When the only certainty is change, communicator, blogger and podcaster Neville Hobson analyses and discusses trends, behaviours and practices in social and digital communication to help you understand what they mean for people and organizations.

Five latest posts:

Due to technical issues, Michael Netzley‘s Asia Report did not arrive in time for inclusion in FIR #765 published on July 21, so we’re offering it as an FIR Cut. Discussion references: SIA says sorry for insensitive social media posts linked to MH17 crash Edelman disclosed links to detained Chinese news anchor Star anchor’s real […]
Posted: July 22, 2014, 9:48 pm
Quick News: French blogger fined for writing a critical restaurant review that achieved a high Google search ranking, Russian government caught editing Wikipedia entry for MH17 tragedy, is PressFriendly making PR agencies sweat?, Bing follows Google in offering Europeans the ‘right to be forgotten’; Ragan promo; News That Fits: Are automated ‘editing bots’ the future […]
Posted: July 21, 2014, 5:01 pm
Colombian singer Shakira has set a new social media record after becoming the first person ever to reach 100 million likes on Facebook. The milestone has formally been recognized by Guinness World Records. In its report, TheJournal.ie says that the only other page which has more likes than hers is Facebook’s own Facebook page. And […]
Posted: July 20, 2014, 12:06 pm
It’s only three months until the winners of the 2014 UK Social Media Communications Awards competition will be announced, and the deadline for entries is now upon us – Friday July 18 is the final day of the extended entry period. Over the next few months, the panel of judges – I’m thrilled to be […]
Posted: July 17, 2014, 2:10 pm
FIR Book Review of ‘Mobile Mind Shift’ posted; Quick News: Twitter releases new analytics dashboard; beware of Google Maps hackers; how to unfollow, mute or ignore people on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more; Pew identifies threats to the Internet; Ragan promo; News That Fits: Should content marketing efforts evolve into “media as a service?”; Michael […]
Posted: July 14, 2014, 8:53 pm

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Selected content from the FIR Podcast Network

FIR Podcast Network

Each week, I co-host For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a business podcast that my podcasting partner Shel Holtz and I started in 2005. We began evolving FIR to another level when we founded the FIR Podcast Network in 2013.

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Here’s a sampling – the five latest shows from across the network. You can subscribe if you like what you hear, and share your opinions in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+.

Technical problems kept us from receiving the Asia Report in time to include it in episode 765, so we're making it available here.
Posted: July 22, 2014, 8:45 am
In this episode, we discuss whether technology can overcome lackluster products, the need to pay to promote content, and the relative value of analytics and gut instinct.
Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:10 am
Quick News: French blogger fined for high search ranking, Russian government caught editing MH17 Wikipedia entry, is PressFriendly keeping your PR agency up at night?, Bing complies with right-to-be-forgotten ruling; Ragan promo; News That Fits: automated editing bots on Wikipedia, Dan York's Tech Report, rethinking earned/owned/paid media, Media Monitoring Minute from CustomScoop, listener comments, Microsoft's leadership employee email debacle, Igloo Software promo, last week on the FIR Podcast Network, the link between social media and corporate reputation; music from Soft Plastic; and more.
Posted: July 21, 2014, 5:00 pm
FIR presents InsidePR, with Gini Dietrich and Joe Thornley discuss Facebooik's response to its mood-altering experiment and whether we get a complete picture of the world around us when we rely on social networks to bring us the news.
Posted: July 21, 2014, 9:00 am
Mitchell Levy and Michael Procopio talk with Glenn Gow. Thought Leader Life with Mitchell and Michael covers all things around thought leadership, how to become one, how to use it as a form of communication, how to help others become one.
Posted: July 20, 2014, 4:15 pm

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