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.

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Number of Google search… Read More »

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 »

Friday Wrap #119: PR Wikipedia guide, bloggers as journalists, TwitPic lives, interactive packaging


Flickr image—“Wrapped Up Dinosaurs”—courtesy of Matt Brown
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…and this week ranks up there among the most interesting collections of stories since I started the wrap. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

IPR releases Professional’s Ultimate Guide to Wikipedia—William Beutler has been one of the key thought leaders when it comes to ethical PR engagement with Wikipedia. His company, Buetler Ink,… Read More »

Will your intranet get Known?

Social media has a place in the enterprise. Study after study confirms that employees who are able to engage with each other over social channels are more productive, more engaged, and even lead to improved market share and revenue.

But it has been a struggle to adapt social media to the enterprise. Most efforts involve a bolt-on, such as Yammer or Chatter added to an existing intranet. These can be made to work; companies like ConAgra, Pitney Bowes, and TeeKay Shipping have made these messaging systems into rock-solid tools for employees to find and engage with colleagues who are involved in similar activities. The deeper sense of… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #773: September 15, 2014

FIRCongratulations to FIR’s Andrea Vascellari, who’s joined Edelman in Dubai as a Digital Planner;

Quick News: Education is the new PR measurement challenge at Measurement Week, Texas PR agency Status Labs takes ethics violations to a whole new level, CIPR launches nine recommendations for enabling flexible working in public relations, a journalist read and replied to every PR email he received for a week; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Blogging declines among the Fortune 500 according to latest annual survey from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Dan York’s Tech Report: Apple’s announcement of iPhone 6, Apple Pay and Apple… Read More »

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