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Miss America Organizers Really Want You To Know They’re All About Educating Women

Last night, we crowned a brand new Miss America — Miss New York Kira Kazantsev. This marks the third time in a row that New York has taken the crown. Her talent was singing a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while tapping cups on the floor, and during that performance an on-screen pop-up touted her love of “anything Jane Austin.”

Meanwhile, Miss Ohio moved her lips while singing a duet of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” with a ventriloquist’s dummy. And we learned Miss Virginia is “terrified of frogs.”

All of this is news in and of itself (sort of). But judging by the emphasis placed by the Miss America pageant organizers, the college scholarships that are awarded is really what they want all the chatter to focus on. I guess we were all distracted by the bathing suit portion of the competition.

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New York Press Club Doesn’t Care for de Blasio’s Media Relations Strategy

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Today the mayor of our hometown gives us a nice lesson in how not to please certain local journalists.

Mayor Bill de Blasio won office in a 2013 landslide thanks, in no small part, to the work of BerlinRosen Public Affairs.

Yet some of the journalists involved in the New York Press Club seem to think that the firm could have taught him a bit more about media relations.

The letter/official airing of grievances signed by NYPC president Larry Seary after the jump. A hint: it involves message management.

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Why Uber Chose Obama’s Campaign Manager to Run Comms and Strategy

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Yes we can…connect you to an unlicensed driver using his personal vehicle to transport people around town for tips.

On one level, it makes sense that David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign manager and one of the hottest speakers/strategists on the circuit, would join the “sharing economy” company that everyone’s falling over themselves to cover.

Still, the match strikes some as odd given the recent decision of the Republican National Committee to promote Uber as the prime example of business free from government regulation — regulation best embodied by the man Plouffe helped win the White House.

The answer lies in crisis communications and political infighting.

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#PRFail: NBC Strikes Out on Meet the Press Announcement

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“Where is the love, the love, the love?”

It was the worst-kept secret in network TV, but after months of speculation NBC finally announced yesterday that Chuck Todd would indeed take over for David Gregory as the host of the Sunday morning coffee gathering known as Meet the Press.

In case you missed it, NBC has a history of mismanaging personnel announcements. Does the name Ann Curry ring a bell?

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Dems Calling for a Cease Fire in the ‘War On Women’

women smilingThe message that the Republicans were waging a “war on women” was an effective one during the last presidential election. Triggered by Rush Limbaugh’s disgusting comments about Sandra Fluke and followed by a cascade of word vomit the spewed from various GOP politicians, it was a phrase that the Democrats put to powerful use. But now there’s evidence that it’s a message that doesn’t resonate with voters, so the Dems are moving on.

“Women find it divisive, political—they don’t like it,” pollster Celinda Lake tells the National Journal.  It’s also been kinda co-opted by the Republicans, often to use it against Democratic politicians and their policies.

So as with any PR campaign, it’s time for a new strategy. And this new plan involves facts!

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How ‘Exposed’ Are You? Social Media-Powered Statement Dress Grows Transparent

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A common topic of conversation in the political, PR, and marketing spheres is the increasingly-delicate balance between “sharing” on social media and becoming completely exposed in a digital world completely devoid of privacy.

In an effort to make a statement about how unaware the public seems to be about what they are revealing to marketers, strangers and companies online, artists Xuedi Che and Pedro Oliveira of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program have created a project called “x.pose,” a “wearable, data-driven sculpture.” In essence, it’s a dress that becomes more and more see-through as the wearer tweets and shares on Facebook via her smartphone.

The artists explain their project’s message on the x.pose website

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Arianna Huffington Pitches The Value Of Sleep To Millennials

ahuff alleyArianna Huffington paid a visit to Alley NYC in Midtown yesterday for a short presentation about the importance of sleeping, logging off your electronic devices and following your passion. She’s got a new book for sale – Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder  — and these are just some of the ideas that she puts forward.

And her audience, a very receptive one, were largely millennials, who seemed to genuinely appreciate being told that, at some point, they can stop working and just go to bed.

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EPA Head Hits Reddit to Promote New Climate Initiative

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It appears to be official: when you have a campaign to promote and would like to do a little bit of that old-fashioned engagement with the public, Reddit is the place to be. It’s not just for reputation management.

Yesterday EPA administrator Gina McCarthy hit the AMA section to answer questions about President Obama‘s new regulations on C02 emissions.

How did she do?

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Nissan Blames Agency for Tweet Knocking Tesla

Last week Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors poached Nissan’s PR chief to lead its marketing and communications efforts. We can see why the larger company might respond by one-upping the upstart, but based on its response to a quippy tweet, we do not think this clip summarizes its strategy moving forward:

While the tweet mentioned by Autoblog Green [H/T Jalopnik] focused on the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s decision to block the company from implementing its direct sales model in the state, it’s all in good fun between competitors on social, right?

Maybe not. Nissan immediately deleted the image and blamed it on its social media agency. Pic after the jump.

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The GOP Knows What the Kids Are Wearing

Today in Same Old Story news, someone in the Republican Party anticipated the results of this study about changing political alliances among Millennials and got to work making some ads to appeal to that key demographic: Audi-driving early-30′s yuppies battling problems with facial hair.

Like all political ads, these are collections of cue card quips designed to reduce incredibly complex economic issues into simple talking points.

Of course the ad offers no specifics explaining why an easing of regulations on any given industry would lead to more jobs, much less better jobs. Nor does it explain moves to cut short the unemployment benefits earned by all those friends who (allegedly) can’t find work because of the same regulations…as if this guy’s “friends” work in fossil fuels.

The next ad makes the same points:

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