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“The debate has always been around where did the idea come from? And I think you can look at this two ways. In reality, sometimes PR companies are hired to amplify things, and if they do an extraordinary job amplifying somebody else’s idea, then they should be rewarded for that. More and more, like with Edelman last year in the case with Adobe‘s Photoshop “Murder Mystery,” the PR company is coming up with the idea, executing it and amplifying it.”

John Clinton, chair, Canada and North American head of creative and content at Edelman Canada, talks about serving as the 2016 jury president for the Cannes PR Lions. Read the full story on Ad Age here.

February 16, 2016 by in External posts | 0 comments

“As much as it’s important to let others feel valued, it’s just as important to establish your leadership. While there are different schools of thought on how quickly to implement change, I’m of the mindset that people want leaders to lead – and it’s important to make your mark with some immediate positive changes rather than a ‘wait and see’ approach, which employees may interpret as a fear of making mistakes.”

Lisa Kimmel, president, Edelman Canada, talks about transitioning from general manager to president and sheds light on the power of inclusive management with her peers. Read the full story in the Globe and Mail Leadership Lab series.

November 11, 2015 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #246: Nerd It Up

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up weekly. This edition of Digital Digest was edited by Charlotte Macgregor, Erin Collett, Caitlin Stewart, Rob Small and Kira Borys.

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October 23, 2015 by in Digital Digest, Edelman culture, External posts, Opinions, Our Ideas | 0 comments

“Great creative still wins in my new world, but there’s a greater focus on telling magnetic, compelling stories that tap into the zeitgeist.”

Andrew Simon, executive creative director, Edelman Canada, sheds light on his recent move to Edelman after more than 15 years in the ad agency world. Read the full story from Marketing magazine.

October 16, 2015 by in External posts, Our Ideas | 0 comments

“For Carolyn Merchant, the status quo just won’t do … Merchant has the view that just because something has worked before, doesn’t mean it will work again, or even that it’s the right thing to do.”

Carolyn Merchant, senior account manager, corporate, Toronto, has been recognized as one of Marketing magazine’s 30 under 30 for 2015. Read the full story here.

October 5, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

Digital Digest #243: Not Everything Is As It Seems

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up weekly. This edition of Digital Digest was edited by Erin CollettCaitlin StewartCharlotte Macgregor, Emily Miller, and Jill Pastirik.

Like Dorothy and her gaggle of pals in the Wizard of Oz, we ventured down the Yellow Brick Road this week, to the Emerald Palace of branded comms, where, as it turns out, things are not always what they appear to be. This week’s Digital Digest focuses on campaigns that have cleverly dribbled past consumers’ ad blindness by using unexpected platforms and emphasizing aspects other than brand names and logos. Here’s how they did it:

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September 24, 2015 by in Digital Digest, External posts, Opinions, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #242: We need to talk about consent

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up weekly. This edition of Digital Digest was edited by Erin Collett, Caitlin Stewart, Charlotte Macgregor, Rob Small, Jill Pastirik and Lauren Gross.

This week it wasn’t difficult for us to find a theme. Overwhelmingly, the topic of consent is everywhere we look, and for good reason: There is still a lot of confusion about what this word truly means, whether it be from a relationship perspective or for brands trying to interact with consumers. The time to highlight the importance of consent is overdue. We are behind in our efforts to respect and communicate boundaries. Fortunately, organizations are taking action, and finding different ways to approach the topic. We look at some of the current campaigns, and salute those who are putting this at the forefront. Read more »

September 18, 2015 by in Digital Digest, Edelman culture, External posts, Opinions, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #241: I Want To Break Free

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up weekly. This edition of Digital Digest was edited by Charlotte Macgregor, Erin Collett, Rob Small and Melissa Vekil

