Does BusinessWire get RSS?

Judy Gombita reports that BusinessWire, the venerable news release distribution service, has embraced RSS. She sent along a message journalist Chris Edwards posted to a UK listserv that notes BW “has kicked off a service that actually looks workable. Its RSS feeds are customised for each journalist that has a Businesswire login. I’ve added it to the Safari toolbar to see if it’s more usable than the daily email listing.”

Edwards also says that PR Newsire is farther behind, offering only a feed that includes everything, including the kitchen sink, “so you get disposable nappy, flavoured baked bean and toothbrush announcements mixed in… Read More »

iTunes with podcast support is out

Apple has released its latest version of iTunes—4.9—which features podcasting support. I’ll be trying it out as soon as possible.

Josh Hallett reports that the software also includes support for enhanced with “chapters” and web links. Hallett points to this item in the “What is Podcasting” link on the iTunes Music Store:

Enhanced Podcasts

Q: What’s an enhanced podcast?
A. In addition to publishing a podcast, you may create an enhanced podcast, which contains chapters that reference pictures or web links that are displayed within the iTunes song artwork viewer.

Q. How do I create an enhanced podcast?
A. You can download and use…

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Deconstructing Larkin

Warning: Long post follows.

T.J. Larkin is an excellent presenter. He’s entertaining, engaging, witty, and charming. At the end of his presentation at the IABC Research Foundation luncheon today, the crowd of about 500 gave him a standing ovation. His performance deserved it. The substance of his presentation? Well, that’s another thing altogether.

I first became aware of Larkin when I read “Communicating Change.” In this book, Larkin points to research conducted in the late 1980s by Towers Perrin in which employees were asked their prefeerred source of information. The answer, it should come as no surprise to anyone, was: “My… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #45: June 27, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on wit and wisdom from FIR; being stunned by Tudor Williams and Angela Sinickas; the heroes from Siemens USA); nice London hotel: blogging the IABC conference; bad press for the EC and the waste of the EU; the PR, blogs and press releases mashup; MIT surveys blog usage; Todd Cochrane’s podcasting book; blogs, RSS PR and SEC requirements; long podcasts and listening to FIR.

Show notes for June 27, 2005

download mp3 podcast

Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 49-minute conversation recorded live from Washington, DC, USA, and almost live from London, England.

Download the file here (MP3,… Read More »

IABC’s Technorati tag

The Technorati tag for the IABC conference actually is working—if you use the right one! I saw a tag with dashes between the words. Turns out there are spaces, which means you can enter %20 or a plus sign (+), or just leave spaces (which is exactly the syntax Technorati provides).  When you go to view all the posts on the Technorati site, enter it like this:

http://www.technorati.com/tag/iabc international conference 2005

Your browser will translate it into this:

http://www.technorati.com/tag/iabc
%20international%20conference%202005

...and all the various posts from the IABC Cafe will show up. I’ve revised my tag to represent the… Read More »

Messages and channels

Mary Matalin and James Carville were the opening keynoters at the first general session of the IABC conference and, God love ‘em, they kept their remarks focused squarely on communications. Carville’s comments in particular struck a chord, particularly in light of my earlier posts on the idea that PR could be replaced by blogs.

I wasn’t taking notes, so this isn’t a precise quote, but it captures the spirit of what he said. “There are two parts to communication. There’s the tool you use to deliver it, and there’s the message. I’m not going to talk about the tools, because those can change in a year or five years. What’s really… Read More »

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