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.

News

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 »

5 technologies that aren’t dead (or even on life support)

Read enough digital media experts, and you’ll be convinced that any number of still-useful tools and channels aren’t worth your time, money, or effort. Usually the “{fill in the blank} is dead” meme is just hyperbole.

In general, new media don’t kill old media; old media adapts and often contracts, but doesn’t disappear and rarely is even marginalized. Based on their strengths, these channels and tools tend to find their new level.

I chose the five items listed here because over the last couple weeks, I’ve read items that reinforce the notion that their deaths have been greatly exaggerated.

Check-ins

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The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #774: September 22, 2014

FIRQuick News: Most US consumers don’t want to be your brand’s friend, how the mainstream media used social media in the Scottish referendum on independence, Radisson’s unexpected branding boost after duping Minnesota Vikings, it is striking when businesses keep quiet on certain issues given their lobbying at other times; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: The rise of brand journalism and the next step for journalists; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: what’s the cost of reputational damage to China’s economy?, and more; is tracking employees’ moods a good idea? Niko Niko thinks it is; the Media Monitoring Minute with Custom Scoop; listener… Read More »

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