Hi-tech revenues grew 57% in 1999

SAN FRANCISCO: Hill & Knowlton’s decision to acquire tech titan Blanc & Otus in 1999 paid off in spades - or $14 million in annual fee income, to be exact, according to PRWeek’s hi-tech rankings. But even with a 691% increase in tech-related revenues in 1999, H&K was just one of the many US PR firms to make out like bandits in a hi-tech bonanza, which saw revenues rise 57%.

SAN FRANCISCO: Hill & Knowlton’s decision to acquire tech titan Blanc & Otus in 1999 paid off in spades - or $14 million in annual fee income, to be exact, according to PRWeek’s hi-tech rankings. But even with a 691% increase in tech-related revenues in 1999, H&K was just one of the many US PR firms to make out like bandits in a hi-tech bonanza, which saw revenues rise 57%.

SAN FRANCISCO: Hill & Knowlton’s decision to acquire tech titan

Blanc & Otus in 1999 paid off in spades - or $14 million in annual fee

income, to be exact, according to PRWeek’s hi-tech rankings. But even

with a 691% increase in tech-related revenues in 1999, H&K was just one

of the many US PR firms to make out like bandits in a hi-tech bonanza,

which saw revenues rise 57%.



Publicis Dialog grew its hi-tech income by 339%. Like H&K, however, most

of this increase can be traced to agency buys, including LobsenzStevens

and Purdom PR.



On the organic growth side, Access Communications, which tripled its

hi-tech income from 1998 levels, and Burson-Marsteller, whose hi-tech

numbers jumped 242%, were the clear winners.



Not every top-tier multinational caught the dot-com wave last year,

however: GCI Group’s tech numbers declined by 2%.



- See story, p26; editorial, p16; and San Diego focus, p49.



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