September 2006

How clueless are Apple?

by Lee Hopkins on September 25, 2006 · 14 comments

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The lack of intelligence behind this is making my brain haemorrhage. Last week Apple sent out cease and desist letters to the folks at Podcast Ready, demanding they stop using the words “Podcast” and “myPodder” on their website. This is believed to be the first round of attacks on smaller companies to try and strong […]

What question would you research?

by Lee Hopkins on September 25, 2006 · 16 comments

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I am seriously thinking of reading for a Doctorate in Communications at one of the three very fine universities here in Adelaide. If I am able to show that my research is relevant to PR as a profession, there is also the possibility of a grant to help with fees and to speed the process […]

Spammers names

by Lee Hopkins on September 24, 2006

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Normally my Outlook spam filter dumps all of my email spam into a folder which I routinely just Ctrl+A and delete. But for some bizarre reason I found myself looking at the names of the spammers yesterday; just for something to do, I guess. A couple of names stood out from the pack: Eccentricities L. […]

Clippings from the BetterComms Garden

by Lee Hopkins on September 24, 2006 · 22 comments

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Shel is ‘on the money’ again with regards to CEO blogs. In passing, he cites Dr. Henry Mintzberg as someone who has studied senior leaders. For organisational/organizational psychologists Mintzberg is a BIG figure! I was presenting a poster at an international convention of psychologists in Montreal many years ago (after which I wanted to move […]

Riddle me this, Batman

by Lee Hopkins on September 23, 2006 · 4 comments

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has a big one. Michael J. Fox has a small one. Madonna doesn’t have one. The Pope has one but doesn’t use it. Clinton uses his all the time. Bush is one. Mickey Mouse has an unusual one. Liberace never used his on women. Jerry Seinfeld is very, very proud of his. Cher […]

Okay, I missed ‘B‘ in the line-up, but that’s coming up shortly (Brad Bellaver kindly unhitched the horses from the wagons, put his Smith & Weston rifle away and, dagnabbit, chatted with me from deep in the bowels of his secret Wells Fargo location). So until I edit Brad’s interview and publish it I am […]

Amy Gooen grilled to perfection

by Lee Hopkins on September 22, 2006

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Not content with interviewing just a few internal communication folks, I have set myself the heroic quest of interviewing every internal/employee communicator in the world. So, starting with the letter ‘A‘, here’s a fascinating interview with Amy Gooen, deputy head of global internal comms at Verisign. In the interview she draws on her journalist beginnings […]

Interview with Meryl David

by Lee Hopkins on September 22, 2006

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As part of a series of interviews with communicators on the importance of internal communications, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Meryl David, long-time IABC member (and former Asia-Pacific Director) and someone extremely highly respected by her peers. Meryl is the Internal Communication Manager for Zurich Financial Services here in Australia and is based […]

Okay… here’s an idea both ‘seedy’ and highly profitable at the same time, seeing as we men are superior to women (on account of the well acknowledged fact that we have two brains. It is indeed unfortunate that we only have enough blood to run one at any one time…) A very smart (or dumb, […]

My old mucker Trevor Cook points to a recent all-expenses junket paid for by Microsoft to hype its supposed ‘iPod killer’, the bizarrely-nomenclatured ‘Zune’. Like it ever has a chance! As if the iPod isn’t firmly entrenched in the vocabulary of the digital generation already… sheesh! Plus it is mouth-wateringly beautiful in its design — […]