Lush shows it’s time for an anti social media policy

At the dawn of the social media age fifteen and more years ago, everything was about blogs. This was the time just before Facebook, before Twitter, even before YouTube, when blogs started to gain momentum from the early-to-mid 2000s when businesses began exploring this new media model and considered the opportunities and risks it presented as an additional communication channel. Take IBM, for example – a true early pioneer in encouraging employees to embrace a new communication medium. Often, though,…

FIR 198: Is #WFH the post-pandemic future?

What coronavirus will do to our offices and homes post-pandemic is a question that prompts multiple answers on a daily basis. If there are ten questions, you’ll find ten different answers. About the only thing that’s consistently equal in opinion is that there will be change and it will be profound. It’s a big topic that exercised Shel and I in the August 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report aka FIR 198. We anchored the discussion with a…

For Immediate Release 168:
The Facebook dilemma

Neville Hobson joins Shel Holtz for the December installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report.” The stories Neville and Shel covered include… The passing of PR fixture Jack O’Dwyer Marketers are turning their attention to messaging apps Not everyone is free to leave Facebook, even if they want to The death of keywords (or is it?) as audiences become key to targeting in search Rising Instagram stars post fake sponsored posts to get brands’ attention What we learned about GDPR…

Social media stars breaching rules on promoting brands, watchdog says

The Guardian reports on a rise in complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK advertising regulator, who says ‘influencers’ on social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter fail to declare that they are being paid to publicise products. The newspaper defines ‘influencers’ thus: Social media celebrities who have large and engaged followings online. They get paid money to publicise products and can command tens of thousands for one post. This is about disclosure where the influencer publicising a…

For Immediate Release 100: Locked and Loaded

In the August episode of The Hobson & Holtz Report, Shel and I talked about these topics: The Society for New Communications Research has launched an initiative to assess options for the communications industry to address fake news. An artificial intelligence bot can detect plagiarism (85% of the time). Supporters of US President Donald Trump are amplifying their tweets through a little-known Twitter feature that lets you create and name a Direct Message group. And let’s talk about that twice-daily…

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