PR Updates From Around the World for the Week of March 2

March 3, 2015

By Denise Grayes, Senior Client Services, Business Wire

Here are the latest changes and updates in the PR industry.  To learn more about each news item, simply click the hyperlink.  Have your own update to include?  Let us know!

Atlanta
Marketing Inspirations has been selected as a finalist for four campaigns for the 2015 Atlanta Marketer of the Year Awards (AMYs), and received recognition as a finalist in the Atlanta American Advertising Awards (ADDYs). Article

Porsche Cars North America has appointed Christian Koenig as vice president public relations. Article

Austin
Drumroll announced that it has hired Nicole Sanchez into a new Account Director position, created to support continued agency growth. Article

Chicago
Derivatives clearing organization OCC has hired David Prosperi as first vice president, public relations, and Patricia Overstreet-Miller as first vice president, corporate communications, both reporting to newly appointed as executive vice president, business development Scot Warren. Article

FoodMinds has added the American Frozen Food Institute to its client roster. In addition, Welch Foods has named FoodMinds its agency-of-record for health professional and nutrition influencer communications. Article

Cleveland
FrazierHeiby has named Bryan Haviland as president. Article

DC
Crosby Marketing Communications has promoted Jeff Rosenberg to EVP, leading its advocacy and social media practice. Article

Clutch recently published its first report on leading search engine optimization consultants. Article

Denver
The American Advertising Federation (AAF)-Kansas City recently held its American Advertising Awards and honored Woodruff Sweitzer for its work with AMVAC Chemical Corporation. Article

Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) honored the nation’s largest integrated travel marketing firm MMGY Global with its top award, “Best in Show” for its rebranding and advertising campaign for the city of Cleveland. Article

DBC PR + Social Media has been appointed PR agency of record by cocktail soda maker Q Drinks. Article

Crosby Marketing Communications has promoted Jeff Rosenberg to executive vice president. Article

Global Strategy Group has hired Matt Canter as senior vice president. Article

Telluride Ski & Golf Resort has selected Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group to direct golf-focused public relations for its breathtaking mountain course and associated memberships, stay-and-play packages, and instruction programs. Article

Story Partners has hired Adam Croglia as a director. Article

Los Angeles
American Apparel has named Thoryn Stephens as chief digital officer, a newly created role at the company, and Cynthia Erland as SVP of marketing. Article

Movement Public Relations announced the signing of its newest client, The Detour Bistro Bar, a Culver City restaurant founded by Los Angeles locals and long-time caterers Ranni Kumgisky and Dane Pearson of Great Dane Catering and Events. Article

Automotive search site AutoWeb has selected JMPR Public Relations as its public relations agency of record. Article

Pacific Shore Holdings announced that Smith Public Relations has been named as its new marketing and public relations agency of record. Article

Miami
The Florida Department of Citrus and Mexican theme park Experiencias Xcaret have signed on as initial clients for The Agency, a new integrated communication firm focused on the millennial sector. Article

As Orlando-based integrated marketing agency Chatter Buzz Media prepares to celebrate its third year in business this Spring, its co-founders, Shalyn Dever and Ashley Cisneros Mejia, pause to reflect on a historic 2014. Motorsports communication professional David Hart will be joining the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca team as public relations manager, effective March 2. Article

Brad Goldstein, former corporate affairs director at Oxbow Carbon, has left the company to start a crisis communications and crisis management firm-Resilience Communications. Article

NTC (Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc.) has hired Gina Morales, APR, to serve as the Vice President of Marketing for the leading post-closing services provider. Article

Fetching Communications has added new clients including the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists for its National Service Animal Eye Exam Event; The Rein Coat, to raise awareness of its therapeutic calming coat for pets; and Daybreak/Lindy & Co. to raise visibility of its treats and mission. Article

Minneapolis
The Integer Group has appointed Michael Rivera as Executive Creative Director out of Integer’s Des Moines office. Article

Nashville
DVL Seigenthaler, a Finn Partners Company, has promoted three to partner: Jonathan Carpenter, Mark Day, and Andrea Lindsley. Article

Memphis International Raceway has hired Craig Wack as director of public relations and marketing. Article

Newport Beach
Strategic video communications firm D S Simon Productions has added an industry veteran to its expanding sales team. Brian Devenny, who worked at D S Simon for six years as director of media relations, has rejoined the company as Senior Account Manager for the West Coast. Article

