One of the world's leading experts on business and economic theory, Martin Turnbull of the renowned Kepler School of Management, today released the findings of a 5-year study of the PR Business. Titled "The Image Industry, Public Relations at a Flashpoint," the 62-page study is already being touted by experts as "the" seminal work on the current state of the Industry.
The study includes interviews of key insiders at some of the Industry's top firms. Included in the study are: Fleishman-Hillard, Weber Shandwick, Hill and Knowlton, Burson-Marsteller, Edelman, Porter Novelli, Ogilvy PR, Ketchum, APCO Worldwide, Manning, Selvage & Lee, Ruder Finn and Golin Harris.
Turnbull denied that the timing of the release was at all related to the recent Economist article, "As advertising struggles, PR steps into the breach" (Jan 19th 2006). But Turnbull said, "I was shocked at The Economist as were a number of my colleagues. The article has turned out to be the consummate PR puff piece; and considering what's at stake, that's dangerously misleading."
According to the study, American business is reallocating its advertising and marketing spend at an alarming rate. The study warns that in light of recent developments on the Internet, business is taking a huge and very risky gamble on Public Relations.
Turnbull forecasts that the Industry will likely experience 30-40 percent correction in the next 8 to 12 months.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African dominatrix has given up her battle to live in a vicarage, telling the church's congregation they can "shove" the disputed residence, a local newspaper reported Wednesday.
The Pretoria News said Marianne Ellis had been renting the manse, or vicarage, at the Doornkloof Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk near Pretoria for some time when church elders discovered her sideline as a local dominatrix and asked her to move.
"It is a long story, but basically I am tired of fighting, really tired. They can take their manse back, in fact they can shove it," she told the newspaper.
Ellis, who said she was promised a long lease and option to buy the vicarage, had earlier showed reporters her "torture chamber" at the house but said she never had sex with her clients and was not running a brothel.
"But I will crack the whip again after we have moved. Then I will be back with a vengeance," the newspaper quoted her as saying.
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That's timely. The gossip buzzing around the parlor today is that Strumpette also is being shunned... by the good sisters of the Church of St. Salieri.
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