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UNC’s Edelman Bill Rises to Nearly $2 Million; Critics Pounce

unc_logo_c_32a691Last month, the scandal-plagued University of North Carolina revealed the “scary” price of crisis communications: $782,000 for “several months” of work performed by a team from Edelman.

Yesterday, that number jumped to $2 million — and you could almost hear the sound of critics scoffing online.

Key quote via The Charlotte Observer:

“A copy of the contract provided under a public records request shows Edelman will receive more than $1.65 million for public relations services over the period of a year, ending April 30, 2015.”

But will the investment ultimately pay off for the school?

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The Ticker: RIP Mike Nichols; Women in Social; Word of Mouth ROI; And More

Anna Wintour Basically Admits That Putting Kimye on the Cover of Vogue Was a PR Stunt

anna wintourAnna Wintour sat down with former CNN reporter Alina Cho on Monday at the Metropolitan Museum to talk about a number of fashion-related topics. Among them: that Kimye cover of Vogue

Quoth Wintour:

I see the role of Vogue to reflect what’s going on in the culture. The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too. It’s such a long time ago probably no one remembers, but she was a very controversial figure. Now she’s part of the establishment. I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine! Nobody would talk about us. It’s very important that people do talk about us. 

Anna Wintour speaks the truth.

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Ogilvy, MSLGroup and More Make HRC’s ‘Most LGBT-Inclusive’ List

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Human Rights Campaign, the civil rights organization perhaps best known for championing same-sex marriage  and making the equality symbol go viral, released its report naming the “Most LGBT-Inclusive Places to Work” this week.

The list is very inclusive indeed — and it contains a fair number of PR firms and holding companies:

  • The Ogilvy Group
  • MSLGroup
  • IPG (which includes Weber Shandwick, PMK*BNC, Rogers McCowan, Spong, etc.)
  • Publicis Healthcare Communications

How did these businesses qualify?

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Why Uber’s ‘Smear the Press’ Approach Would Never Work

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Today we bring you a guest post from Andrew Graham, founding partner of Clear and co-founder of Grow America.

Uber has managed to give opposition research a bad rap.

What surprised me about Ben Smith’s scoop — that an executive at Uber floated the idea to use opposition researchers to smear journalists who write things the company does not want them to write — isn’t that the idea apparently existed in some form.

What surprised me is how profoundly bad that specific idea is on its own, and that it would even cross the mind of someone who has managerial responsibility at a company valued at $18b.

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Netflix, NBC Dump Bill Cosby Projects Amid Rape Accusations

bill cosbyThe allegations of rape and sexual assault against Bill Cosby keep coming. With each new accusation, it became harder and harder for Netflix and NBC to stand by the projects they had in the works with the comedian. Netflix decided that it would be best to postpone the planned launch of its comedy special Bill Cosby 77, which had been planned to go live the day after Thanksgiving.

Just this afternoon, NBC announced that it too will pass on a planned sitcom with Cosby.

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Waggener Edstrom Study Says ‘Wearables’ Are Here to Stay

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We’re still not quite sure what to make of wearable technology. Many tech companies and their firms want to tell us that it’s the next big thing, and we feel like we should probably get some sort of fitness tracker when we plan our New Year’s resolutions. But doubts remain: last week, investors had a minor freakout over Google founder Sergey Brin’s decision to appear at a “red carpet event” without a bulky camera on his face.

A new study from Waggener Edstrom, however, tells us that the wearable tech market is just getting started. One research firm predicts that it will be ten times as large in 2018 as it was last year.

You can click here to download the full paper, and we have some takeaways after the jump.

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Oxford English Dictionary Publishers Think We Yanks Are Vaping Idiots

vaping badMuch like a bad rash that sticks around even after you bought that expensive cream, it’s baaaaaaaaaaack.

The extremely British Oxford Dictionary has released its “2014 Word of the Year.” The word, perhaps best embodied by this brilliant sign in Geneva, New York (about 250 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan), is Vape

Yes, that’s “vape” as in the still-as-addictive-as-smoking-but-doesn’t-stink-as-much vaporizing. Toking vapors through just about every orifice in your body is the word of the year. It’s trending. It’s being reported. It’s causing publishers of the snootiest dictionary in the world to laugh their tails off at the silly Americans.

Let me mansplain

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Roll Call: Burson-Marsteller, Lippincott, Fingerpaint, and More

Burson-Marsteller announced the promotion of Nicole Cornish to the position of chief operating officer for the North American region. Prior to today’s announcement, Cornish simultaneously served as CEO of the agency’s “grassroots operation” Direct Impact and SVP of its North American operations. The release tells us that her primary focus as COO will be talent retention and recruitment; she will report directly to US CEO Michael Law, and EVP Connie Partoyan will assume the role of President at Direct Impact, which is currently looking for a new CEO.

Cornish, who operates out of Washington, D.C., has spent well over a decade with the B-M organization, first as a manager of brand marketing. She joined Direct Impact in 2003 and was named CEO in 2012. She previously spent more than two years as an account supervisor at Edelman.

Branding firm Lippincott expanded its executive team with the hiring of Cory Cruser as partner in its experience innovation practice. Cruser joins the firm from digital ad/marketing agency Razorfish, where he served as group director and lead of the data-driven marketing. Prior to joining Razorfish, he served as a manager/strategic consultant at professional services firm Ernst & Young.

The release tells us that Cruser’s duties at Lippincott will include insights regarding its digital services; his resume includes extensive work in the user experience field including establishment/management of data analysis and innovation capabilities. (Link)

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GOOD NEWS: The ‘Gays in the Military’ Debate Just Ended

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There are few people on Earth that people from all walks of life would collectively consider a “total badass.”

Much like a question on Family Feud, the top answer would be debated across popular football players and MMA fighters. Others, may wax nostalgic like Mike Tyson or Bruce Lee. Some may go the way of pop culture and argue for someone in “Game of Thrones” because they don’t get out much. And then, the real answers show up around numbers 5 through 7.

One of them will unquestionably be “a U.S. Marine,” “Special Forces,” “Green Berets,” or my personal fave, a U.S. Navy SEAL. No debate. No reservation. Just a simple “yup” does the trick, thank you kindly.

So, what if I told you there is a SEAL…who is openly gay? Did you just bump into a glass wall throwing papers up in the air because yeah, that happened.

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