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Archives: October 2010

Spin the Agencies of Record

Account wins in this edition–a busy week requires two editions–include an online business directory, a Silicon Valley discussion forum, casino game makers, video security solutions, and an Atlanta restaurant:

  • Weber Shandwick jumps for Hotfrog as global agency of record.  The account will be managed from the Sydney, Australia office
  • Edelman selected to handle PR for the 7,000-member nonprofit Churchill Club
  • Dan Klores (DKC) hits the jackpot with WMS Industries Inc. (NYSE:WMS), designers, marketers, and manufacturers of video and reel-spinning casino gaming machines
  • 5WPR locks it down for Cernium Corporation, providers of video security solutions
  • AW Media serves it up for Encore Restaurant, in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.

Sun-Times Silences Its Spokesperson

This is Tammy Chase‘s last week as spokesperson for Sun-Times Media. Recently, she has spent a lot of her time responding to inquiries about “efficiencies” (a.k.a. layoffs) at the company. Now she’s been laid off. The company’s CEO, Jeremy Halbreich, will now be filling Chase’s shoes.

The Chicago Reader takes a closer look at Chase’s professional bio (she started as a reporter) and how she ended up speaking on behalf of a company that became embroiled in the Conrad Black trial, filed for bankruptcy, and has cut a large portion of its staff.

“From Britain. Canada, of course. I was getting hundreds of calls a week—about 50-50 investors to media. It was a shitstorm,” Chase says when describing the inquiries she received during the trial. (Black is now suggesting that he’ll return to media in some capacity.)

Her last job for the company: discussing the drop in circ numbers that the Audit Bureau of Circulations announced this week.

Revolving Door: 10.28

Here are this week’s PR and media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Aminda Marques Gonzalez has been named executive editor at The Miami Herald. She had been managing editor there.

Anders Gyllenhaal has been named vice president of news and Washington editor at McClatchy. He had been senior vice president and executive editor at The Miami Herald.

Jordana Pransky has been named vice president and associate publisher at Travel + Leisure. She had been vice president and advertising director there.

Michael Szczerban has been named associate editor at Simon & Schuster. He had been assistant editor there.

Click here to receive’s Revolving Door Newsletter via email.

NPR’s Reputation Taking a Beating Over Williams Firing

Richard Drew, AP

NPR has probably gotten the most attention it’s seen in a while after it fired Juan Williams for comments he made on The O’Reilly Factor. Unfortunately for NPR  (and for PBS?), a lot of the attention has been negative, with enough anger out there to possibly prompt the bomb threat that was reported on Monday.

While standing by the decision, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller has apologized for the way the situation was handled, specifically, the NPR blog notes, “she regrets that NPR executives did not meet with Williams in person to discuss their decision.” Besides the employee communications issue she points out, the termination has brought about other PR problems for the media outlet.

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Paladino Gets Press But Cuomo Has Facebook Fans

Overall stats as of October 28, 1p.m.

No need to say it (but we will) – social media is having a big impact on this year’s election. AllFacebook has launched the Election 2010 Tracker, which follows the number of Facebook fans that candidates across Congressional and gubernatorial races are racking up.

In New York, it’s been non-stop news about Carl Paladino (R), from his run in with a New York Post reporter to his anti-gay speech in Brooklyn. But online, Andrew Cuomo (D) has nearly double the Facebook fans with 56,000 versus 28,367. Overall however, Republicans nationwide, particularly those out West, have been getting the most fans.

Even if you are a fan, remember to vote on Tuesday.

Kelly Cutrone Has Two Shows ‘In the Works’

Sorry fans, but both The City and Kelly Cutrone‘s reality program Kell on Earth are over. However, New York magazine caught up with Cutrone at an event recently and she revealed that she’s planning a couple more TV shows.

The first is slated for MTV in January. Cutrone described it this way:

I think it’ll be me more working with young people who want to be in these different industries, so it might be something like, you know, you look like a fashionista but you’re not, you look like a skate dude but you’re not, you look like a hotshot entrepreneur but you’re not, maybe you should walk the walk. So it’s, like, part Great Santini, part fairy godmother.

Interesting. The second is a “syndicated daytime regular big thing.”

For those who can’t wait that long, we have some throwback footage after the jump. You know where to go if you have to cry.

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The Yes Men Were Tipped Off About Chevron Campaign

Image from The Yes Men's fake "We Agree" homepage

Last week, news broke about the Chevron campaign spoof that included a fake website, fake press releases, and other false initiatives. This week, The Yes Men and their partners are revealing how they got information to organize the alternate “We Agree” campaign.

The Yes Men received two major tips according to Ad Age: a casting call that blogger Laura Selman describes on The Huffington Post and a heads up from an artist, Cesar Maxit, who was approached by Chevron‘s agency McGarryBowen to create posters for the real campaign. Artist César Maxit made a video about the offer, which is available after the jump.

Click here for The Yes Men’s press release with the details.

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Consultant Philip Graves: ‘Not All Pieces of Consumer Insight Are Equal’

Philip Graves is a consumer behavior consultant and author of the new book Consumer.ology: The Market Research Myth, the Truth about Consumers and the Psychology of Shopping. While he has a great respect for research and data, he also thinks brands should cautiously use market research as it can lead them astray. His AFECT approach – analysis of behavioral data, frame of mind, environment, covert study, and time frame – outlines the criteria to determine the reliability of consumer research.

Recently he spoke with us about the uses and limits of consumer research.  And he answers the question: What is a consumer behavior consultant?

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The Ticker: SMO; Stewart-Colbert rally; Israel’s image; Paul the octopus

Rupert Murdoch Thinks He’s The Boss of Everyone

Rupert Murdoch has sent word throughout News Corp. that they should get tough with publicists who won’t make their celebrity clients available to promote the films they star in. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, News Corp. is now putting up a united front against the blockade.

“More and more actors have it in their contract that they don’t want to do publicity for a film. So how are you going to get access to the likes of Katherine Heigl if she’s doing a film but refusing to do interviews,” the story quotes Rebekah Devlin, the company’s entertainment editor-at-large, who talked about the strategy at an advertising conference.

It’s yet to be seen whether this will impact coverage throughout News Corp outlets such as Sky and The New York Post.