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Archives: September 2014

Musical Acts Welcome the Chance to Sell Tickets on Groupon

 

With the music industry focused less on album sales, selling other items, particularly concert tickets, has taken on greater importance. But there are so… many… shows. From music festivals to concerts to television appearances, few people have the money, let alone the time, to go to even a small portion of all the shows they would ideally like to attend. Not to mention getting all those shows on your radar so you know who’s appearing where. Who knew that Karen O was at the McKitterick Hotel the past couple of days? I found out from a friend posting on social media while he was standing in line. A little late for me to even attempt to get in.

This is where Groupon and LivingSocial come in. The sites have struck deals with event organizers to offer discounts on tickets for big acts ranging from Wiz Khalifa to Arcade Fire. Does it damage the act’s credibility to sell tickets at a cut-rate price? Not at all.

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Everyone Is Pissed at the NFL

nflHere’s a somewhat encouraging note on which to end the week: in the wake of its horrific handling of the Ray Rice scandal, the National Football League‘s reputation hit its lowest point in the past five years — and approval ratings have dipped more among men than they have among women.

Before the full video of Rice punching his fiancee broke, the league was at a high point — it was even more popular than during the period after the 2014 Super Bowl. Now, however, the YouGov Brand Index tells us that public perception of professional football has flip-flopped from a positive 36 to a negative 17.

Also: the dip was more than three times as extreme among male respondents as among females.

Maybe bad behavior does come with consequences.

Here’s the chart — and that looks like a game-ending fumble at the end:

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Biggest Stories of the Week

Forget Phones! BlackBerry Is Working on a Smartwatch

BlackBerry is the butt of many a tech joke. Once the pinnacle of personal mobile technology, it became the phone that some people say they don’t want to be seen using. But the company isn’t giving up. It reported some surprisingly good numbers earlier in the summer. And now CEO John Chen is talking about taking a leap with the big players into wearables.

Speaking at the Super Mobility Conference in Las Vegas this week, Chen said the company was doing some research into the possibilities for things like smartwatches and smart glasses.

Of course, some people have jokes.

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15 People Business Insider Left Off Its ‘Top 50 Tech PR’ List

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ICYMI, yesterday Business Insider posted another of its famous clickbait listicles (not that we would ever do anything like that, cough cough). This one was of particular interest to the people in PR.

It’s true that “The 50 Best Public Relations People in the Tech Industry in 2014” was — as one of our industry friends put it — “so arbitrary.” At the same time, it’s always good to see journalists highlighting the real, valuable work done by PR rather than denigrating the entire industry.

It was also nice to see friends of the site Ed Zitron of EZPR and Barbara Bates of Eastwick get some respect.

A couple of things we noticed: someone really likes working with Waggener Edstrom and Brew PR and there weren’t a whole lot of names on the list from the usual suspects. Check out the O’Dwyer’s top tech firms list and notice how many of them didn’t appear in the BI post.

After the jump, we listed some people — both abstract and specific — whose absence we noted.

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Journalists: Proudly Keeping Starbucks Open All These Years

another-coffee-funnyWe love our friends in the media, at least most of us. That said, it’s nice to clue into what drives them to make good news and what drives them bat-ess-crazy.

It’s not easy being in the media, regardless the position or the medium. The glamorous life is comical to most and unattainable by many. However, without them, where would we be, right? Understanding that, the next time you are out and see a Starbucks, you may want to stop in for a $50,000 gift card or some such.

According to a recent survey, and this article from TVNewser in the friendly confines of the mediabistro nation, few media types will refuse that kind of gift.

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FOX News Loses Copyright Lawsuit Against TVEyes

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Last July, the head honchos at FOX News caught an ill wind blowing about a Connecticut-based company called TVEyes, which was recording snippets of the network and selling it to others. They were like any other media clipping service, but because people used TVEyes’ product to criticize FOX News, Rupert Murdoch wanted to shut ‘em down.

The lawsuit accuses TVEyes of misappropriating “the entirety of the works that Fox News has developed at great expense and to reproduce, to distribute, to publicly perform and/or to publicly display verbatim copies of the works” without authorization.

And in the spirit of Public Enemy, the company decided to “Fight the Power.” Fast forward to yesterday when TVEyes did the unthinkable: They ‘brought the noise’ and beat FOX News.

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Texas Firm Admits to Bribing Journalists for Coverage

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Well, maybe “bribing” is too strong a word. What’s a synonym for “we will pay this supposedly objective journalist for giving our client favorable coverage?”

In a story that seemed destined to break during PRSA’s Ethics Awareness Month, a Texas firm sheepishly admitted to offering a CNBC freelancer money to include their client in a story.

Guilty pitch email after the jump (emphasis ours).

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Burger King Japan Brings Back the Strangely Popular Black Burger

BN-EM432_bkingj_D_20140911023522Well, if Dr. Seuss taught us anything, it’s that strangely-colored food just tastes better (and can be eaten on a on a train, in the rain, in a boat, with a goat…).

But it isn’t green eggs and ham that have won the hearts of Burger King Japan‘s customers — it’s a black burger, complete with black bun, black cheese and black sauce. And while we, personally, may think the sandwich more closely resembles industrial waste than a viable lunch option, we are in the minority.

The black burgers, now called The Kuro Pearl burger and Kuro Diamond burger (“kuro” meaning black), were first introduced for a limited time in 2012. They became so popular that they outsold all other new products the company offered that year. Due to high demand, the burgers were temporarily brought back again in 2013. Now, the burger chain is hoping for an equally-warm welcome the third time around. Read more

Roll Call: Waggener Edstrom, W2O Group and More

Waggener Edstrom Communications announced that industry veteran Michael Murphy will join WE as a senior global advisor to the executive team. He will work with WE leaders as the firm continues its evolution into one of the industry’s largest, integrated independent global agencies. Murphy is a business leader and communications specialist with decades of global experience in helping organizations successfully develop a range of growth strategies from organic account growth around the world through to M&A to complement existing capabilities. Coupled with the agency’s already strong global leadership, Murphy’s insights will help map growth strategies and potential strategic and business development opportunities. (Release)

W2O Group announced the opening of a Silicon Valley office and the promotion of digital marketing expert, Aaron Strout, to technology practice lead in response to the growing momentum of this business sector across its firms. Technology is now the second largest and fastest growing practice within W2O Group. The Technology Practice started with two accounts less than three years ago and now services 14 clients, including HP, Verizon, Intel, BMC Software and INRIX. Strout will focus on expanding the Technology Practice across all W2O companies — WCG, Twist Mktg and Brewlife — while enhancing the range of services offered. The Silicon Valley office, which will include several team members representing account services, analytics and finance, will strengthen the Technology Practice and expand its footprint. Group director and author Michael Brito, who has been working with and for technology clients for more than 15 years, will partner with Strout to lead business development and growth in that office. (Release)

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