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Sound Insights on Storytelling and Branding at Communications Week

Telling brand stories may seem simple, but far more goes on behind the scenes than many realize. Creating “aha” moments, integrating messages across platforms and navigating multiple agencies can often seem daunting. Just when you think all is clear, newer tools like Whisper and SoundCloud make both literal and figurative noise.

The complex art of storytelling was the topic at a Communications Week panel Thursday night in New York.

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L to R  – Moderator Patrick Coffee (Senior Editor, Mediabistro), Brendan Murphy (Senior Partner, Design, Lippincott), Tiffany Guarnaccia (Founder, Kite Hill PR), Shoshana Winter (Executive Planning Director, Digital Integration, mcgarrybowen), Pam Workman (CEO, Workman Group Communications), Tyler Gray (Editorial Director, Creative Newsroom, Edelman)Andrew Fingerman (Media Director, MRY)

The event was hosted by Workman Group, creative comms industry group ADC was the venue partner, and the entire undertaking was organized by Communications Week.

PRNewser’s very own editor Patrick Coffee moderated, and panelists represented a mix of PR, digital and brand marketing agencies:

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STUDY: 83 Percent of Consumers ‘Unsatisfied’ by Relationships with Brands

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Edelman released its second annual “brandshare” study this week, and the project’s findings are both challenging and encouraging. In short, consumers are not completely satisfied by their relationships with the brands they know — and the industry is moving closer to determining what, exactly, such “relationships” should entail. Most importantly, brands that created “multidimensional” relationships with consumers saw big, measurable gains.

Some of the study’s findings serve as a good follow-up to a survey released by WPP in September, which found that 55 percent of respondents simply don’t see the point of “friending” a brand. Highlights:

  • 87 of respondents around the world say they want “meaningful relationships” with brands
  • Yet 66 percent say brands don’t share with them at all — and 70 percent say that, when they do, it’s only due to “a self-centered desire to increase profits”

Today we spoke to Jen Cohan, president of Edelman New York, to learn more about takeaways from this year’s brandshare.

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Edelman China CEO Returns Home After ‘Disappearance’

edelman-logoIn a disturbing development that could give pause to all international PRs, today AdAge and Edelman confirmed the safe return of Steven Cao, CEO of Edelman China, who had been “missing” for approximately ten weeks. Angela Doland, who covers the Asia beat for AdAge, first noted Cao’s absence in July, noting that he had stopped reporting to work.

The frightening part: the reason Cao didn’t report seems to have had something to do with the Chinese government’s case against former news anchor/agency founder Rui Chenggang, who was arrested this summer and currently awaits trial on unspecified charges.

Rui and Cao have been business partners in the past, and unnamed sources told AdAge in July that Cao was “cooperating with authorities” in their investigation. Rui and Cao co-founded Pegasus Communications, which Edelman acquired in 2007.

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Roll Call: Edelman, Burson-Marsteller, Kwittken And More

Edelman named Deb Kazenelson Deane EVP and group head for its Los Angeles-based corporate practice. An eight-year Edelman vet and expert in Hispanic marketing, Kazenelson previously worked in areas as varied as recalls, M&A and “workforce reductions.” She often serves as the firm’s go-to representative for clients who need bilingual professionals and she also sits on the board of directors for the LA Family Housing and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Before joining Edelman, Kazenelson led her own indie consultancy and helped launch PainePR’s Los Angeles office; in her new role she reports to Edelman LA GM James Williams, who cites her “broad experience and success in driving impactful global programs” in the press release. (Edelman)

Another Edelman staffer is moving to Burson-Marsteller. Brady Mays, who served as general manager at Edelman’s 75-strong Chicago office, will join Burson as managing director of digital integration in the U.S. “Anti-social media douchebag” Mays joined Edelman to lead digital exactly one year ago; in his new role (which began October 1st), he will remain in Chicago and report to Thomas Gensemer, U.S. Chief Strategy Officer. The release states that he will work with other Burson practice leaders to promote the firm’s digital offering. (Burson-Marsteller)

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VICE Discovers the Ethical Perils of Corporate Sponsorship

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Looks like the cool kids sometimes get tripped up on ethics, too.

According to reports posted earlier this week, VICE — the very organization that inspired Edelman to make a call to defend itself for working on sustainability projects while representing clients who deny climate change — has occasional brushes with conflict-of-interest problems.

A post on Gawker and one on Capital New York both demonstrate how VICE editors worked to squash stories that could have reflected badly on corporate sponsors and/or media partners.

This is really a classic PR/media condundrum.

SPOILER: It’s about the money.

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Roll Call: Edelman, Eastwick, Aon and More

Michelle Hutton will be head of Edelman’s Global Consumer Marketing practice effective November 1st. Hutton, who currently serves as CEO of Edelman Australia, will succeed Jennifer Cohan, who was recently named president of Edelman New York. Cohan will relocate to the firm’s London office and report to president of practices, sectors and offerings Ben Boyd. The release notes that Edelman’s Australian office tripled in size during Hutton’s tenure and that she oversaw the 2012 acquisition of digital agency Design Royale. Before joining Edelman, Hutton served as chief executive of Hill & Knowlton’s Australasian practice. (mUmBRELLA)

Sunnyvale, California’s tech-focused comms firm Eastwick announced several new hires marking the expansion of its various services. Eastwick, which opened its first New York office in April, named Sahana Jayaraman as VP of its Digital & Content Marketing Group. Jayaraman, who joined Eastwick in February after stints in digital and social at Peppercom and FleishmanHillard, will handle the development, delivery and promotion of sponsored content across all channels.

