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According to the Skift marketing department I’m officially defined as a “millennial,” which apparently means I should be wetting my pants over the new Delta inflight safety video. I’ll admit: it’s clever. The video features almost every popular meme from the last five years mashed into one six-minute video, which translated for the marketing department means another cool feather for the young people cap. You’ll note that Air New Zealand just launched their own new safety video (wait, didn’t they just do that?) with surfers last week.
I get it. Once droll and impossible to follow, today’s airline safety video is not only an opportunity to be creative but also an vehicle with which to reach out to your target market and make a few friends. It’s actually brilliant. But I also worry that we’re starting to lose focus on the real matters at hand. Call me old, but last time I got on a Virgin America flight I had to put on an ostrich pillow to drown out their safety video. How safe is that?
Social Quote of the Day
The real breakout star of @Delta’s new meme-tastic safety vid is this handsome charmer: https://t.co/rg68nVa1Pu
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Poland’s New Airport is the Latest that Europe Doesn’t Need: It’s easy to understand why Szymany, a former military airstrip set amid dense forest in northeastern Poland, would have appealed to the CIA. Why an international airport is being built at Szymany is a little harder to fathom. Read more at Skift
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Lyft Takes $100 Million Investment From Activist Investor Carl Icahn: Carl Icahn is joining the parade of investors in startups, hitching a $100 million ride with the ride-hailing service Lyft. Read more at Skift
The Hotel Smartphone App Will Control Room Service and Everything Else: No longer does it make sense to reach for a bedside phone to order breakfast; now, with a hotel smartphone app in each traveler’s pocket, most amenities once available through the wired hotel system can now be accessed through the cloud. Read more at Skift
Airlines Putting Safety Over Profits in Smartphone Battery Ban: Replacing your smartphone battery just got harder. Read more at Skift
All Mobile Bookers Aren’t Created Equal, Priceline Official Says: Some 70 percent of last-minute hotel bookings for Priceline.com come from mobile — app and site. But when you consider the habits of mobile bookers, they tend to be on polar ends of the spectrum. Read more at Skift
The Technology Treats Found in Starwood Hotels’ Concept Lab: Hotel rooms are all the same, right? You have a bed, a bathroom, a TV, and a room service menu that entices you to order a grilled cheese sandwich at midnight. Read more at Skift
Robert De Niro Opens Nobu Hotel in Philippines as Part of Global Expansion: Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia’s first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. Read more at Skift
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The New Hotel Design That Perfectly Combines Business and Leisure: Hotels are rethinking room design as guests’ work and play priorities merge creating the desire for a space that caters equally to both. Read more at Skift
Our old friend Steve Greenwood from The Verge and Gadling just officially started working at Reddit as their creative director for video. Welcome to the neighborhood Steve.
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