Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #353: June 12, 2008

Content summary: Debating blogging and art at Microsoft’s DesignIT 2008; next FIR Live on BlogTalk Radio on June 14; discussion: FIR Live call-in show on PR spam on June 11; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Dan York’s rant on PR spam, and more; the CIA goes Web 2.0; blogging is good for you, says Scientific American; Microsoft launching TownSquare enterprise social network platform; will FriendFeed change journalism, PR and marketing?; listeners’ comments discussion; news about next week’s shows; music from Guardian Mind Mix; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for June 12, 2008: A 59-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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So, until Monday June 16…

Posted by neville on 06/12 at 10:05 AM
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

For Immediate Release: Special Live Call-In Show on PR Spam - 06/11/08

Content summary: A special live call-in episode, recorded on BlogTalk Radio, featuring a distinguished panel of experts addressing the issue of PR spam.

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For Immediate Release: Special Live Call-In Show on PR Spam: A 61-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and all points in between courtesy of our panelists and call-in participants.

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Posted by shel on 06/11 at 11:25 AM
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Monday, June 09, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #352: June 9, 2008

Content summary: Next FIR Live on BlogTalk Radio: June 11 and June 14; congratulations to John Cass on move to Forrester Research; upcoming FIR Interview podcasts; follow up: CBS News’ Andrew Cohen with more on PR; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Microsoft’s Paolo Tosolini explains the latest development for Academy Mobile; five questions companies ask about social media; instant messaging study; defending a brand: GM and Hummer; US federal agencies and social media; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on blogging in Egypt, Plurk in Singapore, and social networking competition in China; listeners’ comments discussion; music from Rising Conviction; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for June 9, 2008: A 63-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Thursday June 12…

Posted by neville on 06/09 at 09:57 AM
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Thursday, June 05, 2008

FIR Cut: Impressions of the Social Media Influence conference

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The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #351: June 5, 2008

Content summary: Travels this week; next FIR Live on BlogTalk Radio on June 11; follow up: PRSA video response to CBS News; Shel reports from Minneapolis; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; new ways of pitching; Offbeat Guides brings personalization and print on demand to travel publishing; study predicts that most people will get news via the net within five years; NASDAQ offers free access to real-time stock prices; twittering Phoenix Mars Lander; Dan York reports on US presidential campaign engagement, and more; listeners’ comments from the FIR FriendFeed Room; music from Little Plastic Stars; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for June 5, 2008: A 56-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America), +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments; share content in the FIR FriendFeed Room; comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR; or at Jaiku: fir.jaiku.com. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (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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So, until Monday June 9…

Posted by neville on 06/05 at 12:24 PM
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Monday, June 02, 2008

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #350: June 2, 2008

Content summary: Vote for FIR on Podcast Alley; Next FIR Live call-in shows: June 11 and June 14; Neville’s in Germany, Shel’s in Baltimore; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report; One-Minute News: PR challenges include a scarf that became a liability and how companies handle fraudulent claims that attract media attention, more conversation about PR spam, a new free online service grades your press releases, PRSA responds to an attack on the ethics of PR practitioners; a report from Ricardo in Latin America; listener comments from the FriendFeed FIR room; music from Noam Weinstein; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for June 2, 2008: A 56-minute podcast recorded live from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and as live as it can be from Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

FIR Show Notes links
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If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America), +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments; share content in the FIR FriendFeed Room; comment at Twitter: twitter.com/FIR; or at Jaiku: fir.jaiku.com. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (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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So, until Thursday June 5…

Posted by shel on 06/02 at 05:30 AM
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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Addressing the PR spam question on FIR Live

Last October, Chris Anderson of Wired magazine outed over 300 email addresses as spammers. In May, Lifehacker.com’s Gina Trapani started a PR Spammers wiki.

These two acts are symptomatic of growing frustration and anger by many people who perceive the PR profession of behaving like spammers in how PR practitioners pitch online.

Is the PR industry guilty of nothing less than being purveyors of spam? Is it about a lack of knowledge and skills in blogger and media relations? What role and responsibility do the database companies and the professional associations have in educating PR people?

Or is it simply all about a lack of common sense and taking care?

What seems pretty clear is that too few in the PR profession seem to be paying any attention.

On Wednesday June 11, 2008, For Immediate Release will host a call-in community discussion on FIR Live on BlogTalk Radio, in which you can take part if you have a point of view.

Members of the media database industry, PR professionals and media people will be part of an expert panel to lead debate and discussion of this thorny issue. Influential bloggers include Stowe Boyd, Susan Getgood and David Phillips.

The original idea for this debate comes from John Cass and Jason Falls; see their blog posts for detailed background information.

The live show will take place over the course of an hour on June 11 beginning at 10am PDT/ 1pm EDT / 6pm UK time. You can listen by visiting FIR Live on BlogTalk Radio or by calling +1 347 324 3723, which is also the number to call if you want to participate.

A recording of the show will be published as an FIR podcast (subscribe).

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