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Roll Call: Edelman, CommCreative and STRATACACHE

Edelman announced former special assistant to the President and White House deputy press secretary, Jamie Smith, and former Senate Finance Committee communications director, Sean Neary, are joining Edelman’s Washington, D.C. office. Smith will serve as executive vice president overseeing media strategies and services for the office, which specializes in public and corporate affairs, issues management and crisis communications. Neary joins Edelman as executive vice president and will manage the firm’s Financial Communications practice in D.C., in close cooperation with teams in New York, Chicago, London and Hong Kong. Both Smith and Neary recently left their government roles. In the newly created role, Smith will oversee a team of media relations professionals and provide counsel to a range of Edelman clients. She will also manage the office’s expanding “Creative Newsroom” offering, an innovative, real-time, on-demand media relations operation that reaches across traditional, social, owned and hybrid media channels. (Release)

CommCreative named Ashley DePaolo as director of Strategic Communications. In this role, Ashley leads the strategic communications team focused on public relations, corporate communications and crisis management. In addition, she supports agency marketing and the business development team. Prior to joining CommCreative, DePaolo was vice president at Schneider Associates, a Boston-based public relations agency that specializes in launching companies, products, services and communities. At Schneider Associates, Ashley led the public affairs, corporate communications and consumer practice areas. (Release)

STRATACACHE announced the recent hire of Kenneth Boyle as SVP of Strategic Operations. Ken will be responsible for the development and management of key strategic initiatives for the global growth and sustainability of STRATACACHE, with his primary focus on Latin America. Ken has an extensive broadcast and media background which began when he founded his own technology & communications company in New York to provide live broadcast transmission and production services for entertainment, corporate and government clients.  (Release).

Spin the Agencies of Record

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Edelman’s Zeno Group has signed with Tylenol. Parent company Johnson & Johnson wants to counter a “series of recalls and manufacturing issues” as well as the lawsuits filed in the wake of reports tying Tylenol overdoses to liver failure.

A company spokesman issued a statement to AdAge but did not connect the decision to hire Zeno to the recent string of bad publicity…

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New York’s Child’s Play Communications, which specializes in moms, added web publisher Bundoo to its client roster. The site features tips, tools and Q&As aimed at new and expectant parents, because that stuff never gets easy.

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Edelman Appoints New Head of Chicago Office

2756a9891d9fecb8e56ba61b7893dfa8In yet another revolving door announcement, Edelman named Jay Porter as the new president of its inaugural Chicago office.

Porter was most recently executive vice president and global client relationship manager for Starbucks; he’ll replace Rick Murray, who’s moving on to other endeavors, and report to U.S. president/CEO Mark Haas.

This won’t be Porter’s first stint with the firm: from 2005-2012 he alternately served as the Seattle Consumer practice, manager of the Axe account and EVP/general manager of the San Francisco office before taking over the Starbucks account.

Edelman’s made a few changes since announcing its 2014 “Show Up Differently” initiative; we’ll report on future updates.

Edelman Trust Barometer Results: It’s CSR Time

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The big conclusion everyone’s drawn from the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer is that the public’s confidence in both media and government has hit a low point. The most important metric is supposedly a jump in the gap between trust in business and trust in government, and the only three notable countries in which the latter trumps the former are South Korea, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates.

Hold on, though: this doesn’t mean that we’re about to enter some neo-Libtertarian utopia.

The findings can be summed up with three big letters: CSR.

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Ben & Jerry’s Just Showed Us How to Use That Jelly

Still not sure what to make of Jelly, the new “ask and you might possibly receive” app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone? We have to admit we didn’t really see how the app could be relevant to PR or marketing—based on what we read it just seemed like a mobile, crowdsourced version of Ask Jeeves.

This morning, however, we discovered that at least one brand has found a way to promote via Jelly (H/T to David Armano of Edelman and Lauren K. Gray of PRSA and Finn Partners):

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Nice sort-of-humblebrag, guys.

Now how else can we use Jelly to make ourselves look good?

The (Other) Real Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014

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They’rrrrrrrrre Baaaaaaaaack!

ICYMI: PRNewser rang in the New Year with a list of the people we considered the Real Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014.

It was, by all accounts, an “astonishing” list whose members’ follows “rocketed” toward the stratosphere (See what a PRNewser stamp of approval can do?). Anywho, that list was very difficult to finalize because we wanted to maintain the numerological alliteration—14 and 2014, for those scoring at home—so we had to get picky and put on the cap. Nothing personal if you were excluded; we’re just OCD like that.

Whelp, after reviewing our rules for what makes a “real PR twit” and realizing how many social media studs we couldn’t put on our initial list because numbers, we threw caution into the wind and decided to write a sequel. So, break out your Twitter feed and get ready to follow everyone on this “hotly anticipated” follow-up.

Here are the other 14 Twits for your review, flacks.

Enjoy…

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The 10 Biggest PR Winners of 2013

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Toast of the town

Yesterday we gave your our list of 2013′s biggest losers, so now it’s time to go positive (in keeping with #4 on this list) with the biggest winners of the past twelve months.

Through some combination of skill, good fortune and great public relations, these ten had a pretty good 2013.

Here’s to the promise of a new year; be sure to let us know who we left out.

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The Real Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014

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Represent, “Real” PR Tweeps! 

We at PRNewser know that speaking out against clients (in the open) may be taboo. But for sake of discussion, let’s pretend it’s okay to be honest, mmmmkay?

How many times have you worked tirelessly for what seems like a millennium for a great trade story?

You earned a monstrous 90 percent share-of-voice with a sweet representation on social media to the tune of hundreds of shares, and even got noticed by other media types (local and industry). You draw up that report and hit enter with some righteous satisfaction (and possibly, a sister neck roll). And then, the client replies with … wait for it and repeat after me … “That’s all?” 

Yes you ungrateful so-and-so , metrics matter, but they have evolved. That’s how we feel about some of the “top minds” in this space making a list of “Who’s Who?” Metrics are important, as is attitude, content, engagement and relevance. That’s why this list—our list—matters. Here are our Top 14 PR Twits to Follow in 2014. 

*Snap Applause*

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How Does Content Marketing Relate to PR, Again?

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Tired of this question already? Get used to it—sponsored content and brand journalism and content marketing are here to stay (not that they’re really anything new).

Thanks to The Guardian‘s latest conversation (sponsored by Outbrain) on the relationship between PR and whatever you want to call that other thing, we have some helpful quotes!

From Justin Pearse, head of marketing at Bite:

“Using great content to tell brand stories has always been with us…The problem [with new content distribution channels] though is it’s these technologies that have also led to a flood of content pollution online, as brands create content for algorithms, not people.”

From Jeff Pyat, head of global PR at Outbrain:

“PR firms need to have a strong understanding of all the distribution channels available to them…If PR owns the content, the industry will be well positioned for the future.”

From Jo Sheldon, executive director at Edelman:

“It has to be signposted so that consumers know who’s funding it and can make their own judgements. If it’s great content, relevant and in the right place they’ll enjoy it—paid or earned.”

Does that clear things up?

Roll Call: Edelman, FleishmanHillard, Zocalo Group and More

Edelman has named Gail Becker president of strategic partnerships and global integration, effective immediately. In the newly created position, Becker, currently chair of Canada, Latin America and U.S. Western Region, will identify and advance strategic alliances and partnerships globally and oversee the execution and integration of those business relationships across the network. She will also have executive oversight of MATTER, the sports, entertainment and experiential marketing arm of DJE Holdings. Becker will report to Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, and continue to be based in Los Angeles. Alan VanderMolen, vice chairman DJE Holdings, will now oversee Canada and Latin America. He will report to Matthew Harrington, global chief operating officer in this role and continue to report to Edelman in his role as vice chairman. VanderMolen, in addition to his new role, will continue to oversee Edelman’s eight global practices—Consumer Marketing, Digital, Health, Corporate, Public Affairs, Technology, Business + Social Purpose and Crisis and Risk, Edelman’s intellectual property such as the Trust Barometer as well as Edelman’s sister agency Zeno. (Release)

FleishmanHillard International Communications announced the appointment of Kirsten Whipple as health and wellness practice leader in its Chicago office. Kirsten joined FleishmanHillard in February 2011 as a senior vice president and the group has tripled in size during her tenure. She currently leads a client portfolio that includes Abbott, AbbVie, Beech-Nut and Retale, with programs ranging from brand reputation and scientific communications to consumer PR programs and issues management. The clients are served by an integrated team that includes former journalists, registered dietitians, scientists and social media experts. (Release) Read more

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