FIR #144: The Business Card Just Won’t Die (But LinkedIn Is Trying To Kill It)

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Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

LinkedIn's QR CodeOn this week’s episode of “For Immediate Release,” Shel chats with Gini Dietrich about how companies might handle the flood of negative reviews posted to Yelp and TripAdvisor for political purposes (even to restaurants that share the same name but weren’t involved in the incident that upset those who disagreed) and Jen McClure and Shel talk about whether it’s a good idea (as one article suggested) to create PR about your company’s privacy and security activities. Also on this week’s episode:

  • Google prepares to test Duplex, its talking reservation bot
  • LinkedIn thinks QR codes can help… Read More »

The Friday Wrap moves to Nuzzel and goes (mostly) daily

NuzzelThe last time I sent out an HC+T Update was in January. More than six months ago.

It also took me nearly that long to write one single blog post.

Full-time jobs will do that to you.

As many Wrap readers know, since late October last year I have been director of Internal Communications at Webcor, a San Francisco-based commercial contractor. After 21 years on my own, I was ready for a change. I was more than ready. I was jonesing for a change. After eight months, I have decided it was the right change. The culture here is great, the people are wonderful, the industry is fascinating, and the leaders want what I can bring to the company… Read More »

FIR #143: Fired by Mistake by Artificial Intelligence

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Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the June edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics:

  • An employee was mistakenly fired by an AI system and managers stood by¬†powerless to correct the mistake. Was AI really to blame?
  • IBM has introduced an AI designed for debate, which could mean there’s finally an unbiased devil’s advocate to point out the flaws in your business plan.
  • There is no minimizing the threat to the Internet posed by the draconian copyright restrictions the European Parliament could vote into law as early as the week after next.
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FIR #142: Pizza and Potholes

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Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

Joining host Shel Holtz in conversation this week are tech journalist David Strom on organizational integrity, Gartner analyst Augie Ray on whether IHOP’s marketing stung was brilliant or a betrayal of consumer trust, and Sprinklr’s Marshall Kirkpatrick and Jen Valdez on the benefits of establishing long-term relationships with influencers. Also in this week’s episode:

  • Domino’s is repairing potholes. Is this a brilliant example of corporate social responsibility or a prelude to our dystopian future?
  • Heineken has done away with taglines
  • People are using Facebook less and less to get… Read More »

FIR #141: Save the Lemonade Stand

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Cross-posted from the”FIR Podcast Network.

Business Wire’s Serena Ehrlich joins host Shel Holtz to talk about a Pew study that found 7 in 10 Americans is suffering from news fatigue. Shel also talks with David Spark (from Spark Media Solutions) about Instagram’s plan to host long-form video. Also in this week’s episode:

  • A follow-up to our report on Google employees opposing a contract the company has with the Pentagon
  • A lemonade company takes a stand for children’s lemonade stands
  • Apple’s new ARKit brings new advances to Augmented Reality
  • A high-profile media… Read More »

FIR Podcast #139: Augmented PR

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

Neville Hobson joins host Shel Holtz for the June installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report,” with conversations about…

  • GDPR, which officially went into effect on Friday
  • BuzzFeed’s live-streaming experiment on Twitch
  • CIPR’s white paper on the role if Artificial Intelligence in public relations
  • Google is under pressure to up its podcasting game
  • Google lets you see your history of interactions and it’s a lot less creepy than Facebook
  • Generation Z will bypass politics and engage via consumerism
  • Dan York reports on GDPR, Airbnb’s travel “stories,” Anchor’s new mobile import… Read More »

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