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TGI Friday’s Will Force Couples to Kiss with Mistletoe Drones

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Someone working for TGI Friday’s has been taking in too many science fiction movies. Either that, or stalking is no longer enough. or being a closet stalker just isn’t doing it for him, so it’s time to be a little daring. The proof in that Yorkshire pudding is found in Manchester, England.

TGI Friday’s is testing something that is certain to get people talking in the dining category…

Here’s the scene: you’re chowing on some cheese sticks and sipping an adult beverage when you hear this loud humming sound. It’s not that kind of party, so you ask your server what’s going on. She points up and there it is — a drone hovering overhead with a dangling twig of mistletoe just in time to creep you out during the holidays.

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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Black Friday Expands, Rebrands as ‘Black Week’

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Still wondering why we “can’t have nice things?” Two words: Black and Friday

It’s yet another unofficial American holiday during which people are allowed — nay, encouraged — to re-enact scenes from The Purge in hopes of scoring $400 off a big screen TV. The doors open, and may God have mercy on the soul of whoever is standing at that partition.

The stampede is on and the fights go viral faster than you can type #WalMartFights. However, if you think one day is enough of this madness, you better ask somebody. This year “Black Week” because it’s hard out there for a retailer.

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An Open Letter to Veterans Day

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Dear Veterans Day,

I realize that writing a letter to a holiday may be a strange thing for you (and everyone out there reading), but I need to talk to you. This is your day, a day that really is one of the best CSR campaigns ever. Sorry for the PR jargon, but I want you to know that we understand what’s going on.

This day wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the heroic sacrifice and service for America’s defenders in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Reserves. So, we want to thank them all and give them (and you, Veterans Day) the respect they richly deserve.

Still, I’m writing you on behalf of PR practitioners everywhere.

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Reasons Why National Liquor Holidays are a Big Waste of Time

drinking from the bottleEvery day is a special day. This isn’t just a fortune cookie platitude you’ll find on a bumper sticker or Facebook meme. Today was National Poetry Day. Monday was National Coffee Day. Two weeks ago was International Talk Like A Pirate Day. On and on the list goes on.

Not to be left out, cocktails and individual spirits have their own special days as well. Which is pretty unnecessary because people are living for happy hour on the daily. But every spirit wants its own time to shine. And now maybe it’s time for everyone to go home because we’re all drunk.

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Why Labor Day Needs Public Relations Assistance

Labor-DayThis weekend, everyone is ready to get their grill on and enjoy the extended weekend to commemorate Labor Day.

This day is usually celebrated in the company of a body of water, a gaggle of friends, and a trough of adult beverages (none of whom are certain as to why they have the day off). The most prescient reminder that we don’t have to go into the office is the “closed” sign in the window of our local bank.

The problem is that the day was not created for a telethon or an excursion to the beach, but rather to celebrate the true laborers in this country way back in 1882.

The day was created to recognize the little man — the person who worked 10 to 12 hours each day, received very little pay, lived with an extremely compromised quality of life and never received anything in the way of thanks for a day of hard labor. 

Sound familiar?

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14 Brands Want to Remind You That It’s Pi Day

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If you’ve ever written a social media calendar for any client brands, you know that comprehensive lists of every single obscure holiday are essential tools. Why? Because it’s surprisingly challenging to make, say, bottled water sound interesting every day on Facebook and Twitter.

That’s why—as other blogs may have already reminded you—pretty much every brand imaginable has created some sort of Pi Day social media post.

Here, then, are a few that stood out to us.

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Merry Christmas to All Our Readers

...and to all a drunk night

…and to all a drunk night

Here’s wishing you a happy 25th from everyone at PRNewser! We won’t be posting for the next couple of days due to our family commitments: tasting the paella, letting the in-laws beat us at bowling, drinking too much Christmas whiskey and trying to figure out whether we missed anything while watching A Christmas Story for the fifteenth time (because no one ever gives us the remote).

So take stock of your booty, find a way to distract the kids and have a drink or ten. Then try your best to tolerate your loved ones, avoid thinking about your clients and thank whatever God you may worship that your name isn’t Justine Sacco.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Martha Stewart Takes ‘Home for the Holidays’ Literally for Her Staff

No joke. Her staff thinks she is something that rhymes with "wish." What a ho-ho-ho.

No joke. Her staff thinks she is something that rhymes with “wish.” What a ho-ho-ho.

Martha Stewart, the friend of the housewife and arch-nemesis of the blogger, is now endearing herself to another group of people — her own staff. Just in time for the holidays, Martha Stewart decided now would be a great time to place a fat pink slip in the stocking of her employees.

Yes, according to the New York Postshe fired them this close to Christmas. Now before you go off wanting to stick a Yuletide log in her grill and pray to Santa that she chokes on her craft supplies, let’s hear the woman out. She may have a rational explanation for this. Maybe.  Read more

Study: Nearly Half of Marketers Will Launch Holiday Campaigns Before Halloween. Ugh.

cnn_stuff_081As a true New England girl, I love all things Autumn with an almost maniacal passion — the leaves, the hot cider, the apple picking, the pumpkin carving, and, most especially, Halloween. But over the course of my lifetime, I’ve noticed (as we all have) the ever-encroaching holiday shopping season infiltrating my sacred season of costumes and pumpkin pie — it happens earlier every year. Once upon a time, people complained about Christmas trees in the malls before Thanksgiving, but now we run the risk of bumping into Santa Clause while shopping for Trick-or-Treat candy. Creepy (in more than one sense).

If you, too, are frustrated by the creep of the holiday shopping season, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that this is a trend that shows no sign of retreating. A new study done by Experian Marketing Services, which surveyed more than 200 marketers about their cross-channel marketing plans for the holiday season, found that 50 percent of all marketers plan to launch their holiday campaigns before Halloween.

“Retailers have been extending the shopping seasons with promotions, post-recession, so it’s not surprising to see that nearly half of all marketers stated they would launch a holiday campaign before Halloween,” said Bill Tancer, general manager of global research of Experian Marketing Services, in a news release. Read more

Attention’s GIFerrific Holiday Greeting

Social media firm Attention uses this year’s holiday card to pay tribute to the attention-starved with a Holiday GIF Guide (haha). Chock full of Schadenfreudic pet and human escapades, this curated fandango has something for everyone. Here’s a GIF utilizing the firm’s whole staff a la The Barbarian Group to send a cautionary message about snack food.

Hey, GIF is the Word of the Year, after all.

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