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Posts Tagged ‘Starcom MediaVest Group’

Roll Call: W2O Group, Starcom MediaVest Group and D S Simon and More

W2O Group announced the opening of a San Diego office to serve a growing client base and strengthen its presence in key markets for the growth of its health and technology businesses. The Company has hired David Walsey as managing director of BrewLife, a W2O Group company, to run and grow this office, particularly in the areas of biotechnology, life sciences, medical device, healthcare delivery, digital health and consumer and B2B technology. Walsey joins W2O Group from Optimer Pharmaceuticals, where he served as vice president of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, delivering business solutions for corporate objectives spanning corporate communications, investor and media relations, business development and crisis communications. In his new role, he will provide senior communications and investor relations counsel to clients. He has more than 15 years of experience leading communications functions for biopharmaceutical companies and 10 years as an attorney in private practice. (Release)

Starcom MediaVest Group has appointed Sue Frogley to its team as global commercial director, where she will be responsible for building commercial relationships. Joining the team from Dentsu Aegis Media, Frogley will work across all of SMG’s global network clients and will drive client revenue in the newly created role. (Release)

Bev Yehuda has joined the digital, social, video communications firm D S Simon as SVP, operations and digital media. She will lead the firm’s rapidly growing digital business, expand on client offerings while providing senior level counsel to the firm’s roster of Fortune 500 clients and leading non-profits. Prior to joining D S Simon, Yehuda was VP, web engagement at PR Newswire, a division of global media giant UBM and VP, New Products at MultiVu a PR Newswire company. (Release)

Volkswagen has elevated international communications head Mario Guerreiro to its top American PR slot. Guerreiro has been stationed in VW’s home country of Germany as head of international communications, and will move to Volkswagen Group of America in Herndon, Va., Oct. 1 as executive VP to head communications for the group and brand stateside, including PR, corporate media relations and internal comms. (O’Dwyer’s)

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Creating A Buzzword-Free Zone

Mynt PR has done a survey of sorts to find the 100 PR buzzwords that ought to get the kibosh. The two that came out on top:  “game changing” and “cutting edge.” Others on the list include “synergy/synergize,”  “turnkey,” and “buzzwords.” All worthy choices.

Doing away with horrible catchphrases was also a topic of conversation at the recent Association of National Advertisers conference. Starcom MediaVest Group conducted a Facebook poll to determine the least favorite buzzwords and came up with “glocal,” “go viral,” “on the same page,” and “out of the box,” reports The New York Times.

Everyone agrees that marketers need to do away with meaningless jargon, yet marketers keep using meaningless jargon. Sigh. We’ll start with baby steps: Which words do you promise to do away with?