The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #801: March 30, 2015

FIRA new podcast, Wag the Dog FM, from Philippe Borremans; FIR Interview coming: a second conversation with Millennials at Syracuse University London Campus;

Quick News: Brands flock to Periscope, being seen as innovative boosts a company’s bottom line says Ketchum survey, Slack is killing IRC, all 650 Members of Parliament in the UK will receive an iPad Air 2 after the May election; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: New apps - including Periscope, Meerkat and NewsByMe - could boost citizen journalism; Dan York’s Tech Report: Periscope and live streaming, Dave Winer’s MyWord, Facebook; drilling a social media crisis with Polpeo; the Media… Read More »

Friday Wrap #146: Up Periscope, FTC looks at IoT, Comcast gets social serious, lots of Facebook news

Friday Wrap 146
Flickr photo courtesy of Duncan Holmes
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. This week, in the wake of Facebook’s F8 conference, there’s so much Facebook news that I’ve set it off in a separate section. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Twitter launches Meerkat competitor to glowing reviews—Thanks to… Read More »

What Yik Yak—a problem in universities—could mean to the workplace

Yik YakMost of the buzz around the mobile app Yik Yak is focused on universities, where its founders intended it would be used. Make no mistake. As surely as Facebook expanded beyond its university roots to become the top social network employees use in their day-to-day workflows, Yik Yak will make its way into the workplace.

The inevitability of employees adopting the anonymous messaging app has a lot of businesses concerned, considering the university experience. Several universities have taken the futile step of banning or blocking Yik Yak, but since it doesn’t rely on a WiFi connection—standard 3G and 4G cellular connections work just… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #800: March 23, 2015

FIRQuick News: Ryanair’s next stop is not New York, SHIFT becomes a Google Analytics Certified Partner, American Airlines is playing better music onboard thanks to passengers’ Twitter complaints, business use of social media by front-line employees increases; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign: right or wrong?; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: reflections on Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew; latest Pew research on internet usage in emerging and developing countries shows text messaging and social media big in many countries; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio and in the FIR Podcast… Read More »

Friday Wrap #145: FTC slams Google, the end of IE, social media at work, unhappy journalists

Friday Wrap #145
Flickr image courtesy of Erik Fitzpatrick
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


News

FTC report accuses Google of skewing search results—“Don’t be evil,” Google proclaims. Yet U.S. Federal Trade Commission staffers accused Google of manipulating search results to elevate its own… Read More »

MSNBC and NowThis’s Facebook news video experiment could be a model for brands

15 Seconds to FameThe implications of a deal between cable news network MSNBC and digital video distributor NowThis News could be profound for marketers and communicators. What the two media companies are trying is new, so the as-yet-unlaunched concept could be a bust. But if it attracts a following, it would demonstrate that a fresh look at Facebook could yield big results.

MSNBC and NowThis will produce two daily video programs. Sound Off will present one breaking news story every morning, inviting discussion on the Facebook page. The end-of-day show, FacePalm, will dish up off-kilter news items, also geared to generate conversation on the MSNBC and… Read More »

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