The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #757: May 26, 2014

FIRIntro: Two FIR interviews coming this week: with Micha Weinblatt, CEO of Betterific; and with Scott Monty, ex-Ford Global Digital and Multimedia Communications Manager;

Quick News: The public is mostly okay with content marketing, L’Oreal targets ads based on hair colour in online photos, Simon & Schuster creates book line for YouTube stars; ten things we learned from Deloitte’s latest report into the media habits of UK consumers; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: The evolution of virtual worlds, from Second Life to High Fidelity; Dan York’s Tech Report: A discussion about the various ‘attention lenses’ we use to find news… and the power – and danger – of some of the user-driven sites; the state of social media; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments from the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; is it time up for the independent PR blogger?; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; Igloo Software promo; how GE uses social media to support its digital strategy;

Music from Holly Benton; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for May 26, 2014: A 91-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday June 2…

(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.

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