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.

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Twitter frees up… Read More »

FIR Podcast #30: The Employee Experience

FIR Podcast #30: The Employee Experience

This is cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

Today’s panel includes internal communications consultant and speaker Steve Crescenzo; ROI Communications CEO Barbara Fagan-Smith; and Frost Bank’s Vice President of Employee Communications, Culture, and People Development, Sheri Rosen.

Our topics included…

  • For the first time, Edelman has issued a report that dissects data from the Trust Barometer to find out how much employees trust their employers. The results weren’t pretty.
  • Facebook Live is now available to everybody using the Android or iOS Facebook app. Facebook Live essentially puts a broadcast studio in… Read More »

How to reinvent your internal communications department (before it’s too late)

saving employee communications

The employee communications department is at risk of becoming irrelevant. There already are voices calling for companies to do away with them, arguing that a function focusing on one discrete audience is anachronistic given everybody’s ability to see what everybody else is saying.

I noted in a post about a year ago that BBC’s former HR and Internal Communications Director, Lucy Adams, wrote, “Internal communications as a narrowly defined function and approach is dead.” Gerard Corbett—a PR agency CEO and former honcho at PRSA, wrote that “Maybe it’s time to let go of ‘internal’ and ‘employee’ as modifiers of communications to… Read More »

Intranet Global Forum: The benefit of small conferences that deal with real-world challenges

Toby Ward speaks at the 2014 Intranet Global Forum

I tend to stay away from the big social media conferences that attract the same speakers over and over and over again. It’s not that I have anything against these folks; in fact, I count many of them among my friends. They’re mostly terrific speakers. And I have had great times at New Media Expo and some of the others you’re likely to hear touted every year.

Given the amount of time I spend on the road anyway, I just find my time is better invested speaking at conferences attended by the people to whom I most want to get my message across: communicators dealing with real-world issues for companies that are mostly not doing business… 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 »

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

Friday Wrap 135
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.

News

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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