Friday Wrap #181: Another nail in the G+ coffin, preparing for Gen Z, waiting for the content crash

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Google Plus takes another hit—Google has been marginalizing Google Plus for some time and the trend continues with the announcement that G+ Hangouts on Air will be discontinued as of September 12. Instead, Google is moving Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live. Several of Hangouts on Air’s best features aren’t making the transition, notably the Q&A tool. Google suggests you use the Q&A feature in Google Slides instead. The takeaway: Google Plus is dead. It just hasn’t fallen… Read More »

Friday Wrap #180: Ad-blocker wars, influencer marketing crackdown, CEO pay transparency, and more

Friday Wrap #180The 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, along with extra material only for subscribers, sign up for my… 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 »

Friday Wrap #179: Facebook punishes clickbait, Instagram intros Stories, native ads still deceive

Friday Wrap #179Two new sections make their debut in today’s Wrap: Video (which may well become a recurring section) and Instagram Stories (just because there was so much diverse reporting on the new Instagram feature). 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, along with stuff I just… Read More »

Friday Wrap #178: Ice Bucket Challenge redux, sponsored Reddit posts, social network dissatisfaction

Friday Wrap 178Welcome to the Friday Wrap, 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, along with extra material only for subscribers, sign… Read More »

Shrink-Wrap #3: Monitoring Sub-Publics During a Crisis

A study from the University of Missouri suggests PR staff should monitor Twitter and other social media during a crisis in order to segment sub-publics that tend to share a common response to the crisis even if they’re not connected in any way other than working in the same field, such as law, medicine, or athletics. In a press release, the University explains researchers in the School of Journalism point out that knowing how these sub-publics are reacting can help with more targeted messaging. Of course, there’s no reason to limit the findings of the study to crisis situations.

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