Tuesday, July 12, 2005

iTunes issues

We don’t know why, but Apple’s iTunes is grabbing the wrong shows. If you subscribe to “For Immediate Release” through iTunes, you could get just about anything. One subscriber got the last show (#48), another got #47, another got the Siemens interview. Subscriptions through other podcatching software is all working just fine. If you didn’t get show #49, you can download it from the “For Immediate Release” blog or subscribe through an alternative podcatcher. In the meantime we’re in touch with Apple to see if we can figure out what’s up.

UPDATE: This appears to be fixed. I’ve downloaded the correct show three times in a row from iTunes.

Posted by shel on 07/12 at 03:07 PM
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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #49: July 11, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on credibility, trust and relationships; bloggers should ask first; get over show length; speed up the blog; iTunes and subscribing to the show); iTunes, podcasting and RSS concerns; countering a view that podcasts are a fad; the London bombings and the milestone role of citizen journalism; what African bloggers say about Live8; from Our Correspondent Down Under; the Ketchum saga continues.

Show notes for July 11, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 60-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Washington, DC, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 27MB), 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 the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this edition:

Intro:

  • 00:31 Neville introduces the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; what’s in this edition

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:16 Craig Jolley on credibility, trust and relationships when talking to bloggers and journalists - what’s now fair game on disclosing information?
  • 06:59 Susan Getgood says a blogger should always ask first before blogging a conversation with a friend - understanding the rules of engagement today
  • 08:34 On show length, Susan also says this show’s long and quite good - get over it if you have a problem with length
  • 09:25 Lee Hopkins wants the podcast blog home page to open far more quickly, so Shel obliges
  • 10:28 Ron Shewchuk likes iTunes 4.9 and subscribes there to this show

News and Features:

  • 11:52 iTunes and podcasting - concerns for podcasters on Apple’s proprietary RSS requirements
  • 15:03 While Dave Taylor thinks podcasts won’t help promote your business, saying it’s all a fad, Shel and Neville outline why they think it can and how it’s not a fad
  • 29:36 The London bombings - Neville comments on his experiences in London last Thursday
  • 32:43 The role and contribution of citizen journalism in times of tragedy - the London bombings are a major milestone in the symbiosis between mainstream media and citizen journalists
  • 38:42 Live8 and what bloggers in Africa have to say - cynical and dismissive commentaries, in large part - and getting those opinions heard
  • 43:07 From Our Correspondent Down Under: Lee Hopkins - on the London bombings, Adam Curry’s CastBlaster, OneNote for capturing thoughts and podcasting notes, saw-sharpening with FIR
  • 48:51 The Ketchum saga continues - their PR Week interview, Constantin Basturea’s analysis of it and how spin just doesn’t work

Outro:

  • 54:07 Neville outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; next Thursday’s show is #50; the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Listeners’ comments discussion - Craig Jolley, Charles Pizzo, Ross Mayfield, Richard Byrom, Susan Getgood, Lee Hopkins, Ron Shewchuk.

News and Features - iTunes, Adam Curry, Daily Source Code, RSS validators, Apple, Dave Winer, Todd Cochrane, Dave Taylor, Ask Dave Taylor, Dave Taylor’s podcast post, Podscope, Blinkx, Apple’s AAC file format, iPod, Windows Media Player, Audacity, Forrester Research report on Podcasting for Marketers, Adam Curry’s and Ron Bloom’s strategycast, Jupiter Research, GM podcasts, David Lawrence, Max Hansen, the London bombings, Sky News, Neville’s podcast on his London experiences, the Asian tsunami, CNN, Hurricane Dennis, BBC News, The Guardian, Fox News, Live8, Live8 bloggers in Africa, Bob Geldof, Bono, Lee Hopkins, CastBlaster, Sound Forge, Microsoft OneNoteBlogger, Ketchum, Constantin Basturea, The New PR Wiki Hot Issues Ketchum Timeline, PR Week, Steve Rubel.

