January 29, 2006

Symantec PR bitten by The Sunday Times

We're predicting much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Maidenhead tomorrow morning following The Sunday Times today.

Symantec's PR team came in for a battering in Prufrock over a recent survey its been publicising.

"The most ridiculous survey of the week comes from Symantec ....... Here at The Sunday Times, our inboxes are clogged with stupid surveys dreamt up by by PRs desperate for some publicity."

Still, all publicity is good publicity. Right?

(Read the story here).

January 28, 2006

Jobs on the go

AOL Europe is hiring an internal communications manager.

Ask Jeeves is after a European PR and communications manager.

Microsoft is looking for a UK Technology Audience PR Manager.

Russian telco swops agencies

Russian telco Altimo has dumped APCO and hired Cubitt Consulting. The account is thought to be worth £1 million.

From PR Week

AOL hires new UK PR manager

Phil Hales has been hired by AOL UK as senior communications manager. He was previously with the RAC.

From PR Week

January 22, 2006

The return of the bunny

Spin Bunny is back.

Getronics hires Firefly

Firefly has beaten out Worth Communications and two other agencies to win Getronics' PR business.

Incumbent Kinross & Render was not involved in the pitch. It had held the account for six years.

From PR Week

Vodafone appoints director of external relationships

Matthew Kirk has been appointed as group director of external relationships by Vodafone group. He is currently British ambassador to Finland.

All change for Blackberry

RIM has rejigged its European communications following the departure last week of Sarah West, head of corporate marketing and EMEA comms head. She is moving to Brunswick.

No permanent replacement has yet been found for West.

Her PR responsibilities are being covered temporarily by Hannah Jackson, EMEA corporate PR manager, Meigan Terry, EMEA head of PR, and Nerissa Townend, UK PR manager.

From PR Week

Fraser Butters joins Pleon

Pleon has hired Fraser Butters as its European business development director.

In the past, Butters has been MD of Spreckley Partners, head of Burson-Marsteller's tech practice, and a director of Harvard PR.

3 loses comms head to Reuters

Ed Williams, director of corporate communications at 3, is leaving the company to join Reuters.

Williams only joined 3 last year.

From PR Week

January 15, 2006

PR Week profiles Bite

PR Week is running a full page feature on Bite this week. This follows the acquisition of Credo and the subsequent appoint of Credo founder David Hargreaves as UK MD.

The piece is titled "Bite tries to solve UK power problem."

Bailey quits Edelman

Imogen Bailey, European technology director at Edelman, is leaving the firm to take some time out.

This comes just months after Edelman appointed Jonathan Hargreaves as European technology MD. Hargreaves was previously head of technology with Weber Shandwick.

From PR Week

McAfee goes with Octopus

Octopus has been hired by McAfee to run its UK PR.

It beat incumbent Red as well as Nelson Bostock and Catalysis. Red remains McAfee's global consumer agency.

The pitch followed Bite's decision last October to resign the account in order to work for rival Symantec.

From PR Week

Firefly retains Avaya's UK business

Avaya has re-appointed Firefly to handle its UK PR. It has held the account for five years.

No decision has been announced on the pan-European PR contract nor the other in-country briefs.

From PR Week

Marconi comms director to leave

David Beck, group communications director at Marconi, is to leave the company once Ericsson has completed its purchase of the firm's telecommunications equipment and international services businesses.

He is currently recruiting a head of IR and comms for Telent, the new name being adopted by Marconi.

From PR Week

Vodafone shortlists agencies for music PR

Vodafone has asked Shine Communications, Cow PR, Borkowski and another agency to pitch for a series of music-related events.

This doesn't affect Borkowski's current consumer brief.

From PR Week

January 14, 2006

Brands2Life wins T-Mobile

T-Mobile has awarded its consumer PR contract work to Brands2Life. The firm already handles T-Mobile's B2B work and has previously handled consumer projects.

Brazen, Firefly and one other agency also pitched for the work.

Brazen will still handle some consumer projects while Amazing will continue to promote T-Mobile's 'street gigs'.

From PR Week

Orange hires Golin Harris

Golin Harris has beaten Nelson Bostock and Jackie Cooper to win Orange's consumer brief. Its contract also includes some corporate work.

GH is being briefed to target groups such as students, high-flyers and first-jobbers. Some press office work will also be outsourced as well. GH will also be responsible for promoting Orange's presence at various European trade shows.

From PR Week

January 10, 2006

Threepipe picks up ISP

Griffin Internet, a B2B ISP, has appointed Threepipe to handle its PR.

January 06, 2006

Memorex appoints Pleon in Europe

Pleon has been hired by Memorex to promote its range of data storage products in Europe.

The contract, which was previously held by Spreckley Partners, is thought to be worth at least £100,000.

Pleon's sister company Brodeur represents Memorex in North America.

From PR Week

Band & Brown wins Wanadoo project

Wanadoo has appointed Brando, the events division of Band & Brown, to handle a three month consumer PR project. Brando beat Companycare to win the business.

From PR Week

Is Check Point's account up for review?

Following Bite's acquisition of Credo, there's a question mark over the future of the Check Point account.

Bite already handles PR for larger rival Symantec.

Check Point EMEA PR manager Margreet van Kinschot said: "This is all open for discussion. It really depends on how the accounts are organised."

From PR Week

Bite appoints Hargreaves as UK MD

Bite has bought Credo Communications and appointed its founder, David Hargreaves, as UK MD.

Hargreaves set up Credo in 2003 after leaving Firefly where he was deputy MD.

Barry Leggetter, the incumbent MD, will continue as chairman of the Bite group.

From PR Week

Virgin brings in support over NTL bid

Virgin Group has brought in M: Communications to advise it over NTL's bid for Virgin Mobile.

Virgin Mobile is advised by Finsbury.

From PR Week

January 05, 2006

We're sorry for the break. Normal service has now been resumed.

Happy new year to everyone.