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Episode 49 of the ‪#‎FIR‬ Podcast is ready for your listening pleasure. And a real pleasure it will be, too, with the voices of Rachel Miller, Katie Paine, and Jen Zingsheim Phillips. Katie, by the way, was in Rio to watch her cousin take a bronze medal, so we had no choice but to talk about Ryan Lochte's crisis, along with another you probably haven't heard about. We also covered how companies in the UK are preparing (or not) to communicate the impact of Brexit on their operations, whether PR needs to bill based on wins instead of hours, why companies should listen to employee ideas, and the imminent rule that will require companies to report their CEO-to-worker pay ratio. Dan York's report covers the latest WordPress upgrade, Twitter's notification changes, and the growth of IPv6.

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https://traffic.libsyn.com/fir/forimmed-49.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:36:43 — 39.6MB) | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToday’s panel features internal communications thought leader Rachel Miller, metrics queen Katie Paine (cousin of an Olympics bronze medalist), and PR veteran Jen Phillips. Our conversations covered… The crisis management (or lack thereof) from Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold... Continue Reading →
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Today’s panel features three former IABC chairs: Michael Ambjorn (2015-16), founder of UK-based Align Your Org; Dr. Barbara Gibson (2008-09), principal of Cultural Resolution and lecturer at the University of London; and Brad Whitworth (1989-90), senior marketing and communication manager for the global partner organization at Cisco Systems. Our discussion topics for the day include a look at the furor over a series of culturally insensitive Snapchat filters, the importance of time off (and how employees who don’t feel work-life balance is taken seriously are leaving their companies), the rise of text-message journalism (and whether it will lead to text-message brand journalism), how much text messaging is too much, Pokémon Go’s role in speeding up consumer acceptance of Virtual and Augmented Reality, and whether social media is to blame for the widening chasm between front-line staff and senior executives. Dan York’s report includes an update on Instagram Stories vs. Snapchat Stories, and more.

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Today's panel features three former IABC chairs: Michael Ambjorn (2015-16), founder of UK-based Align Your Org; Dr. Barbara Gibson (2008-09), principal of Cultural Resolution and lecturer at the University of London; and Brad Whitworth (1989-90), senior marketing and communication manager for the global partner organization at Cisco Systems. Our discussion topics for the day include a look at the furor over a series of culturally insensitive Snap...
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Today’s panel features Stealthmode Partners’ Francine Hardaway, Stone Temple Consulting’s Doug Haslam, and Alabama Power’s Ike Pigott. We talked about a report from pwc (Price Waterhouse Coopers) identified eight technologies that are about to have a massive global impact across all business sectors. We looked at the communications implications for each of the eight, which include Artifical Intelligence, Augmented Reality, drones, the Internet of Things, robots, Virtual Reality, 3D printing, and blockchain; the suspension of Saatchi & Saatchi’s chairman after he uttered a statement worth of Donald Trump (whom we just can seem to avoid mentioning these days); media fallout from the Brexit vote, whether company marketers should emulate Donald Trump’s marketers, and more.

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Today's panel features Stealthmode Partners' Francine Hardaway, Stone Temple Consulting's Doug Haslam, and Alabama Power's Ike Pigott. We talked about a report from pwc (Price Waterhouse Coopers) identified eight technologies that are about to have a massive global impact across all business sectors. We looked at the communications implications for each of the eight, which include Artifical Intelligence, Augmented Reality, drones, the Internet of...
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Circle of Fellows #11 looks at PR's role when CEOs take sides on social issues. With Jim Lukaszewski, Ned Lundquist, and George McGrath. Watch the YouTube video of the broadcast or listen to (and subscribe to) the podcast.

