Thought leaders talking

This morning, I had the great pleasure of meeting up with David Brain, CEO Europe at Edelman, and Pete Blackshaw, CMO at Nielsen Buzzmetrics.

Another great example of how social media is a terrific catalyst for building relationships. While I’ve emailed and spoken on the phone with both many times (and interviewed Pete for FIR), I’d not met either David or Pete before, yet I knew each of them because of their blogs. Indeed, finding each other at our arranged meeting location (the brasserie in the American Hotel in Amsterdam) was simplicity itself – we all recognized each other through the photos on our blogs.

So we enjoyed some great conversation that embraced some wide topics.

Taking a leaf out of David’s book, I video-interviewed each of them with my Nokia N70 – David on social media in the PR profession, Pete on his impressions of the Emerce event in Rotterdam yesterday. (In a neat twist, David interviewed me as well as Pete.)

You can watch each short video below. For some reason, both videos are a bit jittery although the audio is very clear.

Enjoy seeing and hearing from two very smart people in the PR and marketing professions.

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.

  1. Pete Blackshaw

    Was truly a pleasure to finally meet you. What a great way to end my trip to Holland and Amsterdam. Look forward to many more great “conversations” and wish you the best on your many exciting future projects.

    And darn good coffee, I might add. :-)

    – Pete

    (Flight home was smooth until I hit a five-hour transfer delay in Newark.)

  2. neville

    Equally, Pete, a real pleasure. Very much enjoyed our conversation together with David, and thanks again for the video interview.

    Five hours in Newark must have been a lot of fun…

  3. Guillaume du Gardier

    Neville, I might have an aswer to you “jittery video” issue… As you know we are using the same video and I have had the same problem as yours as soon as I change my MMC card for another one of a higher capacity, a 1 Giga one… It seems like there is a voltage compatibility issue with SanDisk MMC cards and Nokia (and probably with other flash memory brands too…). It seems like Nokia MMC cards are of low voltage (2.4), which is apparently not the case of SanDisk’s one (actually 3.6). SanDisk is going to provide dual voltage cards in the very next future, which might be the solution of this technical problem… In my case, I’ve taken my new MMC card out of my Nokia and use the original Nokia one, the video quality is back, perfect.
    You might look for the answer in this direction… Let us know…;o)

  4. neville

    Thanks, Guillaume. The phone has a 2Gb Sandisk MMC card. When I bought it a month or so ago, I made a point of talking to the sales guy in the store (the electronics shop at Schiphol airport) about voltage. He pointed to the description on the packaging which specifically had the right voltage for the Nokia N70.

    So it doesn’t look like a voltage issue. But I’m going to try your experiment. If I can remember where I put the original MMC card. They’re so tiny!

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