PR 'worst practices': Recent cases worth look during PRSA's Ethics Month

September is Ethics Month for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) which seems like a timely opportunity to review “worst practices” that left unchecked can give PR practitioners a black eye.

Three recent cases that caught our attention and show how not to generate good press for brands:

  • Los Angeles Times uncovers paid “news” articles masquerading as independent editorial content by the Central Basin Municipal Water District of California. There are much better ways to improve your search engine optimization (see OWC’s top SEO tips).
  • The Bay Citizen in San Francisco exposes BART’s attempts to sneakily script comments for its “loyal riders” to share. The crisis-fueled press conference aimed to prevent protests after a deadly police encounter on the public transit system.
  • USA Today breaks the news about a former CNBC correspondent turned PR rep who spread scandalous – and untrue – claims about Google’s privacy violations to boost own client’s business.

The Los Angeles Times blogs about Southland Entrepreneur of the Year winners

Andrew Khouri blogged on the Los Angeles Times Web site yesterday about  the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year gala held at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Tuesday. The seven Southland winners will move to the next round of competition, going up against regional winners nationwide this fall.

The Los Angeles program began in 1987, a year after Ernst & Young started it in Wisconsin. EOY is celebrating its silver anniversary this year, with more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries.

June 23rd, 2011|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , , |

Cleantech Feeling the Love from Venture Capital Firms – The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times

According to Ernst & Young and data from DowJones Venture Source, cleantech venture capital jumped 54 percent in the first quarter of 2011. While the number of deals decreased from 79 in Q1 of 2010 to 69 this quarter, total money raised increased to $1.1 billion from $743.3 in the same period last year.

From The Wall Street Journal Venture Capital Dispatch …

U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech companies increased by 54% to $1.14 billion in the first quarter of 2011 from $743.3 million in last year’s first quarter, despite a 13% decrease in deals year on year from 79 to 69, according to an Ernst & Young analysis based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource. Solar power companies accounted for 32% of the total dollars raised for the quarter with $362.7 million, a 162% gain from Q1 2010.

Read the full The Wall Street Journal article

From The Los Angeles Times …

In the lead since at least 2005, California had by far the most deals — 30, compared to seven in Massachusetts. The state’s clean-tech companies attracted $637 million in investment in this year’s first quarter, nearly 42% higher year over year. The energy-generation sector was the major player over the quarter, reeling in $450 million compared to $158 million year over year. Solar power companies alone hooked $363 million compared to last year’s $139 million pot.

Click here to read the full Los Angeles Times article

May 5th, 2011|Categories: Client News|Tags: , , , , |

Venture capital sweeps into clean-tech industry

By Tiffany Hsu
Los Angeles Times
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Venture capitalists spent the first quarter of the year dousing the clean-tech industry with more money, hiking investment in solar and other green companies.

Though the number of deals fell to 69 from 79, companies raised $1.1 billion in the first three months of 2011 compared with $743.3 million in the same period last year, according to a report released Monday.

The top 10 deals alone drew more than 60% of the total haul; the two largest accounted for 18% of nationwide investment, according to Ernst & Young and data from Dow Jones VentureSource.