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Friday, May 09, 2014

FIR Live: The 2014 class of IABC Fellows

The Google+ Hangout on Air with four of the five IABC Fellows. The new Fellows participating in the conversation include John Deveney, ABC; George McGrath; Mark Schumann, ABC; and Jennifer Wah, ABC. Brad Whitworth, ABC—a longtime Fellow who had the idea for this session—also joined us.

 

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Posted by shel on 05/09 at 01:13 PM
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Thursday, May 08, 2014

FIR Live returns with IABC’s 2014 class of Fellows

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced that five members will join the class of Fellows, the highest honor the association bestows on its members. Tomorrow at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT, 7 p.m. UK), all five will join FIR co-host Shel Holtz for the a session of FIR Live.

The 2014 class of Fellows includes…

  • John Deveney, ABC, Sr. Counsel, Deveney Communication
  • Tamara Gillis, ABC, Ph.D, Professor, Elizabethtown College
  • George McGrath, Principal, McGrath Business Communications
  • D. Mark Schumann, ABC, senior vice president, The Segal Group
  • Jennifer Wah, ABC, principal, Forwords Communication

Brad Whitworth, ABC, IABC Fellow, will also participate in the free-ranging conversation about the state of communication and the meaning of the Fellow designation.

The conversation will be held on a Google+ Hangout on Air, which you can view live on The FIR YouTube channel. Afterwards, the session will be available as a YouTube video (which we’ll post to the FIR website) and as an audio file distributed via the usual FIR feeds.

The new Fellows will be recognized at next month’s World Conference in Toronto.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

FIR Live #24: Hangout-On-Air panel discussion on influencer marketing

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Our first FIR Live broadcast on the web in real time via YouTube took place on Saturday June 16 to address the topic of influencer marketing.

FIR hosts Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson led a discussion with an all-star panel comprising influential opinion leaders in the US and the UK:

We broadcast the discussion as a Google+ Hangout On Air, the newest version of Google’s video chat service on the Google+ social network, that lets you hold a public video discussion live via YouTube. A key feature of this new version is that it also makes a public recording of your session for viewing later, which you can do right here.

 

If you don’t see the video embedded above, watch it on YouTube or download the MP4 video file (148Mb).

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The lively - and, at times, passionate - discussion over nearly an hour embraced a wide range of topical issues concerning influence, influencer marketing and outreach, and more.

As Andrew Grill succinctly summarizes in his blog post about the event, he thinks it helped highlight some of the challenges facing marketers in finding influencers or advocates:

  [...] One key take-way is the real need for education to dispel the myth that anyone with  a high influencer score is automatically valuable to a brand.  We need to go “beyond the score” to find out why someone is influential.  As David rightly stated, even with the tools available, you still need humans who know what they are looking for to make sense of the information you uncover.

  The other key takeaway is that you as a brand or agency need to know exactly what your goal is before you even start the search for influencers or advocates.

  We also discussed the need for PR firms and agencies to engage with and employ bloggers and influencers.

The hashtag #firlive was a focal point for many insightful comments and questions as people watched the live broadcast and contributed their thoughts on Twitter - increasingly the shape of interactive online events these days.

What do you think of the discussion? Will it help you be clearer about influencer marketing? Do you have an alternate point of view? Let us know your thoughts which we’ll share on FIR.

And stay tuned for news about the next FIR Live On Air.


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FIR Live is back with all-star panel on influencer marketing

Has it really been 10 months since the last FIR Live?

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It may have been a while, but when we decided to bring the real-time single-topic panel discussion back, we did it in a big way. We’ll be talking about influencer marketing—what’s hype, what’s legit, what works, what doesn’t—with an all-star panel that includes…

  • David Armano—EVP, Global Innovation & Integration at Edelman
  • Gini Dietrich—CEO at PR firm Arment Dietrich, Inc.and Spin Sucks blogger
  • Andrew Grill—CEO at influencer platform Kred
  • Zena Weist—VP of Strategy at social software company Expion

Additional panelists will be announced once we’ve locked them in.

