Wednesday, April 12, 2006

VoIP You and the Big Bad Book Blog

Two new clients went live this week with their blogs:

Greenleaf Book Group, launches the Big Bad Book Blog today and it's really an amazing thing to behold. Their blog is basically a muscle car of a blog and they went to great lengths to fully load it before even being seen on the streets.

Check out "Think You’re Oprah Worthy? Take the Quiz!," by Meg LaBorde.

Earlier, we helped launchVoiP You, a new blog from my people. Their company provides residential VoIP services with all kinds of great features that they recently demo'd at Demo.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Kinky Experiment: Hey, it worked!

Faithful readers of this blog will recall my Kinky Blog Experiment, where I tried to school the Kinky Friedman campaign on the inherent power of blogs and podcasts.

It took three posts, and some reaching out to fellow bloggers, but it worked. See "The Kinky Kronicles."

Laura Stromberg from the Committe to Elect the Kinkster emailed to say Kinky would do an interview with The Armadillo Podcast.

By now, it's accepted that a blogstorm can impact an election. It will be interesting to see if podcasting can also have an impact.

For my PR brethren and sistren outside of Texas, the '06 race for governor is currently a four-horse race between the incumbent, Rick Perry (R) and challenger Carole Keeton Strayhorn for the Republican nomination, with Chris Bell the Democratic front runner and Kinky Friedman as the dark horse independent.

While I was pinging the Kinky campaign to do the Armadillo Podcast interview, I came across a cool tool on BlogPulse that tracks interest in the blogosphere. See "Kinky Kampaign Krises."

In jest I blogged,

"On the 21st of September I asked Kinky Friedman's PR manager if the candidate would consent to be a guest on The Armadillo Podcast. On the BlogPulse
chart, notice that this date is the highest point of the Kinky
campaign. Since then, I've received no answer and Kinky's standings in
the blogosphere have fallen precipitously. (Even with a Dallas Morning News story yesterday.)

September 21st was actually the day Kinky released his Kinkytoon,
and apparently the blogs liked it. Since then, the attention has
fallen off. If this nontraditional ad was designed to spread virally
and attract the nontraditional voters, it seems to be puttering out.
There's also a pun in there about Kinky and viruses but I'm trying to
keep to the high road.

These stats come from BlogPulse and it's a great resource for
tracking a blog topic. For even more granular research, check out PubSub's analysis of Kinky's site--basically they're tanking since Sept. 21.

Today, for fun, I went back to BlogPulse and put all three (only three allowed) of the four candidates through their blog trend analyzer and this is what turned up:

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Note to Ms. Strayhorn: Why don't your followers blog?

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Monday, October 03, 2005

A Kinky Experiment with Blogging

With your help, I'd like to school gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman on the inherent power of blogs and podcasts.

Kinky has a rather quixotic quest ahead of him. He will need 50,000 registered voters to sign a petition before he can be allowed on the ballot as an independent. Texas law requires that he obtain 50,000 signatures but ONLY between March 8 and May 11 and ONLY from people who do not cast a ballot in any party primary or runoff.

If you'd like to participate in my Kinky Blog Experiment, please click here and jump over to my real blog to see all the details.

Read more on the Kinkster:

"Kinky Friedman: Success against all odds," on Bankrate
"LONE STAR: Kinky Friedman on the campaign trail," The New Yorker
"Kinky Friedman Turns To Politics," CBS News

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Announcing the Armadillo Podcast

I've just launched a new show called The Armadillo Podcast.

I'm sure you've heard, or at least I hope you've heard, the lyrics "I want go home with the armadillo," to quote the song by Gary P. Nunn, "to the friendliest people and prettiest women you've ever seen." The rest of the world knows this song as simply the "Home with the Armadillo" anthem, of PBS's Austin City Limits.

Most of Austin, at least I hope most of Austin, knows this song by its real title, "London Homesick Blues."

Like many a sad country tune, this song is set to a chipper beat. When you hear the first few strains that they play on Austin City Limits, it's easy to think this is an upbeat song. But this is truly a sad, sad song.

The forlorn and homesick Texan protagonist of the song complains that it's "cold over here and I wish they'd turn the heat on." The local Londoners complain that he's "from down South and when you open your mouth, you always seem to put you foot there."

In the spirit of this song I'm going to be putting my foot firmly in mouth with a weekly podcast of ostentatious interviews of Austinites famous and infamous, known and unknown. My sole intent is to convince my good friend Galia, an Israeli woman living way out in California, to move and live with us here in the land of the weird and the home of the armadillo. Or, to put it another way, I hope to make her homesick for a place she has only visited once.

If you have a friend you'd like to move here as well, or if you would like to send Galia an email with your own favorite story about Austin, send us an email and perhaps we'll interview you on our next podcast.

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

Moving to a new blog

Pardon the disruption. However, from this point further I'll be posting over on my new blog on TypePad.

For all new posts, please go to: http://phenixrising.typepad.com.

Thanks.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Hurray for Hobson and Holtz

My gadget envy knows no bounds. With the introduction of just about every new technology, I become covetous.

Website? Got to have one.

iPod? Where can I get one?

Blog? Sign me up.

Tablet PC? Here, just take my checkbook.

But I don't want to podcast and that's due to Shel Holz and Neville Hobson. For Immediate Release: The Hobson and Holtz Report--the dynamic duos' now bi-weekly podcasts, are so well produced that the barrier to entry is insurmountable.

I could never match the quality, so I won't even try. 8-)

Nice job, fellas. Keep up the good work.

PS--I do, however, (co-opting an old joke) have a face made for podcasting. So if you blokes are ever short of a guest to interview, you know where to find me!

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No. 3 in the series: John Wagner's Positive PR

With so much negative publicity regarding public relations lately, I feel it's important to keep highlighting was is good, clean and just within our industry.

So here's a shout out to John Wagner, a fellow Texan and owner of Wagner Communications. John authors the On Message blog and two of his recent postings really gave me a lift.

Here, John ponders a novel way to change the image of PR.

And here, he writes about what he loves about his work and the importance of being the conscience of organization.

Contrary to what recent headlines might suggest, our industry is really filled with good people like John.


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Monday, February 14, 2005

Public Relations Officially Dies on March 10

If you thought the whole Ketchum scandal was bad for the reputation of the public relations industry, just wait till PoweR Girls begins airing on MTV, March 10th.

According to MTV's site, "The life of a PoweR Girl at Lizzie Grubman's New York City PR firm is sometimes glamorous, sometimes stressful but always exciting. Watch as Rachel, Kelly, Millie and Ali plan nightclub openings and album launches, hobnob with celebrities, wrangle the paparazzi, pitch Page Six and shop, all while fighting for a permanent spot on Lizzie's team. Don't miss the drama take over their lives as these four young ladies try to take over the celebrity party circuit all under the watchful eye of Lizzie on PoweR Girls."



I'll leave you to make up your own jokes about this show, a line of people outside of a disco and CSI New York.

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