We hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! As we wrap up 2014, here are a few reads from around the web, as well as some client coverage to bring in the New Year. See you in 2015!
12 Lady Chefs (and Non-Chefs) Who Owned 2014, The Braiser - "After the inevitable sh*t show of 2013, what with TIME proclaiming that dudes basically run the food world, we didn’t have much hope for 2014. How could we, when we basically had to defend a woman’s place in a professional kitchen to most of the world? But after everyone else got on board and was like “equal rights, a-holes,” it seemed as though 2014 opened up for female chefs and women working in the food industry."
I love seeing women getting recognition in the food world. "Women did good this year -- and made the rest of the world pay attention." - Ann Marie
23 Next-Level Ways To Make Baked Brie, Buzzfeed - "Sorry if these are a little cheesy."
I figured that a food link was appropriate since eating is basically the only thing on my agenda for the holidays. - Brooke
Bad community is worse than no community, Nieman Lab - “By coupling a format that encourages intimacy with a network design that encourages out-of-context amplification, Twitter has evolved into something fundamentally volatile.”
If you're the type of person who thinks, "If you can't do something right, you shouldn't do it at all," you'll like this. I don't necessarily think that, but this makes a lot of good points about where social managers' focus should be when they have limited resources. - Paul
Ad of the Day: Netflix Films Unscripted Spots in Real People's Homes on Movie Night, ADWEEK - "The focus here is on children, which makes the arguing more adorable and the whole concept of movie night more magical. It's less about Netflix's particular content, even though specific movie titles are mentioned—and more about how watching movies at home brings families together, and gets them talking. "The movie is just the beginning," on-screen text says toward then end."
Nothing better than family movie nights, no matter how old you are! Love this spot by Netflix. - Chelsey
Inside The Secret eBay Lab Changing Real-World Shopping, Forbes - "America’s most prominent technology firms have all built reputations for futuristic thinking through secret, ancillary Silicon Valley labs."
LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SURVIVAL GUIDE + GIVEAWAY! The Beaty Vanity - "It’s the home stretch to Christmas and I JUST finished my gift shopping this weekend. I drove up to Stoneridge Shopping Center and like the rest of every shopping center/mall right now, it was packed full of people. But with proper planning, I was in and out really quickly – and avoided traffic too! If you have some last minute shopping to do, here’s my survival guide."
News 4 gets in on the giving action, My News 4 - "News 4's very own Bill Frankmore got in on the giving action over the weekend -- Bill was stationed outside Macy's at Meadowood Mall Sunday collecting donations for the Salvation Army."
Weekend Set to be Busy for Holiday Shoppers, KTVN - "Christmas is less than a week away, which means many shoppers are preparing for the last minute holiday shopping crunch. Stores inside Meadowood Mall are preparing for a high demand from shoppers this holiday weekend. Associates at the mall say Saturday and Sunday may very well be their busiest weekend of the year."
‘Super Saturday’ shoppers pack malls, Business Examiner - "Seattle resident Didi Northup smiled as she took a minute to rest in the atrium of The Commons at Federal Way on Black Friday morning, a valance of shopping bags hanging from one hand and a pair of bouncy grandkids clutching the other."