Newly Christened Burson Cohn & Wolfe Names International Departmental Leaders

March 6th, 2018 by

Created last week, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW) named its regional leaders as we went to press. For N America, Chris Foster becomes president, N America, BCW. Previously he was EVP, global business.

Marketers Know Ads Near Fake News Can Hurt a Brand But Seem Reluctant to Change Things

February 20th, 2018 by

With the indictments of 13 Russians and 3 companies last week in the special investigation into foreign meddling with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the topic of fake news on social platforms is likely to dominate the news this week. A survey from The Conference Board takes a slightly different view of the issue, asking marketers about advertising near fake news stories.

Unilever Wants to Clean More Than ‘Net as It Erects 28-Ft Pile of Soiled Clothes at 9/11 Site

February 13th, 2018 by

How do you engage consumers about holding on to their clothes longer and donating instead of discarding garments? Oh, and you need to work in detergent, body wash and deodorant brands? Unilever had an idea earlier this month and it resulted in a 28-foot-high dress made of old clothes. Honest.

Workplace Culture, CEO Activism, Fake News Seen Critical to Brand Reputation

February 6th, 2018 by

What will be the main drivers of brand reputation when the Reputation Institute issues its Brand Trakr report next month? CEO activism, handling of fake news and rumors and workplace culture will be among the factors getting heavy play in the report, the Reputation Institute says.

Data: U.S. Public Blasts Media Again, So Where Does That Leave Traditional Media Relations?

January 30th, 2018 by

It’s not a secret that Americans lack confidence in the media. Here’s another study verifying that point and offering findings that are very close to those contained in the Edelman Trust Barometer. Once again fake news is a huge issue, the study finds.

Fake News Takes Its Toll on U.S. Public’s Perception of Media Accuracy

January 23rd, 2018 by

President Trump’s pounding of the media has hurt trust in journalism tremendously. A new poll shows Americans trust their media even less than citizens in Turkey and Russia, whose lack of press freedoms is well known. It’s enough to make brands want to re-think the idea of creating a newsroom.

50% of PR Agencies Polled Say They Don’t Have a Cybersecurity Plan; 41% Aren’t Budgeting for It

January 23rd, 2018 by

One of the big data security stories last week was the $17 million sum insurer AETNA will pay to some customers as a result of compromising their personal data. Ironically with all the hype surrounding cybersecurity, this one was totally analogue. On the other hand, are PR firms secure from cybersecurity threats? A Gould + Partners quick poll reveals the disturbing answer.

Consumer Engagement with B2B Brands in ’17 Down Slightly vs ’16, IMG Models Tops List

January 16th, 2018 by

In our review last week of most-engaged B2C brands for 2017 ( PRN , January 9, 2017), we saw a tremendous surge of consumer engagement, or actions, with video. This week, we’ll see that consumer engagement with social posts from B2B brands were somewhat similar.

A Look at PR Metrics That’ll Fade in ’18, and Which Will Dominate

January 16th, 2018 by

Katie Paine takes a look at what’s ahead in 2018 and sees a sobering return to reality, with more realistic measurement leading the charge. She also sees more bots in our future as well as fewer choices for those companies seeking help with measurement.

Early Adopters Are Bullish on Artificial Intelligence’s Transformative Powers

January 16th, 2018 by

There are few topics in PR and communications that have generated more buzz than AI; of course, there’s been plenty of hype and false claims, too. Deloitte decided to try to separate the steak from the sizzle by talking to several hundred business executives who’ve already adopted AI and cognitive technologies.