The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast #79: October 24, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments discussion (podcast artwork and iTunes; fake blogs; ‘sprawlopolis’; and Captcha; how to measure podcast listenership; what’s "The Giant Global Focus Group" at IABC EuroComm?); The Spinfluencer interviews Heather Green; Neville guests on Britcaster podcast #3; anonymous Publix employee blog vanishes; measuring blog effectiveness; Guidewire responds to blog survey criticisms; PRSA cancels Florida conference; legal woes for Apple over iPod nano; Lee Hopkins’ report; upcoming FIR interviews and book reviews.

Show notes for October 24, 2005

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Welcome to For Immediate Release: The Hobson & Holtz Report, an 84-minute conversation recorded live from Concord, California, USA, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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In this Edition:


  • 00:31 Shel introduces the show; what the show’s about; what’s in this edition; how to give your feedback; show notes
  • 02:08 Upcoming interview today with Jonathan Mast of Sedgwick CMS
  • 02:48 Shel speaking on Council of Public Relations Firms panel in New York on Wednesday which he’ll record as an FIR podcast

Listeners’ comments discussion:

News & Features:


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So, until Thursday October 27…

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