PR news round-up (13-17 May)
Here’s a round-up of PR news from the past week, including David Beckham’s new marketing team, Havas’s new structure and big wins for Fever, Taylor Herring and Mc&T.
CisionMeets… Yahoo Finance UK
PR professionals are crucial to informing journalists about sources or interviewees they may never have considered, head of Yahoo Finance UK Lianna Brinded explained at Cision’s latest media briefing.
Describing her relationship with comms professionals, she said that she understands that communicators have a tough role and so tries to give feedback on every pitch she receives, although this can sometimes be difficult due to the volume of emails received.
You can read the full write-up here.
Algorithms and augmentation: the future of earned media measurement
Pictured (l-r): Timo Thomann-Rompf, Johna Burke and moderator Scott Newton
Comms professionals should embrace new AI and machine learning technology, rather than fearing it will take their jobs, AMEC global MD Johna Burke argued in Cision’s latest webinar.
She looked to assuage any PR professionals who are worried by any imminent disruption by AI, stating that human critical thinking isn’t likely to be replaced by automation anytime soon.
She was joined by Cision Insights COO Timo Thomann-Rompf, who agreed that fears over the impact of AI in earned media measurement were currently unfounded.
The pair went on to discuss examples of how new technology was aiding industry professionals, how PRs can keep up with technological advances and warned that matching PR goals to organisational objectives is still a necessity in the industry, no matter how much help new innovations provide.
You can read the full write-up here.
Gary Wheeldon (left) and Steve Strickland
Gary Wheeldon and Steve Strickland, co-founders of Talker Tailor Trouble Maker, talk about the business’s third birthday, how it’s different to other agencies and why AVEs are average.
Ben Cossor, account director at The PHA Group, presents his tips on how fintech start-ups can grow their profile.
Following his separation from former business partners XIX Entertainment, David Beckham has appointed a new brand and commercial team. The hires include the appointment of Isabel May as CMO to oversee marketing and comms, Bella Blenkinsopp as communications manager to handle day-to-day PR and Josef Kaplicky as content manager, responsible for all social content.
Foco has appointed former Global radio presenter Andrea Bruce as an account director. Bruce will lead the agency’s podcast offering.
PR and social agency WPR has looked to enhance its paid search capabilities with three new hires. Emma Nicholls joins as paid director, Joe Bennett becomes paid manager and Josh Houghton is appointed search marketing manager.
Bubble Agency has made three new appointments. The company has hired Steven De Waal as a senior account executive, Amisa Saari-Stout as an account executive and Tiffany Hutt as a sales support executive.
Milk & Honey has promoted client directors Caroline Addy and Jessica Ballinger to its board.
Jessica Ballinger (left) and Caroline Addy
Siemens PLC has appointed Launch to support its investment as a partner at The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. The agency will position Siemens as a leader and innovator in digitalisation, manufacturing and sustainable energy, using an integrated thought-leadership and content curation campaign, targeting both B2B and B2C audiences.
Swedish cider brand Kopparberg has handed its retained PR accounts to Mc&T. The agency will encompass the brand’s consumer and trade press office, as well as working on summer campaigns and new product announcements on a permanent basis, after it recently helped Kopparberg launch its new Premium Pink Gin.
London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency, has appointed strategic comms consultancy Alfred to promote the city’s cultural offering through a content and paid social campaign.
TPR Media has been commissioned to handle PR for two spring events. The agency will support the Great Exhibition Road Festival, a festival of art, science and culture, while also handling promotion for the cinema release of Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudol, a documentary about the landscape gardener.
Menswear brand Niccolò P has appointed Lou Cannon PR to handle its PR activity.
Havas Group has created Red Havas, a network combining its global PR and social agencies. The move is designed to allow the agency to work in a more integrated way across the marketing mix, using what it calls the “merged media” model. As well as rebranding its Manchester and Edinburgh offices, the company has also launched a third UK office in London.
Marcomms group MSQ Partners – which includes PR agency Smarts Communicate – has received investment from private equity firm LDC, alongside its senior managers, valuing the business at £37.5m. The deal marks an exit for NVM Private Equity, which had been an investor since July 2014.
Hotwire is set to merge Australian sister agency Precinct into the business, with Precinct becoming part of the Hotwire brand from 1 July. Precinct managing director Jaime Nelson will become managing director, strategy and marketing services for Hotwire Australia.
Huntsworth Health has formed a strategic alliance with China-based healthcare medical and marketing agency Consultech. The agreement will see the two companies collaborating to drive strategic medical and marketing communications for clients in Chinese market.
Issa PR founder Viet N’Guyen has launched new brand marketing agency Subculture. The new agency will be a subsidiary of Issa PR and work with UK and US clients at the intersection of art, culture, music, fashion and sports.
The PRCA has launched its 2019 PR and Communications Census. The report examines all aspects of the industry, with key findings including an increased use of evaluation in the industry. However, the sector has made very little progress on improving diversity or dealing with mental health issues. The full report can be found here.
The trade association has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the PRHK, the body representing PR and comms practitioners in Hong Kong. The three year memorandum gives members reciprocal right to attends each other’s events at members rates, will see the two associations collaborate on event creation and means both sides will not extend territorial coverage to include areas serviced by the other organisation.
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