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Posts made in April, 2016

Press Release from Business Wire : Hilton HHonors

By on Apr 30, 2016 in Press Release |

MCLEAN, (BSW) – Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program forHilton Worldwide’s13 distinct hotel brands, is making it simpler to max out on Points with a brand new, rich and limitless promotion. Members who book direct and stay at any hotel across Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio will earn Double Points for all stays from May 1 – August 31, 2016, no strings attached. Taking the complexity out of earning Points and enabling members to get to their dream destination faster, theUnlimited Bonus Promotionhas no cap on the number of Points that can be earned, no exclusions and no minimum night requirements. Through the promotion, registered Hilton HHonors members who book direct will earn Double Points for each night at all Hilton Hotels Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels Resorts, Conrad Hotels Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio – A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. “Hilton HHonors has more members than ever, and we are thrilled to offer them even more Points this summer with theUnlimited Bonus Promotionat every hotel worldwide, every day,” said Aaron Glick, Vice President of Hilton HHonors. “Whether members use Points to meet their favorite artist through the Hilton Concert Series, redeem free nights for a weekend getaway, or experience a once-in-a-lifetime sporting event, double Points with no cap or restrictions will help them get there even faster.” In addition to taking advantage of promotions such as theUnlimited Bonus Promotion, all Hilton HHonors members who book directly through Hilton’s websites, Hilton HHonors mobile app and reservation call centers, or through preferred corporate travel partners and approved travel agents can gain instant access to benefits like an exclusive discount, free standard Wi-Fi, digital tools like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key, and the ability to earn and redeem Hilton HHonors Points for free nights. On top of these instant benefits, as Hilton gets to know its members better, they will receive personalized, targeted offers specific to their travel styles. To participate in theUnlimited Bonus Promotion, members must register before checking out from a qualifying stay between May 1, 2016, and August 31, 2016, atHHonors.com/UnlimitedBonus....

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Press release syndication

By on Apr 30, 2016 in Press Release |

Some time ago, I was involved in a discussion about what it means to ‘syndicate a press release’. The individual I had the discussion with was of the opinion that syndication of a press release is the process of sending out the press release in mass and following up with the journalists to secure that said news is published in as many media titles as possible. I did not agree then, and I do not agree now. Upon consulting the English Oxford dictionary, it became clear that the noun ‘syndicate’ is defined as “an association or agency supplying materials simultaneously to a number of newspapers”; as a verb it means “to publish or broadcast (material) simultaneously in a number of newspapers, television stations, etc.”. These definitions did not answer my question about what it means to syndicate a press release to my satisfaction and I decided to consult with professor Google who in turn referred me to Wikipedia. According to the latter, there are two main distribution models for a press release: the traditional model, where an article is sent to a newswire such as the South African Press Association (SAPA) who then makes the story available to subscribing news organisations; and the self-published press release, which is sent directly to the news organisations or to free and paid distribution services. During my research on the topic, I found another word that is often misinterpreted: dissemination. The English Oxford dictionary defines it as “to spread (something, especially information) wide”. I like to refer to it as the spray-and-pray approach of press release distribution. After all the reading I have come to the conclusion that many PR professionals are confused about what it really means to write and distribute a press release. I think it is important to first and foremost establish what constitutes a newsworthy press release. This subject in itself is another article on its own so I will try and keep it short. One of the most important parts of your job as a PR professional is to make sure your client does not just send out a press release for the sake of sending it out. If you are announcing that a new assistant sales manager...

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Press Release from Business Wire : Electrolux

By on Apr 28, 2016 in Press Release |

STOCKHOLM, (BSW) – Regulatory News: Electrolux (STO:ELUXA) (STO:ELUXB) Highlights of the first quarter of 2016 · Net sales amounted to SEK 28,114m (29,087). · Organic sales growth was 1.8% and acquired growth was 0.1%, while currency translation had a negative impact of -5.2% on net sales. · Improved results across most business areas. · Strong results for Major Appliances EMEA and Professional Products. · Continued recovery for Major Appliances North America. · Operating income increased to SEK 1,268m (516), corresponding to a margin of 4.5% (1.8). · Income for the period was SEK 875m (339), and earnings per share was SEK 3.04 (1.18). Telephone conference 09.00 CET A telephone conference is held at 09.00 CET today, April 28. The conference will be chaired by Jonas Samuelson, President and CEO of Electrolux. Mr. Samuelson will be accompanied by Anna Ohlsson-Leijon, CFO. Details for participation by telephone are as follows: Participants in Sweden should call +46 8 505 564 74 Participants in UK/Europe should call +44 203 364 5374 Participants in US should call +1 855 753 2230 Slide presentation for download: www.electroluxgroup.com/ir Link to webcast: www.electroluxgroup.com/q1-2016 Electrolux discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 CET on April 28, 2016 Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances and appliances for professional use, based on deep consumer insight. We offer thoughtfully designed, innovative and sustainable solutions, developed in close collaboration with professional users. The products include refrigerators, ovens, cookers, hobs, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and small domestic appliances. Under esteemed brands including Electrolux, AEG, Zanussi, Frigidaire and Electrolux Grand Cuisine, the Group sells more than 60 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. In 2015, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and 58,000 employees. For more information go towww.electroluxgroup.com This information was brought to you by Cisionhttp://news.cision.com Contact Electrolux Catarina Ihre, Vice President Investor Relations +46 (0)8 738 60 87 or Merton Kaplan, Analyst Investor Relations +46 (0)8 738 70 06 or Electrolux Press Hotline +46 8 657 65 07. This material is not an AFP editorial material and AFP shall not bear responsability for the accuracy...