FIR Live will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. London. We’re still working out which platform we’ll use, but we’re leaning toward a Google Hangout On Air. We’ll be back with details when we have them, but as with all FIR Live episodes, you’ll be able to weigh in with a call or comment in the chat room. For now, be sure to mark you calendars so you won’t miss this provocative and informative discussion about a fast-growing social marketing tactic. If you’re not able to participate live, don’t worry—the segment will be made available as a regular FIR episode for listening when it’s convenient for you.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

FIR Live #23 - July 30, 2011: Every Company is a Media Company

fir_live_logoAs newsrooms shrink and people seek more and more content online, companies can help tell their stories through the production of great content that isn’t marketing- or PR-driven. Tom Foremski, who coined the phrase “every company is a media company,” and Cisco Systems Network editor Wendy Tanaka join Neville and Shel for a discussion about content strategies.

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Tom Foremski has been reporting on the business of Silicon Valley for US and global newspapers and magazines since 1984. He worked full time for the Financial Times from 1999 to 2004 and contributed articles from 1985 onwards. He currently publishes Silicon Valley Watcher, reporting on the business and culture of Silicon Valley. It is a news/blog site also featuring other reporters and editors. Connect with Tom on Twitter at tomforemski.

Wendy Tanaka is social media communications manager at Cisco Systems, where she works on The Network, Cisco’s recently-relaunched content-focused newsroom. it’s her first corporate job; previously she served as technology editor at Forbes and as and as managing editor of Red Herring magazine. She also spent six years as a business writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Connect with Wendy on Twitter at FromWendy.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Next FIR Live - July 30: Every company is a media company

These days, for a variety of reasons, every company needs to be a media company. Call it brand journalism. Call it what you like. More and more companies are employing tactics that accommodate the concept.

On the next episode of FIR Live, we’ll discuss what it means to be a media company—and why it’s important—with…

  • Tom Foremski, the man who coined the phrase
  • Wendy Tanaka, technology news editor for Cisco Systems’ The Network, the company’s new media-driven online newsroom
  • Ragan Communications CEO Mark Ragan, who employs content producers to promote a company that hosts conferences and workshops.

FIR Live is (as the name suggests) a live broadcast. Your participation makes these episodes better, so call in or engage with us in the chat room on the Talkshoe website. The call-in number is (724) 444-7444 and the show ID is 97345. FIR Live #23 is set for Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. UK.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

FIR Live #22 - April 30, 2011: Social media analytics

If communicators have a common struggle when it comes to social media, it’s measurement and the analytics that serve as the foundation for measurement efforts. FIR Live #22 takes a deep dive into social media analytics with a top-flight panel of experts: Katie Paine, Chuck Hemann, Aaron Weber and Ken Burbary.

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Katie Paine (left) has been a leader in social media measurement for the last decade and in public relations measurement for 23 years. She developed the first DIY dashboard for PR professionals and champions data-driven PR. She has aided numerous companies define their KPIs and metrics. Katie on Twitter: kdpaine

Chuck Hemann (second from left) has, for the past six years, provided strategic counsel to clients on a variety of topics including online reputation, social media, digital analytics, investor relations and crisis communications.Before joining Ogilvy PR, Chuck was the Director of Social Analytics for WCG, a global media services company based in San Francisco. He also helped to build the company’s social media practice via active engagement in online activities, new business development, client and account management, and the creation and implementation of annual plans and project plans. Chuck on Twitter: ChuckHemann

Aaron Weber (second from right) says his experience has allowed him to garner a breadth of experience and awareness that’s invaluable to research and analysis. “At the end of the day,” he says, “my goal is to work in an environment that understands the value of data, analysis, and perception-shifting to build powerful and ground-changing strategies.” Aaron on Twitter: DadsBigPlan

Ken Burbary (right) is Vice President Group Director, Strategy & Analysis at Digitas. He has 16 years of online marketing & advertising experience, including a deep background in digital and social media. Ken works with companies to create successful digital initiatives that will further their brand objectives, improve customer service by building strong digital relationships with their customers, and increase sales. Ken on Twitter: KenBurbary

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