New York
Ted Sabarese has joined Porter Novelli as regional creative director, North America. Article

Financial communications specialist ICR has hired public affairs veteran Michael Robinson as managing director and former business and financial journalist John Jannarone as senior vice president. Article

DKC Public Relations has launched BR&, a branding and advertising arm. The group will be led by Karen Whittey, VP and creative director. Article

OpenLink has brought on Aspectus PR as its global communications partner following a competitive pitch. Article

King + Company announced it has been retained by Juice from the Raw, an Online Cold-Pressed Raw Juice Cleanse. Article

Blue Chip Public Relations announced it has been retained by EQIS Capital Management to earn media coverage for the new book, “Mutual Funds Exposed,” by its Chief Financial Strategist Dr. Kenneth Kim and Chief Investment Officer William R. Nelson, as well as for the company and its offerings to investment advisors and their clients. Article

TapImmune Inc. announced the company’s management team has selected New York City based PCG Advisory as agency of record for Investor, Public, and Social Media Relations. Article

Barbara Branagan-Mitchell, owner of Branagan Communications Consultants, is celebrating 22 years of success as a sole proprietor entrepreneur in 2015. Article

Focus Media announced that Michael Bieger has recently been promoted to director of public relations. Article

European social data intelligence company Talkwalker announced its entry into the U.S. market with the opening of offices in New York City. In coordination with the NYC launch, Talkwalker has hired Todd Grossman as CEO Americas. Article

Richard Rubenstein, President of Rubenstein Public Relations, has announced that Amy Delson has joined the agency as Vice President. Article

Hawkins International Public Relations has named Michelle Kelly vice president, client services, and Martha Carrera account director. Article

Aspectus PR has been selected by OpenLink to act as its global communications partner. Article

Ogilvy PR has promoted Suresh Raj to the newly-created role of MD of global business development. Article

Korn Ferry has hired Peter McDermott as principal. Article

Philadelphia
The organizers of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement have hired Cathy Renna, SVP of TargetCue, to lead media relations and visibility activities for events in Philadelphia this summer. Article

David Neff, Founder and President of Philadelphia-based Neff Associates, will be receive this year’s Grace Labouchere Award for Corporate Humane Awareness at The Fur Ball, the annual celebration and fundraiser of the Morris Animal Refuge. Article

Rita’s Italian Ice has brought on Vault Communications as its PR AOR. Article

Phoenix
China Mist Iced Tea has named Santy as AOR. Article

Amendola Communications announced it has been selected as the public relations and content marketing agency of record for Zynx Health. Article

LaneTerralever has been named the PR Agency of Record for the Arizona chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Arizona Chapter (NMSSAZ). Article

Fitmoo, Inc. has selected Las Vegas-based Forté PR as its public relations agency of record. Article

Zion & Zion continues to add to the ranks of its senior talent with the hire of public relations professional Teri Morris. Article

Las Vegas-based Quillin Advertising, Public Relations & Social Media has hired Antonia Genov as social media manager. In addition, Melanie Shafer was promoted to public relations supervisor. Article

San Francisco
Waggener Edstrom Communications has been selected by Tallie as communications agency of record to help the San Francisco-based company disrupt the expense reporting industry. Article

Seattle
Amazon is unifying oversight of PR and public policy under the leadership of former White House press secretary Jay Carney. Article

San Diego & San Francisco
Wonacott Communications has hired Johner Riehl as vice president and Andrew Park as account director for its interactive entertainment and technology PR team. Article

London
WGSN has hired Ogilvy PR as its global PR agency of record. Article

Mobile virtual network operator Lycamobile has called in Chime agencies Harvard and Essentially to oversee PR and sponsorship strategy in the UK. Article

MeetingRooms.com has hired Weber Shandwick as its PR agency of record ahead of its official launch in March.  Article

Nautilus has extended its relationship with the Hoffman Agency to support support a European rollout of its latest home fitness products. Article

Eulogy! is launching a strategic content marketing division to help clients amplify their stories across a wider range of online and offline channels. E!Content is led by Noelle McElhatton. Article

Corporate and public affairs firm Cicero Group has launched a healthcare practice under the leadership of former Baxter senior communications director Fiona Cohen. Article

Firefly Communications has been appointed by global talent management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand to handle public relations and digital communications in the UK, and support with European agency co-ordination. Article

