The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #114: February 23, 2006

Content summary: New Communications Forum next week; GlaxoSmithKline’s grassroots PR initiative; GM seeks customer input in solving image problem; a report from Dan York; the evolution of the press release; Google launches the Google Page Creator; Neville’s new site launches; listeners’ comments discussion (WELS press release, the origin of ‘synod’, congrats to Neville and Shel, the circular nature of the podcasting world, the ‘rhymes with…’ meme, influence and authority); the music.

Show notes for February 23, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 80-minute podcast recorded live from Memphis, Tennessee, USA, and almost live from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In This Edition:


  • 00:32 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; how to give your feedback; show notes; what Shel’s doing in Memphis
  • 04:17 The New Communications Forum takes place in Palo Alto, California, next week – come and join us!

News and Commentary:

Listeners’ Comments Discussion:

  • 60:17 Sallie Draper tells us about the discussion at WELS following show #113, including a press release
  • 62:14 Steve Bauer explains the origin of the word ‘synod’
  • 64:19 Dan York (again) with congrats to Neville on his ranking in the Onalytica business blogging survey, congrats to Shel for IABC Communication Commons, and lets us know he also listens to podcasts on curling
  • 65:47 Ben Jennings highlights the circular nature of the podcasting world, and has a tech question re differing volume levels in FIR
  • 68:03 Sallie Goetsch on the ‘rhymes with…’ meme, suggests Guinness should track IP addresses if they want to restrict access to their new blog to UK residents only, and comments on the New Communications Forum
  • 69:37 Peter Chen on influence and authority, and on how some Australian politicans look at measuring performance


  • 72:37 Shel wraps the show; let us know your views about today’s discussions; how and where to send your comments; where to find the show notes
  • 74:38 Outro podsafe music via the Podasfe Music Network – Nobody Else But You by The Mike Andersen Band

FIR Show Notes links
Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show are posted to the FIR Show Links pages at The New PR Wiki. You can contribute – see the home page for info.

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So, until Monday February 27…

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

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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