Sunday, August 19, 2007

FIR Interview - Mark Ragan, CEO, Ragan Communications: August 19, 2007

This interview with Mark Ragan, CEO of Lawrence Ragan Communications, Inc., was conducted on June 7, 2007, at the Ragan/Simply Communicate “Engagement and Social Media” conference in London, UK. Mark asked us to hold the interview when he learned that the launch of MyRaganTV.com would be delayed. We are pleased to present the interview now that MyRaganTV.com has been online for several weeks.

Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz spoke to Mark Ragan, about MyRagan.com, MyRaganTV, and Ragan’s future plans.

About our Conversation Partner

imageMark Ragan is CEO of Ragan Communications. Mark was trained as a reporter, and for 15 years covered politics and the White House. He came to Ragan in 1992 after stints as a newspaper man in Montana, South Carolina, North Dakota, Washington D.C. and California. He attended to DePaul University, where his roomate was Ragan publisher Jim Ylisela. Jim and Mark hit the road every year, teaching corporate writing to Ragan customers. Mark’s two-year goal is to take the Ragan conference and e-publishing business into the UK, the rest of Europe and Asia.

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

On the right road

Special thanks to Tom Keefe for sending this (and a few other) photos along. Tom was in Granger, Indiana when he came upon FIR Road:

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Friday, August 17, 2007

FIR Interview - Steve Mallison-Jones, VlogYourJob: August 17, 2007

PR and communications headhunters Indigo Red have launched VlogYourJob.com, the UK’s first online video recruitment website, as a solution for employers to tackle the problem of recruiting in a market were there are more employers than good candidates.

Neville Hobson spoke to Steve Mallison-Jones, Indigo Red’s managing director and the driving force behind VlogYourJob.com, about the new service and the PR recruitment market.

About our Conversation Partner

Steve Mallison-JonesSteve Mallison-Jones has a broad range of experience. Having begun his career with seven years in telecoms with the RAF, he then spent four years working in relief and development before moving into IT recruitment ten years ago. He moved from IT into PR eight years ago.

In 2002, Steve founded Indigo Red with his wife, Lydia. Indigo Red specializes in executive search for senior PR and communications positions. The firm is at the forefront of using social media for recruitment including encouraging staff to blog and participate in social networking sites such as Facebook.

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Download the 12-minute conversation here (MP3, 5.5Mb), or sign up for the Interviews RSS feed to get it and future interviews automatically. For automatic synchronization with your iPod or other digital player, you’ll also need a such as the free Juice, DopplerRadio, iTunes or Yahoo! Podcasts, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon. To receive all For Immediate Release podcasts including the twice-weekly Hobson & Holtz Report, sign up for the full RSS feed.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

FIR Cuts: Impact of Social Media on Tech Reporters’ Practices

Cut from FIR #267: A study on the impact of social media on tech reporters’ practices.

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #267: August 16, 2007

Content summary: Podcast Awards 2007 winners announced; Dan York reports on social network portability, Tris Hussey’s Mediasphere podcast, data sharing summit, IABC Heritage Region conference; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; US report refutes claims of social networking dangers; editing Wikipedia, and WikiScanner; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to stage concert in Second Life; university emergency broadcast system sends text messages to student cell phones; listeners’ comments discussion; the music; and more.

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Show notes for August 16, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 57-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Syracuse, New York, 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).

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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 August 20…

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Monday, August 13, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #266: August 13, 2007

Content summary: Recording with Callburner; Joseph Jaffe’s new marketing experiment; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; newspapers easier to read online: survey; forcing health on employees; UK print media ‘not dead’; Apple introduces widgets; company bloggers can help put out fires; the growth of Twitter (and Facebook) spam; report from Sallie Goetsch; listeners’ comments discussion; news about next Thursday’s show; the music; and more.

[Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.]

Show notes for August 13, 2007

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute podcast recorded live from Syracuse, New York, 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 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; 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 August 16…

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #265: August 9, 2007

Content summary: Shel’s in Denver; new FIR interview posted; two upcoming interviews; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; My Ragan TV launches; how will niche social networks develop?; add your comments to Google News: editorializing the news?; Facebook responds: advertisers can opt out; David Meerman Scott’s Gobbledygook Manifesto; record Skype calls with Callburner; Dan York’s non-shiny-object look at the podcasting book, Facebook demographics and developments, visiting San Francisco; Question of The Week: how to address employees profiting from their blogging; listeners’ comments discussion; the music; and more.

[Messages from our sponsors: FIR is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years, www.ragan.com; Save time with the CustomScoop online clipping service: sign up for your free two-week trial, at www.customscoop.com/fir.]

Show notes for August 9, 2007

download For Immediate Release podcast

Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 62-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and almost live from Denver, Colorado, USA. Download the file here (MP3, 28.4MB), 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; 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 August 13…

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