Monday, September 15, 2014

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #773: September 15, 2014

FIRCongratulations to FIR’s Andrea Vascellari, who’s joined Edelman in Dubai as a Digital Planner;

Quick News: Education is the new PR measurement challenge at Measurement Week, Texas PR agency Status Labs takes ethics violations to a whole new level, CIPR launches nine recommendations for enabling flexible working in public relations, a journalist read and replied to every PR email he received for a week; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Blogging declines among the Fortune 500 according to latest annual survey from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Dan York’s Tech Report: Apple’s announcement of iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple Watch and the live streaming lessons, launch of Known for web publishing; why every content marketer needs an editor; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; everything you need to know about running a successful webinar; Igloo Software promo; a further look at the Indie Web and its potential impact on organizational communication;

Music from Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for September 15, 2014: A 91-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

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So, until Monday September 22…

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

AMP UP Your Social Media #30: The Importance of Design in Social Media Marketing

AMP UP Your Social MediaDesmond Wong is the content and community marketing manager at AgilOne, a software startup focused on predictive marketing analytics. Desmond joined AMP UP Your Social Media’s host Glenn Gaudet to discuss the importance of design in social media content marketing strategies.

Tweets that include an image are more than 2x as likely of creating a click through!

The chance of your Tweets getting lost in the Twitter feed is monumental. Desmond offers tips to help capture your audience on Twitter:

  1. Work closely with your design time to create visual assets for social media.
  2. If you don’t have a design team check out other websites and social media channels for inspiration, such as PatternTap.com.
  3. Keep your messages and your content branded.
  4. Don’t make your visuals salesy.
  5. Include a call to action.

See how Desmond gets visual on Twitter, check out the AgilOne Twitter account.

Desmond would love to hear from you! Chat with him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

About Desmond Wong

Desmond WongDesmond is currently the Head of the Content/Community Marketing and Creative teams at AgilOne, a SaaS company specializing in predictive marketing intelligence. He manages AgilOne’s lead generation efforts through the company blog, social media, and website.

Outside of content and community at AgilOne, Desmond coordinates and manage their creative team and agency to define, develop, and evolve our brand identity through video, design, and UX experiences. Working to build a brand that is truly inspiring in its messaging and visual creativity. He is a former member of the Creative and Design team at HubSpot responsible for designing ebooks, social media graphics, banners, and other creative assets. He managed HubSpot’s growing network of creative professionals and coordinated the hiring of freelance creatives for a variety of projects. The Brand and Buzz team handles everything from high end case studies, videos, PR, events, and branding for HubSpot. Previously a member of the ToFu (Top of the Funnel) team at HubSpot and responsible for creating and maintaining high quality, consistent, content used to help generate over 50,000 leads a month and over 1 million visitors to the HubSpot blog a month. Get this podcast:

Tweet about the show using #AUYSM or Tweet at us @AMPUpSocial. AMP Up Your Social Media is a proud member of the FIR Podcast Network.

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Join the AMP Up Your Social Media Google Plus community or Facebook group. You can send us an instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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AMP UP Your Social Media is sponsored by:

  • GaggleAMP - Empower your employees, partners and resellers to amplify your social media.
  • SafeLinks - Know when your links on social media messages fail before you lose out on the people clicking on them.

The FIR Podcast Network is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide

Posted by Glenn Gaudet on 09/11 at 07:19 AM
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FIR on Higher Education #18 – Adopting a PR 2.0 Mindset as a Student or Professional


We all know that the way we go about doing public relations has drastically changed in recent years. We also know that changes will only continue as we move forward.

On episode 18 of FIR on Higher Education, author and professor Deirdre Breakenridge talks about:

• How to educate students to be prepared for this PR 2.0 world.
• How current PR practitioners can adopt this mindset and adopt a never top learning mindset as professionals.
• The eight practices for the PR professional.
• The learning forum that exists for students and professionals through #PRstudChat.
• Best practice tips on deploying hashtags.

In our reports section, Harry Hawk discusses presenting content in the classroom, while I share my online learning tip of the day by highlighting how the App “Logic Mind” can be useful in delivering presentations.

This episode is sponsored in part by Experiential Communications forthcoming Online Media Training Program for Academics.

