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Sears, Walmart Apologize for Selling Nazi Poster (No Comment from Amazon)

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Today we learned that three of the country’s largest online retailers do not effectively screen the products they offer for evidence of Nazism.

On Monday, Digiday reported on the news (first broken by Heeb last week) that Walmart‘s online store offered shoppers a poster featuring an image of the gate at Dachau concentration camp, which was the very first opened by the German government to hold political prisoners in 1933 (and at which tens of thousands of innocent people died). The fact that the saying on the gate reads “work makes you free” is especially perverse.

Further searches revealed that Amazon and Sears also featured the item online. Their excuse? The dreaded “third party vendor.”

Let’s compare their statements.

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Digiday’s Sternberg to Run Sponsored Content for The Washington Post

JOSH_300x250This morning we learned that Josh Sternberg will leave his position at one of our favorite blogsDigiday, to run native advertising operations at The Washington Post’s Brand Studio.

Here’s what you may not know: while Sternberg’s most recent role was Senior Editor of Digiday’s own sponsored Content Studio (and he has been reporting on the site for some time), he was once a PR guy specializing in media relations and strategic comms.

As he told PRNewser co-founder Joe Ciarallo back in 2009, he leveraged his experience at RLM and Stanton Crenshaw (now Crenshaw Communications) to launch his own shop called Sternberg Strategic Communications before moving into journalism in 2012.

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How Valuable Is Social Media Engagement, Again?

The headline here is truly an open question, because so many within the marketing/PR communities disagree. Here’s the tweet that inspired it:

Gregg may be considered something of an authority on this issue since he serves as VP of social at MasterCard.

Yet many have other ideas. Just yesterday, for example, a Punchtab study told us that most Millennials only care about such interactions when they involve free stuff or discounts.

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New Wall Street Journal Blog ‘CMO Today’ Has the Marketing Industry Covered

Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 2.34.22 PMToday The Wall Street Journal officially launchedCMO Today“, its new site for marketing/advertising news directed at marketing officers.

Suzanna VranicaWSJ’s chief advertising editor, will run the blog with the goal of “[defining] what matters and what doesn’t in the chaos of today’s marketing business.”

With a full-time staff of five, CMO Today (follow them on Twitter) will devote plenty of digital space to the ongoing merger between digital and traditional marketing.

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Airbnb Offers Journalists Solutions to Their #SochiProblems

We’ve covered a weighty topic or two today, so we’ll end the week on a lighter note: as Brian Morrissey of Digiday noted this afternoon, the famously responsive Airbnb decided to make the most of the many journalists documenting their terrible experiences with Sochi hotels by doing that thing they do and directing them toward alternatives in the area.

It started last night with this announcement:

The company’s social team followed up by interacting directly with those journos in need of a better place to rest:

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6 Journalists Talk About What ‘Good PR’ Means to Them

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This guest post comes to you courtesy of Caitlin Epstein, senior associate at Eastwick.

Stalkers. Hagglers. Pests. As a public relations professional who is paid to understand public perception, I’m well aware of the reputation of our profession.

The age-old rivalry between journalists and PR is one we hear about often, whether it’s through a dreaded “PR pet peeve” article, tweets from reporters or even inquiries from clients. I, however, find the rivalry a bit petty and feel that the public misses out on part of the story—a big part of the story. Regardless of arguments to the contrary, reporters rely on PR people and most are not afraid to admit it. Our profession was created to facilitate the rapport between companies and media, and the majority of the time, we do just that.

There are times when we screw up, of course: you may have seen the recent New York Times article criticizing a PR agency for its poor handling of a client’s announcement, and DigiDay also recently published a list of PR habits that drive reporters nuts. Every time one of these articles goes viral, the Eastwick office is abuzz with conversation on the nuances of PR. At this point, we have a pretty good idea of what to avoid in order to keep the peace. However, I’m always left wondering what the other side of the equation is—how and when does PR help reporters?

That question in mind, we decided to reach out to some of the journalists we’ve worked with over the years to hear their tips, tricks and examples of how PR can serve as a resource instead of a pain.

Here are some of our favorites:

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How Do Millennials Feel About Charity?

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On Giving Tuesday, we thought it would be appropriate to explore the relationship between charities and that most important demographic: Millennials (yes, we dislike the word too, but it seems we’re stuck with it).

Truth be told, we were initially inspired to write this post because of an irritating quote that “The Millennial Whisperer”, aka psych professor Dr. Jean Twinge, offered Digiday last week:

“One common [claim] is that this generation really wants to help people and they want jobs where that’s the No. 1 goal and that they’re very interested in getting along in government. And that’s not true. They’re even less interested in that than previous generations.”

So Gen Y talks a good game on generosity but doesn’t follow up, huh? Other researchers beg to differ.

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Yes, #SFBatkid Had a Social Media Agency

BZI80zXCMAAyEey.jpg-largeDigiday broke the hearts of some yesterday by revealing that last week’s big “Kumbaya” Batkid moment was indeed a public relations coup. (Wait, who didn’t already know this?)

It’s true that Make-A-Wish, the city of San Francisco (which spent $105K) and the 7-10,000 people who came out to volunteer were largely responsible for the success of the event. But you can thank San Fran/San Diego-based social media agency Clever Girls Collective for the virality of the hashtag and a few other things:

The agency’s president, Stefania Pomponi, said she heard about Make-A-Wish’s Batkid plan through a tiny blurb on a local San Francisco blog and thought it was under-publicized.

Make-A-Wish accepted Clever Girls’ offer to help on the social front, but again it was a group effort:

Other companies pitched in, too. Twitter, for example, helped secure accounts such as @SFWish and, for the bad guy, @PenguinSF for use in the campaign.

Clever Girls Collective also came up with the #SFBatKid hashtag and began seeding it with 6,000 key San Francisco “influencers” and Twitter users.

So no, it wasn’t “spontaneous” at all—but appearance is (almost) everything on social, and this isn’t exactly shocking news.

Anyone want to guess how many people googled Clever Girls Collective in the past 24 hours?

(Photo, again, via Jeff Chiu/AP)

Airlines Now Want You to Instagram Your Flight

Instagram users: what’s a more obvious photo subject than your brunch, your baby, your half-drunk friends or the landscape near your house at sunset? Apparently the answer is “views from a plane”, because today Digiday tells us that two airlines saw a big marketing opportunity in new FAA regulations allowing for the use of portable devices throughout every flight.

Delta and JetBlue are both promoting the hashtag #below10Kfeet, the point being that pics taken below the clouds are a hell of a lot more interesting—and now you don’t have to wait until the plane hits the 10K mark to break out the iPhone.

Delta went more aggressive out of the gate, turning the tag into a contest in which the best photographer will win two first-class tickets to anywhere within the US. But we prefer JetBlue’s way of showing us why the development matters:

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It’s true! But don’t you dare try to raise the price on window seats…

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POLL: Should Publishers Use Editorial Staff to Create Sponsored Content?

How does one go about making sponsored content that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb? A few bold publishers are answering that question by turning to their own in-house editorial teams to get the job done.

Mashable has been writing posts for sponsors for some time, but Ad Age points out a more interesting case study: Mental Floss founder Mangesh Hattikudur’s U.S. Open live-blog/trivia session post, sponsored by IBM.

Hattikudur notes that IBM did not approve the content before publishing—and he’d planned to cover the event regardless.

The point is that content created by a publisher’s editorial staff will feel more authentic and therefore bring more value to the sponsor as readers grow increasingly skeptical of advertorials.

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