The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #599: May 16, 2011

Content summary: The 600th episode of FIR is next week; FIR promo: free tickets to Social Media Marketing & Monitoring 2011 conference in San Francisco on May 23; listener comments discussion; Ragan promo; News That Fits – the Burson Marsteller / Facebook kerfuffle: the basics of the story, how the companies responded, ethical issues, what to do: the roles individual firms and the professional associations should play, our roles as communicators and opinion-formers in the social spaces; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; Dan York reports on Facebook / Google / Burson Marsteller: the war for control of your information; PollStream promo; Michael Netzley reports from Singapore; music from Ultraviolet Hippopautamus; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, for April 4, 2011: A 74-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday May 23…

(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.

  1. How Burson Marsteller can emerge from its Facebook PR fiasco —

    […] On Monday May 16, Shel Holtz and I will be discussing this kerfuffle in episode 599 of FIR The Hobson and Holtz Report, our weekly business podcast. If you have an opinion you’d like to share – text or an audio comment – just send it to us at, or tweet us a link, and we’ll include it in the show. [Update May 16] Podcast published: The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #599: May 16, 2011 […]

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