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As the founder and CEO of a public relations agency, I know that you’re proud of that major project you crushed or that new senior hire you finally snagged after 10 rounds of interviews. Those wins feel — and are — big to venture-backed startups, so it’s easy to assume they’re breaking news. Unfortunately, that’s …

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Pandemic. Lockdowns. Work from home. Rollercoaster economy. Social upheaval. Contact-free shopping. Social distancing. Masks. Take a moment and think back to the beginning of 2020, back to when “coronavirus” was a phrase most of us weren’t even thinking about, and “pandemic” was something that happened in movies and TV. The front page of the New …

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He says he hopes the Bavarian brewer’s new campaign, which also includes promotional retail elements, will encapsulate Gemütlichkeit, a German-language word that roughly translates to a feeling of friendliness and camaraderie. “Munich is Oktoberfest, and Oktoberfest is Munich,” he adds. That ethos can pose a problem for would-be Oktoberfest revelers, since Germany’s largest, most-attended version …

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Brief Mentions Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a WPP-owned PR firm, named Azuree Montoute-Lewis as global head of diversity, equity and inclusion, and Bridgette O’Neal as U.S. head of DE&I. Montoute-Lewis, joining H+K from Fitch Ratings where she led the firm’s first DE&I team, will report to Global Chairman-CEO AnnaMaria DeSalva, effective Sept. 15. O’Neal, who previously implemented and …

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The NFL’s season opener on NBC attracted a far smaller TV audience than a year ago, held back by a busy schedule that included all major sports vying for viewers at the same time because of COVID-19 delays. About 16.4 million people watched last night’s game between the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and …

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China opposes a forced sale of TikTok’s operations in the U.S. and would rather see the popular video app shut down, Reuters reported Friday, citing three people with direct knowledge of the matter. U.S. President Donald Trump has set a mid-September deadline for TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance Ltd. to comply with an executive order to …

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A quick look at the week’s winners, losers and newsmakers. Winner Peloton keeps cycling ahead of the pack despite more investment from rivals. Fourth-quarter revenue surged, beating analyst expectations. Loser Century 21 Stores, the off-price department store chain, is the latest retail victim of the pandemic. The brand declared bankruptcy and will begin going out …

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