Reflections on a decade of podcasting

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On January 3, 2005, Neville Hobson and I uploaded the first episode of For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report. The 43-minute podcast was one of a few hundred available at the time. It was one of the few with co-hosts (most were individuals) as well as one of the first focused on business (most were either personal observations, music-focused, or all about tech).

If I’m not mistaken, it was also one of the first to feature co-hosts in two locations, Neville in Amsterdam and me here in Concord, California. Thank heaven for Skype.

It was also, definitely, the first podcast to address PR, marketing, communications, and… Read More »

Friday Wrap #127: Twitter’s Instant Timeline, fakery for a cause, and way too much Facebook news

Friday Wrap #127 (bacon-wrapped shrimp)Welcome to the Friday Wrap, my weekly summary of stuff I have found in the last seven days that didn’t grab the big headlines but is still important, interesting, and/or worthwhile for communicators and marketers. I collect these on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


Instant Timeline will provide a Twitter feed to visitors who aren’t logged in—Up until now, if you don’t have a Twitter account and haven’t followed anybody, there’s nothing to see in your stream. Instant Timeline will change that, displaying a feed of tweets that provide an overview of what’s happening. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo says that 500 million… Read More »

Friday Wrap #115: Podcast suit settled, tweets from strangers, interns gone wild, PR’s gender gap

Friday Wrap #115
Flickr image courtesy of Michael Coghlan
The Friday Wrap (which is what you’re reading) is a curated rundown of news, reports and posts from the past week that, while they didn’t go viral or attract much attention, are still interesting and useful for communications professionals. I select Wrap items from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.


Vine allows video import—Casual users and superstars alike have not only made do but made some amazing 6-second videos with Vine despite the fact that you could only shoot the videos on your phone. Brands are accustomed to applying more serious production techniques to their… Read More »

Friday Wrap #90: More of your posts in Facebook news feeds, a 15-second cooking show, and more

Friday Wrap #90The Wrap this well will be shorter than usual. My visit to Copenhagen, Denmark—to speak at the annual IntraTeam intranet event—has occupied most of my time, and my flight home is in just a few hours. There were, however, far too many interesting reports to skip it completely! So, here’s your abbreviated wrap-up of news you may have missed. (On the other hand, let me know if you prefer this shorter format.) You’re welcome to follow my link blog, where I collect the items from which I draw material for the Wrap, as well as for my podcast, For Immediate Release.

The bad and the ugly

Digiday argues that Nestle’s handling of the Hot… Read More »

Friday Wrap #87: Pew’s Facebook data, too many apologies, brands and Paper, real-time audio, & more

Wrap PartyThe Friday Wrap is my weekly review of items I caught in my feeds and subscriptions that I found interesting enough to share, but don’t include the big news items you weren’t likely to miss. I select items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. It’s at

Above the fold

This hardly looks like a teen exodus

73% of U.S. teens are on Facebook. If that’s a teen problem, I’d be curious to see what success looks like. The AllFacebook has details and tons of other stats released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on Facebook’s 10th anniversary. For instance, 54% of U.S. adults use the… Read More »

The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #730: November 18, 2013

Intro: Another new show is coming to the FIR Podcast Network: Linked Conversations with Chuck Hester; we’re interviewed for Inside PR; Shel interviewed for GaggleAmp’s podcast; listener survey update; upcoming FIR Interview podcasts with Andrew Grill, Global Social Business Partner at IBM, formerly CEO of Kred, on defining social business, and with Sharam Fouladgar, founder of AirPR, on his new PR-focused enterprise;

Quick News: How Twitter’s new Custom Timelines can be used for brands, have you added mobile to your monitoring program?, Google wins legal fight over plan to scan the world’s books, study finds mobile-text charitable… Read More »

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