It it weren’t a serious matter, it would be a farce

Winter certainly did arrive in many parts of the UK overnight on Thursday with thick snow blanketing much of the eastern and southern parts of England. Friday December the 18th was a day of complete chaos on the roads, on the trains and in the air with motorways impassable – I have first-hand experience of that on the M20 in an abortive drive to join a Eurotunnel Shuttle train to Calais – airports closed and, overnight Friday/Saturday, Eurostar trains broken…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #510: December 17, 2009

Content summary: Shel’s on the road but producing the show anyway; Dan York’s report; Media Monitoring Minute; News That Fits: The Huffington Post charges companies to participate in its comment areas and Twitter feeds, The Guardian’s pay-for iPhone app could be the model for mainstream media, Saatchi & Saatchi blows a social media assignment in Australia for Toyota – badly, CEO language "misleads analysts’ ratings" according to survey, Canadian Council of Public Relations Firms issues a blanket RFP for improved…

The $220m effect of Tiger Woods’ fall

Tiger Woods’ personal life may be out of the prime time news headlines at the moment but the financial consequences of what he allegedly did are now becoming clear. I’m talking about the effect on business, not only the value of the many sponsorship contracts Woods has but also predictions on the effects on the sport of golf itself resulting from these events and Woods’ withdrawing from the sport entirely for the foreseeable future. Quoting a Bloomberg report, Brand Republic…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #509: December 14, 2009

Content summary: Shel’s on the road; experimenting with VodBurner; FIR Live next month; FIR’s 5th anniversary on Jan 3, 2010; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore with a cultural backgrounder to the TechCrunch/Fusion Garage falling-out over the CrunchPad; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: The Yes Men impersonate Coca-Cola employees at Copenhagen, Tiger Wood’s PR hell as Accenture departs, Hewlett-Packard’s social apps, Habbo Hotel launches conversation tracking tool; Mark Story reports from the heart of the federal government…

B2B social media: a long road but worth the trip

How time flies – a week’s gone by since the Dell B2B Social Media Huddle that took place at Dell UK’s headquarters in Bracknell on December 7. Well over 80 people had registered for the free event which Kerry Bridge at Dell and I had organized. More than 50 showed up – not a bad number considering the event was free, it was an early Monday start, and it was raining cats and dogs. It meant we had a group…

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