Friday, November 07, 2008

FIR Live Call-In Episode #9: November 7, 2008

Content summary:The live call-in episode on BlogTalk Radio. Panel discussion addressed the value public relations professionals bring to startups. The topic was a response to several posts dismissing PR’s worth, suggesting startup CEOs can handle their own public relations (the post by Jason Calacanis served as the focal point of the discussion). Panelists included Rob Lane, CEO, Overlay TV; Katie Paine, president, K.D. Paine & Partners; Todd Defren, partner, Shift Communications; Sherrilynne Starkie, from Strive Public Relations; and Michael O’Connor Clarke,  from ThornleyFallis Public Relations.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #395: November 6, 2008

Content summary: Panel discussion in FIR Live on November 7; Neville reports from Ireland; Media Monitoring Minute; Dan York reports on the prospects that President-Elect Obama will maintain his use of social media in the White House; News That Fits: New York Times reports that companies are blogging their layoffs, virtual world statistics suggest they’ll emerge as another forum for social networks; Samsung missteps by launching a laundry-focused social network, Heather Green at BusinessWeek reports that Yahoo and the U.S. Department of Justice’s press releases were more truthful than Google’s blog; listener comments and FriendFeed? room roundup, including more discussion of the U.S. presidential election; music from Girl Said No; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for November 6, 2008: A 67-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and almost live from Ireland.

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So, until Monday, November 10…

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Monday, November 03, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #394: November 3, 2008

Content summary: Vote for FIR at Podcast Alley; thanks Jeremiah Owyang and welcome new listeners!; panel discussion in FIR Live on November 7; new FIR Interview with Paul Pendergrass aka Jack Flack; Michael Netzley reports from the Singapore Geek Dinner with Eric Schwartzman and CNET Asia’s Nicholas Aaron Khoo; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits - Microsoft gives bloggers laptops again, lessons in crisis management from the Russell Brand-Jonathan Ross-BBC fiasco, bosses should embrace Facebook: Demos study, Virgin Atlantic fires cabin crew over behaviour on Facebook; listeners’ comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; news about Thursday’s show; music from Matthew Ebel; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for November 3, 2008: A 64-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

FIR Interview: Paul Pendergrass, aka “Jack Flack,” blogger for the New York Times

Paul Pendergrass, corporate communicator and executive speechwriter, recently joined the New York Times’ DealBook blog to write about PR and communications under the pen name Jack Flack. In this interview, he discusses the role of writing about his craft, the state of PR, and the impact of new media, among a wide range of other topics.

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imagePaul Pendergrass, who writes about business spin as Jack Flack, works as a communications strategist and corporate speechwriter. He applies the perspective of a “working flack” in interpreting the words and actions of prominent companies and the journalists who cover them. Long fascinated with the hidden game that goes on each day between business and the news media, Pendergrass started one of the first business blogs, “Corporate Babble,” in 2003-2004, and first began writing as Jack Flack for Conde Nast’s Portfolio.com in 2007.

Before setting up his own independent consultancy in 2002, Pendergrass worked for Coca-Cola in various communications roles in London, Johannesburg and Atlanta, including several years as the principal speechwriter for the legendary Coke chairman Roberto Goizueta. He earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Georgia.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #393: October 30, 2008

Content summary: Next FIR Live on Blogtalk Radio on November 7; new FIR interview coming with Jack Flack, New York Times; update: listeners’ thoughts on selecting podcasts; Dan York reports on Yammer, LinkedIn apps, and more; discussion: answering questions from Georgetown University students; listeners’ comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; news about next Monday’s show; music from Aloud; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 30, 2008: A 63-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #392: October 27, 2008

Content summary: FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast published; new IABC Cafe2Go podcast published; new social media category in IABC Gold Quill Awards; discussion: how to pick podcasts and avoid information overload; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Knight News Challenge Blogger Update with Heidi Miller; News That Fits - statistics update: online demographics and fastest-growing social media tools, Guardian.co.uk starts offering full-content RSS feeds, Steelcase study: companies not harnessing power of social media, communicating in uncertain times: resources from IABC; listeners’ comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; music from Shadow Circus; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 27, 2008: A 63-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Speakers & Speeches: Social Media, Friend or Foe? - October 24, 2008

Content summary: This panel discussion was recorded during the Ragan Communications conference, “Corporate Communications in the Era of Web 2.0” at the Cary, North Carolina headquarters of SAS on October 16, 2008. Mark Ragan, CEO of Ragan Communications, moderated the panel discussion, taking on the role of a CEO trying to get answers to his concerns and objections around the adoption of social media communication channels. Panel members included:

  • David Biesack, SAS\
  • Shel Holtz
  • Vida Killian, Dell
  • Terry McKenzie, Sun Microsystems
  • Jim Ylisela, Ragan Communications

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