The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #779: October 27, 2014

FIRWe’re together in London, recording face-to-face instead of at remote ends of a Skype call, with a different format for this episode: conversation and opinion, not reports, on the broad theme of experiences.

Intro: Neville recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Social Media in the UK Social Media Awards, Shel named Platinum Fellow of Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media;

Quick News: Fake news sites are spreading Ebola fears, Nokia name will live on in Microsoft’s entry-level phones, employees who socialize on internal social networks are less likely to get laid off; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Experiences during a day of touring in London #1: Babylon at the Roof Gardens; Dan York’s Tech Report: TwitPic, Facebook Rooms, Ello; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; Igloo Software promo; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: an Australian government ad campaign targeted at illegal immigrants, miscommunication between China and the US; experiences during a day of touring in London #2: the London Underground, the London Eye (and the London Dungeon) including the 4D experience, The Tea Room at Harrod’s, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo smartwatch;

Music from A Beautiful Curse; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for October 27, 2014: An 88-minute podcast recorded live from London, England.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

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So, until Monday November 3…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

FIR Speakers and Speeches: In conversation with Millennials at Syracuse University London

Syracuse UniversityThe ability to effectively communicate across cultures is rapidly becoming a required competency – and not only for those who plan to travel, live or work abroad.

It’s the broad topic of study for a group of Millennials at Syracuse University London campus, aka the #CRS400 class, a group FIR co-host Neville Hobson had the pleasure of meeting on October 6, 2014.

Invited by course professor Dr Barbara Gibson, Neville delivered a presentation to the class followed by an informal discussion that was recorded and is the content of this podcast.

Introduced by Barbara, the discussion includes a series of Q&A with Neville together with shared perspectives and insights on social media, online marketing, brand behaviours, and more from a group we frequently comment on in The Hobson and Holtz Report weekly show.

Now, here’s a chance to hear directly from a group of Millennials who tell us what they actually do think about social media and more.

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About the Course Leader

Barbara GibsonDr Barbara Gibson is a consultant, researcher and lecturer focused on intercultural communication and global business. Her recently completed doctoral research explored “Intercultural Competencies Needed by Global CEOs.”

With more than 25 years’ experience as a business communication professional, she has worked with companies worldwide, and is a past international Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She currently serves as President of the UK chapter of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training & Research (SIETAR).

She lectures on intercultural communication and global management subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for a number of institutions, including Birkbeck, University of London; Syracuse University London Program; Hult International Business School – London; and Oklahoma City University in Singapore.

  • Connect with Barbara on Twitter: @barb_g.

About the Course

This course explores both intercultural communication and social media, examining how our cultures affect our use of social media and how social media may affect our cultures.

The course is designed to increase intercultural communication competence, including increasing the student’s cultural self-awareness, heightening cultural sensory perception, and developing the ability to adapt thinking, behaviour and strategies to achieve more effective communication.  It also aims to develop a broader understanding of social media as a means for global communication, and as a data source for research.

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You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at fircomments@gmail.com. If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

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This FIR Speakers and Speeches podcast is brought to you with Lawrence Ragan Communications, serving communicators worldwide for 35 years. Information: www.ragan.com.

Intro music clip from Accelerated Ideas and used with permission.

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #778: October 20, 2014

FIRIntro: Shel’s in Copenhagen, Neville just got back from Sweden, so this show is a ‘compilation episode'; coming this week – podcast with Syracuse University  London campus students;

Quick News: McDonald’s hires former MythBusters host to address food issues, BBC launches WhatsApp service in West Africa to help people be better informed about Ebola, marketers flee from YouTube in favour of videos on Facebook, internet trolls in the UK face up to two years in jail under new laws; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Introducing ‘digital naturals,’ replacing ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’ – will it fare well?; Dan York’s Tech Report; a brief conversation about executives and intranets with IntraTeam’s Kurt Kragh Sorenson; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; from “The Internet of Caring Things:” The doctor will see you now – via Google; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report; Igloo Software promo; last week on the FIR Podcast Network; travel industry gets what others must figure out: employees are your best spokespeople;

Music from Holly Benton; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for October 20, 2014: A 70-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at fircomments@gmail.com. If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

So, until Monday October 23…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #777: October 13, 2014

FIRShel was in New York to record this episode, now in Warsaw, Poland, with Copenhagen, Denmark, his next stop next week; FIR dinner planned for Wed Oct 29 when Shel’s in London that week; Neville recorded a podcast with Barb Gibson’s class of Millennials at Syracuse University London campus, coming soon;

Quick News: Online social media usage at its highest when business activity is at its lowest says new research, study says teens are abandoning Facebook (again), comedy club in Spain charges per laugh with facial recognition technology, SnapChat breach shouldn’t deter marketers; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: The Millennial you’re targeting probably doesn’t exist; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: do Western media exhibit a bias toward China?; journalism’s biggest competitors are things that don’t even look like journalism; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; linear measurement doesn’t work in social media; Dan York’s Tech Report: Dan’s heading to ICANN 51 this week in Los Angeles, Google+ polls, developments in Ello; Igloo Software promo; last week on the FIR Podcast Network; most of the purchase decisions in B2B happens before contact with your company;

Music from Chris Nelson; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for October 13, 2014: A 99-minute podcast recorded live from New York, New York, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

Links to websites, blog posts and other content we discuss in the show are posted as Delicious bookmarks to facilitate your connection with the discussions and sharing of that content.

