Public Relations Proves Vital In Chicago’s Troubled Waters

2015-12-18 by Jason Tannahill
Tinley Park

Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago, recently faced a controversy over their water meters. It seems the information from the meters was too often incorrect. The city hired a PR firm to help them through the crisis. Prairie State Strategies helps with community outreach, engagement, and crisis communications – all to inform the public of what officials do to resolve the matter. The problem first became a public matter when reported by the Chicago Tribune in June when the smart water meters’ problems were reported.  According to their article, the suburb knew about this problem for years, and they overbilled... Read More >

Fake Reviews Don’t Pay

2015-11-12 by Jason Tannahill
fake reviews

Journalism is a precarious vocation. A writer must keep objectivity in mind despite the how reality-altering stories become to the general public. Remaining objective requires the writer to embody a voice and a morality perpetually altering the facts on the ground and in the minds of everyone involved with news or media. However, there are some cases still showing plain, definitive boundaries of good journalism. Proving the factual origins of a story still provides the reliable benchmark for writers to follow. In July of 2013, a reviewer writing under the ironic pen name “The Clarifier” harangued Loiseau Des Ducs restaurant,... Read More >

Volkswagen’s Four PR Firms & Their Ongoing Crisis

2015-11-10 by Jason Tannahill

The latest emission scandal by Volkswagen severely crippled the company’s growth, shaken the trust of investors, consumers, and, as this article posits, leaves the entire brand of Volkswagen threatened. These are dark days for the company but also a opportunity for to rebrand the company with a new green initiative and more corporate oversight. Four PR firms have been retained to work on the project – led by German firm Hering Schuppener as lead PR counsel, with Finsbury in London and Kekst & Edelman handling North America. The Scandal Last month Volkswagen admitted to rigging 1.8 commercial vehicles with software... Read More >

Doing PR For Poor-Performing Hedge Funds

2015-11-02 by Richard D. Pace
Hedge Fund PR

Lately, hedge funds like Paulson & Co. have been losing business and unfortunately for PR firms, there’s little that can be said to sway public opinion about it. Since August, Hedge funds have lost 0.6% since August. Paulson’s fund fell an entire 8.5% in September and was down an entire 12 points in 2015 through the end of September. The short life span of a Hedge Fund, averaging about five years before petering out to little more than a flat line. “Most hedge funds fail: their average lifespan is about five years. Out of an estimated seventy-two hundred hedge funds... Read More >

Peppercomm and DKC Public Relations News Of The Week

2015-11-02 by Jason Tannahill
peppercomm PR

    Peppercomm PR Pushes Boundries in the Broadway Scene In an intriguing change per the norm of Broadway PR, executives from the New York theater press agency O&M Co., headed by Rick Miramontez, join with DKC Public Relations to Launch DKC/O&M.  This new agreement offers a significant push into the Broadway scene for DKC and its entertainment department led by Joe Quenqua joining DKC in 2013 after several years as a Disney publicist. Since DKC offices are in L.A., San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Washington, D.C., DKC/O&M lists itself as the first ever PR agency for Broadway and other... Read More >

Bad PR For A$AP Rocky From His Publicist

2015-10-29 by Jason Tannahill
Asap Rocky

The significance of maintaining healthy relations between employer and employee extends beyond hours, pay or contractual agreements. A$AP announced Rocky’s former manager (and publicist) filed a lawsuit against the young rapper. The plaintiff claims Rocky cheated him out of $850,000 in commission, and broke their contractual obligations. Rocky’s then manager, Geno Smith, originally entered into this contract with Rocky in November of 2011. The contract named Geno serving as Rocky’s exclusive and singular manager. This new suit argues Geno provided this service for two years advising and negotiating record and publishing deals, and assisting Rocky’s music production, PR, merchandising, etc.... Read More >

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Spends $10MM On Law And Crisis PR

2015-10-27 by Richard D. Pace
edelman unc law crisis pr

Edelman, the world’s largest Public Relations firm billed The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill a total of $1,695,656 for crisis PR work done in 2014 for work surrounding a major academic scandal. The scandal involved lawsuits, and a continuing NCAA investigation as a result of fake classes, and nearly 20 years of students – including many athletes – receiving what has been referred to by the Associated Press as “artificially high grades.” In response to a public records request by The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill released all of their various bills... Read More >

PR Resources: Global Survey of Brand Marketing and B2B Audiences

2015-10-21 by Jason Tannahill

The survey by The Economist Group polled 500 business executives from around the globe and 500 global marketers. The questions were based on what the executives want from content providers and what marketers are doing to develop their content strategies. All of this was developed in association with Peppercomm. 93% of the companies have plans to either increase or maintain their level of content creation during the next year. They are looking for substance rather than selling while marketers are continuing their selling efforts more than adding substance to the mix for businesses. Executives look for in research and industry... Read More >

IRS Debtors Released: Chris Reda, Peter Glazier, Damon Dash & More

2015-10-20 by Jason Tannahill
IRS everything-pr

The October list of New York tax delinquents is out – and it’s a continued effort to shame citizens into paying their debts. Clearly no one wants to be seen as behind in their payments to the government. It’s a strong, aggressive public relations strategy. Some of the more notable names on the list - which can be read in full here Frederick Lesort Frederick Lesort, famed restaurateur – owes a total of about $605,000. In 2011, he filed for bankruptcy – and is best known as the owner of high-profile Buddha Bar & Frederick's, which celebrity-haunts were for many years.... Read More >

Why Did Larry Rasky of Rasky Baerlein Threaten To Sue Everything-PR?

2015-10-16 by Richard D. Pace
Larry Rasky

Larry Rasky, Chairman and CEO of Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, is a very well-connected big-wig PR guy – and so we wrote what we thought was a positive profile of Rasky Baerlein, including a description of the company as a firm with “a great reputation,” which is “highly experienced.” Imagine our shock when we received a note from Larry Rasky threatening to sue Everything PR News which implied there was some sort of conspiracy theory? Rasky, regarded as one of the closest people to Vice President Joe Biden, may have thought we have an interest in whether Mr. Biden runs... Read More >

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