The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #629: December 12, 2011

Content summary: FIR Interview with founder and CEO Ragy Thomas is up, Shel’s Blogworld presentation up as an FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast; Hubspot launches MarketingGrader; an intro from our podsafe artist, Lila Rose; News That Fits: When it rains for Bell Pottinger, it pours in PR ethics kerfuffle; Ragan promo; Michael Netzley in Singapore interviews Dan Tisch, head of Global Alliance, about takeaways from Muslim PR conference in Malaysia, and more; Olivier Blanchard says “Don’t ask an executive what’s the ROI of his BlackBerry”; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; government and social media: who’s best with Twitter, policies?; Dan York reports on the new Twitter, and more; TemboSocial promo; listener comments; GaggleAmp update; working the Christmas party; music from Lila Rose; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report for December 12, 2011: A 71-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday December 19…

(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.