Mind Candy has appointed Fever as its new retained UK consumer agency. Fever’s sister agency, Nelson Bostock Unlimited, has also been appointed to drive Mind Candy’s corporate PR program. Article

The Press Association has appointed Sophie Lister to the role of communications manager, responsible for managing external and internal communications for a number of divisions within the company including news, images and sport. Article

The Pension Protection Fund has appointed Lansons to provide communications and external relations support on a retainer basis. Article

Marketing and PR agency Zoodikers Consulting has hired Marcus Chrysostomou as its senior account director. Article

Paris
Publicis Groupe has announced its acquisition of South Africa’s Epic Communications, two weeks after the Holmes Report revealed the deal’s details. Article

Spanish communications consultancy Infopress has rebranded as Atrevia. Article

Waggener Edstrom Communications announced six new strategic partners in Africa. Core Public Relations, Corporate Talk Group, Exclamation Marketing Ltd., Hotwire PRC, Lift Consulting and XLR8 reinforce WE’s commitment to the fast-growing African continent and extend the agency’s service network to 18 new markets in Africa and more than 100 globally. Article

Grayling and Huntsworth Health have partnered on a health and wellness offering for the Middle East and Turkey known as Grayling Health. Article

Hill+Knowlton Strategies has strengthened its Portuguese office with the appointment of creative director Tiago Veiga. Article

Sydney
BlaBlaCar has called on Chase India to oversee government affairs as it launches operations in India. Article

Toronto
Canadian luggage retail brand Bentley Group has named Narrative PR as its AOR. Article

Precious metals producer SilverCrest Mines has appointed Michael Rapsch as vice president, corporate communications. Article

Ireland + Hall Communications has added four new clients: design shop twenty2b Design; teALCHEMY, a Canadian tea brand; former professional athlete turned artist Brendan Murphy, who has founded World143, a crowd-funding organization; and beauty brand Takie’moto Cosmetics, founded by “urban Model” turned entrepreneur Nicole Hamilton-Takemoto.  Article

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How PR Pros Reach the White House and Other Political Groups

November 24, 2014

This year’s PRSA Annual conference included an excellent discussion on the various tools organizations use to engage with The Hill.  In this piece, Danny Selnick, SVP of Public Policy and LatinoWire, outlines that discussion as well as the latest research on the communication habits of congressional offices and their staffers.  Click here to learn more about how these target audiences get news, who they rely on, the role of social media, and how Business Wire’s Public Policy circuits reach and impact this group every day.

 


Covering Your Bases on The Big Issues This Election Season

May 25, 2012

by Danny Selnick, VP, Public Policy Services

by Danny Selnick, Vice President of Public Policy Services, Business Wire DC

The upcoming presidential election and national political conventions are looking to be a contentious time.  No doubt this will be an interesting election cycle where also the entire House of Representatives is up for grabs, as is nearly one-third the Senate.

So will the president (incumbent or newly elected) have a Congressional majority that can push along and support legislation that’s near and dear to him? Or will the country have a divided Congress that will keep it in political gridlock? The stakes are huge with political and economic and even global ramifications. Not even the pundits can agree. But one thing’s for sure, professional communicators with some interest in the outcomes will need to get the word out. The question is, with what strategy?

No longer can public affairs communicators rely solely on getting their message out to traditional media. They must also reach out to grass-roots supporters, influentials and voters by using social media — and use it effectively in creating powerful networks and communities. Additionally, communicators must use powerful search engine optimization tools to make sure their news is seen.

Let’s not also forget that the United States Supreme Court will be handing down its decision on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Should the Court let the Act remain as is, not much will change and the law that was enacted two years ago will continue to be implemented. There will be those organizations and state governments that will remain opposed, but they’ll have to abide by the ruling. However, should the Court rule against the Act, no one really knows what will happen. Dismantling what has already been in effect will not be easy, and the Republican Leadership (including Mr. Romney, as well as those even at the state level) will have to come through on their promise of a better plan.

In sum, public affairs/corporate communicators and government relations professionals should be working on their messaging and thinking about the tactics to reaching all their key audiences. One more very important point to mention is that the American public (and voters) is not homogeneous. Far from it. Communicators need to remember to include messaging to the Hispanic community (that has been growing in numbers, power and importance) as well as to African-American, Asian-American and other groups.

