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Five Firms Share Their Holiday Cards

It’s mid-December, and we all know what that means: holiday greetings from firms to their clients and media contacts. We’ve already featured Christmas videos from Coyne PR and Solomon McCown, and here’s a roundup of the e-cards we’ve received so far. Stick with us til the end…the last one is great.

First, here’s one from our friends at Chicago-area firm JSH&A, who recently shared a handy infographic on the top 5 social marketing trends for 2015 (check it out if you missed it).

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Nice quote! More after the jump.

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Which Firm Will Represent Cuba?

In case you missed it, the big news in politics today is that the United States is re-establishing relations with Communist Cuba after decades of isolation.

Here’s the video of the morning conference via CNN:

The “new chapter” mentioned by the president comes about, in part, thanks to the release of American Alan Gross in exchange for three Cubans who’d been jailed in Florida for spying.

The question, then: which firm will handle US/Cuba relations?

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Solomon McCown & Company Preps Santa for Crisis Campaign

Last week we posted on our neighbor Coyne PR’s R-rated agency Christmas card, so here’s a quick one from our friends at Solomon McCown & Company of Boston.

The audience for this work consists of the firm’s clients, but we’re very interested in hearing more about S. Claus, he of the presents, snow and amazingly sentient reindeer who obviously do not have a proper union.

For the record, we’re glad that Solomon McCown avoided working with this nightmare client. Mr. Claus may get a lot of press coverage with little effort, but what’s his primary source of revenue?

We all know who really pays for those presents, don’t we?!

5WPR Shoots Down New York Exclusive on Boy Genius Investor

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As we read the original story last night we thought, “this is too good to be true.” And so it was.

Thanks to our fellow media folks at The New York Observer, we now know that 17-year-old pseudo-genius/high school student Mohammed Islam featured in New York magazine’s “Reasons to Love New York” feature is not, in fact, a wealthy investor. Once the lie was exposed, he did what any embarrassed teenager in the spotlight would do: he hired 5WPR for crisis communications.

In the subsequent NYO piece, we learned several things including the fact that someone at 5W is a big fan of Jasper Johns.

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Beard Baubles Are Sold Out, But You Can Still Wear ‘Christmas on Your Face’ For Charity

635538892045561108-BB3-hiresWith only days until Christmas, many have already lit their trees, decked their halls, and donned hideously awesome holiday sweaters, so they may be under the misguided impression that they simply have nothing left to decorate. There may, however, be one long-neglected potential canvas left to adorn with holiday sparkle; what about the beards?

As you may have heard, ad agency Grey London heard the cries of barren beards everywhere and responded with a solution that is not only undeniably decorative, but — in keeping with the holiday spirit — highly charitable.

Enter: Beard Baubles.

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Coyne PR Curses for Charity

What, you thought PRs were all polite? You thought that ad agency folks were the only ones willing to share their bitter, anonymous, NSFW curses on public forums?

Our friends at New York’s Coyne PR disproved that cliche this week with the “Big A$$ Swear Jar” video below:

For the record, we don’t really believe that these f*ckers actually curse so f*cking often, and we wonder whether all of those coins were really quarters. But we do love a video that wasn’t created to directly promote an agency or its clients!

So, Merry F*cking Christmas, a**holes. Here’s our contribution.

While we’re at it, who has the best godd***ed happy hour in Midtown?

Spin the Agencies of Record

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  • Havas PR will leverage its global network for The Economist, that classic magazine of finance, politics, and world affairs. The firm’s primary role involves promoting The Economist Espresso, its first daily mobile app, which launched in November. Ravi Sunnak, EVP, Corporate, Havas PR, writes that “We are continuing the raise the visibility of The Economist and establish their thought leadership status…[via] an influencer outreach campaign.” Said campaign has already earned many editorial mentions and inspired us to look up the real name of the man we know only as “Lexington.”

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Strange Fruit Founders Release Statement and New Name

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Unfortunately for a couple of PR professionals, the odd name chosen for their firm has driven a large share of conversation within the industry on a slow winter news week.

We’ve been on vacation, so we heard of the Austin-based firm previously known as “Strange Fruit PR” for the first time yesterday. We’re still not clear as to why the story just broke when the firm had been using that name since 2012, but happen it did…and now the company has announced its new name: Perennial Public Relations.

Here’s a statement from founders Mary Mickel & Ali Slutsky to our own Tonya Garcia, who wrote yesterday’s post:

“We sincerely apologize to those offended by the former name of our firm. As of today, we have renamed our firm to Perennial Public Relations. We have always prided ourselves as open-minded individuals and we remain committed to serving our clientele and community. In no way did we ever intend for the name of our firm to offend nor infer any implication of racism.  We are grateful for and appreciate the ongoing support of our clients and community.”

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Firm Shares ‘Defining PR Moments of 2014′

As the year winds to a close, it’s time to review the stories that sparked the biggest communications conversations of 2014. First in line to do just that are our friends at The Pollack PR Marketing Group, a full-service agency based in LA and New York.

You’ll have to roll with the clip in terms of music choice(s) and production values, but the stories in this quick review were indeed some of the biggest of the year:

So, in summary…

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