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Finance Firms’ Reps Dive

Financial journalists polled in the second annual BackBay-Marketwire Financial Services Reputation Survey said that the finance industry’s reputation has declined over the last year, and financial services firms need to overcome a credibility gap. | MORE »

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Face-To-Face Still Out Front In Communications Efforts

Steve Randazzo predicts experiential event-led efforts will continue to be in demand, but for such campaigns to succeed, he says, integration with PR and marketing functions are key. Here are Randazzo’s key steps to enabling such collaboration. | MORE »

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Q Score: Celebrity Research Uncovers the Next Big Thing

Although choosing a celebrity spokesperson is partly a guessing game, there are research firms to help guide agencies and organizations.  Polling some 40,000 households, here are the overall Q Score ratings of likeable celebrities from Marketing Evaluations. | MORE »

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Dancing With the Stars: Brand Match-Making With Celebrities

Working with celebrities as brand or cause spokespersons has never been more popular—or more dangerous. We present some guidelines to consider when matching up your organization’s brand or cause with the right spokesperson. | MORE »

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Technorati’s Top 10 Blogs

Technology and entertainment figure heavily in Technorati’s list of the top blog/blogging sites. | MORE »

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Have a Cause Initiative You Can Rally Around

For other companies wishing to do a campaign similar to Nationwide’s Driving While Distracted program, which educates consumers on safe driving practices, Fleishman-Hillard’s Senior Vice President Bill Ferguson and Nationwide’s communications consultant for media relations, Charley Gillespie, offer tips. | MORE »

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Apple Most Admired Among Brands

Last week we reported that Hershey’s Kisses was world’s the most popular brand, and now we can report that Apple is the world’s “most admired company.” Fortune partnered with Hay Group to assess U.S. and global firms with revenues of a least $10 billion. | MORE »

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Brown Campaign Gained Edge With On-The-Ground App

It wasn’t just the fact that Republican Scott Brown once posed for Cosmo that vaulted him to the office of U.S. senator from Massachusetts. Mobile communications also played a big part in the win, but what has gained the most attention from political strategists is a new application for smartphones that was used during the race. | MORE »

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Key Points in Boomer Behavior Study

According to a study by Brain Sells, Baby Boomers still seek growth, all the while acknowledging new limitations in resources. The findings show that as Baby Boomers age, their home range will become more important and getting settled in new spaces will require new interpersonal and wider social arrangements. | MORE »

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Digital Ad Revenue to Top Print This Year

A study by Outsell revealed that digital media will take a higher share of advertising revenues than print this year for the first time in the U.S. Digital media will grow to a market share of 32.5%, compared with 30.3% for print. | MORE »

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