FIR Interview: Leila Janah and The Future of Work

The expansion of the global internet population will continue to have a profound impact on infrastructure, education, finance, commerce, and healthcare, among other industries worldwide. That was a major theme of The Next Billion London, a one-day conference on May 19, 2015, presented by Quartz magazine. At the Quartz event, FIR co-host Neville Hobson had the opportunity to record a conversation with Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Sama Group and an award-winning social entrepreneur who uses technology and lean…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #809: May 25, 2015

Intro: FIR Interview with Leila Janah coming this week, FIR Podcast Network shows make Cision top 50 PR/Marketing podcasts recommendations; Quick News: Tweets now appear in Google search results, communication leaders aren’t leading very well, 110 photojournalists run National Geographic’s Instagram account, the immorality of mobile ad blockers; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop: News That Fits: Two tales of failure in communication and leadership: Amtrak in the wake of the deadly Philadelphia derailment, how Thomas Cook turned a Greek…

The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #808: May 18, 2015

Intro: New FIR website (and a hint of more to come), FIR’s new Pinterest account – and a board for sharing books for young communicators; Quick News: How T-Mobile blew $200K on a campaign against Verizon, Domino’s to roll out tweet-a-pizza in the US, the town in Spain that runs on Twitter, gay-themed traffic lights get Vienna in the mood for the Eurovision Song Contest; the Media Monitoring Minute with CustomScoop; News That Fits: How digital leaders outperform their peers;…

A new platform for a new network: the FIR Podcast Network is live

When we introduced For Immediate Release on January 3, 2005, we had no idea we’d still be podcasting more than a decade later. We didn’t know what the state of podcasting would be, that the scope of FIR would expand, or that podcast networks would be a thing. When we started, we just needed a website for show notes and a home for our audio files. Ten years later, we’re still here, with exactly the same website we started with.…

FIR Interview: Julian Mills and Steven Green on social intranets

Communicators struggle to build genuine online engagement among employees using the various social tools available for intranets. Study after study shows that few employees use these tools, regardless of how much they might be engaged with external social media. At Bank of Montreal, though, Julian Mills overcame the obstacles to introduce social tools employees at all levels used to advance business goals. In this interview, FIR co-host Shel Holtz talks with Mills about the impetus for the introduction of social…

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