Jun Quintana, who previously served as VP of research and analytics at Fleishman’s San Francisco office, now leads the same group at Eastwick.

Michael Kanellos has been promoted from VP to SVP. Kanellos previously reported on tech and green concerns for C|Net and Greentech Media, and in his new position he will head Eastwick’s Editorial Group to help produce written materials for clients. He will continue to lead the Cleantech group as well.

Dave De Jear joins Eastwick as SVP of client services after serving as senior director of corporate communications at Bay Area software producer Sophos.

Sharon Chan, who joined the firm in 2012, has been promoted to industry lead for the Asia-Pacific region. In her new role, she will lead Eastwick’s efforts to advise companies expanding their services in both the US and APAC. (Release)

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Golin Appoints Edelman, Clinton Vet to Manage D.C.-Area Offices

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Golin hired Neal Flieger, veteran of Edelman and various high-profile political campaigns, to manage its three Washington, D.C. area offices: Richmond, Baltimore and our nation’s capital.

Flieger spent a rare, unbroken 20-year stint at Edelman before making the move; one of his key roles at the firm involved leading its research firm StrategyOne while serving as Chair of Edelman Berland.

The list of clients for which he directed corporate reputation work, investor relations, anti-trust efforts(!) and more is as long as varied as you’d expect: it includes Samsung, Starbucks, Monsanto, Walmart, Pepsi, Yum Brands and many more.

Before he entered the agency world, however, Flieger was best known for helping to run the successive presidential campaigns of Paul Tsongas, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton. During the Clinton administration, he ran communications for the House Select Committee on Hunger and served as deputy administrator of the USDA’s Food and Consumer Service agency.

Flieger will report to Gary Rudnick, president of Golin Americas.

No One Wants to Admit to Repping Big Tobacco

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Remember the Edelman-driven CVS initiative in which the pharmacy chain announced its plans to stop selling tobacco in its stores? How about the Truth anti-smoking spots created to shame celebrity tokers?

These felt like somewhat bold responses to a serious health epidemic. Were they, though? Or were they simply a reflection of a new societal consensus? This week we discovered an unsurprising fact: no one wants to admit to representing major tobacco companies. They have entered a class of client best labeled “forbidden.”

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Roll Call: Edelman, Ruder Finn and The Digital Consultancy

Edelman has named Stephanie Lvovich global chair of its Public Affairs practice, effective October 13, 2014. Lvovich, formerly executive director and global chair of the food and consumer products practice at APCO Worldwide, will lead the firm’s global Public Affairs practice, which encompasses over 275 professionals worldwide. She will be based in the firm’s London office. At APCO Worldwide, Lvovich led the creation of and managed APCO’s global food and consumer products practice. She also oversaw international accounts for major food and consumer products companies including the Coca-Cola Company, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Mars Incorporated, SABMiller and many others. Lvovich also built and managed APCO’s business development function for Europe, India and the Middle East and helped support business and client expansion, particularly in the Gulf region. (Release)

Ruder Finn, Inc. announced that it has hired Peggy Walsh as its global chief financial officer. With 20 years of experience in business operations and finance, Peggy will oversee finance for Ruder Finn’s 12 offices across the U.S., Asia and the U.K. Peggy is coming to Ruder Finn from Ketchum, where she spent 15 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Director of Finance and Operations. Walsh’s hire comes in light of Ruder Finn’s ongoing growth surge, with the agency’s key focus areas – Health & Wellness, Corporate & Public Trust, Technology & Innovation, and Consumer Connections – all growing. (Release)

The Digital Consultancy announced that Greg Verdino will launch and lead its North American office. In his role as managing director, Verdino will build upon The Digital Consultancy’s client-proven methodologies to deliver the comprehensive, impartial strategies that global organizations need in order to thrive in a constantly evolving digital economy. Verdino joins The Digital Consultancy after nearly 25 years working at the forefront of marketing, media and technology change. His career has included time as executive vice president of strategy at social business firm Dachis Group, chief strategy officer at pioneering social media consultancy crayon, and vice president of emerging channels at Digitas. His experience also includes seven years in senior marketing, sales and general management roles at a variety of technology startups, as well as agency stints at Blau Marketing Technologies, Wunderman and Saatchi & Saatchi. He most recently ran his own consulting practice, advising organizations in the media, healthcare, retail and public sectors on digital strategy, marketing, and transformation. (Release)

15 People Business Insider Left Off Its ‘Top 50 Tech PR’ List

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ICYMI, yesterday Business Insider posted another of its famous clickbait listicles (not that we would ever do anything like that, cough cough). This one was of particular interest to the people in PR.

It’s true that “The 50 Best Public Relations People in the Tech Industry in 2014” was — as one of our industry friends put it — “so arbitrary.” At the same time, it’s always good to see journalists highlighting the real, valuable work done by PR rather than denigrating the entire industry.

It was also nice to see friends of the site Ed Zitron of EZPR and Barbara Bates of Eastwick get some respect.

A couple of things we noticed: someone really likes working with Waggener Edstrom and Brew PR and there weren’t a whole lot of names on the list from the usual suspects. Check out the O’Dwyer’s top tech firms list and notice how many of them didn’t appear in the BI post.

After the jump, we listed some people — both abstract and specific — whose absence we noted.

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