About Deirdre Breakenridge
Deirdre K. Breakenridge is Chief Executive Officer at Pure Performance Communications. A veteran in PR and marketing, Breakenridge has counseled senior level executives at companies including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Empire Today, Hershey’s, JVC, Marketwired and Siegel+Gale. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University (NYU) and an online instructor at UMASS at Amherst.

Breakenridge is the author of five Financial Times books. Her most recent book, “Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional,” was published in May 2012 and is available in print and all digital formats. Her other books include, “Putting the Public Back in Public Relations,”  “PR 2.0, New Media, New Tools, New Audiences,”  “The New PR Toolkit” and “Cyberbranding: Brand Building in the Digital Economy.” Learn more.

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About Your Host

Kevin AnselmoKevin Anselmo is the Founder and Principal of Experiential Communications, a consultancy focused on education. He helps brands within academia - whether individual or corporate - communicate with stakeholders. He also teaches communications and public relations workshops to different individuals and groups and is currently designing an online media training program for academics.

Previously, Kevin was Director of Public Relations for Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and prior to that managed the media relations for IMD Business School in Switzerland. In addition, he was an adjunct communications professor at Nyack College in New York.

Currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Kevin lived and worked in Switzerland for eight years and in Germany for two years. He has led public relations initiatives in various countries around the world.

Find Kevin on Twitter: @kevinanselmo.

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Posted by Kevin Anselmo on 09/10 at 07:02 PM
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Young PR Pros joins the FIR Podcast Network

Young PR Pros PodcastWe’re proud to announce that Young PR Pros is the latest podcast to join the FIR Podcast Network. Introduced in 2012 by Kristine D’Arbelles and Julia Kent, Young PR Pros covers a range of topics of interest to those at the early stages of their careers in PR and communications, from job hunting skills (like building resumes and interview tips) to the state of PR and communications and how young PR professionals can shape the industry’s future.

As the show’s popularity has grown, D’Arbelles and Kent have been invited to universities and communication events across Ottawa to speak about building a career in PR. Listeners tune into the podcast from across Canada and around the world, including the U.S., Australia, and India.

Listen here as Kristine and Julia tell you a little about what to expect from Young PR Pros:

We’re thrilled to introduce Kristine and Julia to the FIR community!

About your hosts

Kristine D'ArbellesKristine D’Arbelles Kristine D’Arbelles works for the Canadian Automobile Association as Manager of Public Affairs. There is never a dull moment in her day, whether it is media interviews, managing the CAA National Twitter account or managing a new project to keep Canadians safe on the road.

During her spare time she builds relations with IABC Ottawa members as the Vice-President of Membership on the board. She also helps impaired speed skaters in their endeavors to one day make it to the Paralympics. She does so as the Director for the Impaired Speed Skating Association of Canada (ISSAC), a not-for-profit that empowers impaired speed skaters and provides funds for training, travel and equipment expenses for Canadian impaired skaters.

Julia KentJulia Kent is a communications and marketing professional in Ottawa, originally from Halifax. A graduate of Carleton’s journalism program, she is experienced in broadcast journalism, public speaking, event management, social media, marketing, communications, proposal and web writing.
Julia is the communications chair on the executive council for the Carleton University Alumni Association, the Ottawa chapter president of the Halifax Grammar School Alumni Association and the former industry relations manager for IABC Ottawa.

In her free time, Julia writes for her food blog, reads for her book club and plays competitive soccer.

As always, we’re grateful to Effective Edge for the design of FIR Podcast Network album art.

Posted by shel on 09/10 at 09:32 AM
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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Media Bullseye Roundtable 2014.12 with Guest Co-Host Chuck Hester

Media Bullseye Roundtable

In this episode of the Roundtable, I’m joined by Chuck Hester to discuss three topics:
—The prospect of Twitter moving away from a chronologically-driven news feed.
—The real cost of inbound marketing tools.
—The impact of recent security breaches on consumer confidence in the cloud.


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About Your Host

Chip GriffinChip Griffin serves as CEO of CustomScoop, a media intelligence company he co-founded in 2000. CustomScoop provides a cloud-based subscription service that monitors, measures, and reports on traditional and social media coverage for Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, public relations agencies, and small-to-medium sized enterprises. For two decades, Chip has worked in the public relations arena, including service in public and private sector organizations. He has co-founded more than half a dozen companies, and he writes and speaks frequently about the intersection of technology, media, and communications. He is a graduate of American University where he is President of the Alumni Association and a member of the School of Public Affairs Advisory Council. Chip lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons.