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Press release from the Annual General Meeting in Addnode Group Aktiebolag (publ) on April 28, 2016

By on Apr 28, 2016 in Press Release |

STOCKHOLM, Sweden–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Regulatory News: Adoption of the accounts and discharge from liability The Meeting adopted the balance sheets and profit and loss accounts for the parent company and the Group and the Meeting discharged the Board of Directors and the CEO from liability for the fiscal year 2015. Appropriation of profits The Meeting decided that of the profit according to the adopted balance sheet, SEK 68,461,326 shall be distributed to the shareholders, representing a dividend of SEK 2.25 per share, and that the remaining available earnings of SEK 342,527,540 shall be carried forward. The Board of Directors The Meeting resolved in accordance with the nomination committee’s proposal to re-elect Sigrun Hjelmquist, Thord Wilkne, Dick Hasselström, Jan Andersson, Kristofer Arwin and Annika Viklund as members of the Board. The Meeting also re-elected Sigrun Hjelmquist as Chairman of the Board. Furthermore, the Meeting decided in accordance with the nomination committee’s proposal that Board fees until the end of the next Annual General Meeting, will be paid to the Chairman with SEK 360,000 and to each of the other Board members with SEK 180,000 and that remuneration may be paid on account for special assignments to Board members in their respective fields of expertise (consultancy services etc.), provided that such assignments have been approved in advance by the Chairman of the Board or by two Board members. Furthermore, fees for work on the audit committee shall be paid in the amount of SEK 55,000 to the Chairman and SEK 35,000 to each of the other committee members. Fees for work on the remuneration committee shall be paid in the amount of SEK 15,000 to each of the committee members. Board members may be allowed to invoice the company for the Board fees provided that it is cost-neutral to the company and that it is in accordance with applicable legal requirements and recommendations. Auditor The Meeting decided that fair remuneration to the auditor is to be paid with a reasonable amount according to approved invoice. The registered public audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AB was re-elected as auditor for a mandate period until the end of the next Annual General Meeting. PricewaterhouseCoopers has declared that they will assign Magnus Brändström as auditor in charge. Remuneration...

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Press Release from Business Wire : Visa Inc.

By on Apr 27, 2016 in Press Release |

SAN FRANCISCO, (BSW) – Visa (NYSE:V) today celebrated the 100 day milestone to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In its 30th year as the exclusive payment provider of the Olympic Games, Visa is creating and managing the entire payment system infrastructure and network throughout all venues including stadiums, press centers, point-of-sale (POS), the Olympic Village and Olympic Superstores. This year Visa will implement 4,000 POS terminals across key Olympic venues, as well as 11 ATMs in partnership with Bradesco. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here:http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160426006953/en/ Visa also extends the value of its sponsorship to Olympic Games host cities, facilitating the development and advancement of payment infrastructure in those markets. This year Visa will introduce acceptance of new technologies and innovation throughout Rio, focusing on new ways to pay including payment wearables and mobile phones – letting fans swipe, tap, dip or click to pay in Rio. “Visa has always stood for universal acceptance and the most secure and fast way to pay across merchants, borders and currencies,” said Jim McCarthy, executive vice president of innovation and strategic partnerships at Visa Inc. “As we prepare for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Visa is transforming the way fans pay, giving them choice in how they want to pay for anything, anytime and everywhere.” Olympic Games Travel Forecast Visa projects that Brazil will host an estimated 400,000-500,000 international visitors during the month of August, based on trends observed in recent summer editions of the Olympics. Visa data points to 2016 inbound travel to Brazil increasing by an estimated 1.2 million travelers for the year, compared to the 2010-2015 average, primarily due to preparations for the Olympics Games. The largest share of travelers to Brazil are forecast to come from Latin America and the Caribbean region (45 percent of all international travelers), followed by Europe (30 percent) and North America (15 percent). Based on historical data from past Olympic Games, Brazil can expect to see an increase in per traveler spending. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, spending averaged $1,830 per traveler, which was twice as much per visit than regular tourists to the United Kingdom in 2012. “This data speaks to the increase in commerce generated through...

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