How a small foundation used a new TV series to draw attention to its cause

Manhattan is the latest TV drama to suck me in. The series chronicles the lives of fictional scientists, their families, and the military in 1943, all living at the compound in Los Alamos where Robert Oppenheimer and his team developed the atomic bomb. It’s the second original scripted series from WGN America, giving more credence to the idea that television is undergoing a seismic change, with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and Yahoo producing high-quality original programming.

Indeed, no longer should we look to the 1950s as the Golden Age of television. We’re living that right now.

Manhattan is great television. Critics and viewers… Read More »

Friday Wrap #117: Cops go to Twitter school, social media’s low WOM value, the rise of coupons


Flickr photo courtesy of Michael Coté
Welcome to the Friday Wrap, Holtz Communication’s weekly review of news, posts, and reports that should be on your radar if you’re a communicator. I’m starting a new category for the Wrap this week dealing with the collaborative economy. The implications of this fast-moving trend will affect every communicator sooner or later. All the stories I report on here—and in my weekly podcast—are drawn from items I collect to my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

NYPD sends commanders to Twitter school—Precinct commanders in the New York Police Department are being required to attend a Twitter… Read More »

Friday Wrap #116: Bye-bye Authorship, who owns your Likes?, Hyperlapse marketing, and more


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Greetings from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’m here teaching a three-day course on social and digital media to a group of senior communications executives. It’s part of a year-long program from Aberje, the national communications association, and Syracuse University. But I couldn’t let a week go by without regaling you with this week’s highlights. As always, I’ve drawn on the items I’ve saved to my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow; it’s also the source of the stories I cover on my podcast.

News

Google suddenly kills of Authorship—Once highly touted as a way to connect search results contents with… Read More »

Friday Wrap #115: Podcast suit settled, tweets from strangers, interns gone wild, PR’s gender gap

Friday Wrap #115
Flickr image courtesy of Michael Coghlan
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Vine allows video import—Casual users and superstars alike have not only made do but made some amazing 6-second videos with Vine despite the fact that you could only shoot the videos on your phone. Brands are accustomed to applying more serious production techniques to their… Read More »

Friday Wrap #114: Edelman apologizes, Yelp goes video, Reddit demands permission, Yo takes on email

Friday Wrap #114
Wikimedia Commons image couresty of Achim Raschka
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Edelman is sorry for Robin Williams post—PR giant Edelman has issued a formal apology for a blog post by Lisa Kovitz, executive vice president of media relations strategy, in which the comedian’s death was deemed an “opportunity to engage in a national conversation.”… Read More »

Good reviews drive business. Are you working to get customers to write them?

Good Reviews

I had breakfast the other day with my brother-in-law, a dentist who has been working for the same practice in San Diego for some 20 years. The practice spends a fair amount on online advertising, he told me. “But you know what’s bringing in patients?” he said. “Reviews.”

When new patients explain why they picked this practice, they say they have read reviews in various places. The new patients keep coming because the reviews are uniformly good: an average of 4-1/2 stars from the 13 reviews on Yelp and three 5-star reviews on Google+. The practice has a Facebook page with the reviews widget in place; they’re all 5-star. Reviews are… Read More »

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