When Jeremiah Owyang first alerted me to an Altimeter Group report on the sharing economy, I was skeptical. Not about the reality of the growing trend toward sharing and collaboration, mind you. The growth of companies like AirBnB, TaskRabbit and Lyft is undeniable. But in a world economy driven by factors like interest rates, trade balances, government debt, gross national product and exchange rates, how big an impact could a societal trend like this really have?
The Friday Wrap is a collection of items from the last week that could be useful for communications professionals but that may have slipped by unnoticed (particularly in the wake of big news stories like Facebook’s blockbuster acquisition of mobile messaging app WhatsApp). I collect all the items I might possibly use in the Wrap on my link blog at LinksFromShel.tumblr.com, which is also the source I use for selecting items to cover on my podcast, For Immediate Release; you’re welcome to tap into this larger collection of stories and posts.
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Anyone can now blog on LinkedIn
LinkedIn’s Influencer Program—which serves as Read More »
If the question sounds absurd, consider that once, companies exercised tremendous discretion in providing employees with access to phones. In the early days of phones in business, concerns ranged from employees wasting time on calls to the inadvertent sharing of confidential information made too easy by casual conversation, from rising telephone costs incurred by employees who didn’t really need one to outright laziness as employees put off writing letters, opting instead to wait until the last minute and then just pick up the phone.
The idea of doing business today without a phone is unthinkable. Everyone has them, from clerical staff Read More »
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(c) Can Stock PhotoThe Friday Wrap is a weekly compendium of articles of interest to communicators that may h ave flown by under your radar. I collect stories from which I cull the items that will appear in the Wrap on my link blog, LinksFromShel.tumblr.com; I also draw on this curated collection for items I report on my podcast, The Hobson and Holtz Report. Feel free to follow the link blog to stay on top of all kinds of interesting news, reports and analysis.
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Journalists are tapping brand journalism as a source
Companies are increasingly adopting the concept of brand journalism—employing Read More »
On March 13, 2001, Cerner Corporation CEO Neal L. Patterson sent an email aimed at some 400 company managers, intended to “start a fire.” The email spread, first through the organization, then beyond.
Patterson’s letter began like this:
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We are getting less than 40 hours of work from a large number of our K.C.-based EMPLOYEES. The parking lot is sparsely used at 8 a.m.; likewise at 5 p.m. As managers—you either do not know what your EMPLOYEES are doing; or you do not CARE. You have created expectations on the work effort which allowed this to happen inside Cerner, creating a very unhealthy environment. In either case, you have a
The Friday Wrap is my weekly culling of articles and posts I’ve collected that could be of interest to communicators, but that you may have missed in your own scans. I collect all the items I’ll consider for the Wrap at my link blog, LinksFromShel.tumblr.com, which you’re welcome to follow.
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Facebook is not optional
That’s the conclusion of SHIFT Communications’ Christopher S. Penn after reviewing Facebook’s 2013 fourth quarter and annual reports. With 1.23 billion montly active users, the social network reaches 44% of the global Internet-enabled population. Almost 80% of Facebook users access the service from a mobile Read More »