Outro - Garageband.com, Naomi Rodriguez, Special, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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 +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday July 14…

Posted by neville on 07/12 at 01:50 AM
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Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #48: July 7, 2005

Content summary: The London bombings; communication plan for new media available for download; listeners’ comments (on mixing a real CEO blogger with a fake blog; explaining open source marketing; critical analysis of Virgin’s New York podcasts; political PR in the US and EU; a new podcast browser); report on raising awareness in the UK about new media; Technorati tags, Expression Engine and no answer from Technorati support; social media, trust and what’s now on/off the record; last words on the length of this show.

Show notes for July 7, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 66-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and almost live from London, England.

Download the file here (MP3, 30MB), 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 the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this edition:

Intro:

  • 00:29 Shel introduces the show; on the London bombings; how to give your feedback; show notes; what’s in this edition
  • 02:29 Lee Hopkins’ communication plan PDF available for download

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 03:06 Sebastian Keil‘s communication challenge (show #47: should he combine a real CEO blogger with a fake/character car blog?) - suggestions from Chris Thilik, Susan Getgood, Jay Vorhees, Andrew Marritt (at 26:16); Shel says this podcast has now turned into a multi-directional conversation, building community
  • 12:00 James Cherkoff explains how open source marketing is about innovation and new techniques and not about brand guardians and close control
  • 13:17 Rob at PodcastNYC critically dissects the Virgin Atlantic podcasts about New York and asks - is this stereotypical character podcast really how Virgin Atlantic wants to build its reputation?
  • 27:21 Howard Harawitz on political PR in the US and the EU; learning about RSS and creating a podcast browser (available for download)

News and Features:

  • 29:57 Raising awareness about blogs, RSS and other new media in the UK - Neville reports on an event in London he participated in and three tips for how communicators can make a start themselves in finding out what people are saying about their companies; comment on the London Olympics 2012
  • 37:36 Shel on Technorati tags, how Expression Engine handles categories and how he’s still waiting for an answer from Technorati about Atom
  • 39:24 Charles Pizzo has concerns about social media and trust - when you speak to a blogger or podcaster, are they ‘pseudo journalists’ and what’s on or off the record now? Shel and Charles discuss on the phone - do you value the people or the information and where are the boundaries now? And should we be calling blogs and podcasts “unsocial media”?
  • 47:09 Absolutely the last time we’ll talk about the length of our show - Shel introduces commentary about podcast content, delivery and length; Neville discusses listeners’ critiques

Outro:

  • 60:20 Hold-over topics and what some discussion themes will be for Monday’s show;
  • 60:54 Shel outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro - London bombings, Neville Hobson (he’s ok), Lee Hopkins.

Listeners’ comments discussion - Sebastian Keil, Chris Thilik, Susan Getgood, Jay Vorhees, Andrew Marritt, James Cherkoff, ChangeThis.com, Rob at PodcastNYC, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Atlantic New York podcasts, Per Se, Todd EnglishEnglish is Italian, New York Minute Show, Howard Harawitz, Blinkx. News and Features - iRiver, Google News, Technorati, Intelliseek, BlogPulse, Bloglines, PubSub, London Olympics 2012, Hilton Hyde Park, Hill & Knowlton UK, Technorati tags, Expression Engine, Atom, Charles Pizzo, Brian Kilgore, David Murray, Mike Wing interview, Julie Freeman, David Kistle (PDF), David Becker, Dan YorkDavid Tebbutt, Max Hansen, Walter Murch, Build a Better Podcast, podcast review of Todd Cochrane’s podcasting book. Outro - Adam Curry, Daily Source Code, Rob Costlow, I Do, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn. 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 +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show. So, until Monday July 11…

Posted by neville on 07/07 at 11:22 PM
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FIR #48 is up and Neville is safe

“For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report” show #48 is available for download now. Show notes will be up on Friday, July 8. It took Neville longer to get back from London than he anticipated for reasons that should be obvious. You can read about his experience during and following the attack, and even listen to an audio file he recorded on his way to Heathrow, over on his blog.