It can be hard to think outside the box, but since the digital space isn’t exactly experiencing a content drought right now, this is the moment to get the creative gears turning. This week’s picks are digital-advertising focused – some good, some not-so-great, but all carefully considered. The balance with tried-and-true content versus out of the box, crafty thinking may be love/hate for some brands trying to make their way in the world, but there’s no denying that with the right research, strategy and execution, success can come from any mind, anywhere.
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September 11, 2015 by in Digital Digest, Edelman culture, External posts, Opinions, Our Ideas | 0 comments

Digital Digest #239: Cool Story, Bro

Digital Digest: What Edelman Canada is reading in digital marketing, technology and strategy. Fresh links served up weekly. This edition of DigitalDigest was edited by Rob Small, Erin Collett, Charlotte Macgregor, Matt Beck,Emily Miller and Kira Borys

You know when you’re really excited to tell your friends a story and it gets received with a, “so anyways…” Sometimes we see brands push out campaigns that get the same reaction, which on top of other issues, is a big waste of money (and makes viewers uncomfortable or just plain bored). If your brand is going to invest in a campaign, or even send a simple tweet, be sure you can answer “so what?” if someone asks – because even if they don’t say it out loud, you can bet they’re thinking it. This week’s Digital Digest takes a look at the brands who nailed it and a couple who may want to hit the drawing board.
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September 4, 2015 by in Digital Digest, Edelman culture, External posts, Opinions, Our Ideas | 0 comments

“We brought [Ryan] on because we believe there’s some really interesting opportunities, work and clients here … We have the opportunity to really up the promotion and integrate what we’re doing in more of a creative way.”

Ryan Semeniuk has joined Edelman Vancouver as Creative Director, bringing more than a decade of experience at top advertising agencies. His hire signals the company’s commitment to delivering highly innovative and integrated communications marketing work. Read the full story from Strategy.

July 14, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

“Yes, content is king, but distribution is Queen and the platforms [you share it on] are God,” said Zaman, whose PR clients regularly ask how to get more views and value out of their content. “Consider it like a record: it might be critically acclaimed but you also want it to be commercially successful.”

CPRS Toronto held a Paid Media in Public Relations event where Saeed Zaman, Senior Account Director and Paid Media Lead at Edelman, was on a panel of Canadian communication experts talking about new paid channels and sharing best practices on developing excellent content. Read the full article here.

May 4, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

“Dan Ovsey recommended trying to bring the journalists into the story. Let bloggers, journalists and other influencers test things out and ask questions when you pitch your idea or send them product samples. Encourage them to give you honest feedback, statements and quotes in return. When you type up your press statement, be sure to include the opinions and quotes of the reporters you reached out to”.

Dan Ovsey, account director and earned media specialist, participated in a live webinar for Marketwired focusing on creative earned media pitching techniques. Read more on Ecomdash here.

April 16, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

“First, and most obviously, startups are new to the marketplace and have little mindshare among the public. Second, the impacts of new and innovative products and services that target businesses and consumers aren’t always easily understood, and in some cases are met with real skepticism. If you can articulate your story well, you can raise potential barriers to adoption and get people excited about what your company is trying to achieve”.

Jason Kinnear, senior vice-president and national technology sector lead of Edelman Canada, discusses with Aislinn Malszecki, Associate, Online Content on the entrepreneurship programs team at MaRS, the latest trends in startup public relations and why PR is a powerful tool for supporting your business objectives. Read more on MaRS here.

April 14, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

Edelman Canada Named One of Canada’s Best Workplaces

We’re thrilled to announce that for the fourth year in a row, the Great Place to Work® Institute has named Edelman Canada one of Canada’s Best Workplaces and one of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Women!

Check out the article in today’s Globe and Mail here!

April 10, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments

Our very own Jordan Doucette, National Executive Creative Director, will be on the public relations jury for the 2015 CLIO awards. The deadline for entries is May 15 and the awards will be held at a ceremony in New York on Sept. 30. Read more in Strategy here.

April 9, 2015 by in External posts | 0 comments