Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #211: February 1, 2006

Content summary: Vote for FIR at Podcast Alley; Boston bomb scare is bad marketing not bad PR; IABC launches new brand identity; Hill & Knowlton’s David Ferrabee asks what is internal communication?; prepping employees to be company bloggers; Dan York reports on FeedBurner blog network to aggregate RSS feeds, Ikea video contest, Podcamp Toronto; YouTube isn’t the only type of digital video gaining steam; listeners’ comments discussion; FIR from Atlanta next week; the music; and more.

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Show notes for February 1, 2007

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

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Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

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So, until Monday February 5…

Posted by neville on 02/01 at 12:58 PM
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Monday, January 29, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #210: January 29, 2007

Content summary: New Media Release podcast posted; using citizen journalists to cover mainstream news; Adobe wants to make the PDF file format an international and open standard; cybersquatters taking over abandoned blogs; comparing Google Analytics, Statcounter and FeedBurner; Lee Hopkins reports on YouTube, race hate and crisis communication, Edirol R-09, Ted Demopoulous’s new book; David Phillips takes a critical look at the recent blog ROI report from Forrester Research; listeners’ comments discussion including commentary from Carmen van Kerchove on the Celebrity Big Brother racism kerfuffle; reminder about the New Communications Forum in March; FIR Frappr community (non)update; how Sonny Combs pitched us for today’s music; the music; and more.

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Show notes for January 29, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 59-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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In This Edition:

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

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. 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 February 1…

Posted by neville on 01/29 at 11:57 AM
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Saturday, January 27, 2007

NMRCast #14 - 01/27/07 - What a week it’s been

The New Media Release Podcast, episode 14 can be downloaded here, heard directly from this page, or subscribed to via the NMRCast feed. Also, the Apple iTunes subscription is now available here or by searching for NMRCast at the Apple iTunes store under “podcasts.” If you subscribe to the FIR “everything” feed, however, this podcast will not be included.

Content summary:Since the Third Thursday event and Stowe Boyd’s subsequent post, there has been a flurry of activity in the blogosphere addressing the value (or lack of value) for a social media news release. Chris Heuer, Tom Foremski, and Shel Holtz review the various points different posts have made and how it can affect the develoment of the social media release..

Show notes for Jan. 27, 2007

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Welcome to NMRCast episode #14, a 29-minute podcast recorded live from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Download the file here (MP3, 13.3 MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes or Yahoo! Podcasts, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

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In This Edition:A sampling of posts appearing this week, in reverse chronological order, followed by two key reference sites for the Social Media Press Release:

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #209: January 25, 2007

Content summary: Discussion topics from listeners: PR is too important for PR people, blogs in China affect Starbucks, win a place at the New Communications Forum; Dan York reports further on RSS autodiscovery and commentary on trackback spam; communication challenges for British Airways as strike looms; Microsoft’s attempt to correct a Wikipedia entry; AdvestiGate ‘fingerprint’ system to scan website video and audio; GM’s blogger outreach programme; World Economic Forum: CEOs should blog; the music; and more.

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Show notes for January 25, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 56-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 26MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes or Yahoo! Podcasts, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

Listen to this podcast now:

In This Edition:

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

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. 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 January 29…

Posted by neville on 01/25 at 12:49 PM
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Monday, January 22, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #208: January 22, 2007

Content summary: Two new FIR podcasts posted; marketers upset about changes to Outlook; track website analytics with RSS feeds; online newspaper blog traffic grows 210%; blogger, not splog, hijacks blog content; increasing criticism of Celebrity Big Brother and the UK’s Channel 4 as advertisers pull out: what does this TV show say about society?; David Phillips reports on social media on steroids; the social media press release kerfuffle; listener’s comment discussion; reminder about the New Communications Forum in March; the music; and more.

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Show notes for January 22, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 56-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Download the file here (MP3, 26MB), or sign up for the RSS feed to get it and future shows automatically. (For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a podcatcher such as Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes or Yahoo! Podcasts, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

Listen to this podcast now:

In This Edition:

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute - see the home page for info.

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. 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 January 25…

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

FIR Speakers & Speeches/NMRCast - Third Thursday Panel Discussion: January 18, 2007

Content summary: The Bay Area’s Third Thursday group, meeting at Shine SF in San Francisco, heard a panel discussion about the Social Media Press Release. The panel discussion was led by Chris Heuer, and featured Shel Holtz, Brian Solis, Tom Foremski, and special guest, Joel Tesch from BusinessWire.

At the session, Mike Manuel, one of Third Thursday’s founders, announced a new partnership with Social Media Club and the Society for New Communication Research.

Stowe Boyd, who was at the event and asked a few questions, voiced his alternate view of the social media release on his blog, and Chris responded on the Social Media Release blog. Nothing like a bit of controversy to get the juices flowing!

This podcast is being fed through two feeds. The NMRCast is not included in the regular FIR “everything” feed because of the specialized nature of the content. But this is also being delivered through the FIR Speakers & Speeches feed, and thus is also included in the “everything” feed.

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If you have comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, 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. 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.

Posted by shel on 01/20 at 04:04 PM
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FIR Book Review - Second Life: The Official Guide

Second Life: The Official GuideIn this edition of For Immediate Release book reviews, Neville and Shel review Second Life: The Official Guide.

This book is a collaborative work by six writers with expert knowledge of Second Life, the three-dimensional virtual world that today has over 2.6 million registered users. In Second Life: The Official Guide, there is something for everyone from the casual user to the committed Second Life resident.

Our discussion includes - description of the book’s structure and what it’s about; a summary overview of the contents and the content of the accompanying CD; snapshots of specific chapters, especially those describing the grand tour of Second Life, understanding the library and inventory, and changing your appearance; commentary on what some residents are quoted in the book as saying; concluding summary and our recommendation about the book.

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Podsafe intro/outro music - On A Podcast Intrumental Mix (MP3, 5Mb) by Cruisebox.

Second Life: The Official Guide
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Paperback, 342 pages
Published in December 2006
US$34.99 / CDN$41.99 / £22.99
ISBN: 0-470-09608-X
Available now from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and other outlets.

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