The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #120: March 16, 2006

Content summary: Debbie Weil’s new podcast; Rob Safuto’s new venture and blog; Eric Schwarzman interviews the Washington Post; corporate reputation report from Hill & Knowlton; Forrester Research on social computing; Heidi Miller and Apple’s customer service experience; The Guardian launches ‘Comment is free’; Google doesn’t verify press releases; London’s Metropolitan Police blog policy angers coppers; Phil Gomes shouts out; more on Wal-Mart and Edelman PR; David Phillips reports; listeners’ comments discussion (FIR sponsorship; Wal-Mart/Edelman; hiring a PR pro; IABC podcast provenance; Podbridge podcast services; FIR listener survey); the music.

Show notes for March 16, 2006

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 98-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Listeners’ Comments Discussion:

  • 84:24 Thomas Goetz offers congrats on the podcasting book deal; asks why we don’t have sponsorship yet; provides some thoughts on ethical behavior in the Edelman/Walmart case; and which PR pro to hire when only one is a blogger
  • 88:16 Donna Papacosta on the provenance of her IABC conference podcasts
  • 89:36 Sebastian Keil‘s view on Edelman/Wal-Mart are that if you work for a PR-agency you should disclose that in a way that is not ambiguous; some thoughts about Podbridge; and asks what happened to the FIR listener survey we talked about before? (50 shows ago, says Sebastian)


  • 91:42 Neville 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
  • 93:40 Outro podsafe music from the Podcast Music Network – Not On The Radio by Geoff Smith

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So, until Monday March 20…

(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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