Patrick Coffee

Patrick Coffee

Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek, where he specializes in covering agencies, brands and industry trends. He is editor of Adweek's AgencySpy blog and Industry Bulletin.

Biggest Stories of the Week

Fake ‘User’ Reviews Are Here to Stay Will Media Convergence End the ‘PR or Advertising’ Debate? Anti-Islam Subway Ads: PR Fail? What Kind of ‘Dirt’ Does Facebook Have on You? […]

UPDATE: Chick-fil-A Still Very Much Anti-Gay Marriage

This week we all wondered whether to believe the stories about Chick-fil-A’s supposed decision to stop donating to anti-gay groups. If it sounded too good to be true, that’s because […]

American Airlines Had a Terrible PR Week

Given the fact that America’s faith in its airline companies is roughly equivalent to its faith in Congress, we feel like the big names should be doing everything in their […]

Smithsonian Revamping Its Stuffy Brand

How does one re-brand an august institution like a classical museum–a “product” that is stuffy by its very nature? The Smithsonian Institution is an extremely popular destination for anyone visiting […]

Healthcare Not Yet Mobile: PCs Still Dominate the Market

For all the talk of smartphones and tablets, you’d think every American plugs into an iPad after work each day and that millions of PCs currently sit in the corners […]

Is ‘Micro-targeting’ the Key to Success in Politics and PR?

In this week’s The New Yorker, financial columnist James Surowiecki has a fascinating piece (thankfully available online for non-subscribers) about the science of political campaigning and, particularly, the revolutionizing of […]

Crowdfunding via Kickstarter: A New Kind of PR?

Chances are you’ve heard the name Kickstarter, the fundraising startup that calls itself “the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.” The site looks like the leader in crowdsourced funding […]

Did Romney Appear in ‘Brownface’ on Univision?

Last night Mitt Romney made the bold and admirable move of appearing on Univision before millions of Latino viewers (and voters) for a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of course, hosts […]

Reader Poll: Iconic Photo or PR Stunt?

There’s been a bit of a back-and-forth online today about whether this famous photo—which turned 80 today—was a classic example of in-the-moment photojournalism or a well-executed PR stunt. The pic, […]

Forbes ‘Richest’ List: No More Social Media Moguls?

This week Forbes released the 30th anniversary edition of its “Forbes 400: The Richest People in America” issue, and the list’s top ten is only surprising for being so boring. […]