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Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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FIR’s Media Bullseye Roundtable is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Posted by Chip Griffin on 09/09 at 05:48 PM
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FIR presents Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester, Episode 21: September 9, 2014

Linked ConversationsWelcome to the latest episode of Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester.

This episode I’ll talk about SlideShare – a LinkedIn company – that has now opened up its premium features to all users. 

LinkedIn continues to be a content curation platform, now more than ever with the advent of LinkedIn Publishing – which is where I post on a regular basis.

All of my LinkedIn posts can be found here.

My very special guest on this episode is Scott Monty, an internationally recognized leader in digital communications, social media and marketing. Scott just recently became the Executive Vice President of Strategy for SHIFT Communications, after leaving his position at Ford Motor Company.

Scott was a strategic advisor on crisis communications, blogger relations, digital customer customer service, innovative product launches and more.
He writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing and leadership at ScottMonty.com.

We cover a wide variety of topics, including: data-driven communications; the integration of communications and marketing; using paid, earned, owned and rented media; content marketing; and influencer and advocacy outreach. It was a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy Scott’s amazing insights!

Be sure to check out LinkedConversations’ Google+ community and our LinkedIn Group: “The Podcast I Can’t Name Due to the Rules Group!”

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening and if you like what you hear, spread the word!

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FIR presents LinkedConversations with Chuck Hester is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Posted by shel on 09/09 at 09:08 AM
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Monday, September 08, 2014

FIR B2B #15: How Adobe’s CMO.com Uses Curation to Build Thought Leadership

FIR B2BPaul again anchors the podcast solo this week. In this episode:

News & Trends

Google has pulled the plug on authorship, its once highly touted initiative to tie author identities to search results. Considering how heavily Google promoted this initiative a couple years ago, this about-face looks deceptive or, at best, clueless. Is Google taking its users goodwill too much for granted?

The title of Chris Abraham’s recent Biznology post is great - “Google is a lying liar that lies” - but the message is serious. For all of Google’s PR about how smart its search engine is, not that much has really changed

LinkedIn eliminates premium fees for SlideShare in a move we don’t see too often these days: a vendor giving money back to its customers. Meanwhile, the new campaign for LinkedIn’s lead management system points to its aspirations to be a force in the CRM market.

Starwood features customers in a new $30 million ad campaign, showing that at least one hotelier has caught on to the idea that customers make decisions on factors that go beyond amenities and clean floors.

HubSpot has filed for an IPO, further validating its vision of inbound marketing as a powerful lead generation force.

Special Guest: Tim Moran, CMO.com

Our special guest is Tim Moran, editor of CMO.com. A 25-year-veteran of the electronic media and former Editor in Chief of EETimes.com, he brings a journalist’s instincts to a content marketing vehicle. CMO.com started as a curated collection of online content for marketers, but as the site has grown it has added a steady stream of original content as well. While Adobe uses CMO.com to build thought leadership, it maintains a strict church-state separation between ownership and the editorial product. Adobe doesn’t even have access to the 30,000-name newsletter mailing list. The key to CMO.com’s success is a tight focus on the reader, Moran says. That’s second-nature to a journalist, but not something that all marketers understand instinctively. Learn how to use CMO.com and even how to contribute to the site in this interview.

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About Your Hosts

Paul GillinPaul Gillin is a veteran technology journalist and a thought leader in new media. Since 2005, he has advised marketers and business executives on strategies to optimize their use of social media and online channels to reach buyers cost-effectively. He is the author or co-author of five books, including Social Marketing to the Business Customer (2011), the first book devoted entirely to B2B social media marketing. He is also a social media trainer and coach at Profitecture, a training firm for B2B companies and their channel partners.

Allan SchoenbergAllan Schoenberg is based Vice President, Corporate Public Relations and Communications at TIAA-CREF in New York. As part of the firm’s Enterprise Communications team within Marketing, this role helps the team drive firm-wide corporate communications, employee communications, reputation and crises management, social media, CEO positioning and public policy communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in B2B communications, including his work for Accenture, Edelman Worldwide, Fleishman Hillard and CME Group..

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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Posted by Paul Gillin on 09/08 at 12:32 PM
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