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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.

Target Takes to CNN to Reassure Customers Before Black Friday

The tip we received in May naming chief marketer Jeff Jones as the scandal-plagued Target’s new CEO turned out to be false, but Jones is working hard as the chain’s spokesperson this holiday season.

Target has good reason to worry as Black Friday approaches: Home Depot’s recent data breach may have broken the record set last year, but consumers still feel like their data is vulnerable — and Target wisely chose not to blame everything on Microsoft.

For example, yesterday’s CNN Money clip might as well be labeled “sponsored content”:

Note that Jones didn’t directly address the data breach (the company announced related “security and technology enhancements” back in April).

Also: can we add “social drives sales” to Monday’s “10 Client Delusions About Social Media” list?

APOCALYPSE WATCH: Gizmodo Shares What’s Wrong with America

gizmodo-logoWhat’s the state of the United States today?

From the Kardashians to the “Real Housewives,” athletes’ contracts to underpaid civil servants, the cost of living in New York to the even higher cost of living in San Francisco, there are tell-tale signs everywhere.

However, few things on the planet will offer a darker portrait of humanity in general than the Black Friday ballyhoo.

But what if there were something about Thanksgiving that overshadows the sight of people literally pitching a family-sized tent in front of Walmart to save $200 on a TV?

Gawker property Gizmodo just shared such a thing.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Black Friday Expands, Rebrands as ‘Black Week’

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Still wondering why we “can’t have nice things?” Two words: Black and Friday

It’s yet another unofficial American holiday during which people are allowed — nay, encouraged — to re-enact scenes from The Purge in hopes of scoring $400 off a big screen TV. The doors open, and may God have mercy on the soul of whoever is standing at that partition.

The stampede is on and the fights go viral faster than you can type #WalMartFights. However, if you think one day is enough of this madness, you better ask somebody. This year “Black Week” because it’s hard out there for a retailer.

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RadioShack Forced to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving After Employee Mutiny

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The formerly dominant personal technology super store, Radio Shack, is suffering in many ways.

This Dallas/Fort Worth-based company is laying off employees almost on a monthly basis. It is closing hundreds of stores annually. Its brand is considered so antiquated that self-deprecationwas in order for its last Super Bowl commercial. Now it is facing almost certain bankruptcy.

That said, there’s still hope: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all that they imply. Unfortunately, it seems that this business can’t quite get those right. Maybe that’s why they hired Weird Al: this story feels like a parody of how to get ready for the holidays.

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An Open Letter to Veterans Day

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(Photo Credit: AP)

Dear Veterans Day,

I realize that writing a letter to a holiday may be a strange thing for you (and everyone out there reading), but I need to talk to you. This is your day, a day that really is one of the best CSR campaigns ever. Sorry for the PR jargon, but I want you to know that we understand what’s going on.

This day wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the heroic sacrifice and service for America’s defenders in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Reserves. So, we want to thank them all and give them (and you, Veterans Day) the respect they richly deserve.

Still, I’m writing you on behalf of PR practitioners everywhere.

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GOOD NEWS: Costco Continues to Be the Champion for Thanksgiving

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FOX News annually warns us of a “War on Christmas” in discussing the plight of religious connections to the holiday. Unfortunately, a “War on Thanksgiving” has commenced — and this one is about threats to the retail portion of the holiday.

The unofficial kickoff to Christmas shopping is a day marketed as a sales lollapalooza for some and an exercise in misery for many others. In fact, the blackness of Friday has crept into Thanksgiving, smearing its dankness all over shopping aisles everywhere. Lately, no one seems to care about eating turkey — but one huge retailer refuses to sell a thing on that day.

We say: good for you, Costco.

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15 Brands That Played the Boss for #NationalBossDay

BE THE BOSS

Paid the cost…

Did you know that yesterday was National Boss Day? Neither did we — but many brands reminded us via the 13th hottest trending hashtag of the day. (Sadly, we missed the chance to thank our own boss.)

Anyway, here are some of the many that took advantage of the latest meme-y holiday.

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Why Labor Day Needs Public Relations Assistance

Labor-DayThis weekend, everyone is ready to get their grill on and enjoy the extended weekend to commemorate Labor Day.

This day is usually celebrated in the company of a body of water, a gaggle of friends, and a trough of adult beverages (none of whom are certain as to why they have the day off). The most prescient reminder that we don’t have to go into the office is the “closed” sign in the window of our local bank.

The problem is that the day was not created for a telethon or an excursion to the beach, but rather to celebrate the true laborers in this country way back in 1882.

The day was created to recognize the little man — the person who worked 10 to 12 hours each day, received very little pay, lived with an extremely compromised quality of life and never received anything in the way of thanks for a day of hard labor. 

Sound familiar?

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