Monday, November 05, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #290: November 5, 2007

Content summary: Neville on Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot; Facebook’s reversal on cancelling a nom de plume blogger’s account; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; EU cracks down on fake blogs; Google and the Open Social API; how to be more than a blip in the blogosphere; social media study from the Council of PR Firms; David Phillips asks how do we measure networks?; listeners comments discussion; new FIR Interview posted; music from Rotten Cheri; and more.

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Show notes for November 5, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Thursday November 8…

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #289: November 1, 2007

Content summary: Two new FIR Interviews posted; Global PR Blog Week 3 is coming soon; vote for FIR at Podcast Alley; Dan York reports from VON Boston with help from Martyn Davies and Bryan Person; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; discussion: dealing with emailed PR pitches - would you react like Chris Anderson?; twitterquake; US political blogger booted out of Facebook; David Phillips reports on Facebook’s $14 billion price tag, and more; listeners’ comments discussion including the future for free conferences like PodCamp and questions for the FIR community; music by the Manic Street Preachers; and more.

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Show notes for November 1, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 60-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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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); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or 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.

So, until Monday November 5…

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FIR Interview - Lynn Tyson, VP Investor Relations, Dell, on Dell Shares: Nov 1, 2007

In July 2006, computer systems company Dell launched Direct2Dell (initially called ‘one2one’), its first public blog designed to be an extension of Dell’s direct business model where the company “learns and improves by listening to customers.”

During the 18 months since its launch, Direct2Dell has helped Dell credibly engage with customers, fans and critics around the globe.

Now, Dell is turning its attention to the role a blog can play in engaging with shareholders and the financial community.

In this exclusive FIR Interview, Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz talked with Lynn Tyson, Vice President Investor Relations at Dell, Inc., about Dell Shares, Dell’s new investor relations blog launching on November 1.

Our discussion focused on how Lynn sees the new blog helping investor relations at Dell expand beyond the traditional approaches to IR to being involved in direct relationships with the company’s shareholders and potential shareholders.

About our Conversation Partner

Lynn TysonLynn A. Tyson is responsible for Dell’s relationships with investors and financial analysts, and strategic direction of the Investor Relations function. From 2004 through 2007, Ms. Tyson was also responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all Global Corporate Communications, including public affairs, media relations, internal communications, and industry analysts.

Prior to joining Dell in April 2000, Ms. Tyson served as vice president of Investor Relations for Tricon Global Restaurants (now YUMBrands!). Tricon encompassed the worldwide operations of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell, and was spun off from PepsiCo, Inc. in 1997. Previously, Ms. Tyson spent 12 years at PepsiCo, holding various positions in treasury, capital markets and international corporate finance – covering Latin America – as well as investor relations, where she assisted in planning and execution of the spin-off of Tricon from PepsiCo.

She is on the Board of Directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI). Her views on successful Investor Relations practices, valuing intangible assets, and defining strategic direction, have been featured in IR Update magazine, the monthly publication of NIRI, as well as IRQ magazine, NIRI’s journal of corporate value.

Ms. Tyson received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The City College of New York and a master’s degree in finance/international business from The Stern School of Business, New York University.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

FIR Interview - David Carter, CTO, Awareness: 10/30/07

Forrester Research recently released a case study chronicling the implementation of blogs as an enterprise communication tool at 150-year-old financial services company Northwestern Mutual. The blogs, intended to drive a change to the organization’s culture, instead resulted in increased productivity as most of the employees starting blogs focused them on project management.

The social media platform Northwestern Mutual implemented is from

Awareness Networks (formerly iUpload), one of the companies competing in the enterprise social media space.

In this FIR Interview, Shel Holtz spoke with David Carter, Awareness’s chief technology officer, about the Northwestern Mutual experience, including the obstacles the company had to overcome for its leadership to get comfortable with the idea of internal social networking.

About our Conversation Partner

David CarterDavid Carter provides the overall technology direction of the company and consults with customers to align their internet strategy with their corporate objectives.

Carter founded WebPartz Inc. which was acquired by iUpload in March of 2003. Before forming WebPartz, he spent 11 years at Microsoft where he had held various positions, including Manager of Internet Strategy, Marketing Manager Knowledge Management, Content Management, and eCommerce products. In each of these roles he worked closely with large corporations rolling out the Microsoft platform and developing a business strategy. His last role was as Internet Strategy Manager where he oversaw sections of microsoft.com and Microsoft Canada’s Intranet.

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FIR Interview - John Penberthy-Smith, Hutchison 3G UK: October 29, 2007

3, the mobile operator, and Skype, the internet communications company, have launched the Skypephone, a new handset that lets you make free Skype calls and instant messages from your mobile phone. It’s the first time an operator has offered a mass-market device which is tailor-made for free calling over the internet from a mobile.

During the press launch in London on October 29, Neville Hobson spoke with John Penberthy-Smith, Marketing Director at Hutchison 3G UK Ltd., the operator of the 3 network, about 3’s marketing and communication plans for the Skypephone focused on experiential marketing and word of mouth.

About our Conversation Partner

John Penberthy-SmithJohn Penberthy-Smith joined 3 UK in October 2006 as Director of Customer Marketing and in January 2007 he was appointed Marketing Director. As Marketing Director he is responsible for all marketing at 3 including products, customer propositions, channel and base marketing. He is also responsible for marketing the X-Series, 3’s flat-rate mobile broadband offer launched in the UK in December 2006.

Prior to joining 3, Penberthy-Smith was at Vodafone where he held a number of positions including Head of Global Voice Propositions for Vodafone Group and Director of Consumer Marketing for Vodafone UK.

Penberthy Smith, 39, is married with two children.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #288: October 29, 2007

Content summary: Shel explains the Philly Cheesesteak; Neville reports on today’s 3 Skypephone launch; upcoming FIR Interview podcasts; discussion: the future of consumer-generated content; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Lee Hopkins reports on stifling problem-solving through denial of oxygen, and more; the consequences of last week’s FEMA fake news conference; Towers Perrin study finds ‘engagement gap’ among global workforce; Sallie Goetsch reports on Seagate and blogger engagement, and more; listeners’ comments discussion; music from RAQ; and more.

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Show notes for October 25, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 61-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Download the file here (MP3, 28MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod, subscribe with iTunes; good podcatchers include Juice and DopplerRadio, and RSS aggregators that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon.)

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In This Edition:

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); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or 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.

So, until Thursday November 1…

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #287: October 25, 2007

Content summary: Shel’s on a plane; today’s show a bit longer; 15 reasons why Facebook may be worth $15 billion; why you can’t buy a Heineken beer in Second Life; Dan York reports on a new job and much more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Shel reports from Copenhagen and conversations with Novo Nordisk; listeners’ comments discussion; David Phillips reports on one of those weeks when there is just too much news; about next Monday’s show; music from the Manic Street Preachers; and more.

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Show notes for October 25, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 70-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Download the file here (MP3, 32MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod, subscribe with iTunes; good podcatchers include Juice and DopplerRadio, and RSS aggregators that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon.)

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In This Edition:

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); or call the Comment Line at +1 206 222 2803 (North America) or +44 20 8133 9844 (Europe); or Skype: fircomments; or 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.

So, until Monday October 29…

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