Waggener Edstrom vet Moede as CEO

Moede joins Citizen after 20 years at Waggener Edstrom.

National Safety Council awards $3.25m auto safety account to Qorvis MSL

National Safety Council awards $3.25m auto safety account to Qorvis MSL

The Publicis Groupe firm will explain how consumers should use the new gadgets in their cars safely.

American Cancer Society names Weber Shandwick strategic comms AOR

American Cancer Society names Weber Shandwick strategic comms AOR

The firm will work on a range of duties for the cancer-fighting nonprofit, including the annual Great American Smokeout.

Readers pick Paul as early media winner in White House race

Readers pick Paul as early media winner in White House race

Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and Marco Rubio filled out the field.

Visa global marketing chief Antonio Lucio quits for HP spinoff

Visa global marketing chief Antonio Lucio quits for HP spinoff

The financial services giant merged its communications department under marketing in 2013.

Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 4.16.2015

Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 4.16.2015

Pence communications director resigns; YouTube shows off content creators for NewFronts; NYT health and science editor passes away at 63.

LinkedIn names Stubo interim CMO as marketing VP Besbeas exits

LinkedIn names Stubo interim CMO as marketing VP Besbeas exits

Stubo will take on the new interim CMO role in addition to her current responsibilities.

Revelator Coffee brings on Havas PR for Southeast expansion

Revelator Coffee brings on Havas PR for Southeast expansion

The specialty coffee startup is opening six stores this year across Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, and South Carolina.

RF Thunder launches office in Beijing, Tingting Wu leads

RF Thunder launches office in Beijing, Tingting Wu leads

Ruder Finn's sister agency launches its first office in Beijing and promotes account director Tingting Wu to GM.

LGBT groups: PR will fail to rebuild Indiana's image without new legislation

LGBT groups: PR will fail to rebuild Indiana's image without new legislation

Repairing Indiana's reputation will take more than support from Porter Novelli.

How Pizza Hut is trying to make filing tax returns a little more fun

How Pizza Hut is trying to make filing tax returns a little more fun

The pizza chain is asking followers on social media to fill out a "P2" form and cross their fingers for a "pizza return."

Who real-timed #TaxDay best - Norton, Pringles, or Hostess?

Who real-timed #TaxDay best - Norton, Pringles, or Hostess?

Many brands tried to give consumers a chuckle on one of the most stressful days of the year: Tax Day.

Sneak preview: 2015 Global Agency Business Report

Sneak preview: 2015 Global Agency Business Report

A preview of the most in-depth analysis of the PR agency sector in the world, which will be unveiled on April 27

Clinton presidential push gains 251k tweets, 1.8m Facebook views in 10 hours

Clinton presidential push gains 251k tweets, 1.8m Facebook views in 10 hours

Those numbers dwarf the campaign announcements made by Republican contenders.

UNICEF, Snapchat highlight plight of children affected by Boko Haram

UNICEF, Snapchat highlight plight of children affected by Boko Haram

The organization is using the disappearing nature of images on the service to represent the fleeting nature of childhood in Nigeria.

Nine things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 4.15.2015

Nine things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 4.15.2015

EU makes its case against Google; Clinton takes populist approach in Iowa; Millennials avoid credit cards.

Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Danone drafts in Havas PR to promote awards and Science Museum exhibit

Havas PR has won two briefs from Danone and has been retained to manage the firm's national PR for the Danone Nations Cup football competition.

Nintendo UK appoints PrettyGreen as consumer PR agency

Nintendo UK appoints PrettyGreen as consumer PR agency

Nintendo UK has hired PrettyGreen, replacing 77PR, the consumer arm of Fishburn.

DraftKings picks up NASCAR's Macias as first full-time comms leader

DraftKings picks up NASCAR's Macias as first full-time comms leader

The appointment comes after Walt Disney invested $250 million in DraftKings, valuing the business at about $900 million.

Coyne boosts digital by bringing on Proof's Luis Hernandez

Coyne boosts digital by bringing on Proof's Luis Hernandez

He is reporting to CEO Tom Coyne in the role.

Your call - Which early presidential candidate is winning in the media?

Your call - Which early presidential candidate is winning in the media?

Hillary? Rand Paul? Ted Cruz? Marco Rubio?

RBS appoints David Wheldon as CMO from Barclays

RBS appoints David Wheldon as CMO from Barclays

He will oversee comms and corporate responsibility as well as brand and marketing for the bank.

