The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #788: December 29, 2014

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Quick News: TripAdvisor fined in Italy for failing to prevent fake reviews, Coca-Cola dumps voicemail, Facebook finds that not all users want to review their year, Google and Microsoft join forces against Marriott’s wifi blocking hopes; Ragan promo;

News That Fits: Influencers are burned out on influencer marketing; Dan York’s Tech Report: Watching via Twitter as North Korea’s internet goes up and down, thoughts on; the arrival of ads where rates are based on time rather than impressions; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; listener comments in audio and in the FIR Podcast Community on Google+; are PR counselors ready to respond to the public shaming of company leaders?; Michael Netzley’s Asia Report: Online trends for 2015 that include eCommerce and lawsuits for offending others online, and more; Igloo Software promo; the past week on the FIR Podcast Network; how news outlets use Instagram to tell stories;

Music from Deleveled; and more.

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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report for December 29, 2014: A 95-minute podcast recorded live from Wokingham, Berkshire, England, and Concord, California, USA.

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So, until Monday January 5, 2015…

(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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