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End the Tyranny of 24/7 Email

“You have to stick to it,” Lisa Kimmel, the general manager of the office, told me. “When we tell prospective employees about it, their eyes light up.”

Lisa Kimmel, general manager of Edelman Toronto, spoke to The New York Times about the office’s  7-to-7  rule, whereby employees are strongly discouraged from emailing one another before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Read the full article here.

August 29, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Where are the Women Leaders in PR?

I have to hand it to The Atlantic. First they provoke society by using their influential cover to wonder aloud: Why Women Still Can’t Have It All. Now, they did it again by questioning what we’ve all thought, but never asked: Why Are There So Many Women in Public Relations?

Gail Becker, Edelman’s president of strategic partnerships and founding chair of Edelman’s Global Women’s Executive Network (GWEN), speaks to Marketing Magazine about the lack of women in leadership roles in a female-driven industry. Read the full article here.

August 13, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #197: Under Pressure

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up Fridays. This week’s edition of Digital Digest was edited by Adam Weitner,  Jeff Lang-Weir, and Erin Collett

It’s a tough world out there for advertisers. Consumers often don’t care about brands beyond what’s in it for themselves. They rarely trust for-profit companies and are prepared to attack at a moment’s notice. This means brands are being held to a higher standard than ever before and they better deliver. This week’s Digital Digest takes a look at a few brands that are currently under fire (and it ain’t pretty). Read more »

August 8, 2014 by in Digital Digest, Our Ideas | 0 comments

TEDxToronto tackles the theme “Relentless Pursuits” for 2014

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It’s no secret that people in PR work a lot, and in your first few years it can be tough to think about pursuing a passion on top of everything else you have going on. Eventually though, I started to realize that watching Game of Thrones and sitting on my porch weren’t cutting it as extra-curricular activities, so I decided I would volunteer for TEDxToronto doing PR for their upcoming October event. Yes, I realize that doing volunteer PR is pretty much the same as doing my day job, but TEDxToronto has allowed me to meet new people and be a part of something I’ve cared about for many years – spreading great ideas. Read more »

August 6, 2014 by in Our Ideas | 0 comments

Climbing the leadership ladder, one mistake at a time

“Don’t let the fear of mistakes get in the way of your leadership goals. Leadership is earned, leadership is even assumed – but leadership is never granted.”

John Clinton, CEO of Edelman Canada, teaches us that climbing the corporate ladder doesn’t come without a few bumps along the way. Read the full article on John’s leadership journey in The Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Series.

 

August 5, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #196 – Don’t be lazy

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up Fridays. This week’s edition of Digital Digest was edited by Adam WeitnerJill De Larzac, and Jeff Lang-Weir.

The emergence of digital channels has provided an opportunity for marketers to tell their stories in new and innovative ways, but the impact of those stories can be limited by the amount of hard work we’re willing to put in. Familiarity with established marketing channels, traditional metrics and relying on the faith that our audiences will produce enough decent content on their own are the kinds of attitudes that can lead to OK work. However, in today’s Digital Digest, we examine the ways that we can step up our game by continually challenging ourselves to look for the best, most innovative ways to reach our audiences. In short, the advantages we find when we remember to follow one simple rule: don’t be lazy.
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August 1, 2014 by in Digital Digest, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Earning the attention of the media requires a healthy dose of chutzpah

Dan Ovsey interviews Richard Edelman in Toronto in February, 2014 after the Canadian results of the Edelman Trust Barometer – the firm’s 14th annual exploration of trust – were revealed.

Dan Ovsey interviews Richard Edelman in Toronto in February, 2014 after the Canadian results of the Edelman Trust Barometer – the firm’s 14th annual exploration of trust – were revealed.

“CEOs talk to Bay Street. They don’t talk to the broader public about the issues the public cares about. What do they [the public] think about CEOs? They think CEOs make too much money. They think CEOs are spoiled and fly around on jets. They think CEOs are ruthless about treating employees. The way to deal with those issues is to be counter-factual — come out and actually talk about issues; see people and behave in a normal way and break the stereotypes.”

That’s what Richard Edelman told me back in February of 2014 when I had interviewed him about the Canadian results of the 2014 Trust Barometer. It was the second time in as many years that I had spoken with him about the poor state of business leaders’ reputations in the wake of the financial crisis and the Occupy Movement. As an editor at the Financial Post, I was exposed regularly to vitriolic tirades that painted all C-suite executives with the same vilified brush. Some leaders got their due; many more were simply guilty by association. But the bottom line was: trust was at an all-time low. Read more »

July 31, 2014 by in Our Ideas | 0 comments

Seasoned journalist strengthens Edelman Toronto’s Earned Media offering

Dan Ovsey joins firm’s Corporate practice

 July 28, 2014, TORONTO – Dan Ovsey, former editor of FP Executive at the National Post, joins Edelman Toronto today as an account director in the Corporate practice. Ovsey brings more than 15 years of experience in media and communications to Edelman as a journalist, PR consultant and editor, and will play a key role in enhancing the firm’s Earned Media capabilities.

