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Posts Tagged ‘Harrison Wise’

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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Can PR Spending Predict a New Tech Bubble?

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Earlier this week the San Francisco Chronicle published a sort of insider’s perspective on how the state of tech PR could reveal a pending Silicon Valley “bubble”—and they asked a couple of our favorite contacts to weigh in.

Tech’s venture capital take in 2013 was its highest since 2001, leading some unnamed observers to both wonder whether there’s a new bubble approaching and, if so, when it might burst. As white-hot industries begin their rapid fall back to earth, PR budgets are usually the first to get cut—so market experts look to the communications industry for clues regarding the health of Silicon Valley at large.

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6 PR Experts Weigh in on Google’s New Guest Post Crackdown

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Earlier today we posted on Google‘s latest in a long line of attempts to discourage spammy guest posts designed to boost sites’ rankings with keywords and the dreaded “dofollow links.”

As the marketing/PR blog world freaked out around us, we wondered: should we swear off guest posts altogether?

Of course not; today’s clarification from the kings of search says that you’ll only be punished if your sole reason for posting is the rankings bounce we mentioned. In order to understand what this means for PR, we asked several of our favorite contacts for their takes.

Quotes (emphasis ours) after the jump.

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WISE PR Throws a Great Holiday Party

And we have photographic proof, too! Manhattan/San Francisco-based WISE Public Relations was kind enough to invite us to their staff Christmas party last week, and they had a very professional photographer on hand to document the festivities at PUBLIC in NoLita.

Here’s Founder/President Harrison Wise with the excellent account exec Amanda Scaccianoce and West Coast managing director/VP of media relations John McCartney, fresh off his move to sunny San Fran (and yes, we had the Moscow Mule).

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Beckerman Acquires Wise PR

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New Jersey-based Beckerman Public Relations expanded further this week with the acquisition of the Manhattan boutique Wise PR. Beckerman moved to Hackensack recently upon acquiring Avalanche Strategic Communications in June. With both, Beckerman brings headcount to over 40.

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Harrison Wise brings digital PR and social media experience to Beckerman’s bench strength in real estate and professional services. He will keep his downtown office. Wise is a veteran of New York agencies, with stints at Lloyd Truffelman‘s Trylon SMR and Rubenstein PR.

[Photos: Michael Beckerman (left), Harrison Wise (right)]