We have no doubt that your agency has a very “cool” office; at the very least we can guarantee that it’s cooler than our office, which amounts to “the IKEA desk in our bedroom where we scroll through our Twitter feed for nine hours a day”. But the work spaces in this little piece of share-bait from the BBC are still pretty impressive, and we’re happy to report that Facebook, Google and Twitter do not make an appearance because WOW we are sick of hearing about how great it would be to work in Silicon Valley.
Check out these “beach hut” meeting rooms from London-based Man Bites Dog PR, whose office includes “a full-length indoor pier” inspired by its Brighton locale.
A couple more are worth a look.
We feel like we’re supposed to dislike the Publicis Groupe/Omnicom megalith for some reason, but we have to tip our Santa caps to them and their French CEO for a job well done on this “More the Merrier” video greeting card. It’s so complex and ridiculous that you really should check it out for yourself. First watch the intro from Maurice Levy:
After this it gets a little complicated: go to the greeting page, turn your webcam on and make sure to have as many faces around you as possible, because the more you have the crazier it gets.
Work from home? Don’t have any friends in the office? No worries: Publicis provides a helpful PDF filled with eager young faces that you can use to pretend. Screen shots after the jump.
Lululemon will land on many year-end “naughty” lists thanks to a string of controversies amplified by a tone-deaf co-founder and his near-total inability to say the right thing at the right time. The company has a new CEO, but will the change be enough to keep the horrible headlines stuck in 2013?
We recently had a chance to speak with Carreen Winters, acclaimed blogger and executive VP of MWW’s corporate communications and reputation management practice, about the challenges facing brands like Lululemon and the art of reputation repair.
Let’s review what Lulu did wrong and how the brand might recover in the new year.
The good people at Grey New York recently joined forces with the Canon elves to spread the word about a new Facebook app released by their client that helps kids send their Christmas wishes directly to the man himself at the North Pole.
It’s kind of adorable. Kids can either submit a pic, write to Saint Nick or draw a picture. Here, for example, is our quickly rendered portrait of the basset hound we will be getting this year:
Can you tell she’s smiling?
After parents submit their kids’ wishes, the family can watch a video of the wish delivered to Santa’s Workshop via Canon’s new printer while Mrs. Claus checks the naughty list. It’s all about showcasing the company’s new cloud printing technology in the cutest possible way.
For the 7th year, it is this blog’s tradition to pre-announce the Sunshine & Sachs holiday party with the location redacted. And as is tradition we will measure the growth of firm helmed by PR sages Ken Sunshine and Shawn Sachs by comparing the number of names on the invitation with last year’s (each staffer’s name is included, and each invites their own list of guests). Rounded up for good measure, the firm grew 33% by headcount, crossing the 100 person mark.
In an email exchange, the affable Sachs reminded me of the firm’s wins this year: adding a creative services department, a DC office, a new New York headquarters, and most aggressively, the launch of Madica Productions, a full scale production division for film, TV and digital content.
Last year it was the 47%; this year the firm leaned into their own mystique, noting their lack of a website in the midst of some big thing going on with Obama.
Have you heard of Bitcoin? To put it another way, do you follow any tech or business journalists on Twitter? Thought so.
We admit to our own general ignorance of the trend because we’re not sure what to make of “virtual currency”, especially when it involves one or more Winklevosses. At first we assumed it was just a new way for our Libertarian friends to keep the government’s grubby hands off their money, but Mediabistro‘s Vegas Bitcoin conference is going on right now, so we’re game.
The rest of the mainstream media has apparently decided that the trend must now be taken quite seriously as well, which leaves room for UK firm Pressat to announce its status at the first PR group to accept Bitcoin as payment.
Why is this a story?
Yesterday we posted on an ad for Dewar’s Scotch that we found particularly annoying for its ridiculously obvious sexism; the fact that Business Insider later reported on the same story shows you that it got some traction in the old “mainstream media”. The brand has since removed the clip from YouTube in response to the uproar (which we attribute primarily to this great post by travel writer and whiskey specialist Fred Minnick).
To summarize: the “Baron” character in the ad was such a solid bro that he stepped in front of the unattractive woman approaching his friend at a bar; the voiceover copy portrayed that selfless act as the equivalent of “throwing himself on the explosives” to save the other guy. (For reference, urban dictionary and Jersey Shore’s “The Situation” define “grenades” and “land mines” as varieties of undesirable women, because ewww.)
We didn’t really expect a direct response to the post, but we got one courtesy of Dewar’s and PR AOR Nike Communications. Read it after the jump.
Weber Shandwick will be AOR for Eyelock, a company that makes the kind of eye-scanning anti-theft ID software that’s been a hallmark of science fiction for, what, 50 years? The firm will provide “media relations, content development, and strategic counsel”, but if this product works as advertised then a simple on-site demo is all we’d need.
(Note to self: watch Minority Report again.)
And we have photographic proof, too! Manhattan/San Francisco-based WISE Public Relations was kind enough to invite us to their staff Christmas party last week, and they had a very professional photographer on hand to document the festivities at PUBLIC in NoLita.
Here’s Founder/President Harrison Wise with the excellent account exec Amanda Scaccianoce and West Coast managing director/VP of media relations John McCartney, fresh off his move to sunny San Fran (and yes, we had the Moscow Mule).