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Ten years is a long time.

In 2008, audiences were gushing over The Dark Knight and dissing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The iPhone was only a year old and people were still in love with their Flip video cameras. MySpace was still a popular social network. Passengers carried portable DVD players onto their flights. Justin Long and John Hodgman were still cranking out those Mac vs. PC commercials. (Their roles would be reversed today.) Everyone experienced Britney Spears’s meltdown, Tina Fey was parodying Sarah Palin on SNL, we lost Tim Russert (and Meet the Press has never been the same), and digital picture… Read More »

Friday Wrap #201: Can you hear this? Alexa stole the show at CES

Friday Wrap #201I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.


Employee engagement webinar—January 26, I’ll share 10 innovative and unexpected tactics communicators can employ immediately to build engagement. I’ll also talk about how engagement fits in a broader employee communication strategy designed to deliver bottom-line business results and distribute a tip sheet. Your registration covers you and all the members of your team or department. Register

Integrated marketing panel—I’m excited to participate in a panel with SNCR founder… Read More »

Friday Wrap #169: Google tries social media (again), Cracker Jack tries QR, companies point fingers

Friday Wrap #169The Friday Wrap is my weekly collection of news stories, posts, studies, and reports designed to help organizational communicators stay current on the trends and technology that affect their jobs. These may be items that flew under the radar while other stories grabbed big headlines. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast, along with stuff I just want to remember to read) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. If you want to make sure you never miss an edition of the Wrap, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.


Twitter frees up… Read More »

FIR Book Review: Geeks Bearing Gifts

Geeks Bearing Gifts by Jeff JarvisGeeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News is CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis’s latest book, exploring the pressures on current news models and the directions news organizations need to go in order to thrive in the digital world. FIR co-host Shel Holtz reviews the book, which has implications for organizational communicators, particularly in imagining the role of media relations in the future Jarvis imagines.

From the book description on Amazon:

“Technology has disrupted the news industry– its relationships, forms, and business models – but also provides no end of opportunities for improving, expanding,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #148: Teens on Facebook, easier retweeting, skills training on LinkedIn

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Flickr photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore
The Friday Wrap is a review of news, posts, reports, and other items appearing in the last week that will help you stay on top of the forces shaping communication in this fast-paced, ever-changing environment. These are stories that may have been lost in the flood of headline news stories. I collect all of the items from which I choose the Wrap estories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


About those teens fleeing Facebook…—Facebook continues to be the number-one social network among teens, according to new research from the Pew Research Center. Seventy-one percent of all teens… Read More »

Friday Wrap #135: Ethics-challenged PR, 360-degree videos, tracking “Dark Social,” Zuck goes Oprah

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Flickr photo of Cristo art at the Reichstag in Berlin in 1995
courtesy of Zug55
The Friday Wrap is my weekly review of news items, blog posts, reports, and studies from the last week that could be useful to communicators but weren’t the stories that got the big headlines. I collect items from which I draw the Friday Wrap’s selections in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


TV anchor suspended over PR activities—Another case of challenged ethics has emerged with the suspension of Global Television news anchor Leslie Roberts. A Toronto Star investigation found that Roberts secretly has been a part owner of a small PR firm,… Read More »

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