Christmas Card DECision Time

Friday, 20 December 2013, 9:46 | Category : General
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With Christmas and 2014 fast approaching, we wanted to take a quick time out from a busy December to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. For most of us the bulk of the work-related Christmas parties, lunches and hangovers are now behind us, and we can actually start looking forward to the real thing.

If you’re wondering where your PR Network Christmas card is this year, please don’t hold the postal service responsible. Despite the fact the work Christmas card brings back terrible memories of my first PR job – 40 of us being gathered in a meeting room to sign over 100 cards separately… like herding cats – it’s not the reason we’ve decided to do something different this year. Despite the news agenda shifting, the Philippines remains a place reeling from the typhoon earlier this year, with millions of people in need of food, water and shelter. As a team, we took the decision to donate our Christmas card budget to the Disasters Emergencies Committee (DEC), and we would encourage anyone else about to spend hundreds of pounds on stamps alone, to do the same.

We don’t want to be like those other agency blogs and bore you with month-by-month summaries of what we’ve been doing and how we’ve progressed this year. Instead, we thought we’d sum up the year with a short list of PRN highs and lows:

PRN highs

  • A very busy and very successful first year with Zipcar
  • Launching the largest US health and fitness app in 8 countries
  • Running our first PR campaigns in Argentina and Colombia
  • Securing an average of 4 national pieces of coverage a month for a single client
  • Completing 14 regional store launches for a major mobile operator
  • A trip to Number 10 Downing Street and Nicky and George featuring in the FT Power Part Time list
  • Nicky having a baby, George being pregnant, Russ getting engaged, and James completing his first marathon

PRN lows

  • Rarely being able to mention our clients by name
  • Switching mobile operators – it may well be better the devil you know
  • Being called up on a Friday evening about bringing in junior level freelance support for the following Monday
  • James’ running obsession, Russ’s ballroom dancing demise, George not being able to drink at our Christmas do, Nicky missing out on the Number 10 visit as a result of a client meeting, and Harriet’s endless battle to get the team to do expenses on time

In summary, it’s been another successful year, we continue to grow, and we thank you all for your business, support and company along the way.

The PRN Team

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