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Nothing Better Than an Eggnog Chugging Contest to Put You in the ER for Christmas

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That vat of murky glop smelling of Yuletide joy, Maalox, and regurgitation is reflective of all things holiday-ish. There must some hypnotic charm intertwined with the beads of adhesive elixir because people buy this stuff in bulk during this time of the year.

So, it makes sense that someone would challenge the power eaters of this country to an eggnog chugging contest. Alcohol-free festivity, of course, so it is time to sing carols…all the way to the ICU.

Yeah, not the most wonderful time of the year for the winner.  Read more

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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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STUDY: What Do Americans Care About Most This Christmas?

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A week ago we published a consumer survey and infographic from our friends at SHIFT Communications that detailed shopping trends for Christmas 2014 as well as some helpful pitching tips from the firm’s VP of Marketing Technology Chris Penn.

Today we have the results of a different sort of research project by another local firm: MWW.

Last week the firm released the results of 2014′s Matter More Project, or “one of the largest known studies of American life priorities today.” While its results may not surprise you, they will almost certainly encourage you.

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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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Study: Shopping Trends and Pitching Tips for Christmas 2014

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This holiday season is awash in data. The matter at hand isn’t just where and when people shop but how they shop — and the numbers diverge sharply across demographic groups.

It’s all much more complicated than “Millennials are more likely to look for deals online.”

Our friends at SHIFT Communications recently conducted a survey of 1,000 Americans and gathered information from sources like the National Retail Federation in order to craft a fuller portrait of how consumers behave in 2014. They also revealed their findings about how PR should organize and pitch related stories to media outlets.

Infographic and commentary after the jump.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Will Be a Little More Expensive This Year

Holiday-SpendingHey look! It’s the ghosts of Christmas past, paster, and pastest.

What’s really perplexing is that while these cats are long gone, their products continue to cost us more and more money with each passing Christmas even after accounting for inflation! Whatever the reason, it happens — and this year is no question.

The company delivering the bad news is PNC Wealth Management, which has embraced its role as the provider of America’s annual financial blues.

So, if you are in the market for a partridge in a pear tree, you may want to shift gears and consider something in the fig tree family…

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Mariah Carey Wants Her Voice Back for Christmas

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Do you remember the time when Mariah Carey did that thing with her voice that threatened to permanently damage your dog’s hearing? No one really knew how she did it, but mutt owners everywhere felt the power of her vocal gymnastics.

The ghost of Christmas past just called, and its wants Carey’s ’90s starlet tones back.

If you were around a TV (or the Web went the dang thing went viral), you know that ghost spooked Carey and already stole the thing. During the annual tree lighting ceremony at 30 Rock last night, she was supposed to sing her classic Yuletide tune “All I Want for Christmas Is You“…

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How PR Tried to Take Away ‘Black Friday’

you have to fight So here I am, wrapped in my Santa Snuggie with a Turkey hat, going in and out of a gravy-induced coma while beset by media coverage of “Black Friday.”

The mayhem. The carnage. The humanity.

I thought this day of delirium had to do with getting stores “in the black,” but then I stumbled upon a Big Friday fact that I didn’t know:

PR tried to kill it…or at least spruce up its reputation a bit.

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Giving Thanks for the PRSA and The National Dog Show

Today we’d like to take a moment to give thanks for a few things we like: the PRSA, the many professionals whose hard work defines the public relations industry, and The National Dog Show. We mention them in the same sentence because they have something in common this year: John O’Hurley, veteran actor and TV presenter who we will always know as one Jacopo “J” Peterman.

Here he is discussing the show dogs’ “elevated sense of awareness”:

Coincidentally, Mr. O’Hurley also happened to host the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles PRSA’s annual PRism awards last week at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Details and pics after the jump.

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GOOD NEWS: Grandma’s Dream of Performing in Macy’s Parade Comes True

grandma boopMeet Grandma Boop.

We didn’t name her, but we sure want to meet her. You see, yesterday was her 83rd birthday. And for the past 30 years, every time she blows out those candles on her cake, she only wishes for one thing — to be in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Yes, way. Not watching it or sitting on the parade route. Girl wants to be in the parade. As in dressed like a clown.

How can you not love this woman already? There she is adorned like a turkey enjoying her family as she does every year. Following the opening of those get-a-gun-and-shoot singing cards, she has a fit that has to induce a smile or two for anyone within 50 feet of the broadcast.

Just watch this video. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed.

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