Talking up Google+ Hangouts live

I took part in my first Google+ Hangout On Air yesterday, participating in a breakfast meeting of the appropriately-named Houston Social Media Breakfast, organized by Kami Huyse, as a guest speaker. You can watch the 42-minute recording of the session right here. (if you don’t see it embedded above, watch it on YouTube). Part of […]

Frictionless podcast listening with Player FM


If you listen to podcasts, might interest you if you want an easy way to both listen to your favourite shows and discover new ones. is a podcasting service in the cloud. You use it in your web browser – there are no apps to install, just an easy-to-use method to create a […]

FIR Speakers and Speeches: Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz on Building Community with Podcasting


Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz co-presented a session on the second day of Ragan Communications’ Public Relations and Social Media Summit at ING House in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on April 12, 2012. The session covered how a podcast can transform independent listeners into an engaged community. The presentation included audio clips of familiar FIR voices […]

16 business podcasts worth listening to


As a podcaster, I listen to quite a few other communication-related business podcasts. Finding good ones (always a rather subjective term) isn’t easy, though. I’ve previously lamented the lack of really compelling business audio other than radio that I can listen to in the car or at my desk or when walking around the supermarket. […]

Obviously maths isn’t our strong point


Shel Holtz and I mark a milestone today as January 3 is the anniversary of the first episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report podcast which we started together on this date in 2005. As we said in the latest episode of the show, which we recorded yesterday, today we begin our seventh year of […]

FIR Book Club starts in January 2012


Welcome to the FIR Book Club. You already think of FIR as the podcast where you find out what’s making news and why in the worlds of public relations, social media, and communication. Now, the FIR book club – announced on the most recent episode of FIR – is a way to connect with the […]

Take the FIR Listener Survey 2011 and help shape the show of the future


Ever since Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson started the For Immediate Release podcast series in 2005 with The Hobson and Holtz Report in January of that year, finding out what our listener community thinks and wants has been important to us. During the past six years, we’ve done two formal listener surveys, once in 2006 […]

Make podcasting take off for you


There’s an intriguing article on the BBC Click website that says the term “podcasting” has largely disappeared from view as attention has increasingly turned to social media, and asks: why has such a popular technology received such a small amount of attention? It’s a good article, describing how podcasting started and looking at the medium […]

FIR’s still a labour of love


On May 23, my podcasting partner Shel Holtz and I marked a milestone number for our weekly business podcast For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report, usually referred to simply as ‘FIR’ – episode number 600. Many of our listeners had nice things to say about this anniversary of sorts, for which we’re grateful. […]