Igloo Software joins FIR as our latest sponsor

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Please join us in welcoming Igloo Software as the latest FIR Podcast Network sponsor. Igloo, which offers a web-based platform for collaborating at work, will join Ragan Communications and CustomScoop as sponsors of The Hobson and Holtz Report. Through the Igloo platform, employees can share files, get (and share) answers, solve problems, locate information and […]

Redefining today’s communicator in Norway

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When I look at the landscape of the communication profession around Europe, I see similar issues that concern communicators, most notably how strategic are communicators (and the profession itself), abiding by codes of conduct and practicing ethical behaviour, and being professional. It’s a topic in the front of my mind as I finalise plans for […]

Re-Defining Today’s Communicator

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Two weeks into 2014 and much of the talk about what’s hot and what’s not for communicators is about technology. Of the many, many tech topics that appear on trends and predictions lists, there are three that I believe warrant our attention in early 2014 above all others: Mobile: especially usage shifts and trends such […]

The social networking workplace conundrum

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A conversation yesterday with someone whose employer blocks access to Facebook and other sites on the social web highlights a real conundrum with such bans, as Scott Adams perceptively illustrates in yesterday’s Dilbert comic strip. Many employers cite time-wasting as a prime reason for such bans. Some worry about security risks and the threat of […]

Introducing “FIR presents AllthingsIC with Rachel Miller”

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The FIR Podcast Network is pleased to announce a new podcast on internal communication that will begin on November 26, 2013. Presenter Rachel Miller explains… Who is doing what in the world of internal communication? You’re in the right place to find out. I’m pleased to be joining the For Immediate Release fold with a […]

Courage and the future of communication

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It’s interesting how the word ‘courage‘ crops up a great deal when I talk about communication. I frequently use it when considering what I believe communicators must do in organizations – the ones they work in or those of their clients – when trying to persuade others to a particular course of action, or persuade […]

A day of value and insight at #smwSMILE

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Last night, I was reviewing the videos, photos and blog posts written about Simply SMILE, the one-day conference focused on internal communication and social media that took place on September 23, 2013. It was part of Social Media Week London, with the hashtag #smwSMILE. It all reminded me what a valuable, useful and enjoyable event […]

Content marketing requires a sound foundation

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Two words I’ve heard mentioned a lot recently are “content marketing.” I use them myself at times, often in the context of helping people understand the value that can be derived from taking ‘old’ but still valid “content” – case studies, white papers, features, etc – and re-telling those stories in ways that work well […]

Talking social internal communication at #smwSMILE

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Social Media Week London starts next week, on Monday September 23. Hosted by Chinwag, the week-long event – part of the global SMW event taking place in eight cities around the world – features 245 individual events spread across London, all reflecting the broad global theme “Everything Is Connected.” One of those events is Simply […]