Neville and Shel get together via YouTube Hangout for the May 2018 installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report,” with conversations about… GDPR, which officially went into effect on Friday May 25 BuzzFeed’s live-streaming experiment on Twitch CIPR’s white paper on the role of Artificial Intelligence in public relations Google is under pressure to up its podcasting game Google lets you see your history of interactions and it’s a lot less creepy than Facebook Generation Z … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 139: Augmented PR
It was rather a surreal experience watching the BBC's election night analytics and opinion show on the BBC News Channel on Thursday June 8, from shortly after the closing of the poll at 10pm (I lasted until about 1am on Friday morning). It was the exit poll - a joint effort by the BBC, ITV and Sky News - that set the scene for a night of traumatic change for the ruling Conservative party led by Theresa May, and qualified jubilation for the fractious Labour party ('qualified' because they … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s fragile foundation
It's been a tumultuous few days since polling stations closed at 10pm on Thursday June 23 and the UK awoke on the morning of Friday June 24 to the news that the result of the national referendum on whether this country would remain a member of the European Union or not turned out to be not. I am very sad at this result - one that took many people by surprise, me included - as I believe that our future is intertwined with that of our European neighbours, individually and collectively; that … [Read more...] about The EU referendum was a political gamble that didn’t pay off: what’s next?
This article titled "Please stay, please go – Europeans make their case to UK voters" was written by Letters, for The Guardian on Monday 20th June 2016 19.22 UTCDon’t EXIT … EXIST! As citizens of France and as citizens of the world – whatever our social or artistic milieu, whatever our opinions – we are writing to say that we love you. We love Britain, your culture, your history, your civilisation, your temperament, our common history. You cannot vote to leave us, for to leave Europe would be to … [Read more...] about Please stay, please go – Europeans make their case to UK voters
The simple cartoon above by Will Dawburn sums up many people's feelings about political campaigning on the EU Referendum that we'll be voting on in four days' time, on Thursday June 23. For me, most communication by the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns, by other campaigners, by (a biased) mainstream media, by many politicians, by individuals with strong opinions across the social web, has been characterized by ugliness, lack of thought-leadership, relentless doses of FUD, half-arsed … [Read more...] about A clear case for ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum vote
One of the foundational aspects of effective communication I've always believed in is to do with how you present your message to your intended audience. You may have a terrific story to tell but if you can't attract attention to gain interest that leads to your desired action, you've most probably wasted your time and opportunity. It's a lesson most communicators, marketers and advertisers learned a long time ago. It's a lesson clearly grasped by Spanish left-wing political party Podemos … [Read more...] about How you communicate is as important as what you communicate
The topic of identity ought to be front of mind for most of us at the moment following the horrific Paris attacks last week. The ability of the terrorists to freely move around France and to and from Belgium and elsewhere in the European Union highlights the flip side of the convenience and freedoms we're accustomed to today in a union of countries with largely open borders between the states within the Union. In reality, if you are in a member state, you can pretty much travel around the … [Read more...] about Identity inconvenience to the fore in 2016
Reading the various reports, narratives and commentaries this weekend about the results of the UK general election that took place on May 7, the overall perspective I've formed on all of that is how could the expert commentators, opinion-formers and outcome-predictors have got it all so wrong? The election result produced a clear win for the Conservatives with a slender majority in the House of Commons (12 seats), and the virtual annihilation of the primary opposition political parties - the … [Read more...] about Fixing a polling system that’s out of sync