Posted by shel on 07/07 at 04:29 PM
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Lee Hopkins’ communication plan

Lee Hopkins, our correspondent from the Adelaide hills in Australia, told us weeks ago about a internal communication plan he had developed for a client that called for intranet improvements, blogs, podcasts and a host of other elements most of us would love to see in our organizations. We had some feedback asking if the plan could be offered to FIR listeners, and Lee graciously agreed. It took a while for him to strip his client’s name and genericize the plan, but he’s done it and forwarded it along. You can get it here. It’s 50 pages long in PDF format, less than 1 MB, and most definitely worth the time it takes to have a look.

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Monday, July 04, 2005

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #47: July 4, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (positive opinions about podcasts; negative opinions about Virgin’s New York podcasts; sans-serif fonts and the new generation; is open source marketing open?; a suggestion for FIR #50; mixing a genuine CEO blogger with a fake Toyota Yaris blog); Six Apart upgrades TypePad; call for ideas for blogging IABC’s next conference; Steve Rubel’s first podcast; a terrible tale of a criminal blogger; from Our Correspondent Down Under.

Show notes for July 4, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 67-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 32MB), 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 the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this edition:

Intro:

  • 00:33 Shel introduces the show; July 4 and George III; how to give your feedback; show notes; what’s in this edition

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 02:06 Robert French and Mark DiJulio have some positive opinions to counter Ragan Report’s negative view on podcasts
  • 05:07 Rob at PodcastNYC doesn’t think much of the Virgin Airlines podcasts about New York
  • 09:11 David Becker argues that sans-serif fonts are what a whole new generation is becoming accustomed to, and wonders why open source marketing looks like it’s actually closed
  • 19:36 Tom Keefe suggests producing a ‘Best Of…’ edition of FIR for the 50th edition on July 14. How about it?
  • 21:10 Sebastian Keil asks what we think about mixing up a genuine CEO blogger with a fake Toyota Yaris blog. What do listeners’ think?

News and Features:

  • 27:26 Six Apart upgrades the TypePad hosted blog service over the US holiday weekend, introducing wide-ranging new features including means to combat comment and trackback spam, and new design templates. The upgrade hasn’t gone wholly smoothly, though, for some bloggers.
  • 36:22 Warren Bickford’s call for new ideas for blogging and podcasting the next IABC conference in 2006 - how should we expand on this year’s success?
  • 38:40 Steve Rubel’s first podcast is short and sweet - style and substance make a good combination for a personal conversation
  • 42:57 Shel outlines a disturbing news story, a terrible crime where the perpetrator was a blogger - how could the perp get away with talking about his perversions on a blog and no one knew?
  • 50:31 From Our Correspondent Down Under: Lee Hopkins - opening a beer can and other podcast sound effects; how Neville, Shel, Warren and IABC have fuelled some major annoyance, frustration and jealousy; comments on Backbone Media’s corporate blogging report; blog spam and blogging services; the risks of not blogging regularly; aren’t the Aussies doing well at Wimbledon!

Outro:

  • 60:15 Hold-over topics for Thursday’s show; Neville will be on a plane (so pre-recorded contribution)
  • 60:44 Neville outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 61:37 Shel outros the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro - July 4, George III.

Listeners’ comments discussion - David Murray, Ragan Report, Mike Wing interview, Robert French, Purina podcasts, Mark DiJulio, NASDAQ, Rob at PodcastNYC, Virgin Atlantic, David Becker, ION Systems, Gutenberg Archive, Open Source Marketing manifesto, James Cherkhoff, Johnnie Moore, Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Tom Keefe, IABC Cafe, Sebastian Keil, Toyota, GM Fastlane Blog, Bob Lutz, Thomas the Tank Engine.

News and Features - Six Apart, TypePad, TypeKey, Six Apart Status Weblog, Allan Jenkins, Expression Engine, Blogger, Richard Byrom, Warren Bickford, IABC Cafe, IABC, Charles Pizzo, Julie Freeman, David Kistle (PDF), Flickr, Steve Rubel, Dave Winer, Morning Coffee Notes, Tim Kaine, Tim Kaine campaign blog, InForum of Fargo ND, Technorati, MSN Spaces, Lee Hopkins, IABC conference blogging posse, Backbone Media, Movable Type, WordPress, Blogger, Amy Gahran.

