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Does Size Matter? 5 Differences Between Big and Boutique PR Firms

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Public relations is full of many things, stereotypes being one of them.

However, when a nubile flack is fresh out of college (or even the newsroom making the switch these days), there is one thing to consider. This one quandary has PR hopefuls in the agency world so perplexed that they choose in-house because they aren’t sure which way to go.

Do I apply at a major PR firm or one of those boutique agencies? 

I never understood why this is such a conflicting decision because PR “happened” to me. (Long story. Tell ya’ later sometime.) Now that I have been there, done that, bought the T-shirt, and put my name on it just in case, I get it. There are differences, many of which are subjective. Others are objective. Both types have their definite advantages and drawbacks, but both are rewarding.

Here is this week’s listicle of 5 Things: 5 differences between big and boutique PR firms.

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Meet the Top 10 Brands That Will ‘Disappear’ in 2015 While You Can

24-7-wall-streetFrom CEOs with the worst reputations to the worst places to work in America, the happy-happy-joy-joy-listicle fun people at 24/7 Wall St. can’t (and won’t) stop. This time, they offer an apocalyptic countdown for 10 beleaguered brands across this great land of ours.

While many of the ten here have suffered due to a lack of a coherent crisis comms strategy, some of these haphazard brands made the list because of the ever-growing mergers and acquisitions market. In short, those brands may not have a choice about disappearing.

And so, here are 10 brands those subjective observers believe will be gone by this time next year.

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Top 11 Writing Tips Drawn from the CIA’s Style Guide

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You know, the CIA didn’t just celebrate its one-month Twitterversary last week by reminding us that it has no idea where Tupac is.

No, the world’s most infamous intelligence organization also released a very long and very particular style guide originally completed in 2011 and fit to compete with ye old Strunk and White and AP Stylebook.

Why? Well, as Director of Intelligence Fran Moore writes in the foreword:

“The information CIA gathers and the analysis it produces mean little if we cannot convey them effectively.”

Accurate. Here are eleven tips that stood out to us.

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5 Generation Gaps in Need of Bridging in Public Relations

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I was having a spirited conversation about the state of public relations with a journo buddy of mine last week when this question came up: “How in the hell can anyone build a bridge long enough for the widening generation gap in the media and PR?”

After he downed a few shots of a certain toxic adult beverage following that stress-induced question, it got me thinking about another 5 Things topic for all us flacks to enjoy and discuss. It should scurry up some conversation, so here’s to hoping.

Here are 5 Generation Gaps in Need of Bridging in PR. If you have tools to build this structure, we will set up the contractor site immediately.

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14 Brands That Got a Little Creative for Independence Day

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Independence Day can be a tough one. Everyone’s almost required to mention it somehow, but there’s only so much you can really say on your brand’s behalf.

When the kings of real-time keep things contained, you know it’s time to be very subtle with your messaging.

Still, the holiday did facilitate some creativity on behalf of various accounts, which we listed after the jump.

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The Top 9 Most Contested AP Style Changes in ‘Hopefully’ Ever

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Come on. High-Five? Who’s with us?

Thanks to the evolution of text lingo, -isms, and a cornucopia of other logophilic and verbivore-ish drama, the AP Stylebook has become the most coveted book for hacks and flacks alike. It’s like anything Adobe — one second away from the thing and it shoots you another inconvenient update.

I’ve been struggling with this whole Oxford comma thing since I read this study and this report. I had a nightmare last night — woke up screaming, sweated a little, and ran to my computer to make sure the Oxford commas hadn’t been adopted overnight.

While that change has yet to be made — and I still struggle with adopting it — here are 10 other controversial changes from the AP Stylebook that caused a Jonestown-like response. Bottoms up?

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25 Brands Making the Most of Twitter’s New GIF Feature

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Last week the nerds at TechCrunch told us that the new Twitter GIFs aren’t really GIFs at all–they’re just tiny mp4s on loop with no sound.

That’s OK, though. We welcome any excuse to search for funny videos on the Internets, especially when they’re part of Twitter’s latest attempt to make money on ads that will not annoy those jonesing for breaking news and trending jokes.

Here, then, are some of the brands we’ve noticed using this newest, shiniest thing.

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5 Rules for Ethical (and Good) Blogging

blogging101On most Saturdays, I make it a point to thank tweeps for shout outs on the retweets or favorites regarding my PRNewser posts. Why? Because it’s nice to get a shout-out and I’m from Texas, so I’m sweet like that.

In short, everyone — bloggers and tweeters alike — appreciates the sharing of love in “@” form. We’re all working here.

That is what led me to think about today’s “5 Things“: the rules to ethical (and good) blogging. 

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The Tweetest Cannes Insights, Part One

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Dear Readers,

We know how much you would like to be hanging out at Cannes this week: hitting the beach, sipping some espresso martinis and–most importantly–soaking up the insights from the biggest names in media.

Don’t stress. For your benefit, we took it upon ourselves to share the best of the event…in the form of quotes recounted by other people on Twitter.

Let’s get social…

  • “An enjoyable yet thoroughly ridiculous spectacle.” – Michael Frolich, Ogilvy PR
  • “I can’t work with anyone who isn’t number one.” – Kanye

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10 Brands That Had the US Team’s Back During Its World Cup Win

shutterstock_179029337Last night we saw Delta get a bit carried away by its enthusiasm over the American team’s 2-1 victory over Ghana and forget that not all African countries include giraffes.

It was your average Twitter gaffe, really–but quite a few consumer brands and other public entities had more appropriate responses to the game and the eventual victory on social.

You’ll find them after the jump.

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