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Virginia Tourism Authority seeks full-service agency

Virginia Tourism Authority seeks full-service agency

RICHMOND: The Virginia Tourism Authority, doing business as the Virginia Tourism Corporation, released an RFP for a full-service marketing agency to provide integrated marketing and advertising services.

Three PR firms assist Alibaba with IPO comms

Three PR firms assist Alibaba with IPO comms

Sard Verbinnen & Co., Brunswick Group, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies are supporting Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba on communications as it prepares to file a prospectus as early as Monday for its highly anticipated IPO.

PR Newswire releases guide on Asian media

PR Newswire releases guide on Asian media

News and information distribution service PR Newswire has published a guide to give subscribers a bite-sized overview of the Asian media landscape.

Former Social@Ogilvy EVP Gemma Craven joins Spredfast

Former Social@Ogilvy EVP Gemma Craven joins Spredfast

Gemma Craven, who previously served as EVP and New York group director of Social@Ogilvy, has joined social marketing company Spredfast as executive director of strategic markets.

David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

David Axelrod to work for UK Labour Party in next general election

The man who helped President Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 elections will work for the UK's Labour Party along with members of his team.

Friday's Breakfast Briefing: Former Samsung marketing chief defects to HTC

Friday's Breakfast Briefing: Former Samsung marketing chief defects to HTC

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Edelman takes a ride on Branson's slow-motion space adventure

Edelman takes a ride on Branson's slow-motion space adventure

Virgin Galactic is probably on every PR agency's dream assignment list, but delays to Richard Branson's space venture suggest it may not be a complete blast.

Nielsen's Fronk to lead firm's new reputation measurement, management services

Nielsen's Fronk to lead firm's new reputation measurement, management services

NEW YORK: Nielsen has launched new service offerings this month, including reputation measurement and management services, which will be headed by Robert Fronk SVP, reputation management and public affairs.

L'Oréal teams with Melanoma Research Alliance for celeb-bolstered PSA effort

L'Oréal Paris and the Melanoma Research Alliance have launched a campaign to make the dangers of unprotected sun exposure as obvious as those associated with smoking or texting and driving.

Sprint seeks firm for machine-to-machine, b-to-b

Sprint seeks firm for machine-to-machine, b-to-b

Sprint had issued an RFI in an effort to find a PR agency to work on its b-to-b and machine-to-machine efforts nationally, globally, and in key markets.

Publicis revenue growth rebounds to 3.3% in Q1

Publicis revenue growth rebounds to 3.3% in Q1

Publicis Groupe reported on Thursday morning a 3.3% organic revenue increase in the first quarter of 2014, compared with the prior year, to $2.2 billion. North American revenue growth outpaced the global rate at 4.3%.

Breakfast Briefing: Publicis revenue growth tops 4% in North America

Breakfast Briefing: Publicis revenue growth tops 4% in North America

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BlueFocus FY 2013 revenue up 64.8%

BlueFocus FY 2013 revenue up 64.8%

BEIJING: Chinese marketing services group BlueFocus reported a revenue increase of 64.8%, year-over-year, to more than $578 million in 2013.

Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Former White House press secretary Myers to join Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has appointed former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers as EVP for worldwide corporate communications and public affairs, effective September 2.

Sorrell: A Publicis-Omnicom 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Sorrell: A Publicis-Omnicom 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, has described attempts by rival holding companies Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe to form a "merger of equals" as "impossible."

Cohn & Wolfe bags PR duties for Lufthansa in India

Cohn & Wolfe bags PR duties for Lufthansa in India

The account was previously handled by CNC Communications & Network Consulting.

Virgin Galactic hands global PR duties to Edelman

Virgin Galactic hands global PR duties to Edelman

Virgin Galactic has picked Edelman to handle its six-figure global PR account in the build-up to its first commercial flight into space.

EBay appoints Launch PR, Exposure for UK consumer work

EBay appoints Launch PR, Exposure for UK consumer work

Online retailer eBay has appointed Launch PR and Exposure to its roster of agencies for UK consumer work.

Barclaycard US taps O'Malley Hansen as AOR

Barclaycard US taps O'Malley Hansen as AOR

Barclaycard has moved its US AOR account from Sparkpr to O'Malley Hansen Communications after a review involving more than a dozen agencies.

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: Bloomberg backs gun control nationally; Alibaba numbers impress

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Analysis

Boston balances safety, celebratory Marathon messages

Boston balances safety, celebratory Marathon messages

Boston Marathon organizers and local authorities have a tough task balancing security messages and maintaining the fun, triumphal spirit of the race. They are hitting their pace so far, say comms experts.

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Consolidation trending as vendors strive to keep up with changing industry

Cision and Vocus are two of the biggest providers of PR management and monitoring tools, and observers say both could soon be combined by GTCR Valor Merger Sub.

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Reddit AMAs: A minefield worth crossing

Communications pros tell PRWeek about their experiences helping clients through Reddit's Ask Me Anything sessions, which are full of potential pitfalls and opportunities.

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

Anonymous gossip apps a headache for brands? Not yet

The pack of scuttlebutt-sharing apps such as Whisper and Secret are not keeping communicators up at night - but that could change.

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

Who is winning the Marketing Cloud wars?

PRWeek sister brand The Hub takes an in-depth look at five tech giants and their race towards the first truly integrated digital marketing hub.

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

Inside Malaysia Airlines' crisis response to the plane disappearance

The MH370 disappearance has given Malaysia Airlines' communication operation an unprecedented challenge, but poor handling and misinformation have created a credibility gap, say PR pros.

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Deeds outweigh words in product recalls

Consumers expect recalls. But they won't be forgiving if a company does not handle them honestly, especially in the age of social media hyper-transparency.

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