Some tidbits from an Everything PR staffer who is reporting from location.
Cannes Lions winning PR firms include Edelman, Fleishman Hillard, and Alison Brod.
The center of activity for the PR agency world appears to be the famed intercontinental Carlton hotel. In front of the hotel is a coffee shop with free coffee sponsored by the New York post. Because it is a natural networking spot, the CEO of Vice Media spotted midday at lunch conducting an interview in the lobby over coffee.
There is quite a bit of partying and we see casual dress for the PR and marketing executives in attendance. Many don’t wake up until late morning. Surprisingly, few executives were spotted with families tagging along for a quick vacation.
Cannes Lions Public Relations attendees stranded on the final day of the 2015 event due to a nationwide strike of taxi drivers protesting the expansion of Uber throughout France.
The strike of taxi drivers affected the conference, with a PR executive (who will remain unnamed) spotted screaming in the lobby of Hotel Martinez about how he had to get a cab immediately.
When concierges explained that they would get him a private car, he stormed off. He is CMO of a major holding company firm…but was spotted.
This was a breakout year for PR firms winning awards. Nine awards were won by agencies including Fleishman Hilliard, Edelman, Ogilvy PR, and even independent beauty firm Alison Brod.
It is clear that the Cannes Lions will be a place for Public Relations executives to shine in years to come.
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