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Welch’s Puts PR Up for Review

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Welch’s, maker of grape jams, juices and jellies, has issued a PR RFP.

Eight agencies have been invited to pitch so far, including Tonic Life, which has held the account for three years.

It’s unclear if Welch’s will consider more agencies on the pitch. We’ve reached out to the company for further comment.

Brands and Agencies Facing Pre-Holiday RFP Push

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Are there more RFPs on the market this week? It seems so, according to industry executives PRNewser has spoken with.

While most agencies have policies in tact not to comment on active RFPs — who would want to potentially ruin their chance at winning the business? — we’ve been hearing about more accounts being up for grabs.

Just this morning, Edelman Chicago president Rick Murray posted on Twitter, “Not complaining in the least, but you do have to wonder — why do pre-holiday weeks overindex on RFP’s?”

We followed up with Murray via email, asking for more details. “My guess is that it traces to people trying to push things off their desk before they scoot out on vacation,” he said.

Ringling Bros. Circus Cancels PR RFP; Will Pull PR In House

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In late April, Feld entertainment, the company behind the Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus, issued a national PR RFP, with a budget of $30,000 per month.

This week, the company put a halt to the RFP process and decided to pull PR in house. Hill & Knowlton was the incumbent agency.

Feld VP of corporate communications Stephen Payne said the change has nothing to do with PETA, who issued a statement in mid-May telling PR firms to stay away from the bidding process. In the statement, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said the company, “is a public relations nightmare waiting to happen,” due to alleged animal abuse.

“We received a very positive response from over two dozen firms and were in the process of whittling that down when we took a hard look at all the proposals and a hard look at our staff internally, and came to conclusion that we could do most of what we were looking for in house,” Payne told PRNewser in a phone interview today.

Payne did say a lot of the ideas in the proposals “were great,” and that the company may occasionally consult with firms down the road. However, he also said, “We’re not going to issue another RFP.”

Edelman Wins Best Buy Holiday Account

best_buy_logo_3.jpgBest Buy has awarded its holiday account to Edelman, after a long pitch process that began in February.

Rumors of the account being up for grabs had been swirling for months, although Best Buy spokespeople declined to comment during the RFP process. PRNewser heard as many as 20 agencies were involved with the RFP.

As PRWeek reports, “the account consolidates the company’s holiday programs, including the Best Buy brand work, formerly handled by MS&L, and the Geek Squad business, which Ketchum had worked on.”

FDA Issues PR RFP

Revised Communication Plan Development SOW

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an RFP for “consulting services that will support the communication plan development for the Office of External Affairs.”

The agency will be tasked with, “improving internal and external communications.” No budget figures were disclosed, however the contract is for one year. Proposals are due by June 7th.

News Corp. Looking for PR Agency To Support Subscription News Initiative

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News Corporation is currently readying a digital news subscription service, and the company is looking for a PR firm to help them during the process.

The new service would feature News Corporation’s content alongside content of other publishers, to create a digital news consortium with the goal of getting people to pay for news content.

Peter Kafka of AllThingsD reports, “they [News Corp.] have been casting about for a public relations agency to help promote the plan, and have been telling prospective candidates about their proposed schedule.”

News Corp. declined to comment.

A source with knowledge of the agency search told PRNewser that News Corp. was seeking agencies a few weeks ago. They’re looking for “a real global firm that can help them cope with this in the U.K. and U.S.,” the source said.

California Department of Public Health Issues $40 Million PR RFP

California Department of Public Health Network for a Healthy California RFP

The California Department of Public Health Network for a Healthy California has issued an RFP for a firm to develop and implement a comprehensive media, advertising and public relations campaign to support a larger multi-level social marketing campaign.

The budget is $39.5 million dollars, for a three year contract beginning October 1, 2010. Written questions are due May 6th, letter of intent to bid is due June 29th and the RFP closes on July 27th.

The mission of the Network for a Healthy California (Network) is to “create innovative partnerships that empower low-income Californians to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases.”

Feld Entertainment Issues PR RFP

Feld Entertainment 2010 PR RFP

Feld Entertainment, the company behind the Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus, has issued a national PR RFP.

The RFP is for a two year contract to handle “strategic counsel, corporate branding, national media relations (including online media and television programming, beyond traditional news and entertainment outlets) and celebrity outreach,” among other initiatives.

A Feld spokesperson confirmed to PRNewser that Hill & Knowlton is the incumbent agency. The budget for the RFP is $30,000 per month.

Agencies must submit their intent to submit by April 23rd, with final proposals due May 3rd.

Edelman Wins United Airlines PR Business

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United Airlines chose Edelman as the company’s first PR agency of record, finalizing a process that began in October 2009. PRNewser first reported on the company’s agency search.

Robin Urbanski, Media Relations Manager at United Airlines told PRNewser in late January, “We are in the last stages of review with some finalists.” The process took the airliner longer than expected.

One of the reasons for that could be because the company cast “an amazingly wide net,” as Ketchum CEO Ray Kotcher told PRNewser. We had heard more than 20 agencies were invited to pitch.

Edelman won a three year contract. Budget was not disclosed. United also did not disclose other agencies involved in the pitch, according to PRWeek.

New York State Issues PR RFP for ‘I Love New York’ Campaign

“I Love NY” PR RFP

Can your agency improve on the iconic “I Love New York” campaign? If so, the Empire State’s Dept. of Economic Development wants to hear from you.

The agency released an open RFP on April 7 with a deadline of May 10.

Lynne Kramer, Contract Administrator for the Office of Fiscal Management is leading the efforts internally.

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