Selnick is Business Wire’s Vice President for Public Policy and LatinoWire Services and developed specialty targeted services that are designed to reach any organization’s key audiences — from the media to decision-makers … to getting your message in front of the public that goes online looking for news.  The Public Policy Wire also includes Issues-Focused Lists that reach beat reporters by personalized email — including Health Care and Presidential Campaign.


Don’t Forget Who is Also Interested in Your News — Congress and Wall Street

January 30, 2012
by Danny Selnick, Vice President, Public Policy Services, Business Wire DC

by Danny Selnick, VP, Public Policy Services

Did you ever think that your earnings or hiring news might really be of interest to members of Congress?  Well they are.  When a company has positive earnings or announces expansion plans,  it may tie into job stability and growth — not just at the company, but across the particular states where the company has operations.  Members of Congress want to know about news back home — what’s affecting their constituents.  After all, they’re voters.

But staffers on the Hill aren’t personally reading through the massive amounts of news coming into their information services.  Instead, they are more likely to have filters with keywords that automatically pull out stories of interest.  So, make sure you consider how your news is likely to be searched by public affairs audiences when crafting content.  Keywords typically used by elected officials in tracking news include his or her name, the district (city) they represent, or a particular issues they’re involved with.

So if a news item mentions  Cleveland, OH, for example, it’s a good bet that Dennis Kucinich’s office (and others representing Cleveland) will see the story.  It could even become part of their news summary or daily news briefing.  Same for the Senate as well.  Because not all news releases contain good news, Hill staff need to know about that too … who knows how they might be able to help?  And now with the economy all about jobs and the hope it will improve, these news items are more important than ever.

What about news from advocacy organizations?  Did you ever think your issues based news would be of importance to industry analysts on Wall Street?  Your news can play a role in the ratings of companies and industries analysts follow.  Analysts do more than go over financials, read news releases, visit plants and hold conference calls and meeting with corporate leaders.  They’re looking for news that will have an affect on companies and industries they cover.  Issues-focused news from advocacy organizations can have an impact — if the issue is big enough.

Like members on the Hill, analysts have a plethora of news feeds to keep abreast of what’s happening.  So if you’re trying to make a point about some legislation, don’t forget to get your news to those covering Wall Street.

Whether you’re an advocacy group, association, non-profit, union, government agency or corporation, if you have important issues-focused news, Business Wire’s Public Policy Wire can help you deliver it to the decision-makers, influencers and media you need to reach most.


Business Wire’s Danny Selnick Books Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for National Press Club Event

August 4, 2011

What’s it like to sit on the dais with Minnesota Congresswoman and candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Michele Bachmann?

Ask Business Wire’s VP of Public Policy Danny Selnick, who was Bachmann’s lunch partner onstage at a recent National Press Club luncheon.    Selnick serves on the NPC’s Luncheon Speakers’ Committee and booked Congresswoman Bachmann as a speaker.

About 300 attended the Press Club event, hosted by NPC President Mark Hamrick. In addition to the Congresswoman and her guests, some of the most well-known print and broadcast reporters in journalism today–including Christine Amanpour and representatives from Fox News, Time and CNN–were seated at the head table.

Here’s Selnick’s take on the controversial Congresswoman from the vantage point of the head table.

“As the event organizer I sat next to the Congresswoman during the lunch portion of the event and had an opportunity to get to know her a bit. Politics aside, she is an incredibly warm and friendly woman who seemed to take a genuine interest in what I said about my family, job and magic as my hobby.  (I promised to spare her and everyone in the room any tricks).

“Congresswoman Bachmann talked about her values, her campaign platform and  her steadfast opposition to any debt-limit plan that failed to revamp federal spending.

In the end, she thanked me and the National Press Club for the invitation and seemed eager to face the dozens of cameras representing all the news networks, as well as print and radio journalists also in attendance.

“Later on that evening, my wife and two girls watched the webcast and my 10-year old commented how unimpressed she was seeing me up at the head table.  ‘Dad, what did you do, but sit there?’

” But I could tell she really was proud of me when I got a big hug right afterwards.”

Nice work, Danny!


Reaching Public Policy Audiences: Choosing the Right Words & Platforms

November 24, 2010

by Danny Selnick, Vice President, Public Policy Services, Business Wire DC

BW VP of Public Policy Services Danny Selnick

November’s mid-term elections are over and voters and pundits can talk ad infinitum about who’s in, who’s out, and why — and even what challenges President Obama and his administration face because of the shift in power in the House and a narrowing of the margin for Democrats in the Senate.

