Happy customers blog, too

Rob Safuto, creator of the terrific Podcast NYC, is out with a new blog. The Red Room Chronicles is dedicated to Marriott Hotels. In his initial posts, Safuto wrote,

I???ve been a Marriott Rewards member for years as I???ve been a traveling consultant for the IT and now Energy Industry since 1998. After staying in so many Marriott???s I???ve come to value inside information on the company for both business and leisure purposes. My hope is that this blog will become a fine resource for travelers everywhere who prefer Marriott Hotels.

This product-focused blog is the polar opposite of “Discover the Truth about the Land Rover Discovery… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #52: July 21, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (on videocasting; success with iTunes; codes of ethics; blogging about Dell and Land Rover; concerns about Technorati); Canon’s new tool; Blinkx TV and Smartfeed; BlogPulse relaunched website; Global Blog8Live launches; helping Shari Kerzrok; Land Rover customer dissatisfaction campaign; PR Week on podcasting; report from the Spinfluencer; RSS advertising in Europe; Podcast Awards.

Show notes for July 21, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 77-minute conversation recorded live from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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PR practitioner needs a liver transplant

Shel HoltzThis is already on several sites, but the more publicity the better. From Neville, who got it from O’Dwyer’s via Jeremy Pepper:

Liver Transplant is Needed

Shari Kurzrok, a 31-year-old VP at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, will die within days if she does not receive a liver transplant.

She was admitted to New York University Medical Center last weekend, and was told she needs an immediate liver transplant to save her life. Her illness is unexplained.

Ogilvy is reaching out to the PR industry on Kurzrok’s behalf.

The Great Neck, N.Y. native is to be married in October. She led Ogilvy’s “Save-a-Life-Tour” to raise the awareness of the need for… Read More »

Call for PR email blacklist should be a wake-up call

On his blog, Yahoo’s Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo asks for an email blacklist of tech-oriented PR agencies. “I get so damned much spam (I mean “pitches”) that I’m starting to think that life would be better if I just blocked email from all the big names in Tech PR,” Zawodny complains. He doesn’t even want to omit the domains of PR agencies Yahoo works with, like Voce. Most of the comments offer advice on how to set up such a list. One journalist commented that he wouldn’t mind taking advantage of it and offers a short list as a starter.

It may seem, at first blush, that Zawodny is joining the anti-PR meme spreading through the blogosphere… Read More »

It was all just a fad

I was thinking of taking another shot at the podcasting naysayers after reading Frank Barnako’s proclamation that mainstream podcasts will edge out the indies and Mark Cuban’s assertion that indie podcasts will survive as only a curiosity for friends and family. It would have been a repetitive post, but there were things I felt were worth saying. But then I read this and figured, the hell with it. Steve Gillmor’s already got it covered.

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #51: July 18, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (more 50th show congrats; do one topic; intercontinental collaboration; a milestone and keep going; the word is getting out; seeking PR feedback; more on blog design and usability; the power of the blog for customers; monitoring and tracking blogs); Adrian Melrose and his Land Rover, continued; advice from GM to would-be bloggers; business scandals at Volkswagen and Infineon; LA Times and ethics guidelines; what’s up with Technorati?; FeedDemon on beta test.

Show notes for July 18, 2005

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