Overcome content shock by marketing to an audience of one

Note: On October 28-29, I am teaching a two-day workshop in London on how to reset your social media efforts to employ approaches that work. This post addresses one of the approaches I’ll cover. The two-day workshop, from the International School of Communication, is open to registration here.

Audience of OneAs pundits lament the volume of content online and the challenge marketers face of getting noticed amid all the noise, one tactic is demonstrating a lot of power but not getting all that much attention. Organizations that communicate to an audience of one using novel and creative approaches are getting attention from bigger audiences than the… Read More »

Brands set up shop on Ello

Brands on ElloAs the founders of upstart social network Ello make their case for an ad-free experience as the rationale for switching from Facebook, brands are already staking their claims.

Some are advising restraint; Contently advises “it’s not a friendly place for brands to play right now; doing so would be the digital marketing equivalent of the Ferguson police chief trying to march in a protest calling for his own resignation.”

But there is no barrier to brands establishing profiles—in fact, there’s not even a real-name policy—and dozens of brands have succumbed to the allure of another place to hang a shingle.

As a caveat, it’s important… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #775: September 29, 2014

FIRNew show ‘Chats with Chip’ to premiere on the FIR Podcast Network;

Quick News: Why we’re more likely to remember content with images and video, Yahoo kills Yahoo, KitKat’s #Bendgate tweet has officially eclipsed Oreo’s Super Bowl win, Sobo is Vine for audio; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Is Ello a wakeup call or just another wannabe social network?; Dan York’s Tech Report: Ello, of course!, Facebook’s new “Atlas” ad platform, Known and IndieWeb, and more; the Apple iOS debacle, PR consequences and reputation damage; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+;… Read More »

You say I’m the product of services I don’t pay for? I’m fine with that.

Ello, the new social network attracting a lot of users, proclaims that on Facebook and other social networks, “You’re the product that’s being bought and sold.” In fact, co-founder Paul Budnitz told Mashable he doesn’t even think Facebook is a social network, since on Facebook, “The advertisers are the customer and the user is the product that’s being bought and sold.”

This is a familiar mantra. Google reports more than 48 million results for a search on “Facebook” and “You are the product.” Among the results is a 2011 Wired piece that quotes media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff: “Ask a kid what Facebook is for and they’ll answer… Read More »

Friday Wrap #120: Vine for audio, hashtags gone bad, Ello goes viral, employees like badges, & more

Friday Wrap #120
Flickr photo courtesy of Peter Gordon
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I’ve found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


Sobo is Vine for audio—Audio has been proliferating across the web in all kinds of interesting ways lately, even if it hasn’t attracted a lot of attention. Yammer co-founder Alan Braverman thinks there’s something going on, though, which is why he launched Sobo, a “social soundboard” (currently only for iOS), enabling… Read More »

Here’s why your company could suffer terrible PR if it doesn’t narrow the CEO-worker pay gap

Income Inequality
Flickr photo courtesy of mSeattle
The importance of a genuine commitment to corporate social responsibility is growing more and more clear. Study after study finds consumers are making conscious decisions to avoid doing business with bad actors and greenwashers, and to spend their money (and make their investments) in companies that are sincere about trying to do well by doing good.

Several companies are taking the new reality seriously, incorporating their CSR efforts into their annual reports and taking other steps to make sure the public is aware of their activities. It’s not enough yet, though, to change general public perception of… Read More »

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