Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 2.10.2015

Omnicom Q4 PR revenue up 8.5%; Trust in Brian Williams drops through the floor; Google to revamp health search results.

Rapper Iggy Azalea (Image via Wikipedia Commons)
Rapper Iggy Azalea (Image via Wikipedia Commons)

1. Omnicom Group, which owns and operates FleishmanHillard, Ketchum, and Porter Novelli, among other firms, said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter 2014 PR revenue was up 8.5% organically. For full-year 2014, revenue from the PR group increased 4.1%.

2. Brian Williams has tumbled down the list of America’s most trusted names, according to The Marketing Arm, dropping from the 23rd-most-trusted person to number 835 in the past week. Rasmussen Reports also found 40% of Americans think Williams should resign, compared with 35% who believe he deserves another chance. (Take our poll on whether the NBC Nightly News anchor should keep his job).

In newly released audio from his interview last Wednesday with Stars and Stripes, Williams contended that he confused events from the 2003 invasion of Iraq because he was scared at the time.

3. Chinese property and entertainment giant the Dalian Wanda Group has agreed to buy sports marketing firm Infront Sports and Media for $1.2 billion, it said early Tuesday. Dalian Wanda will take 68% of the agency from European private equity firm Bridgepoint.

4. Google will revamp on Tuesday how users see health-related search results, including illustrations and explanations of how common a condition is. It’s part of the company’s larger initiative to give users answers to their searches, instead of just links.

5. What we’re watching today: President Barack’s Obama’s interview with BuzzFeed, which promises to go at least a little off the beaten path with questions coming via Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

6. After flubbing its initial response, Papa John’s said it has taken disciplinary action against the delivery guy who gave out Iggy Azalea’s phone number. She let the company know how unhappy she was on Sunday night via a series of tweets.

7. The Republican National Committee will kick off the Hillary’s Hiding campaign on Tuesday, mocking the former secretary of state for being less than straightforward about her presidential ambitions as the GOP’s own candidates begin to jostle for position. The RNC will try to brand a second Clinton run for the White House as "Obama’s third term." 

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