The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #50: July 14, 2005

Content summary: 50th anniversary greetings; listeners’ comments (podcasting won’t disappear, iTunes problems; an interview suggestion; the power and passion of podcasting; providing insight on podcasting); weblog design confuses visitors; CBS News editorial blog and the BBC’s open source developments; dissatisfied Dell and Land Rover customers who have blogs.

Show notes for July 14, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, a 72-minute conversation recorded live from Washington, DC, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this edition:


  • 00:32 Shel introduces the 50th anniversary show; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 01:49 Shel and Neville reflect on the past 49 shows, discussing some favourite highlights – including some bloopers
  • 08:08 50th anniversary greeting from Eric Rice; figuring out Skype and how we all learn from each other

Listeners’ comments discussion:

  • 09:37 Lee Hopkins agrees with us that podcasting won’t disappear
  • 10:24 Britt, Mary-Ann Horley and Susan Getgood tell us about problems they’ve encountered in getting the correct shows from iTunes
  • 13:01 Angela Booth likes the length of the show, also thinks iTunes has a bug, and says ‘keep up the good work!’
  • 14:12 Lee Hopkins suggests someone we might want to interview; Shel’s not impressed with their website, though
  • 15:56 Graham Wallace likes the discussions about listeners’ comments, talks about the power and passion of podcasting, and Skype recording
  • 17:49 Dan York suggests we include a discussion topic on producing professional-quality business podcasts
  • 19:32 50th anniversary greeting from Michael Wiley; how blogs and podcasts help build a real community

News and Features:

  • 22:03 Weblog design – A new study highlights the way most blog designs, layouts and terminologies confuse visitors; addressing usability and intuitiveness to make visitor engagement easier
  • 30:40 CBS News’ web strategy includes a new editorial blog, intended to engage directly with viewers – Will it create ‘unprecedented transparency in communication’ by mainstream media? Also, what the BBC is doing in engaging with the open source software developer community; the differences between British English and American English
  • 41:04 50th anniversary greeting from Amy Gahran; Beyond Spin for discussion
  • 42:49 Customer dissatisfaction and the power of blogs, from Jeff Jarvis and Dell to Adrian Melrose and Land Rover – How should companies deal with such situations? What are the opportunities and risks through engaging with customers in this way? And for not doing so?
  • 61:12 50th anniversary greeting from Steve Rubel and from Sam Whitmore; a middle-aged anniversary and using video
  • 64:00 50th anniversary greeting from Steve Lubetkin; and thanks to everyone for their comments


  • 65:34 Neville outros the show; topics coming up for next Monday’s show; how to give your feedback; show notes; the music from Shel

Links for the blogs, individuals, companies and organizations we discussed or mentioned in the show:

Intro – Skype, Paul Woodhouse, East Bay IT Group, Eric Rice, Jay Byrne, Robert Scoble, Fergus Burns, Jeremy Wright, Steve Rubel, Michael Wiley, Loic Le Meur, Mike Wing, Angela Sinickas and Tudor Williams, show archives listing,

Listeners’ comments discussion – Lee Hopkins, Britt, iTunes, Apple, Adam Curry, Mary-Ann Horley, Susan Getgood, Angela Booth, Donna Papacosta, International Nanocasting Alliance, Graham Wallace, Dave Taylor, Dan York, Michael Wiley, GM FastLane Blog.

News and Features – Catalyst Group Design, Expression Engine, TypePad, Blogger, WordPress, Business Week Well Spent, Business Week Blogspotting, TypePad new features, Technorati,, Furl, CBS News, Vaughn Ververs, New York Times, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, BBC News, BBC, BBC Open Source, BBC Backstage, Creative Commons, Forrester Research, Amy Gahran, Beyond Spin, Dell, Jeff Jarvis, Adrian Melrose, Land Rover, Discovery, The Truth About the Land Rover Discovery 3, Christopher Carfi, General Motors, Treonauts, Treo, Harrison-Cowley, Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, Steve Rubel, Sam Whitmore, Steve Lubetkin.

Outro – Christian Dozzler, Louisiana (MP3), For Immediate Release, A Shel of My Former Self, NevOn.

If you have comments or questions about this show, or suggestions for our future shows, email us at, or call the Comment Line at +1 206 984 0931. You can email your comments, questions and suggestions as MP3 file attachments, if you wish (max. 5Mb attachment, please!). We’ll be happy to see how we can include your audio contribution in a show.

So, until Monday July 18…

(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)

4 thoughts on “The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #50: July 14, 2005

  1. For immediate release: The 50th Neville & Shel Report!

    Neville Hobson & Shel Holtz, the PR podcasting duo
    I’m probably the last one to congratulate Neville and Shel for the 50th edition of their podcast (but I hope they will forgive me 🙂 Here’s to 500 more!
    For Immediate Release is my …

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