In this April edition of The Hobson & Holtz Report, Neville and Shel talk about… Starbucks’ response to a racial incident in Philadelphia that went viral and sparked protests In an effort to reduce “noise pollution,” Ghana wants Muslims to issue the call to prayer via WhatsApp The line between earned and paid media is blurring and consumers don’t care which is which There’s a reckoning coming for terms and conditions Augmented Reality is making huge inroads (except in … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 134: We start with Starbucks and end with drones
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This week has been an extraordinary one, not only for Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and members of the US Congress but also for users of Facebook and other social networking platforms wherever they are in the world. Indeed, it has been a week of revelation and food for considerable thought on a grand scale. During two days, on April 10 and April 11, the Facebook co-founder and CEO appeared before members of the US Senate and Congress to answer questions about Facebook and how it handles … [Read more...] about Exposing the realities of our relationships with Facebook and other social platforms
The SmallDataForum convened in late March, and as for our big story, we had several candidates and angles on the same theme of the use and abuse of data. This episode's show notes were written by Thomas Stoeckle. Sam is now a newly published author of a book about how to tell powerful and purposeful stories with data, Narrative by Numbers. A very timely (and equally timeless) topic and title. A recently published study in Science about the velocity and spread of true and false news … [Read more...] about SDF Podcast 17 – “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it”
In this monthly episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report aka FIR 130, the major discussion surrounded Facebook and the growing crisis embroiling the social network over alleged misuse of data about users and their friends by the political consultancy and data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. Shel and I offered a plethora of opinion and considered some of the elements of this kerfuffle from a communicator's perspective. Other stories that made the discussion list in this episode included … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 130: Facebook’s Moments of Truth
Even if you're not interested in nor a user of Facebook, you'd have been hard pressed indeed to have avoided the blaze of publicity about the social networking site every day this past week. That blaze has been white hot in its ferocity and intensity on alleged wrong-doing by the American firm, and by a British political consulting and data mining company called Cambridge Analytica, over the mishandling of data related to more than 50 million users that allegedly played a significant role in … [Read more...] about What next for Facebook?
Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz get together for the February instalment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” aka For Immediate Release episode 126.
The big topic in this episode is the plight of KFC in the UK and Ireland where the fast-food restaurant chain has been without its core ingredient - chicken - for weeks as it is embroiled in a crisis that has seen more than half its restaurants in the two countries closed.
Two weeks on with the crisis still not fully resolved, KFC's communication … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 126:
Is KFC FCK’d?
In the summer of 2010, a new visual way of consuming news stories was launched for iOS mobile devices - especially the iPad which had been released a few months earlier - in the form of Flipboard, an aggregator app that brought together content from social media, news feeds, photo sharing sites and other websites, and presented it in magazine format. This highly-appealing visual communication tool became popular very quickly on iPads and iPhones, enabling users to "flip" through the articles, … [Read more...] about How to be a magazine publisher with Flipboard
Yet again, the Three SDF Podcasteers Neville Hobson, Sam Knowles and Thomas Stoeckle tackle a range of related themes, from trust in society to clarity in corporate messages, global attitudes towards news, and Silicon Valley’s growing number of critical voices. This episode's show notes were written by Thomas Stoeckle. The 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer finds China and the US poles apart, with the US in last place, experiencing its largest drop in the survey’s history, and China on top with … [Read more...] about SDF Podcast 16 – Trust, communication clarity, balanced news and tech heretics