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Three IABC Fellows -- Jim Lukaszewski, Ned Lundquist, and George McGrath -- join host (and Fellow) Shel Holtz to discuss the "social CEO" and the trend of CEOs and their companies taking positions on social issues that could polarize their employees, customers, and other stakeholders. What role do communicators play?Continue Reading →
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The latest FIR Interview features APPrise Mobile CEO Jeff Corbin explaining the origins of a mobile app for Investor Relations and the expansion of his company's offerings to address other corporate communication audiences. Jeff also explores the future of mobile for corporate communications.

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In this FIR interview, Shel Holtz talks with Jeff Corbin, CEO of APPrise Mobile, about the origins of the company, how communicators can use branded communication apps, and what's ahead for mobile communication.Continue Reading →
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It's a great joy to interview old friends on the FIR Interviews podcast. I got to do just that yesterday with Peter Vogt, who's now running Employee Communications and Experience for Madrid-based BBVA. We talked mostly about the short, weekly, audio-optional news brief video, "What Just Happened," but also about the merger of communication and experience responsibilities.

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Inspired by news video innovators NowThis and AJ+ -- along with the employee-focused Paypal in 90 Seconds -- Peter Vogt, global head of Employee Communications and Culture and Madrid-based financial services company BBVA, led the effort to create "What Just Happened," a weekly video news brief that never exceeds 2-1/2 minutes.Continue Reading →
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The latest FIR Interview features Elise James-DeCruise, vice president at MediaMath (the company that innovated programmatic ad buying) responsible for the New Marketing Institute. She talks about the Institute's role in educating and certifying people in new marketing technology and the staff's use of Snapchat for internal communications.

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Snapchat wasn't made for internal communications but that doesn't mean it can't be used for that purpose. At the MediaMath New Marketing Institute, employees are sharing content both serious and lighthearted using the popular messaging app. In this FIR Interview, host Shel Holtz talks with Elise James-DeCruise, MediaMath's vice president responsible for the Institute, about how staff came to employ Snapchat at work, how it has expanded, and what ...
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Today’s panel features Stealthmode Partners’ Francine Hardaway, Stone Temple Consulting’s Doug Haslam, and Alabama Power’s Ike Pigott. We talked about a report from pwc (Price Waterhouse Coopers) identified eight technologies that are about to have a massive global impact across all business sectors. We looked at the communications implications for each of the eight, which include Artifical Intelligence, Augmented Reality, drones, the Internet of Things, robots, Virtual Reality, 3D printing, and blockchain; the suspension of Saatchi & Saatchi’s chairman after he uttered a statement worth of Donald Trump (whom we just can seem to avoid mentioning these days); media fallout from the Brexit vote, whether company marketers should emulate Donald Trump’s marketers, and more.
Today's panel features Stealthmode Partners' Francine Hardaway, Stone Temple Consulting's Doug Haslam, and Alabama Power's Ike Pigott. We talked about a report from pwc (Price Waterhouse Coopers) identified eight technologies that are about to have a massive global impact across all business sectors. We looked at the communications implications for each of the eight, which include Artifical Intelligence, Augmented Reality, drones, the Internet of...
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FIR #45 features +Chris Abraham +Frank Eliason and +Heidi Sullivan  talking influencer marketing, online publishing, native advertising coming to chatbots, the excessive analysis of Millennials, and more.
Today's panel features digital strategist and technologist Chris Abraham, Zeno Group EVP Frank Eliason, and Cision SVP Heidi Sullivan. Today's discussion topics: Is the PR community going about influencer marketing all wrong? Is it earned or paid media? Medium could be the (or a) future of online publishing. Can we please stop treating Millennials like they're an alien race? No matter how many times lists of transgressions are published, PR pract...
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Weekly commentary (and more) on public relations and technology from Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz
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For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report is the weekly podcast of Neville Hobson, ABC, and Shel Holtz, ABC, a pair of communication professionals who think they have something to say.

Hobson is based in Wokingham, Berkshire, England, while Holtz is located in Concord, California, in the United States.

Their podcast is updated every Monday.

In addition to the weekly Hobson and Holtz Report, FIR features interviews, book reviews, recordings of speeches and panel discussions, and more.