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FedEx Didn’t Deliver Your Gift? It Might Be On the Side of a Colorado Highway

FedEx (along with UPS) took steps this year to avoid the debacle of 2014, when many people didn’t get packages they’d hoped to be opening on Christmas Day. Both delivery services laid down the rules about last-minute shipping, placing restrictions on retailers so they wouldn’t be overwhelmed by package deliveries and improving systems for moving packages from place to place.

“Surging online shopping over the holidays fueled by offers of free shipping and deep discounts tests the limits of the infrastructure—planes, trucks and sorting hubs—used to deliver the gifts to tens of millions of homes in neighborhoods from Miami to Seattle,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

But it looks like FedEx is being undone by an issue that has nothing to do with online shopping or retailer promises. Read more

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Wikipedia Reveals Which Pages Were Edited Most in 2014

Following Facebook and YouTube, Wikipedia is the latest major web property to weigh in on 2014, the year that was. Their approach, however, is even more relevant to PR and assorted sockpuppets: which pages received the most edits over the past year?

That was a great rundown of the year in Things, wasn’t it?

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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?!

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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Seth Rogen: Don’t Blame Me for the Sony Leak

Two people bear absolutely no responsibility for the Sony media hack that looks like the biggest data leak since Snowden: Seth Rogen and James Franco.

In a clip from Good Morning America set to air tomorrow, Rogen insists that his upcoming movie The Interview was never supposed to be controversial — and it definitely wasn’t intended to inspire a leak:

Key quote:

“At this point, it’s too late to have any [second thoughts]. We set out to make a movie that was really entertaining to audiences and I genuinely think we did that. And that’s where my job ends.”

So it’s a perfect storm of publicity for these two and a nightmare for everyone else employed by Sony. Of course, no one can confirm that North Korea was responsible for the hack. Why so quiet, James Franco?

Bill Cosby Talks to New York Post, Advises ‘Black Media’ to Stay ‘Neutral’

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Whoopi Goldberg/Jill Scott shout-outs aside, Bill Cosby made his first statements on the allegations and legal charges pending against him over the weekend. In what may seem like an unusual strategic move, he chose freelancer Stacy Brown (of the somewhat notorious New York Post gossip source Page Six) as his press contact of choice.

Brown called Cosby, who made a request:

“I only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

The implication, of course, is that the rest of the media and the court of public opinion have already called him guilty.

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Michigan Cops Pull Drivers Over…to Give Them Presents

It’s no secret that police departments around the country have been experiencing some PR problems in recent months. Ferguson and New York City have dealt with the matter at hand in their own ways, and the Lowell, Michigan, PD went another route entirely.

Here’s the video via our friends at AdFreak:

The video wasn’t produced by a firm…it’s from Rob Bliss Creative, the same agency behind the “Walking in NYC as a woman” video. And it was part of stunt to promote “Christian network UP TV’s ‘Uplift Someone’ campaign.”

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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?

THR ‘Most Powerful Women in Hollywood’ Is a PR Free-for-All

First, here’s Joel McHale and Hoda Kotb “roasting” NBCUniversal chairman Bonnie Hammer at this week’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment Breakfast:

We do appreciate Kathie Lee’s ability to take a joke and E’s insistence that McHale use every opportunity to remind viewers how terrible it really is.

Now here’s Hammer’s winning profile piece and here’s the New York Times article detailing the PR battle that precedes the event.

More inside baseball stuff below.

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Facebook and YouTube Remind Us What Happened in 2014

In the interest of years ending, new years beginning, and shared experiences, the two businesses that know us best (thanks, Big Data) have shared nostalgia for 2014 this week.

First, Facebook’s take: these are the things we kindly ALLOWED you to share.

This mystical “Facebook” is a bit more positive than the one we check every day, so maybe the video is part of a rebranding campaign.

Next, Google and YouTube offer their version of the year that was (which you’ve probably already seen because of course we’re a day behind on it).

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