Friday Wrap #136: Marriott backs down, Nissan blows an AMA, Time Inc. curates, PR beats lobbying

Friday Wrap #136
Flickr photo courtesy of Wetsun
The new year is heating up, as evidenced by a record number of items in today’s Wrap. There’s even more in my link blog, where I collect all the items from the past week I think would be useful or interesting for communication professionals; you’re welcome to follow it.

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Marriott backs down—Marriott International has withdrawn its petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting permission to block personal WiFi devices guests bring to its hotels. The company is attributing its change of heart to pressure from the public and the press. “Marriott International listens to its… 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.

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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 »

Will companies ever embrace a culture of messaging?

Addicted to Email

A study finding email remains the most important digital tool for American workers reveals some significant obstacles to the adoption of the kinds of collaborative applications that will be required to compete in 2015 and beyond.

Email’s roots go back to the early 1960s, making it a technology that is more than half a century old. Its business adoption began in the early 1990s, hampered by confusing and incompatible technologies, along with the usual legal and security concerns that accompany any new technology into the workplace. But once it took root, it was easily seen as a better communication tool than inter-office memos, faxes,… Read More »

Friday Wrap #128: Webcams hacked, pay via Snapchat, Pinterest mans up, confidence trumps reputation

Friday Wrap for 11-21-14Welcome 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.

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Your private webcam isn’t so private—Leveraging a vulnerability in private webcams—the fact that a lot of people don’t reset the default password—a Russian website is streaming the video from thousands of such cameras from around the world. A lot of the cameras affected are functioning inside homes and businesses. While security is the main reason many… Read More »

Friday Wrap #122: Dove tries Snapchat, the PC lives, Reddit ends remote work, and more

Horse Well Wrapped
Flickr image courtesy of Tim Green
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.

News

Privacy advocates will hate Sensiya—A new tool, Sensiya, will tap smartphone sensors to let marketers know whether the user is walking, running, or sitting down, enabling the delivery of just the right kind of message. In addition, according to the company’s CEO, “we’re able to conclude who you probably are, the apps… Read More »

Brands set up shop on Ello

Brands on ElloAs the founders of upstart social network Ello make their case for an ad-free experience as the rationale for switching from Facebook, brands are already staking their claims.

Some are advising restraint; Contently advises “it’s not a friendly place for brands to play right now; doing so would be the digital marketing equivalent of the Ferguson police chief trying to march in a protest calling for his own resignation.”

But there is no barrier to brands establishing profiles—in fact, there’s not even a real-name policy—and dozens of brands have succumbed to the allure of another place to hang a shingle.

As a caveat, it’s important… Read More »

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