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Posts Tagged ‘Carmichael Lynch’

Making Diversity in PR a Reality: Ellen Walthour, Executive Director of the BrandLab

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We’ve posted a few times on diversity in PR in recent weeks, and so far the most interesting conversation we had on the topic was with Ellen Walthour, executive director of Twin Cities-based project the BrandLab.

Could you give us a little history of the BrandLab?

We’re pretty young; we started in 2007 and launched as a 501(c) in 2008, so we’re a standard nonprofit. In 2009 we really began tracking students. We have kids graduating from college this spring who went through the program, and while those numbers are small, they’re going to grow.

Each year we’ve grown in terms of both participants and partners. PR firms are also involved, particularly PadillaCRT and Weber Shandwick.

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PR Firms Keep the Holiday Cheer Coming

In the past couple of weeks since we posted a story about the good works and well wishes coming from PR firms for the holiday season, there’s been a whole lot more, and its getting even more elaborate.

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IPG’s Diamond ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Given the Situation in Washington

Interpublic Group reported second quarter revenue of$1.74 billion, up from $1.61 billion for the same period in 2010. Organic growth was 4.7 percent; 4.2 percent in the U.S. and 5.5 percent around the world.

Operating income for the quarter was $174 million, which is actually down from $177.2 in 2010. For the half, operating income was $128.7 million versus $117.8 million in 2010.

For the first half, revenue totaled $3.22 billion, up from $2.95 billion in 2010 with organic revenue growth of 6.8 percent for the half. Organic revenue growth was 6.3 percent last year. For more detail about IPG’s earnings, click here.

IPG’s Constituency Management Group (CMG), which houses the PR firms, also continued on the positive path. IPG PR firms include Weber Shandwick, GolinHarris, and Carmichael Lynch. Organic growth for the company’s PR unit was 9.5 percent for the first six months of 2011 and 9.6 percent for the second quarter. Harris Diamond, CEO of the CMG, told us that even with these good results, the situation in Washington has him a little wary.

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IPG Reports 9.3 Percent Organic Growth in Q1, Strong PR Showing

Interpublic Group keeps the positive earnings trend going with 9.3 percent organic growth reported in Q1 2011. Revenue totaled $1.47 billion for the quarter, a 10.3 percent increase year-over-year.

According to Harris Diamond, CEO of IPG’s Constituency Management Group, it was a “terrific quarter” for IPG’s PR firms (a sentiment expressed during this morning’s earnings call). The company’s PR agencies include Weber Shandwick, GolinHarris, and Carmichael Lynch. There was year-over-year organic growth of eight percent, with, according to Diamond, “strength in the U.S. and Asia.” He also said things were “turning positive” in Europe.

Overall, IPG reported 8.8 percent organic growth in the U.S. and 10.2 percent internationally.

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Edmunds.com Chooses Subaru for Marketing Award

Subaru has been chosen for Edmunds.com‘s 2011 Marketing Breakthrough Award, which will be handed out at this week’s New York International Auto Show. According to Edmunds’ press release, the car brand was selected for its ad campaigns as well as its fake online launch of the “Mediocrity Sedan,” which was meant to draw attention to its Legacy model. Edmunds attributes 263,000 U.S. sales in 2010 to the marketing effort.

Carmichael Lynch has worked with Subaru of America for four years.