Friday Wrap #210: China blocks Pinterest, bots flood Twitter, video search arrives, Lowe’s tries AR

Friday Wrap #210I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

Note: The Friday Wrap will take a break next Friday, March 24, while I’m traveling on business and won’t have time to put it together.


China blocks Pinterest—Add Pinterest to the list of website now kept from the Chinese population. How Pinterest has escaped the Great Firewall this long is a mystery since China blocks pretty much all Western social networking sites, but now the hammer has come down. The takeaway: Reaching the 721 million Chinese users of the Internet… Read More »

Is your copy mobile-ready? Dec. 14 webinar will get you up to speed

Register: for the “Writing for Mobile” webinar
at noon EST on Wednesday, December 14


I was talking recently with a colleague about crafting content for mobile. “You don’t actually write for mobile,” he said. “You write for the web. People just read it when they find it on their smartphone.”

That’s a pretty common assumption. Just yesterday an item from Business to Community crossed my feed that noted, “Too many business owners think that all they have to do is convert their regular desktop site into a mobile-friendly one.”

It would be great if it were that easy. There is ample research, though, revealing dramatic differences… Read More »

Friday Wrap #183: Barbie the pitchdoll, Kaepernick’s sponsors, Facebook’s Trending misstep, and more

Friday Wrap #183I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.


Pity Colin Kaepernick’s sponsors—As a starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick amassed the usual group of brands hungry for his endorsement. Now that he’s at the center of a controversy, they face a dilemma. Keep him as a spokesperson and you risk the ire of those who disagree (often vehemently) with his decision to remain seated during the National Anthem at games as a protest against treatment of African Americans. Boot him as a spokesperson and you risk alienating… Read More »

FIR Podcast #36: A QR Code in Every Cracker Jack Box

Cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network

Today’s panel features Paul Gillin, who is opening a content marketing arm of his company Profitecture (and who also is host of FIR B2B here on the FIR Podcast Network); Carol Kinsey Goman, a keynote speaker, author, and adviser on collaboration, non-verbal communication, and other communication-related issues; and David Murray, executive director of the Professional Speechwriters Association, publisher of Vital Speeches of the Day, and prolific blogger. All three of today’s panel are published authors who talked about…

  • CEOs and CFOs who offer explanations (and excuses) for underperforming… Read More »

FIR Podcast #33: Not all corporate videos suck…just most

FIR Podcast #33: Not all corporate videos suck…just most

This is cross-posted from the FIR Podcast Network.

Special thanks to FIR tech correspondent Dan York for stepping in last week to handle hosting chores while Shel was present for the birth of a granddaughter! Shel is back this week with panelists Philippe Borremans, currently director of strategy for PR Media, an H+K Strategies Affiliate, based in Casablanca, Morocco; David Spark, owner of Spark Media Solutions, a brand journalism firm, and author of Three Feet from Seven Figures’ and Jim Ylisela, president of Duff Media Partners, providing journalistic services, communications consulting and training, also a contributing writer… Read More »

Friday Wrap #164: CEO’s hologram attends a meeting, Microsoft touts bots, bot writers are in demand

Friday Wrap #164The 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, subscribe to my weekly email newsletter.


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