FIR #50: Sex! Violence! Politics!

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features social media early adopter and veteran marketer C.C. Chapman, Business Wire’s Social and Evolving Media Director Serena Ehrlich, and marketing technology specialist and business strategist Lynette Young. We talked about…

    The Cincinnati Zoo, which has had enough of the critical Harambe memes so it shut down its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Apple’s efforts to introduce a Snapchat-like app, which Facebook has already done with its new iOS-only Lifestage app, all while a growing number of teens are abstaining from social media (but not smartphones).
  • Pornhub and… Read More »

FIR #49: Billing for winning

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features internal communications thought leader Rachel Miller, metrics queen Katie Paine (cousin of an Olympics bronze medalist), and PR veteran Jen Phillips. Our conversations covered…

  • The crisis management (or lack thereof) from Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold medalist and gas station restroom vandal
  • The less well-known crisis the St. Paul School in New Hampshire is experiencing following media coverage of a lawsuit the school filed demanding that an underage sexual assault victim disclose her name
  • A survey revealing the internal communications challenges facing U.K.… Read More »

FIR #48: Texting while massaging

For Immediate Release

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features three former IABC chairs: Michael Ambjorn (2015-16), founder of UK-based Align Your Org; Dr. Barbara Gibson (2008-09), principal of Cultural Resolution and lecturer at the University of London; and Brad Whitworth (1989-90), senior marketing and communication manager for the global partner organization at Cisco Systems. Our discussion topics for the day:

  • Snapchat is under fire — again — for what many feel is a racist filter. At the same time, a Medium post has raised new controversy over Snapchat’s beauty filter.
  • A study designed to dig into the discontent… Read More »

FIR #47: Take THAT, U.S. Olympic Committee

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features “Writing Without Bullshit” author Josh Bernoff, social media traveler Steve Garfield, and SHIFT Communications Marketing Technology Vice President Christopher S. Penn. The stories covered in today’s show:

  • A follow-up to last week’s report on Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts’ suspension after offensive remarks about gender equity in the ad business. Roberts has resigned.
  • The U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee apparently don’t want any businesses to talk about the games unless they’re paying sponsors. Not even a tweet… Read More »

FIR #46: There’s no escaping Donald Trump

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features Stealthmode Partners’ Francine Hardaway, Stone Temple Consulting’s Doug Haslam, and Alabama Power’s Ike Pigott. We talked about the following topics:

  • A report from pwc (Price Waterhouse Coopers) identified eight technologies that are about to have a massive global impact across all business sectors. We looked at the communications implications for each of the eight, which include Artifical Intelligence, Augmented Reality, drones, the Internet of Things, robots, Virtual Reality, 3D printing, and blockchain.
  • Saatchi & Saatchi’s chairman has been suspended after… Read More »

FIR Podcast #35: Everybody hates change

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features DomainSkate COO Howard Greenstein, Scott Monty Strategies founder Scott Monty, and Trafalgar Communications principal Donna Papacosta, along with host Shel Holtz, exploring these topics:

  • Facebook’s Trending Topics kerfuffle, what it means for communicators, and the broader implications of trying to get a message across to people who live in the “filter bubble”
  • Instagram’s new logo, which (if you just read tweets in the first 24 hours) everybody hated
  • The state of domain fraud, how it’s like sexually transmitted diseases, and why it means IT and marketing… Read More »

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