We’re sure to see Republicans (and Tea-Party members) try to overturn sections of the recently passed Healthcare Reform Bill.  There’s also talk of repealing recently passed financial and oil industry regulations.  Then there’s the issue of keeping or repealing the “Bush Era Tax Cuts,” the need to balance the federal budget, and free trade — all against the backdrop of creating jobs and getting the economy working again.  Still on the long list of agenda items for Congress and the Administration are education and energy reform.  One thing’s for sure: there will be no shortage of important issues coming up over the next two years.

With “divided government” the new reality in Washington, organizations need to develop a coherent communications strategy to begin building support for “what’s near and dear to them” in advance of when their issue comes up for discussion.  In some cases (like the expected attempt to dismantle parts of the Healthcare Reform Bill) an issue may be “push-started or stalled” at the state level.  Communicators must get their message out not just to media, but also to decision-makers — and perhaps even more importantly, to the voting public directly in order to engage and mobilize support at a grassroots level.  That’s especially true because, as shown in this last three election cycles, the court of public opinion (and voting behavior) is highly fluid.

Public affairs communicators are faced with a variety of challenges as to how they can effectively get their news into the hands of all their intended audiences.  Engaging online audiences, from journalists to activists, helps boost visibility and credibility.  But, first you have to learn and analyze the most popular terms and keywords used to frame issues in media coverage, social media conversations and online searches.  This information can help guide you in writing press releases and other online communications that improves search engine optimization (SEO).

For example, there aren’t universally agreed upon terms to define many of our nation’s debates (one person’s Obamacare is another person’s landmark healthcare legislation), so knowing and researching those terms and their weighted influence on audiences is critical to communications outreach — affecting how your news is seen and viewed and by whom.  A number of free keyword analysis tools are available, and Business Wire experts have written a number of blog posts that detail SEO tips for press releases.

Once you’ve crafted a well-written press release with relevant keywords (and modified landing pages with matching terms), it’s crucial to get your news widely disseminated by an authoritative source to relevant media, influencers, websites and search engines in addition to the individual outreach to your personal contacts.  That’s where we come in.  Business Wire provides a multi-platform approach to news distribution that goes beyond simply emailing and posting news to your website.  While email is just one distribution tool used by communicators, it is limited in reach to contacts on a particular list … and its accuracy is dependent upon any last updates. The newswire, is designed to reach “desks” of reporters and editors, decision-makers at the federal and/or state level with direct feeds, and to give unparalleled online visibility with advanced SEO capabilities and full-text posting to thousands of news and information web sites and systems.  Plus, Business Wire content is a trusted, authoritative news source by Google and other search engines, as well as major news organizations.

Proper use of keywords in a well-written, engaging press release, issued via Business Wire’s Public Policy Wire is among the most effective ways to reach directly key audiences, while engaging the public in your conversation.


Target the World with Your Financial News

March 26, 2009

The upcoming G20 summit meeting in London, at which world leaders will gather to discuss the global economic situation, shows perfectly how the worlds of business and finance don’t stop at national borders.  Your company’s or organization’s news can have an impact around the world, so it’s crucial to target markets outside the US with your economic news.  Here’s a look at just a few of our options for reaching your targets internationally:

globe_lg1Global Financial Media:  Target media, investors and key financial newspapers, trade publications and news outlets in 117 countries and translation into more than a dozen languages.

Asia-Pacific Financial Media:  Target key broadcast and print media, as well as financial newspapers, trade media and websites, throughout the Asia-Pacific region.  Includes full-text translation into four languages.

Europe Financial Media: Send your news to 30 nations, including all of the EU members, Russia and key markets in Eastern Europe.  Reaches consumer and general media plus hundreds of financial-specific publications with translation into five languages.

London Metro:  Reach print and broadcast media throughout the London area, site of the G20 summit, via the Press Association, the national news agency of the UK.

Public Policy Wire:  Don’t forget to target government policymakers and other opinion leaders in the US with news that impacts public policy.

CSR Circuit:  Finally, publicize your corporate citizenship efforts with distribution to leading Corporate Social Responsibility publications and thought leaders, Socially Responsible Invesment funds,  academics, activists and financial analysts.

For a complete list of distribution options visit our Distribution Catalogue, or contact your local bureau for pricing and options.


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