FIR Book Review: ‘Trust Me, PR Is Dead’ By Robert Phillips

Robert Phillips stunned the PR agency world when he walked away from his prestigious position as CEO of Edelman EMEA. Phillips explains his decision in Trust Me, PR is Dead, in which he calls for an end to the PR industry and advocates instead for a new model of public leadership (as the replacement for PR) and public value (the role of corporations which, Phillips believes, need to adopt a reinvented kind of capitalism that focuses as much on contributing


FIR Book Review: Geeks Bearing Gifts by Jeff Jarvis

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News is CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis‘ latest book, exploring the pressures on current news models and the directions news organizations need to go in order to thrive in the digital world. FIR co-host Shel Holtz reviews the book, which has implications for organizational communicators, particularly in imagining the role of media relations in the future Jarvis imagines. From the book description on Amazon: Technology has disrupted the news industry – its relationships,


FIR Book Review: The Mobile Mind Shift, by Ted Schadler, Josh Bernoff, and Julie Ask

The Mobile Mind Shift: Engineer Your Business to Win in the Mobile Moment provides the first comprehensive overview of what it takes to develop mobile resources that accommodate the growing expectations of users who increasingly turn first to mobile devices. FIR co-host Shel Holtz reviews the book written by three Forrester Research analysts: Ted Schadler, technology analyst; Josh Bernoff, senior vice president of Idea Development; and Julie Ask, mobile analyst. From the book description on Amazon: “Mobile has reprogrammed your


FIR Interview: Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio, co-authors, The Power of Visual Storytelling

FIR co-host Shel Holtz talks with Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio, who are out with a brand new book from McGraw Hill, The Power of Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos, and Social Media to Market Your Brand. The publisher’s description of the book notes: The human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text. Web posts with visuals drive up to 180% more engagement than those without. Viewers spend 100% more time on web pages with videos. Filled


FIR Interview: Joseph Jaffe and Maarten Albarda, authors of ZERO

“Our position is that a perfect storm is coming,” say Joseph Jaffe and Maarten Albarda as an attention-grabbing way to start a discussion about ZERO: Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model, the new book by the two authors published by Wiley in October 2013. It may already be here, adds Jaffe: “In the book, we introduce several key arguments – business, economic, consumer, media and creative cases – any of which could, by itself, be enough to be


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