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Posts Tagged ‘Wise PR’

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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In Which We Consider Business Insider’s ‘Top 50 Tech PR Pros’ List

It’s safe to say that this week’s story about the Business Insider CTO with a penchant for offending everyone in sight on Twitter didn’t help raise the company’s public profile.

Yesterday, however, brought the publication of BI’s “50 best PR people in the tech industry” listicle, which is a different sort of animal altogether. Rather than mock the PR discipline at large, BI took the opportunity to credit to 50 people doing it the right way in the tech field.

Of course any such list is inherently arbitrary, and we’re not familiar with most of the names on this one, though we can personally vouch for Brian S. Gross, John McCartney of WISE PR and Krista Canfield of LinkedIn. That said, here’s what we like about the post: every member of this crowd of 50 is doing his or her part to promote not just a client brand but the PR practice in general—and we could always use a little more good press.

We reached out to some of our contacts for comment on the list and encountered a common theme.

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Spin the Agencies of Record

TobleroneAfter a review, McGarryBowen‘s London office acquired the global advertising account for Toblerone, the renowned candy brand. WPP’s Ogilvy managed the account previously, and—even thought it will no longer handle the Toblerone account—it will continue to work for a new company, Mondelez, established by the division of Kraft Foods into two separate entities.

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman catapulted into fame upon being identified as the person who triggered an FBI investigation that exposed CIA Director General David Petraeus‘ extramarital affair, has hired the crisis firm Smith & Co., based in Washington, DC. Though Smith & Co. refused to comment, both USA Today and Fox News reported that Ms. Kelley and her husband, Scott, hired Smith & Co.’s founder, PR maven Judy Smith, and attorney Abbe Lowell.

WISE PR, based in New York City, has added several new clients to its roster: Control Group, an NYC-based innovation strategy firm; Spruce Media, the leading provider of enterprise-class marketing solutions for Facebook Ads; Yieldex, the leading provider of inventory and revenue management solutions for digital publishers; Dynamix, a provider of dynamic creative engagement, optimization and personalization technology, and Spindle Labs Inc., a developer of new search technology to help people discover social content.

Spin the Agencies of Record

Audit, tax, and business advisory firm J.H. Cohn has selected Goodman Media International as its AOR. Goodman will build the reputation of Cohn’s accounting and auditing practice, the business investigation services team, and the Cohn Consulting Group. And it will position Cohn’s executives as experts on global market issues.

Wise PR has added four clients to its roster: Altitude Digital Partners, an advertising company for online publishers; FonGenie, a cloud-based business phone solutions company; Kiip, a mobile in-game advertising startup founded by teenage Brian Wong (!!); and Image Space Media, and advertising company that pairs brands with relevant images and video. Video of Wong talking about his company, his second one (!!), in the clip above.

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