Arun Sudhaman

Working the angles around media, comms and marketing.

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Bahrain hires new US PR support

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

The Kingdom of Bahrain has called in fledging public affairs firm Potomac Square Group to handle US public relations as unrest continues to rock the Middle Eastern nation.

Potomac Square Group – a new firm headed by ex-Wall Street Journal journalist Chris Cooper – was appointed in February to provide strategic PR counsel to the Embassy of Bahrain in the US.

Earlier this week, the Holmes Report revealed that Edelman’s US assignment on behalf of Bahrain’s Economic Development Board (EDB) had been suspended. Read the rest of this entry »


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March 25, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Edelman Bahrain PR assignment suspended

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Edelman’s PR assignment on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain has been suspended, following the violent security crackdown in the Middle Eastern nation.

The Holmes Report understands that the account – which covers US work for Bahrain’s Economic Development Board – was effectively stopped on Friday, after a week in which Bahrain’s turmoil escalated significantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Middle East crisis puts PR firms in the spotlight

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Posted to the Holmes Report here

Escalating unrest in several Middle Eastern countries is sparking growing interest in the role PR agencies are playing on behalf of the region’s beleaguered governments.

Facing particular scrutiny is the Government of Bahrain, which has retained Bell Pottinger for the past two years. The agency appears to have expanded its role since first being appointed to promote investment in the country; over the past week, it emerged that Bell Pottinger has helped set up a media centre to help journalists cover protests within the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 25, 2011 at 10:38 am

Analysis: A new digital deal for PR agencies?

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This story is posted to the Holmes Report website here

Next Fifteen is serious about digital. How else to explain the holding group’s decision to acquire two digital firms in less than a week? Yet the buys of US agency Type3 and Hong Kong’s OneXeno also indicate that PR agencies are increasingly looking beyond the narrow confines of a digital role that focuses solely on social media.

Instead, PR firms are finally realising the opportunity to provide the kinds of services that, in the digital world’s short history, have tended to be associated with their peers from the worlds of advertising and marketing. The trend begs the question: is the PR world, and the clients that it services, ready for this transformation?

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