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More shareholder activism equals more responsive companies: ICR study

More shareholder activism equals more responsive companies: ICR study

Corporations are responding to shareholder inquiries more frequently than they did last year, but they should use their IR websites in more dynamic ways, according to a study from ICR.

Five things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.18.2014

Five things for PR pros to know Thursday morning, 9.18.2014

PepsiCo CEO slams NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases, but supports Goodell; Apple describes new privacy policies; Scotland votes on independence; A look at NYPD Twitter training; Costolo responds to 'pot smoking' jab.

Granat on Cision-Vocus merger: Building combined culture is biggest challenge

Granat on Cision-Vocus merger: Building combined culture is biggest challenge

Peter Granat, who resigned from his position as president and CEO of Cision to join Vocus as chief exec in June, explains how private equity firm GTCR's plan to bring the two companies together to form a global PR cloud business is progressing, and how he is communicating the changes internally and externally.

Clarion Communications hired for Valspar paint UK product launch

Clarion Communications hired for Valspar paint UK product launch

US-based Valspar paint has appointed Clarion Communications ahead of the national rollout of its products in all B&Q stores in 2015.

Mattel denies foul-mouthed Barbie claims

Mattel denies foul-mouthed Barbie claims

Toy manufacturer Mattel has denied claims that one of its talking Barbie dolls swears

Ketchum veteran Goodman rejoins Edelman as SVP of media

Ketchum veteran Goodman rejoins Edelman as SVP of media

Ketchum's AJ Goodman is set to join Edelman as SVP of media on Monday.

Marketers must take advantage of 'mob-aisling:' study

Marketers must take advantage of 'mob-aisling:' study

'Mob-aisling' and 'webrooming' are two of the behaviors highlighted in a study on purchasing habits commissioned by Citizen Relations that was conducted this summer.

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Edelman picks APCO's Lvovich as global public affairs chair

Stephanie Lvovich, most recently global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, was named global chair of Edelman's public affairs practice. She starts next month.

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

RLM Finsbury rebrands to underscore global ambitions

To put an emphasis on the firm's global expansion, RLM Finsbury has rebranded as Finsbury.

Doing well by doing good

Doing well by doing good

Henry Schein and Colgate have had a long-standing commitment to CSR. The two companies explained their philosophy at the PRWeek Conference.

Seven things for PR pros to know Wednesday morning, 9.17.2014

Seven things for PR pros to know Wednesday morning, 9.17.2014

Vikings deactivate Peterson after outcry; Apple pushes back against lawmakers' privacy concerns; Uber ban in Germany overturned.

Srinivas to lead APAC healthcare practice at Waggener Edstrom

Srinivas to lead APAC healthcare practice at Waggener Edstrom

The promotion comes in recognition of her role in growing the agency's healthcare business

Millennials don't want to just participate in cause efforts, they want to be involved

Millennials don't want to just participate in cause efforts, they want to be involved

Millennials are more willing than members of past generations to get involved in cause-marketing initiatives. They're just waiting for brands to reach out to them.

Brands go 'unexpected' places

Brands go 'unexpected' places

Communicators from top brands discussed how charitable initiatives have benefited their companies on Tuesday at the PRWeek Conference in New York.

PRSSA national president Harder wins the Battle of Big Ideas

PRSSA national president Harder wins the Battle of Big Ideas

Heather Harder, national president of the PRSSA, won the Battle of Big Ideas on Tuesday at the PRWeek Conference in New York when she described how a company's CSR efforts must be integrated into its business model to be seen as truly authentic by Millennials.

Top communicators: Solving social problems is good business

Top communicators: Solving social problems is good business

Finding ways to solve the world's biggest social issues is a business opportunity, communications leaders said Tuesday morning at the PRWeek Conference in New York.

ALS Association considers next move post-Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Association considers next move post-Ice Bucket Challenge

While communicators -- including those at the ALS Association -- are trying to determine how the Ice Bucket Challenge became so successful, it's certain that celebrity endorsements and charitable aspects were keys.

Cause-focused companies are no fad: Soapbox Soaps CEO

Cause-focused companies are no fad: Soapbox Soaps CEO

Soapbox Soaps CEO David Simnick said Tuesday that consumers expect cause-related companies to make poor products, so it's important they go beyond expectations.

Mathis to communicators: Speak up when you see something wrong

Mathis to communicators: Speak up when you see something wrong

The communications chief at Standard & Poor's discussed how her organization uses social media and thought leadership, and how it speaks to a wider audience than just investors and bankers.

Resumé discrepancy led to Tovar leaving Walmart

Resumé discrepancy led to Tovar leaving Walmart

Walmart discovered that David Tovar had not obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 1996, which he had claimed, during the screening process for a promotion to SVP.

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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.

Alibaba pre-IPO roadshow off to a hot start

Alibaba pre-IPO roadshow off to a hot start

To prepare for what observers believe will be the largest technology IPO in history, Alibaba is in the midst of a 100-meeting roadshow.

PR and media under fire in China, extortion racket busted

PR and media under fire in China, extortion racket busted

The PR industry in China is under pressure to clean up after police arrested two agency heads and eight journalists on charges of extortion in Shanghai. They include the CEOs of Shanghai-based PR firm Roya Investment Services and Shenzhen-based Nukirin

Comms lessons learned from the celebrity photo-hacking scandal

Comms lessons learned from the celebrity photo-hacking scandal

Technology companies should not wait for an incident to explain the security features of their cloud platforms and what they must do to keep their data safe.

FDA guidance garners mixed reviews from PR practitioners

FDA guidance garners mixed reviews from PR practitioners

The FDA is closing in on providing prescription drug and medical device companies with a clearer indication of best social media practices.

Corporations walk a tightrope on tax-inversion comms

Corporations walk a tightrope on tax-inversion comms

Financial communications experts say Burger King has responded well to the political and social media uproar over its decision to move its corporate headquarters to Canada - and save millions in US taxes in the process.

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?

Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Public affairs pros: Sunday morning talk-show format due for a makeover

Does David Gregory's exit from 'Meet the Press' signal the decline of Sunday morning talk shows? Public affairs pros say no. Yet that doesn't mean they can resist change.

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