“Not only is Dan an expert writer and communicator, but he’s a highly respected journalist who is well suited to advance our Earned Media offering — a core focus for us,” said Scott Thomson, deputy general manager, Toronto, and national practice leader, Corporate. “Dan brings an incredible depth of experience to our clients in the Earned Media space, including media strategy, training, and bringing corporate and brand narratives to life through storytelling.” Read more »

July 28, 2014 by in Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #195: Straight Talk

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up Fridays. This week’s edition of Digital Digest was edited by Adam Weitner, Erin Collett, and Meghan Sharp.

We know that marketers are living in a time of declining attention spans so what’s a brand to do? This week, we take a look at how a few brands are elevating the conversation and connecting with consumers in ways that are intelligent, thoughtful and discerning.

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July 25, 2014 by in Digital Digest, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Reputation Nation

“Historically, communications was top-down; a very controlled CEO had key messages, and those messages were communicated downward. That’s no longer viable. Instead, credibility now happens as a result of a conversation that’s taking place from the bottom up. As a discipline, PR is very well positioned to help you do that.”

Lisa Kimmel, GM of Edelman Toronto, shares her viewpoint on the future of the PR industry, and how Edelman is leading the charge for change. Read the full article in Advantage Magazine.

July 21, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #194: Come on Feel the Noise

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up Fridays. This week’s edition of Digital Digest was edited by Lauren GrossErin CollettJeff Lang-Weir and Erin Meagher

When consumers see themselves as an extension, or part of, a brand, they quickly become ambassadors. Brands often try too hard to do this and it can come across as pushy and aggressive. This week’s Digital Digest takes a look at a few very different brands that successfully created a camaraderie with their target audience, and in turn, garnered support, loyalty and created a lot noise around the brand.   Read more »

July 18, 2014 by in Digital Digest, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Vice President – Social Media and Media Relations

Edelman Public Relations Worldwide is looking for an experienced Social Media and Media Relations professional to join its expanding team in Toronto, leading an integrated account spanning the consumer, technology, B2B, corporate, health and public affairs sectors. This role is unique within the Edelman team as we’re searching for someone with expertise across multiple functions: the right candidate will be a stellar communications strategist with a background in public relations who brings equally impressive experience driving social media successes, both earned and paid, to the position.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President – Consumer Marketing, the ideal candidate will be responsible for the leadership and overall direction of a dedicated account team as it relates to client service, strategy, account management and quality control.

The ideal candidate will be able to lead and execute research-driven programs for the client to advance their business goals through owned, earned and paid media. He/she will be an advanced thinker, able to integrate public relations, digital, social, creative, paid media and measurement to deliver exceptional results. He/she will be entrepreneurial and professional with impeccable written, verbal communication and presentation skills. A true business leader with experience leading multifaceted integrated accounts, he/she will also be a superb people manager able to attract, motivate, retain, empower and coach staff, and will possess the vision, insight and confidence necessary to manage a team.

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July 17, 2014 by in Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #193: Support the Cause

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up Fridays. This week’s edition of Digital Digest was edited by Jill de LarzacLauren GrossAdam Weitner and Erin Collett.  

From a product donation system to a cryptic Facebook status update, cause marketing can come in many shapes and sizes. We’ve taken a look at some of the latest campaigns and asked ourselves, “Does this work?” When a cause marketing campaign challenges perception and truly encourages someone to take action it’s a win-win, but lately on social we’ve seen slacktivism become all too common place. When digital cause marketing campaigns hit the planning table, consider what some of the below examples did right & wrong to set it up for success. Read more »

July 11, 2014 by in Digital Digest, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Should women brand themselves as ‘executive women’ or just as executives?

You should not deny the influence that being a woman has on your career, but remember that how much you are defined as an executive versus a woman executive is largely determined by the opportunities to which you respond yes or no.

Cheryl Kim offers up some thought starters for how big of a part being a women should play in profile-raising and personal branding efforts among senior executives today . Read more of Cheryl’s column in today’s Financial Post here.

July 11, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Richard Edelman, the new king of Cannes

We need to get more chief marketing officers caring about the sort of programmes that we – historically a PR agency – have driven for Chipotle, Unilever [Project Sunlight] and GE [Ecomagination]. The message today is ‘hire Edelman if you want a game changer.

Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, outlines his ambitious plan to remold the agency as a corporate ‘game-changer’. Read more of Richard’s insight in PR Week.

July 9, 2014 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments