The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #787: December 22, 2014

FIRIntro: Contributions for the January 5 (10th anniversary) episode, recording of Cision/Vocus webinar “Social Media Marketing vs Social PR” available;

Quick News: PCs are still tops for video viewing, Doximity the ‘LinkedIn for doctors’ has signed up more than half of US physicians, bad web bots account for one in three visitors to sites, Microsoft free again to ignore Internet Explorer rivals in Europe; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Dealing with harassment and abuse online: the role for communicators; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: what can Russian broadcasting teach us about modern propaganda?, Biadu speech recognition, Putin’s PR, and more; content marketing, community, and the long tail; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio, email and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; “Distraction-free writing”: a saviour for creating long-form content?; Dan York’s Tech Report: New WordPress 4.1 provides a much improved distraction-free writing experience, and more; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; Igloo Software promo; mobile update: deep-links extensions, messaging apps, Line and Microsoft’s MixRadio, mobile will revive and redefine content marketing;

Music from Allison Crowe; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for December 22, 2014: A 91-minute podcast recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Wokingham, Berkshire, England.

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So, until Monday December 29…

(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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