The following informative survey issued by the Council of Public Relations Firms was quite informative and accurate about whats doing in our industry, and as they say it “the fourth quarter results are in, and the results are better still!”

Agree with the highlights:

  • New business pipelines seem to be opening wider. A full 56.4% of firms reported that new business prospects were stronger than a year ago, with the vast majority firms (76.4%) citing social media as one of the strongest expected growth areas. Other areas where firms were expecting the most new business growth included consumer marketing (listed by 58.2% of firms), issues and crisis management (30.9%), and corporate communication (27.3%). It might be helpful for many of these businesses to make use of automation systems to improve growth and efficiency even more.
  • More business coming in is translating into an improving hiring environment and more career opportunity for people in our profession. Several companies are also taking advantage of recruitment tools such as an online background check to ensure potential recruits are a suitable match for a role. Almost two thirds of firms (63.6%) anticipated increasing hiring in Q1 2011 as compared with the same period in 2010; just four percent of firms predicted they’d hire fewer workers. An increasing number of employers are also offering more Employee Benefits than ever before to tempt potential recruits during the hiring process. The bulk of these new jobs were mid-level, with 67.3% firms stating that they’re currently hiring for people in the account executive to account supervisor range, and 41.8% of firms reporting they’re hiring at the Vice President or Senior Vice President levels.
  • Why is our industry doing so well in the marketplace? Clearly we’re able to deliver the kinds of solutions that clients want. But we’re also doing more to quantify this value; over half of respondents reported that they had enhanced measurement of return on their clients’ PR dollars during the past year. This is an important discussion to be able to have with the client procurement (or sourcing) department.
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So with all of that said, 5WPR has a number of PR jobs open and we are accepting resumes at careers@5wpr.com

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Ronn Torossian is the founder and CEO of 5W Public Relations, one of the largest independently-owned PR firms in the United States. With over 20 years of experience crafting and executing powerful narratives, Torossian is one of America's most prolific and well-respected Public Relations professionals. Since founding 5WPR in 2003, he has led the company's growth, overseeing more than 175 professionals in the company's headquarters in midtown Manhattan. With clients spanning corporate, technology, consumer and crisis, in addition to digital marketing and public affairs capabilities, 5WPR is regularly recognized as an industry leader and has been named "PR Agency of the Year" by the American Business Awards on multiple occasions. Throughout his career, Torossian has worked with some of the world's most visible companies, brands and organizations. His strategic, resourceful approach has been recognized with numerous awards including being named the Stevie American Business Awards 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year, the American Business Awards PR Executive of the Year, twice over, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalist, Metropolitan Magazine's Most Influential New Yorker, and a 2020 Top Crisis Communications Professional by Business Insider. Torossian is known as one of the country's foremost experts on crisis communications, and is called on to counsel blue chip companies, top business executives and entrepreneurs both in the United States and worldwide. Torossian has lectured on crisis PR at Harvard Business School, appears regularly on CNN & CNBC, was named to PR Week's "40 under Forty" list, is a contributing columnist for Forbes and the New York Observer, and his book, "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results With Game-Changing Public Relations" is an industry best-seller. A NYC native, Torossian lives in Manhattan with his children. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and active in numerous charities.