Friday Wrap #156: Vanishing voicemail, FTC’s native ad focus, two new crises, PR’s low score

Friday Wrap #156
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The 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, though with the release of Mary Meeker’s annual report on the state of the internet and the annual Google I/O previews, held yesterday, a couple of the items in today’s Wrap have made quite a splash. I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate ReleaseRead More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report #810: The deepening FIFA scandal, sponsors, and reputation

The Hobson & Holtz ReportIntro: FIR Interview with Leila Janah coming this week, FIR Podcast Network shows make Cision top 50 PR/Marketing podcasts recommendations;

Intro: FIR Interview with Leila Janah posted, FIR Interview coming with Netvibes CEO Freddy Mini and marketing director Kim Terca; Neville’s taking an “FIR break” in June: what you can expect in the meantime in Shel’s network experiment;

Quick News: Who are Twitter’s verified users?, couple live-Periscope their wedding, the new Ice Bucket challenge: Hold a Coke between your boobs, Ford launches pay-per-minute GoDrive car sharing service in London; the Media Monitoring Minute with… Read More »

Friday Wrap #154: Amtrak’s crisis fail, higher stakes in native advertising, CEOs prefer Twitter

Cigar Wrapper Chart for Friday Wrap #154Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly roundup of news, posts, reports, and other content designed to help you stay current with developments that will affect the way companies communicate. I collect items throughout the week for possible use in the wrap; you’re welcome to follow my link blog.

One quick announcement: Neville Hobson and I have launched a new website for the FIR Podcast Network, which we aim to make the premiere place for PR, marketing, and organizational communication-themed podcasts. I’d be thrilled if you’d visit and let me know what you think. The new site is at FIRPodcastNetwork.com.

Oh, one more thing: My… Read More »

Friday Wrap #149: Foursquare for sale, GE on TV, a hologram protest, brand emojis, fake reviews

Friday Wrap 149
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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 stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

Will Yahoo buy Foursquare?—The rumor mill says Yahoo, which has been pivoting to mobile in a big way, could offer $900 million to acquire the geolocation app. Read more

GE is producing a… Read More »

Friday Wrap #145: FTC slams Google, the end of IE, social media at work, unhappy journalists

Friday Wrap #145
Flickr image courtesy of Erik Fitzpatrick
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 the items from which I choose the Wrap stories in my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


News

FTC report accuses Google of skewing search results—“Don’t be evil,” Google proclaims. Yet U.S. Federal Trade Commission staffers accused Google of manipulating search results to elevate its own… Read More »

Friday Wrap #141: Three crises, the perfect tweet, podcast growth, WhatsApp for political campaigns

Friday Wrap #141
Flickr photo courtesy of Larry Jacobsen
Before we jump into the week’s news, I want to bring two upcoming events to your attention. First, for the fourth consecutive year, Thornley Fallis CEO Joe Thornley and I will present our eight-week interactive course, “Getting Strategic with Social Media.” Offered through IABC, the course includes a weekly, asynchronous, multimedia learning module and a live conference call; there’s also an exclusive, closed Facebook group where you can participate with Joe and me, fellow workshop participants, and some 300 participants from prior years’ sessions. Details and registration are here.

Second, I’m… Read More »

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