O'Dwyer's 2020 Rankings of PR Firms -- Deadline: Fri., Mar. 6 (Ranking Instructions)

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Last Updated: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020 @ 5:35 pm

Medical Teams Int'l Issues PR RFP

Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Medical Teams InternationalMedical Teams International, which has provided humanitarian assistance in more than 35 countries, looks for PR firm to further its goals and build the brand of the Christian relief service.


PR Firm Rankings

O'Dwyer's Adds New Specialties to Rankings

By John O'Dwyer

O'Dwyer's 2020 Rankings of PR FirmsNew categories auto/transportation, education, energy, industrial, non-profits, purpose/CSR and real estate finance & development bring the total number of PR specialties ranked by O'Dwyer's to 19.

Deadline: Mar. 6 Instructions (PDF)


Commentary

Donald Trump Gets PR Checkered Flag at Daytona 500

Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Trump DaytonaDonald Trump's appearance at the Daytona 500 was PR magic and the opposite of a helmeted Mike Dukakis sitting awkwardly in a tank... Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's call for federal regulation of political advertising is a PR smokescreen. He could snap his figures and kill political ads today, if he wanted to... Foreign Correspondents Club of China is stuck between a rock and hard place.

Ballard Partners Dives into VI Resort Squabble

Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Brian BallardCBI Acquisitions has hired Trump-connected Ballard Partners to intervene in its squabble with the National Park Services over the Caneel Bay Resort eco-lodge located within the Virgin Islands National Park. (1 reader comment)

Media Maneuvers: President Bloomberg to Sell Bloomberg LP

Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

By Steve Barnes

Mike BloombergPresident Bloomberg promises to sell Bloomberg LP, which has $10.5B in 2019 revenues... Andrew Yang signs on as CNN commentator... American Media unloads Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers

FTI Consulting Works Boy Scouts Bankruptcy

Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Boy ScoutsFTI Consuling works Boy Scouts of America Chapter 11 filing, which could be one of history's biggest and most complex bankruptcies. (1 reader comment)

Pro Bono PR Trio Seeks Win for Winner

Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Reality WinnerGoodman Media International (New York), The Buzzell Co. (Dallas) and TK/Communications (Los Angeles) are pushing the Justice Dept. to grant clemency to Air Force veteran Reality Winner, who was sentenced for leaking a classified report on Russian hacking of the 2016 presidential election. (1 reader comment)

MLB Commits PR Error in Astrosí Sign-Stealing Crisis

Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

By Kevin Foley

Kevin FoleyMajor League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred's bungled handling of the outrageous Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal is a major PR blackeye for baseball. (2 reader comments)

Publishers Predict Growth in 2020

Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

magazinesA Folio survey of media company CEOs suggests that many publishing executives anticipate growth in both revenues and audiences this year.

On the Move: American Heart Assn. Names Katrina McGhee EVP-Marketing & Communs.

Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

Katrina McGheeThe American Heart Association names Katrina McGhee executive VP of marketing and communications... The Insurance Information Institute hires Mark Friedlander to serve as director, corporate communications... Kemin Industries ups Lauren Burt to head of worldwide communications, a newly created position.

Utah Unveils Tourism Marketing RFP

Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

The Utah Office of Tourism The Utah Office of Tourism is looking for an agency that can provide marketing strategy and media buying assistance to drive awareness and visits to the Beehive State.

VA Tourism Authority Calls for Craft Brew Pitches

Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

BeerwerksThe Greater Augusta Regional Tourism Board is looking for an agency that can develop a digital marketing program for a Shenandoah Valley craft brewery initiative in an effort to drive visits and raise awareness of the area as a travel destination.

FTC Cracking Down on Influencer Marketing

Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

By Ronn Torossian

Ronn TorossianThe Federal Trade Commission is calling for tougher penalties on businesses that seek to disguise advertising as authentic online platform reviews. (1 reader comment)

Commentary

Presenting Sean Spicer on NewsMax TV

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

By Kevin McCauley

SpicerSean Spicer, ousted White House communications director and press secretary, is getting his own daily talk show on Newsmax TV. There's only one way that Spicer & Co. will last longer than Spicy's White House gig... Spicer needs to book "The Mooch" for his deep insights into the mind of president Trump. (1 reader comment)

Media Maneuvers: Google Talks With Publishers About Paying for Content

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

By Steve Barnes

GoogleGoogle is talking with publishers about paying for their content, which the search engine has long monetized... ViacomCBS slates two rounds of layoffs as it tries to achieve $500M in cost-savings from the merger... Dennis Publishing is launching a version of its newsweekly The Week aimed at children from 8 to 14. (1 reader comment)

Hobbs, NM Needs Marketing Services

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

By Jon Gingerich

HobbsHobbs, New Mexico, is requesting proposals from agencies that can lead a community marketing initiative to enhance the city’s image as a great community and economic destination.