One door closes, another opens: Announcing my new FIR Podcast Network show

Only two episodes remain of The Hobson & Holtz Report. After 10 years and 8 months—and 824 episodes—Neville Hobson will bid “cheerio” to podcasting, leaving a gaping hole in the FIR Podcast Network lineup.

Two sentiments have been shared more than any others by listeners who have lamented the end of The Hobson and Holtz Report. First, they’ll miss Neville (and his British accent). Second, they’ll miss the every-Monday overview of latest news and trends at the convergence of business, communication, and technology. (Of all the things I’m proud of in our 10-plus years together, I’m most proud of providing listeners with a single resource… Read More »

Friday Wrap #164: Windows 10’s first day, Facebook is top tech product, the mob is out of control

Friday Wrap #164
Flickr photo courtesy of USS John C. Stennis
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. As always, I collect material from which I select Wrap stories (as well as stories to report on the For Immediate Release podcast) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

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Not a bad first day for Windows 10—Microsoft’s latest OS was installed on more than 14 million computers and tables the first… 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 »

Mainstream media’s podcasting successes are no threat to the independent podcaster

Invisibilia's hosts, Alix Spiegel and Lulu MillerI am thoroughly hooked on Invisibilia.

One of the new crop of podcasts from National Public Radio (NPR), Invisibilia delves into the hidden forces that influence our lives. I listened to the first episode based on a recommendation in a blog post listing worthwhile podcasts. By the end of the episode, I was moved to tears. I had to pull my car over; driving and crying isn’t safe.

Since then, I have been binge-listening. Invisibilia was broadcast weekly with podcast episodes made available after the broadcast, but the first season wrapped up in February, well before I started listening, so I was able to grab them all at once. The show… Read More »

Friday Wrap #151: No more Secret, Twitter’s bad decision, Periscope updates, VR journalism, and more

Friday Wrap #151
Flickr photo courtesy of Juhan Sonin.

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.

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That’s it for Secret—Secret got a lot of buzz, but its lifespan didn’t measure up. After only about a year, the app is shutting down. Secret allowed people to share information anonymously,… Read More »

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

Friday Wrap 149
Flickr photo courtesy of Michael Coghlan

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 »

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