Getty Images ups its game in the collaborative economy


A picture is worth a thousand words, the saying goes. For anyone publishing content online, an image is becoming ever more valuable as an inclusive element in story-telling that can enrich your story and help it get attention. Did the picture you … [Continue reading]

FIR Interview: Eric Sauve, co-founder and CEO, Foko (think of it as Instagram for the enterprise)


Anything that takes root on the web eventually finds its way into the enterprise. Social visual communication has exploded in the last few years with the success of Instagram, Pinterest and other tools, along with the surge in photo sharing via … [Continue reading]

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #745: March 3, 2014


Intro: Shel's back from the IntraTeam conference in Copenhagen; Quick News: Jeremiah Owyang publishes new research report into the collaborative economy, the primary channel to break government news should be Twitter not press releases says head … [Continue reading]

New research shows what drives consumers in the collaborative economy


If you want to know about the collaborative economy and what it may mean for businesses large and small, the man to pay close attention to is Jeremiah Owyang. The collaborative economy - also variously referred to as the sharing economy, the maker … [Continue reading]

Remember the point of social business


There is some excellent thinking on display in a presentation deck on Slideshare that examines in some detail what large businesses could look like as the concepts and principles of social business evolve. The deck is by Dion Hinchcliffe, Chief … [Continue reading]

How serious are PRs about being genuinely professional?


A simple, musing, rhetorical, tweet on Monday evening about PRs who send out press releases under embargo prompted a wide-ranging conversation on Twitter among a handful of people about professional behaviour, education and training, and being … [Continue reading]

Smartphones preferred device for news among affluent consumers says BBC


The results of a new survey for BBC World News shows a surge in smartphone use for consuming news among affluent consumers compared to the general population. The BBC defines "affluent consumers" as the highest 20 percent income earners in each … [Continue reading]

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #744: February 24, 2014

Quick News: Chevron apologizes for fracking well explosion with free pizza coupons, Virgin Galactic looking for a PR agency, Groupon claims its President's Day gaffe was intentional, Sprinklr acquires Dachis Group; Ragan promo; News That Fits: … [Continue reading]

Instagramming NYFW


A frequent topic over the past year on the FIR podcast that my co-host Shel Holtz and I have pondered and discussed is the rise of visual communication. A key reference point for us was the interview we did in August 2012 with Brian McNely on … [Continue reading]