Dancing With the Stars: Brand Match-Making With Celebrities

The Tiger Woods saga aside, these days celebrity spokespersons are considered a winning option, and are getting more popular among brands and organizations. “We’re seeing more and more interest in spokespersons with our clients,” says Courtney Leddy, director of client services for Ketchum’s Sports & Entertainment division. Leddy says even the third-party endorsers, which are usually the more economical choice, are being eschewed by companies as they come to the realization that the right celebrity can drive better awareness. Taking into account the current interest in and scrutiny of celebrities and their ties to brands, PR News looked into what is involved in securing the right spokesperson for an organization. First rule: If an organization is interested in tapping the popularity of a celebrity spokesperson, don’t go about it lightly, says Leddy, adding that the excitement and anticipation of working with a well-known personality sometimes clouds the reality.

Subscribe Now  |  Login

1 Comment

Deals of the Week

Get $150 Off PR News' Big 4 Conference

Join PR News at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on August 6 for the Big 4 Conference, where expert communicators will share in-depth case studies from their Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram strategies.

Use code “150” at checkout to save $150 on the regular rate.

Get $50 off PR News' Social Media Guidebook


This 11-chapter guidebook focuses on communicating in a mobile and social world, winning the attention of audiences, social media listening strategy and technology, social media measurement and so much more.

Use code “50off” at checkout.

Save $100 on a PR News Subscription



Let PR News become your weekly, go-to resource for the latest PR trends, case studies and tip sheets. Topics covered include visual storytelling, social media, measurement, crisis management and media relations.

Use code “SUBDEAL” at checkout.

  • La Toya Hodge

    Great feedback and helpful suggestions. I don’t work with high profile celebrities, but I do work with well known experts in my industry, so this info was very applicable and helpful