FIR Community on Google+Share your comments or questions about this podcast, or suggestions for future podcasts, in the online FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

You can also send us instant voicemail via SpeakPipe, right from the FIR website. Or, call the Comment Line at +1 415 895 2971 (North America), +44 20 3239 9082 (Europe), or Skype: fircomments. You can tweet us: @FIRpodcast. And you can email us at fircomments@gmail.com. If you wish, you can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments (max. 3 minutes / 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

To receive all podcasts in the FIR Podcast Network, subscribe to the “everything” RSS feed. To stay informed about occasional FIR events (eg, FIR Live), sign up for FIR Update email news.

So, until Monday October 20…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

Meet up with Shel Holtz on his UK trip

Shel HoltzIf you’re a listener to the FIR podcast – specifically, The Hobson and Holtz Report – you’ll know Shel Holtz  as my co-presenter in our weekly show that we began in 2005.

In January 2015, we will celebrate ten years of doing this together.

I’ve known Shel for more than 20 years and, given our physical locations eight hours apart – he’s in California, USA, and I’m in the UK – we don’t get to physically meet up that frequently. In fact, the last time we did was in Amsterdam in 2012; before that, in 2009 when I was in California.

So I’m thrilled that Shel and his wife Michele will be in London later this month and we’ll meet up, and we’ll record one of our weekly shows face to face for a change rather than down the line, as it were, of a Skype call.

You may also know Shel as one of the world’s most renowned corporate communicators and a regular, top-rated conference speaker. He is an accredited member of IABC and an IABC Fellow. His extensive experience embraces strategic corporate and employee communications, corporate public relations, crisis communications, media relations, financial communications, marketing communications, change communications, and compensation and benefit communications.

He is immersed in digital and social communication and also speaks frequently on topics surrounding the application of online technology to strategic organizational communication. (Full bio.)

However you might know Shel, if you want to meet up with him on his UK visit this month, there are at least three opportunities where you can do this:

  • At “Beyond likes and follows: weaving social media into a results-oriented communication strategy,” a two-day workshop in London on October 28-29 organized by the International School of Communication at which Shel will be teaching participants how to apply today’s social media tools and tactics to real-world business challenges and opportunities. This is the primary reason for Shel’s UK visit.
  • At “The keys to digital, social media and content marketing success” in Bath on Monday October 27 where Shel will be the guest speaker at this networking event organized by South West Corporate Communicators and the IABC UK Chapter. SWCC is a terrific LinkedIn group for communicators in southwest England; I’ve spoken at one of their networking events before.
  • Join Shel and I, plus our wives, for an informal “FIR dinner” on Wednesday October 30 in London, actual venue to be decided and booked. The restaurant or pub will be in west London, probably in the Kensington/South Kensington area close to a tube station, leaning towards the £ to ££ price range (so not £££+). We’re thinking of a table of up to 20 depending on how many say they’d like to come, each of us paying our own way. If you would like to come, even without knowing precisely where yet, please leave a (non-binding) comment to this post indicating your wish, or in the FIR Podcasting Community on Google+. We’d be looking at getting together at 7pm.

As Shel would undoubtedly say, hope to see you later this month!

A chat about wearable tech and more

Media Bullseye RoundtableI was honoured to be guest co-host on the Media Bullseye Roundtable podcast this week with Chip Griffin, the founder and CEO of CustomScoop, and the Roundtable’s prime host.

The Media Bullseye Roundtable is a weekly roundtable discussion hosted by Chip and a different guest co-host in each episode, exploring three topical communication-related issues.

In this week’s episode, we spent 30 minutes discussing three terrific topics:

  1. The impact of wearable technology on communicators (a topic I’m very focused on these days, especially in what I see as too much complacency over the lack of clear understanding about wearable tech in the workplace).
  2. The role of social media in international political movements, sparked by an article about recent protests in Hong Kong.
  3. The ways in which communicators have tried to monetize content beyond simply being a marketing tool, inspired by a post on Spin Sucks by Gini Dietrich.

You might enjoy hearing or reading what we discussed that may prompt some thoughts of your own that you can share as part of continuing the conversation.

Listen to the podcast right here:

Chip has also published a transcript so you can read rather than listen if you prefer.

I’ve known Chip for almost a decade since CustomScoop became involved as a sponsor in 2005 of For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report podcast that Shel Holtz and I present each week. (CustomScoop offers FIR listeners a free trial of its news and social media monitoring service.)

A few months ago, we were delighted to welcome the Roundtable into the FIR Podcast Network. And Chip started another podcast this month – Chats with Chip – that is the latest network show.

Enjoy the show(s)!

  • If you’d like to contribute comments to this discussion – or about any other topic in FIR Podcast Network content – a good place is the FIR Podcast Community on Google+.