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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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Posted by shel on 10/31 at 05:25 AM
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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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Posted by neville on 10/31 at 03:47 AM
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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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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.

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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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Monday, October 22, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #286: October 22, 2007

Content summary: Neville’s back in the UK sans internet (thanks, Virgin Media), Shel’s in Denmark; Lee Hopkins reports; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; SNCR call for 2008 Fellows; growth of social networks; moving from TypePad to WordPress: what about the hyperlinks?; a study on wellness programmes in the workplace; Eric Schwartzman reports from the PRSA 2007 international conference; listeners comments discussion; news about next Thursday’s show; music from Little Horse; and more.

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Show notes for October 22, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 63-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Concord, California, USA.

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  • #286 show notes at The New PR Wiki (to come)

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 October 25…

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #285: October 18, 2007

Content summary:Shel started in Overland Park, MO, and then headed to Chicago; Neville’s in France. An update on the social media news release. The Media Monitoring Minute. Can the iPhone find its way into business? The state of green communication. Dan York’s report. Listener comments—a bundle of ‘em! No music today…

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Show notes for October 18, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 60-minute podcast recorded live from Overland Park, MO and almost live from France.

Download the file here (MP3, 24.1 MB), 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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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 22…

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Monday, October 15, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #284: October 15, 2007

Content summary: Shel’s in Virginia with much better hotel wifi; the spread of wifi in communities and differences on both sides of the Atlantic; rules for online posting from the Online Journalism Review; word of mouth is the most powerful selling tool: Nielsen survey; crisis plans for B2B marketers; mainstream media on mobile: different approaches by The Toronto Star and The Daily Telegraph; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listeners’ comments discussion; news about Thursday’s show; the music by Jag Star; and more.

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Show notes for October 15, 2007

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

Download the file here (MP3, 28.5MB), 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
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; 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 October 18…

Posted by neville on 10/15 at 04:01 AM
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