Thursday, July 27, 2006

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #158: July 27, 2006

Content summary: Vote for FIR in Podcast Awards 2006; NewAssignment.net: experiment in open source journalism; PR Week client satisfaction rankings; ToolURL; Shift’s PR 2.0 guide; OPML podcast directory; Marriott Hotels reaches out to blogger; Podshow’s ads in RSS feeds; Shel’s Ode to the Mac, aka The Mac Rant; David Phillips reports; discussion: investor relations and social media; listeners’ comments discussion; the music; and more.

Show notes for July 27, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 85-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 34MB), 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:

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 July 31…

Posted by neville on 07/27 at 12:38 PM
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Nominated for 2006 Podcast Awards

Nominated for 2006 Podcast AwardsWe’re thrilled to announce that “For Immediate Release” is included in the final voting slate of nominated podcasts for the 2006 Podcast Awards contest.

The nomination period ended last week and the contest organizers have now posted all the nominated podcasts ready for public voting which begins in a couple of days.

FIR is one of the five contenders in the Business category. As with last year’s contest, we’re up against some stiff competition.

To everyone who nominated us - thank you.

Voting opens at 00:01 on Friday July 28 and closes at 23:59 on Friday August 11. Times are Hawaii Standard Time (GMT -10). Please carefully note the contest rules especially re the voting process.

All the contest award winners will be announced during the Podcast and Portable Media Expo in Ontario, California, on September 29. Whether FIR wins or not, Shel and Neville will be at that event as both are speaking there.

We’d be awfully pleased if you would vote for FIR in the Business category. Thanks!

Posted by neville on 07/26 at 12:16 AM
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Monday, July 24, 2006

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #157: July 24, 2006

Content summary: Interview with Flemming Madsen of Onalytica posted; new NMRcast available; about that ticking clock in the new 1-Minute News segment; coComment’s new release; the secret diary of Steve Jobs; Podcast Network uses eBay to sell advertising; big rise in air travel complaints; CIA contractor blogger fired; Lee Hopkins reports; three blog surveys: Pew Internet, Porter Novelli corporate blogging, MSN Spaces UK survey; listeners’ comments discussion; investor relations and social media: discussion theme for next show; the music (and the Wendy’s story behind it); and more.

Show notes for July 24, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 72-minute podcast recorded live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Concord, California, USA.

Download the file here (MP3, 29MB), 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 July 27…

Posted by neville on 07/24 at 10:52 AM
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Interview - Flemming Madsen, Onalytica: July 24, 2006

Flemming MadsenIn this edition of For Immediate Release podcast interviews, Neville enjoyed a 21-minute conversation with Flemming Madsen, founder of Onalytica Limited, a London-based research company which provides tools and consulting services for a broad range of private and public sector clients.

Our conversation focuses on Influence and popularity on the topic of ‘blog marketing’, Onalytica’s latest research report published on July 21, 2006, and looks at the differences between influence and popularity.

About our Conversation Partner

Flemming Madsen is is the founder and managing director of Onalytica, a London, UK-based consultancy that specializes in quantitative measurement and monitoring of influence.

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Download the conversation here (MP3, 9.6Mb, 21:00), 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 podcatcher 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.

Listen to this podcast now:

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

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

Posted by neville on 07/24 at 05:31 AM
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Friday, July 21, 2006

NMRCast #2 - Tom Foremski and Todd Defren join the conversation - July 21, 2006

The New Media Release Podcast, episode 2, 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:Tom Foremski and Todd Defren join Chris Heuer and Shel Holtz for a discussion of the state of the new media release, reporters’ readiness for the format, the name of the initiative, and where we go from here.

Show notes for July 21, 2006

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Welcome to NMRCast episode #2, a 26-minute podcast recorded live from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Download the file here (MP3, 10.5MB), 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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Posted by shel on 07/21 at 09:09 AM
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Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #156: July 20, 2006

Content summary: Initial reactions to the speeded-up version of the show; Podshow Pro launch; a Steve Rubel fan blogs about Steve Rubel; BrainJams; Strumpette in the Washington Post; Dan York reports; Petite Anglaise dooced in France; Wal-Mart’s attempt at social networking (verdict: lame); Digg and Jason Calcanis’ offer to pay bloggers; listeners’ comments discussion (including topic seed for discussion next week on social media and investor relations); FIR Frappr community update; the music; and more.

Show notes for July 20, 2006

download For Immediate Release podcast

Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 72-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Download the file here (MP3, 29MB), 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 July 24…

Posted by neville on 07/20 at 11:08 AM
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Testing FIR at high speed

In FIR #155 yesterday, we spoke of our experiment re show length and our target of aiming for a 60-minute show. We also included an audio comment from Eric Tobler who had a proposal for creating a version of the MP3 file that reduces the show length (time) by a considerable amount.

Eric has generously responded with a version of yesterday’s show that has reduced the length from 69 minutes to just under 43 minutes.

If you’d like to listen and let us know your opinion about this potential solution to show length, download the MP3 and let us know what you think by a leaving a comment to this post. Or you can listen right now from this page:

Thanks. And especially, thanks to Eric.

Posted by neville on 07/18 at 09:07 AM
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