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Hotel CEO on Airbnb: ‘We Wish We’d Thought of It’

Well, yeah. If you have any hospitality or “sharing economy” clients, you’re going to want to check out this interview with Choice Hotels CEO Steve Joyce, which ran on Bloomberg yesterday.

Given the fact that Airbnb recently decided to change course and (sort of) “play nice” with New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, this looks like a “next step” in the conversation between traditional service providers and their “disruptors.” In that story, an Airbnb spokesperson said “We need to work together on some sensible rules.” Flash forward to yesterday:

(If you can’t see this video, you might need to click the top link. It’s being difficult.)

A key quote:

“We love this new collaborative approach…and we’re trying to figure out how to take advantage of it.”

Sounds like capitulation, doesn’t it?

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The Ticker: Air Jordan Tweets; White House Gets Hacked; Bankers Don’t Care; And More

19 Brands That Teased Our Tastebuds on #NationalChocolateDay

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In the mood for some (literally) sweet “food porn” today?

This maybe-not-real holiday just happens to occur right before Halloween, and wouldn’t you know that it was also created by The National Confectioners Association?

Still, we are OK with chocolate — so we will share a few brands that managed to get in on the theme on social today.

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Kim Kardashian Has Some Tips for Winning at Social Media

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Kim Kardashian West made an appearance at Re/code‘s Code Mobile event this week and shared some details (what else does she do besides share right?) about what it’s like to build and sustain a brand on social media and reality TV. Say what you will about Mrs. Kardashian West (don’t go over the top), this is a topic where she truly is an expert.

Before we get into the tips, she sets the record straight on her “pay-per-tweet” situation: no, she doesn’t get paid $10K per 140 characters.

And she loves the BlackBerry, which would seemingly put her in the minority among owners of mobile devices.

“It’s my heart and soul, I love it and I’ll never get rid of it,” she said. “I do have an iPhone, and I use it for photos. But if you write an email and you need to type fast — I like having the [key]board. They don’t even have them in stores anymore. I buy them on eBay. It’s a BlackBerry Bold. And I like to have three in my room that I line up in case they break.”

You don’t hear that every day!

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Another Reason Why BP Cannot Move Forward From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

bp oil spillThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened in 2010. In an age of swift news cycles, it’s a rare story that lasts for not just weeks or months, but years. This one, rightfully so, has.

In part, this is the doing of BP. Last week, an opinion piece ran in Politico magazine in which the oil company questioned just how much the Gulf was damaged by the spill.

This question sends the message that BP still isn’t taking responsibility for what it did.

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Q&A on PR Council Rebranding: ‘Industry Needs a Differentiator’

Last week, the former Council of PR Firms announced a change: going forward, it would be known as The PR Council, with recently-promoted Chairman Christopher Graves of Ogilvy as its new chair. Here’s the quick video used to introduce the repositioning last week:

While Jack O’Dwyer was unimpressed with the Council’s refusal to drop the word “PR” from its name, Stuart Elliott of The New York Times and others covered the news — and today we spoke to Matt Shaw, SVP and Director of Communications for the Council, to get a more intimate take on what the change means for the larger industry.

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5 PR Lessons to Learn from the World Series

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For baseball goobers like yours trulythis is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the Fall Classic, the MLB Finals, the World Series.

And while my Texas Rangers aren’t anywhere near the picture these days, this is a great series pitching the San Franciso Giants, a borderline dynasty of the ‘teens’, against the beleaguered franchise turned underdog sweetheart, Kansas City Royals. (Yes, those Royals.)

So why not? For this week’s #5Things: we have 5 PR lessons to learn from the World Series.

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Here’s Your First PR Sitcom, ‘Seriously Distracted’

In the past we’ve mentioned the fact that depictions of PR in pop culture don’t tend to be too positive. The fictional names that come to mind are Samantha Jones, Olivia Pope and…The Kroll Show. There are some exceptions like FXX’s You’re the Worst, but despite the fact that its female lead works in PR, we don’t see much of what she does beyond hanging with the rap group that seems to be her only client.

When we heard back in March that PopSugar would produce its own mini-sitcom about the industry, we were…interested. Last week, “Seriously Distracted” debuted on PopSugar’s entertainment and celebrity sites, and we were happy to see that it stars Amy Sedaris, brother of serial embellish-er David Sedaris and former star of Stephen Colbert vehicle Strangers with Candy.

Here’s the first episode, guest-starring Kimiko Glenn of Orange is the New Black:

Honest question, since we’ve never worked with unjustly famous people: do they really get this bad?

In summary: the employees of Le Grande PR are (almost) all female and their prospective clients are ignorant, self-obsessed celebrities. But Sedaris’s hair is great, isn’t it? And did you catch the 30 Rock reference?

Second episode after the jump. It involves middle-aged women on Tinder.

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Turns Out NPR Doesn’t Heart the Environment That Much After All

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This may not be breaking news, but National Public Radio (NPR) leans ever-so-slightly to the left. If someone were to poll its listeners in search of cliches, one might find a coterie of granola-eating, Democrat-having, hippie-being, skinny jean-wearing, rarely bathing (allegedly) folk.

If that “one” is not the prejudicial type, he/she might also discover that NPR is partial to good journalism and that it employs a few reporters known to evoke a love for our planet. The network even has its own division dedicated to the environment.

Or did, until a couple of days ago.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Is Having Some Performance Issues

jamie-dornan-dakota-johnsonSoccer dads, cat moms and even some red-faced teens are anticipating the Valentines Day 2015 is the 90-minute S&M boink fest 50 Shades of Grey, set for release on Valentine’s Day (how romantic!).

However, ticket sales may go flaccid after hearing this news: It’s not sexy enough. 

Wait, what?! *Gasping. Swooning. Regretting.*

Word from US Weekly is that stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are lacking that je ne sais quoi needed to make this movie a global success large enough to match the impact of the book that preceded it.

Take two is already getting…tied up.

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