Outro - PodcastNYC, Whirl, Palmreader, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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 +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Thursday July 7…

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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #46: June 30, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on iTunes 4.9 and bandwidth, IABC Cafe posts, blogging the Nortel AGM); podcasts and Polish sausage; the launch of iTunes 4.9; Virgin Atlantic’s New York podcasts; PR Week UK talks about blogs; IABC International Conference; IABC Fellows; FIR celebrates 50 shows on July 14.

Show notes for June 30, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 79-minute conversation recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 32MB), 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 the free iPodder, DopplerRadio or iTunes 4.9, or an RSS aggregator that supports podcasts such as FeedDemon).

In this edition:

Intro:

  • 00:29 Neville introduces the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; what’s in this edition
  • 02:05 Shel’s travel-weary experience from US east to west

Discussion on listeners’ comments:

  • 06:04 Dan York on bandwidth issues with iTunes 4.9; IABC Cafe posts that don’t identify the authors; blogging the Nortel AGM

Features:

  • 10:38 Ragan Report talks about podcasts and Polish sausage - and doubts they’ll ever catch on (podcasts, that is). Naturally we have a different view.
  • 18:20 The launch of iTunes 4.9 - opening up podcasting to a mass market; trends in podcasting growth; iTunes vs. other podcatchers; bandwidth issues as many try iTunes as a podcatcher
  • 28:50 Virgin Atlantic embraces podcasting for travellers, starting with guides to New York, and has big plans for the medium; indicators for the future and how the hardware is developing
  • 33:28 PR Week UK highlights blogs in this week’s edition to help raise awareness in the UK PR community - something sorely needed, it seems
  • 40:45 The IABC International Conference - Shel was there and talks about the blogging experiment and how it might work for the future; impressions of three sessions (Jeff de Cagna, James Carville and Mary Matalin, and TJ Larkin); Neville and Shel on the Technorati tag for conference blog posts
  • 68:57 IABC Fellows Awards - Shel describes the event (he was named a Fellow)

Short Take:

  • 72:03 FIR celebrates its 50th episode on July 14. What should we do to celebrate? Suggestions?

Outro:

  • 73:36 Shel outros the show; how to give your feedback; show notes; Neville outros the music

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro - Jet Blue, Lee Hopkins.

Listeners’ comments discussion - Dan York, iTunes, Todd Cochrane, Linux News Blog, IABC Cafe, IABC.com, Nortel.

Features - Ragan Report, Steve Crescenzo, David Murray, FIR interviews: Mike Wing, Josh Hallett, Siemens USA, Angela Sinickas and Tudor Williams, Dawn & Drew Show, Judy Jones, IABC New York Chapter blog, Adam Curry, GM podcasts, Apple, iTunes, FeedBurner, Forrester Research, Pew Internet, iPod, iPodder, DopplerRadio, Nimiq, FeedDemon, LibSyn, Geek News Central, Nicole Simon, Virgin Atlantic, Travel podcasts, Starbucks, T-Mobile, PR Week UK, Ravi Chandiramani, Ketchum, Fredrik Wacka, Guillaume du Gardier, Joel Cere, Steve Rubel, Andy Lark, Communication Directors Forum, Danny Rogers, Business Week, IABC 2005 International Conference, Washington Hilton, IABC Cafe, Warren Bickford, Jeremy Pepper, conference Technorati tag, Charles Pizzo, Ragan Postcard, Julie Freeman, Treo 600, Audacity for Palm, WordPress, Expression Engine, TypePad, Movable Type, Technorati tag help page, Blogger, Jeff de Cagna’s conference session on Innovation, Toby Ward, James Carville’s and Mary Matalin’s conference keynote opening session, Shel’s post: Messages and channels, TJ Larkin’s conference session on channels, Shel’s post: Deconstructing Larkin, IABC conference closing address from HP CEO Mark Hurd, Lee Iaccoca, Chrysler, Roger D’Aprix’ Communicating for Change, IABC Fellows, Lord Gould’s general conference session speech, Roberta Resnick.

Outro - Garageband.com, Day 4, Christa Couture, For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

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 +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Monday July 4…

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