Friday Wrap #160: Twitter Q&As gone bad, Virtual Reality gets real, Meerkat swims with sharks

Friday Wrap #160
Flickr photo of wrapped-up dinosaurs courtesy of Matt Brown
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. Of special note this week: The number of stories on the adoption of Virtual and Augmented Reality warranted its own special section. 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… Read More »

Friday Wrap #158: News Feed changes, apps for products, useless social content, card design, & more

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. 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.


News

Google search results will list sites that load slowly—Users finding your site in a Google search result will no longer need to actually visit the site in order to find out it takes… Read More »

Friday Wrap #125: The Special Thursday Edition

Happy Halloween from The Friday Wrap!Warm greetings from London! My travel schedule made it impossible to produce the Friday Wrap on Friday, and for a while, I considered just skipping an edition. But there are so many interesting items to share, I opted instead to post a special Thursday edition of the Friday Wrap. (If the NFL could have special Thursday Night Edition of Monday Night Football, why can’t I publish my Friday newsletter on a Thursday?) As always, I’ve bookmarked all the various items I found intriguing on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

News

HTML 5 is a done deal—It has taken eight years, but the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has wrapped up… Read More »

Communicating to achieve results is anything but frivolous

In the business world, communication plays a big part in engaging employees. There is ample research that proves companies that communicate well are four times more likely to have engaged staff. This matters because engaged employees are more efficient and productive. Turnover is lower among engaged employee populations. Motivation levels are higher.

In the business world, that’s worth the cost because the payoff is so much greater. In government, apparently employees are just supposed to engage themselves.

That, at least, seems to be the thinking behind an attack by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) on the internal communications at… Read More »

Political challenges to PR spending ask the wrong questions

You know we’re sitting on four million pounds of fuel, one nuclear weapon and a thing that has 270,000 moving parts built by the lowest bidder. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

LAXThese words were uttered by Steve Buscemi’s character in the sci-fi flick, “Armageddon,” as the crew blasted off in a space shuttle in an effort to save humanity from an asteriod hurling through space on a collision course with Earth. The quote surfaced out of the distant recesses of my mind (the movie wasn’t very good, after all) when I read a PRWeek piece about Los Angeles City Councilmen Dennis Zine and Bill Rosendahl questioning $3.8 million in PR contracts… Read More »

Friday Wrap #16: upside of showrooming,Google plays 6 Degrees, small and large businesses go social

Friday Wrap
Image (c) Can Stock Photo
“Thank God it’s Friday,” I hear you shout, since Friday promises another edition of the Friday Wrap. And indeed, here it is! I draw these items from the last seven days of my various feeds. I save the interesting items for consideration in the Wrap (and for Monday’s episode of For Immediate Release) on my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.

Showrooming could be good for retailers

One of the reasons Best Buy is on the ropes, according to analysts, is that the brick-and-mortar stores have become showrooms for Amazon.com. Visitors can check out the physical products, make their choices, then order them… Read More »

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