Posted on November 15, 2004 10:06 pm by Shel Holtz
The e-mail was terse and formal. Just one paragraph announcing that IABC, through its insurance carrier, has reached a settlement in the lawsuit former president Elizabeth Allan brought against the association, one of its members and that member’s company. But it was enough. Delivered to all of the 13,000 IABC members worldwide with e-mail addresses, the message signed by Chairman David Kistle, ABC, was a speedy communication.
That compares well to the initial communication about the suit, which some contend was all but invisible. There should be no complaints from any quarter this time around.
In the message, Kistle notes details
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Posted on November 15, 2004 11:48 am by Shel Holtz
Business Wire has launched five RSS feeds in specific industries, enabling them to claim to be the first commercial newswire to let journalists aggregate news they’re interested in using their news readers. The industries covered: Automotive, Health, Entertainment, Sports Business, and Travel. Users have to register to take advantage of the feeds, which are found in the media community section.
Posted on November 15, 2004 9:18 am by Shel Holtz
If you don’t think music and sound influence perceptions of a brand, just think America Online and that voice informing you “You’ve got mail.” Or how about General Electric and its ditty, “We bring good things to life”? Now think about what you hear when you call a company and hear the voice recording. How much does that recording reflect or support the brand? Most just feature an inoffensive voice reading a script.
If you’d like to hear how voice greetings are treated by some of the top brands, the Top 100 Voice Brands is a site that has collected a bunch of them. The site defines a voice brand as “the unique combination of voice
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Posted on November 15, 2004 8:56 am by Shel Holtz
You’ll be shocked—shocked!—to learn that employees use instant messaging for personal conversations. You’ll be equally shocked to learn that employees stop in the hallways for personal conversations.
This time around, it’s the Meta Group that has released a survey that shows 57% of the respondents from 300 organizations “admitted” using IM at work for personal reasons. Did they really admit they use IM for non-work purposes? Or did they shrug and say, “Well, yeah, of course I do.” The survey also found that 56% of the participants also use their home IM capabilities to do work.
If that sounds like a wash to you, Meta Group analyst
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Posted on November 14, 2004 8:20 pm by Shel Holtz
Wonkette’s Ana Marie Cox makes no apologies for posting exit poll results, even though mainstream media avoids the practice for fear of swaying election outcomes. Cox told the Online News Association, meeting in Los Angeles, that bloggers who provide information readers want make it harder for news outlets to sit on a story. Still, Online Journalism Review’s Mark Glaser told the conference that bloggers are struggling to gain credibility. Wired News has the AP story.
Posted on November 13, 2004 6:12 pm by Shel Holtz
Political blogs have been theorizing since the November 2 election that the vote was hijacked, that election fraud was rampant. All kinds of conspiracy theories, fueled by supposed evidence, has been sweeping through the Web. And that’s okay, according to New York Times reporter Tom Zeller Jr. In a Times article, Zeller notes:
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...while the widely read universe of Web logs was often blamed for the swift propagation of faulty analyses, the blogosphere, as it has come to be known, spread the rumors so fast that experts were soon able to debunk them, rather than allowing them to linger and feed conspiracy theories. Within days of the first
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