Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #391: October 23, 2008

Content summary: Next FIR Live on Blogtalk Radio on Nov 7; FIR Speakers & Speeches recording from Ragan/SAS conference coming; SNCR announces winners of Excellence in New Communications Awards; Dan York reports on home office working, Yammer vs Present.ly, and more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits - Joseph Thornley’s advice on managing through the coming recession, why Wal-Mart will succeed in social applications, Muxlim plans Muslim world’s first virtual world, consumers prefer mobile device over PC; listeners’ comments discussion; music from Chris Trapper of The Push Stars recommended by mikethebee; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 23, 2008: A 59-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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So, until Monday October 27…

Posted by neville on 10/23 at 02:21 PM
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Live panel discussion on the value of PR for startups set for November 7

In the wake of several high-profile posts suggesting startup CEOs can do their own PR just as effectively as a professional, we’ve put together a panel to discuss just what value startups get from working with agencies. The panel includes (in addition to hosts Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson):

There may be additional panelists added as the segment approaches.

The panel discussion will be hosted on FIR’s BlogTalk Radio channel on Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, and 6 p.m. in London. As with all BlogTalk Radio shows, you’ll have the oportunity to call in and add your own perspectives or ask questions of the panelists. Just call (347) 324-3723 during the show. You can also listen to the show by dialing in to that same number, or by visiting the site and clicking the “listen” button.

We hope you’ll join us! But even if you can’t make it, the show will be archived on BlogTalk Radio and issued as a regular Hobson & Holtz Report episode.

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #390: October 20, 2008

Content summary: Podcast Awards announced (no nomination for FIR); Michael Netzley reports from Singapore on journalistic regulations in China and nationalism in South Korea; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop (Sarah Wurrey’s final MMM); News That Fits - Michael Dell is blogging, how to be a corporate nomad, My Starbucks Ideas tallies the votes, Rivers Run Red and Linden Lab to link the real web with virtual worlds; listeners’ comments discussion; music from Paul Sabo; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 20, 2008: A 61-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Thursday October 23…

Posted by neville on 10/20 at 10:20 AM
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #389: October 16, 2008

Content summary: Shel’s in North Carolina; Dan York reports on the Canadian general election, real-time Friendfeed and more; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits with guest co-host Bryan Person - highlighting poverty on Blog Action Day 2008, BBC extends online reach with first ‘interactive reporter’, launch of m.seesmic.com, WordPress acquires Irish start-up PollDaddy, economic indicator: UK marketing budgets cut at record rates in Q3, the value of agency PR in an economic downturn; listeners’ comments discussion and Friendfeed FIR Room round-up; news about next week’s shows; music from New Leaf; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 16, 2008: A 59-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Austin, Texas, USA, and Cary, North Carolina, USA.

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Share your comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for future shows, in the FIR FriendFeed Room. You can also 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; 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 October 19…

Posted by neville on 10/16 at 12:31 PM
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Monday, October 13, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #388: October 13, 2008

Content summary: Shel’s at the Ragan SAS conference; new FIR Interview posted; winners of the FIR Listener contest announced; Michael Netzley discusses the Geek Dinner and Conferences in Asia; News That Fits - transparency and authenticity in communicating the impact of the financial crisis, your hotel on an iPod Touch with Runtriz, AIG’s bad press over its high-priced retreat, survey: employees not hackers cause most corporate data loss; Sallie Goetsch reports; FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; news about Thursday’s show; music from Brightwood; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 13, 2008: A 55-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Concord, California, USA.

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Share your comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for future shows, in the FIR FriendFeed Room. You can also 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; 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 October 16…

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

FIR Interview: Dave Armon with Jim Fong on PR Newswire Study

PR Newswire recently released he results of a study conducted by Diagnostics Plus that determined the wire service’s press releases are used by journalists as a source for an article more than its competitors. The release of the results through social media channels ignited considerable discussion, which is addressed in this interview with PR Newswire President Dave Armon and Diagnostics Plus President Jim Fong.

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imageDave Armon is the president of PR Newswire.  A former reporter for United Press International and account manager for the Saatchi & Saatchi-owned PR agency Rumrill-Hoyt, Dave joined PR Newswire in 1989 as Cleveland bureau manager and has held a variety of senior management roles in the organization.  He was instrumental in PR Newswire’s acquisition of Chicago’s PR News Service, ProfNet, eWatch, U.S. Newswire and Hispanic PR Wire.  A native of Rochester, N.Y., Dave earned a degree in journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University.  He blogs daily on PR Newswire’s intranet and Tweets at http://www.twitter.com/daveyarmon .

imageJim Fong is President of Diagnostics Plus, a market research and consulting company located in State College, Pennsylvania.  Diagnostics Plus has been in operation since 1987 and employs twenty research professionals.  Jim is a research veteran, having conducted market research and planning studies for a wide variety of clients over the past two decades.  Prior to joining Diagnostics Plus in 2005, he served as Director of Marketing Research and Planning at Penn State University.  In addition to his role at Diagnostics Plus, Jim also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses online at Penn State and Duquesne University.

Prior to joining Diagnostics Plus and Penn State, Jim served as president of a New England-based market research firm, director of research for a marketing and advertising firm, and director of analysis for a top twenty international research firm.  He earned a B.S. in mathematics, M.S. in statistics, and an M.B.A. from the University of Vermont.  He resides in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and two dogs.

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #387: October 9, 2008

Content summary: FIR Listener Contest results in next Monday’s show; two FIR Interviews posted; Dan York reports on the use of video and other communication tools in the US presidential campaigns; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits - senators act to restrict random laptop searches at US borders, volunteer-run non-profit PR agency Bright One launches; The Knight News Challenge Real Winners: Heidi Miller interviews Adrian Holovaty; listeners’ comments discussion and FIR Friendfeed Room round-up; news about next week’s shows; music from Electric Touch; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for October 9, 2008: A 47-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday October 13…

Posted by neville on 10/09 at 01:13 PM
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