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The Holmes Report: Independent Shops Fueling PR M&A 

By Matthew Schwartz

The trend of independent agencies dominating the M&A landscape picked up in 2016 right where it left off in 2015. For the second consecutive year independent PR agencies took up most of the M&A space, according to an annual analysis of PR industry deal activity by The Holmes Report. The report, which was released late last …read more


Making Sense of Your Balance Sheet

By Rick Gould CPA, J.D.

For many PR firm owners and C-suite executives it’s often considered the management equivalent of getting root canal: Reading their balance sheet. While a growing number of PR firm owners have gotten more comfortable with reading their balance sheet, there’s still a lot to be desired in terms of owners having a solid grasp for …read more


PR Predictions for 2017

By Rick Gould CPA, J.D.

We were having drinks with a PR firm owner when we started talking about long-term planning. “It’s an oxymoron,” said the owner, stressing that the marketplace is so fluid these days that if PR firms get too far ahead of themselves planning-wise it could be downright counterproductive. The point is well taken. We can’t recall …read more


A Rich and Varied Reading List

By Matthew Schwartz

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is the slowest time of the year. Offices close. Folks jaunt down to warmer climes for a few days off while others opt to lay low and go for a digital detox. But it’s a small window and, let’s face it, more and more folks use the …read more


Psychological Buy-in Critical for Exit Strategy

By Rick Gould CPA, J.D.

Amid the dramatic and ongoing changes within the media and marketing industries is the accelerating rate of M&A transactions within the PR field. PR firm owners, including heads of boutiques, smaller shops and mid-size firms, are giving more serious consideration to selling out. Many of these owners are products of the baby-boom generation and would …read more


New York PR vs. London PR

By Matthew Schwartz

Bangers and Mash vs. bagels with a schmear. Big Ben vs. the Empire State Building. Cricket vs the Bronx Bombers. There are many cultural and municipal differences between New York City and London (with, to be fair, many similarities, too). However, the differences between the two cities are more subtle when it comes to New …read more


G+P Part-Time CFO Division Looks to Fill Void in PR

By Rick Gould CPA, J.D.

The positive reaction in the marketplace to our new Part Time CFO division has exceeded our expectations—and it’s little wonder. Gould+Partners launched the division because we see a huge void in the marketplace among PR firm owners to hire a CFO and get a better grip on their financial operations. Checklist for CFO Effectiveness and …read more


PR in the Not-Too-Distant Future

By Matthew Schwartz

For agency owners and C-suite executives for creative services firms, it’s the best of times and the worst of times (apologies to Mr. Dickens). PR executives from both the agency and client sides are optimistic about the industry’s future and believe that within the next five years they’ll be expected to deliver more strategic communications, …read more


Employee Retention to Maximize the Value of Your Firm

By Rick Gould CPA, J.D.

Within the C-suite, every top executive has an invaluable role to play. The CEO is the visionary of the firm. The CFO manages the financial infrastructure while the COO (if the firm is big enough) manages the operations. But when you consider selling your firm and need to demonstrate maximum value and future profitability, it’s …read more


The Dramatically Changing PR Economy

By Matthew Schwartz

The financial onus on PR agency owners is growing like a weed. In an increasingly post-digital age, PR agency owners and C-suite executives face a dramatically changing business environment. These days the biggest challenges for agency owners and C-suite execs include whether to “build or buy,” and how to reinforce their firms financially. Those were …read more