Do they know it’s Christmas?

A blast from the past that’s as relevant today as it was when “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was first recorded a quarter of a century ago. This is a song in which a real A-list of musical talent and influence came together to record for Band Aid, a charity supergroup featuring British and Irish musicians and recording artists. It was founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Something still…

Ten trends that will matter to every company in 2010

I don’t know what it is about the final work weeks of the year but it’s the time when people throw 50 weeks’ worth of caution to the wind and make predictions. In my context area, that usually means predictions about what will happen in the broad world of organizational communication and social media. Here is a handful of good ones I’ve seen in recent weeks: Five Social Media Predictions for 2010 by Joel Postman Six Social Media Trends for…

FIR Cut: Snow, customer service and crisis communication make Eurostar’s perfect storm

Overflow from FIR #511 on December 21, 2009. Google News: Eurostar. TechCrunch Europe: As hundreds of Eurostar passengers languish, Eurostar ignores Twitter. We Are Social: A note about today’s Eurostar crisis. Little break, big difference: Our apologies. Download this podcast (2.45Mb, 6:14) If you want to automatically receive FIR Cuts as they’re published, subscribe to the RSS feed. (What are FIR Cuts?)

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #511: December 21, 2009

Content summary: FIR takes a break on Christmas Eve; the FIR ID3 tag issue is resolved; Shel joined a tweetup in Birmingham, AL; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore; News That Fits: Google Earth comes to Audi, wifi hotspots on Ford wheels, finding a social media agency that knows what it’s doing, Guinness lets UK drinkers create virtual worlds, the intention web; listeners’ comments discussion; music from Thomas Radman; and more. Get FIR: Download the…

Making The Economist social

The Economist newspaper plans to acquire 500,000 fans on Facebook and 750,000 followers on Twitter within six months, says the FT, calling it another sign that traditional publishers are looking to social media as a substantial source of web traffic and new readers. The Financial Times’ report says that users of The Economist’s website will soon be able to log in to the site and make comments using their Facebook identity, through Facebook Connect. The website will also take on…

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