Cision and Gorkana merger on hold until June due to competition fears

Cision and Gorkana merger on hold until June due to competition fears

The merger of Cision and Gorkana has been put on hold until June, while UK regulators decide whether to accept proposals put forward by Cision owner GTCR.

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

Cohn & Wolfe promotes Andrew Escott to head global corporate practice

Cohn & Wolfe (C&W) has announced a reshuffle to its senior corporate team, with UK corporate MD Andrew Escott appointed to head the agency's global corporate practice.

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.14.2015

Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.14.2015

Nokia looks to buy Alcatel-Lucent; P&G preps for Lafley's departure; Rubio kicks off campaign; Clinton visits Chipotle.

CHR snaps up real estate PR firm Zlokower

CHR snaps up real estate PR firm Zlokower

This deal marks CHR's eighteenth acquisition.

China-based group spies on journalists in India and Southeast Asia: FireEye

China-based group spies on journalists in India and Southeast Asia: FireEye

Cyber security firm FireEye alleges that a decade-old 'advanced persistent threat' (APT) group, possibly the Chinese government, has been spying on journalists in Southeast Asia and India.

Antoine Calendrier to lead Hong Kong market for Burson-Marsteller

Antoine Calendrier to lead Hong Kong market for Burson-Marsteller

The former China GM for Waggener Edstrom also joins BM's APAC leadership team.

Analysis

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

How to dodge a confetti attack, and other tips for hosting a safe press conference

Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton. George W. Bush. And now Mario Draghi. They've all had press conferences or public events interrupted. Here's how to stop that from taking place, and what to do if it happens.

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

The campaign tech to watch as the 2016 race gets underway

Will 2016 be the Periscope election? The Meerkat election? Or the even bigger data election? It's not that simple, but new platforms will help campaigns perform faster and more consistently across media than ever before.

How the CCO role is changing - it's complicated

How the CCO role is changing - it's complicated

The CCO role is changing, but how, why, and in what direction is more complicated than it seems.

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Why it's smart for big business to take a stand on 'religious freedom' laws

Companies in Indiana and Arkansas say opposing "religious freedom" laws in their states wasn't just the right thing to do; it was also the right thing for their businesses.

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

As gun-violence activists speak out, is America still listening?

Gun violence has become a routine headline in the 24/7 news cycle.

How a strong dollar is weakening the hand of global PR agencies

How a strong dollar is weakening the hand of global PR agencies

Wild currency fluctuations are casting a shadow over otherwise improving economic conditions.

How the PR industry is tackling its diversity deficit

How the PR industry is tackling its diversity deficit

Has progress been made? Yes, say experts. But there's a long way to go.

Transgender branding goes mainstream with Clean & Clear campaign

Transgender branding goes mainstream with Clean & Clear campaign

Jennings' Clean & Clear sponsorship is the latest in a gradual move by brands to include transgender people in mainstream advertising.

Despite the price tag, it's time for marketers to embrace Apple Watch

Despite the price tag, it's time for marketers to embrace Apple Watch

Should brands follow Apple into the wearable space now that the wraps are off Apple Watch? In a word, yes, say marcomms executives.

At SXSW, 'all you see are brands' - why that's the problem

At SXSW, 'all you see are brands' - why that's the problem

"It's become amateur hour," says one longtime attendee skipping the event for the first time in years. Yet many marketers contend the festival still has much value.

PR firms at a make-or-break moment on content creation

PR firms at a make-or-break moment on content creation

The pressure is on for agencies, large and small, to get content creation right - and right now.

How five brands are going for gold on Oscar night

How five brands are going for gold on Oscar night

The brands are balancing multiple digital and social media initiatives throughout the event to keep viewers engaged.

Why a traditional, fact-based approach on vaccine comms isn't working

Why a traditional, fact-based approach on vaccine comms isn't working

While a straight-to-the-point, fact-based approach is often effective in healthcare PR, it's not the best option for trying to convince skeptical parents that they should vaccinate their children.

Why brands believe Black History Month is best celebrated year-round

Why brands believe Black History Month is best celebrated year-round

While many brands tip their caps to Black History Month each February, the ones that really connect with African-American consumers make it a year-round priority.

2016: When campaign comms will leave its comfort zone

2016: When campaign comms will leave its comfort zone

Interviews with quirky YouTube stars. Snapchat Q&As. Appearances on Internet comedy shows. That's just a taste of where digital campaign communications could go by November 2016.

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