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Archives: April 2011

Vocus, Cision Announce Q1 Results

This week, Vocus announced results for the quarter ending March 31, 2011, reporting GAAP revenue of $27 million, a 21 percent increase year-over-year. GAAP loss from operations was $3.1 million for the first quarter, versus $549,000 for the same period in 2010.

During the quarter, Vocus acquired North Social, added 682 new annual subscribers (exceeding Q1 2010 by nearly 300) including TD Bank and the University of San Francisco, and launched the latest release of its product, which includes additional features.

Cision also released its earnings, showing growth in the U.S., but still struggling elsewhere. Organic growth was at -2 percent versus -1 percent the previous quarter. And revenue was SEK 248 million (about $41 million by yesterday’s currency conversion rate) versus SEK 269 million year-over-year. But in the U.S., organic growth was up three percent. It was two percent the previous quarter.

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Hunter PR Seeks Seasoned Vice President for Health and Beauty Team

Calling all health and beauty experts! Hunter Public Relations is looking for a new vice president to join its New York office.

As a PR vet, the job description shouldn’t come as a surprise to you. The gig involves developing and managing strategic and creative programs for your clients; building and managing client budgets; and supervising staff and team members. Of course, you’ll be representing the agency as a primary senior client contact, and be expected to help to grow the agency’s business.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned pro with at least eight years of public relations experience at an agency and/or consumer products company. Friendly and creative team players with a background in health and beauty should apply here.

For more openings and employment news, follow The Job Post on Twitter @MBJobPost.

The Royal Wedding Almost Broke the Internet

Photo: George Pimentel,

Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge! We all enjoyed the grandeur, the history, the fashions, and the kids who made today a day to remember. It will also be remembered as the day the Internet almost got overloaded.

Fox News says it was “the sixth biggest Web event ever.” The Today show’s Digital Life site says it had “1.6 million concurrent video views, making it the biggest event to be watched on the Web,” surpassing even the World Cup.

And The Telegraph reports that 300 tweets per second were posted, and 74 status updates per second were shared on Facebook. The BBC website was actually interrupted by people wanting even more news. The Google News homepage posts the wedding on top with nearly 25,000 news stories available. And there’s sure to be more coverage of the evening reception and any other day-after tidbits to come.

Lack of Broadband Hindered Spread of Storm Info

The President and First Lady visit storm-ravaged Alabama. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

As the tremendous storms and tornado tore through the south, media outlets were transmitting information real-time on Twitter and other sites. However, according to American Public Media’s Marketplace report, many in Alabama lack broadband Internet service. As a result, many may have not have gotten the advanced warning.

Social media and everyday technology was able to collect lots of footage of the tornado as it tore through Tuscaloosa. Now, Facebook is helping people reunite with personal items, and updates sent via mobile devices are spreading update details. Relief organizations, like the Salvation Army, are also accepting donations via texts sent from mobile devices. Info about how you can help here.

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‘Frowning Flower Girl’ Saves the Day

For those more interested in pints of Boddingtons than royal-nuptial pomp, little Grace van Cutsem came to the rescue.

It’s no wonder Prince William’s cranky three-year-old goddaughter – and great-great-great-granddaughter of William Waldorf Astor — became an instant Internet sensation: As Aaron Morrisey at noted, with a single pose, the blogger-dubbed “frowning flower girl” summed up how “most of us feel about the whirlwind, nonstop royal wedding coverage that has filled the airwaves over the past few days, weeks and months.”

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You Have Until May 6 To Respond to the AACS RFP

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is looking for a PR firm to reach “Generation C” and build on its Beauty Changes Lives marketing initiative. They have a spokesperson (hair stylist Ted Gibson) and would like to use traditional and social media to reach audiences with a message encouraging cosmetology education and a better perception of the industry.

The job has a $5,000 monthly retainer budget. Interested? We’ve got the RFP, due May 6 (next Friday) after the jump.

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MDC Partners Reports Tech, Digital Generated 51 Percent of Q1 Revenue

MDC Partners announced its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2011, reporting revenue totaling $217.5 million, a 60 percent increase from $135.9 million in Q1 2010. The company also saw a 26.5 percent jump in organic revenue.  Net new business amounted to $8.2 million for the quarter. And technology and digital-related revenue totaled 51 percent of revenue for the quarter.

“While it’s still early in the year, with our differentiated model and a smart approach to investment and cost management, we are reiterating our 2011 fiscal year guidance,” said chairman and CEO Miles Nadal in a statement.

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Roll Call: MWW Group, F/W/V, Burrell, and More

More staff changes at MWW Group. Brett White has been promoted to VP in the Dallas office. He joined the firm in 2006 and has worked on the Samsung Mobile and Mercury Insurance clients, to name a couple. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in broadcast news, including evening broadcasts in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

French/West/Vaughan is partnering with Stella Stolper, former SVP of talent and creative development at VH1, and Brian Sher, CEO of Category 5 Entertainment and partner (with Kelsey Grammer) in Grammnet Productions, to open a Los Angeles office. The new office will focus on product placement opportunities and work with Stolper and Sher on their projects. This is F/W/V’s fifth office.

Burrell Communications has hired four new execs. Robert Clifton joins the firm again, this time as VP, creative director, working mostly with Toyota and McDonald’s. Read more

Groupon: We’re Totally Not Friends With Him. Really.

Groupon has snarkily announced it did not drop its advertisements from NBC’s The Apprentice to distance itself from creator and star Donald Trump, because it never advertised on the show or website at all.

“Things go viral on the internet. Who knew?” Groupon wrote on its blog.

News stories were published this week saying after the obnoxious New Yorker involved himself in the “birther” movement against President Obama, Groupon dropped its association with Trump like a hot rock.

Not true, says the coupon giant. It never liked the comb-over king in the first place.

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