The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.22.2015

IPG revenue up 6.7% in Q2; Crisis wranglers sound off on Ashley Madison; Big ad spending to scuttle Iran deal.

1. Interpublic Group’s Constituency Management Group unit, which includes the bulk of its PR firms, reported a 2.3% organic revenue increase in the second quarter on Wednesday morning to $349.4 million. Overall, the holding company’s revenue was up 6.7% organically year-over-year to $1.9 billion. MSLGroup parent Publicis Groupe is also set to release its Q2 numbers today.

2. The brand of adultery website Ashley Madison may be damaged beyond repair, according to crisis wranglers, some of whom said it should rebrand. Regan Communications Group chairman George Regan said, "I have seen some doozies in my time, but this is really up there." The site’s users are somewhere between "slightly concerned" and "horrified," according to Vice.

3. Entertainment giant Universal has appointed Teri Everett to its top comms job, EVP of global communications. She is replacing Kori Bernards as the company’s communications leader.

4. Groups including the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, and the Republican Jewish Coalition are spending tens of millions of dollars on TV ads encouraging Congress to scuttle the nuclear deal with Iran.

5. Gawker and Reddit are adopting new, higher standards, and not everyone is happy about it. The New York Times looks at the challenge of giving users the sometimes tawdry content they want without alienating advertisers.

6. Twitter has rolled out a Safety Center to help users fend off trolls on the microblogging service. It has tips like how to report abusive accounts and strengthen passwords.

7. More than 160 talking heads have opined on the Donald Trump-John McCain feud since Saturday, according to The Huffington Post. Trump has also been fueding with Rupert Murdoch and most of the Republican field, especially Lindsey Graham.

8. Tuesday’s technology financial numbers: Apple’s iPhone sales in Q2 failed to meet expectations, sending stocks down; Observers question Apple Watch sales; Microsoft reported its biggest loss yet; Native ads are a bigger part of Yahoo’s business. 

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