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About Shel Holtz

Shel Holtz is principal of Holtz Communication + Technology which focuses on helping organizations apply online communication capabilities to their strategic organizational communications.

As a professional communicator, Shel also writes the blog a shel of my former self.

Sparklines: Merging visual data with text

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. Problem is, a picture can also take up a lot of space, particularly on a web page. Leave it to Edward Tufte to come up with a solution.

What Portals Should Be

I’ve worked on the implementation of several portals, but always from the content side, never the back-end technology.

Who’s #1?

In the March/April issue of Journal of Employee Communication Management (a print publication; subscribers have access to online articles), my good friend Steve Crescenzo questions the notion of companies prioritizing audiences.

Analysts Expect CEOs To Communicate…

If you reject all the other research and rationale for CEOs to communicate with employees-especially during times of change and stress-you should pay attention to the recently released “Return on Reputation” survey.

The More Things Change…

Edelman’s Phil Gomes offers a thoughtful piece (from Steve Rubel but posted to Phil’s blog) on blogger relations, suggesting that it’s better to build relationships with bloggers than it is to just hurl pitches at them.

Old Tools Still Matter

To hear some people, you’d think business should abandon traditional communication channels and dive into social computing to deliver its messages and address its issues.

Rocketboom Debuts its Ad

Funny, isn’t it, that the blogosphere was abuzz when Rocketboom auctioned an ad, but barely a whisper was heard yesterday when the ad debuted at the end of the normal Monday segment.

What I Said

3:40 a.m. is an ungodly time to be answering questions fired at your through and earpiece while staring into the bright lights of a camera. Intrepid communicator that I am, though, I undertook the challenge-with only one cup of coffee in me, no less-when I answered questions this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

Marketing via Wikipedia

I’m sitting in an airline lounge at Dulles, having just finished a talk on new media to the annual gathering of US Army Public Affairs officers.

Business Blog ROI

Katie Paine has conceded a point to Shel Israel: As cheap as they are to set up and maintain, there’s really no need to measure the ROI of blogs.

The New Press Release?

While some may want the “press release is dead” meme to end, the discussion could wind up producing some worthwhile ideas.

Could Community Wikis be the Tipping Point?

At the New Communications Forum last week, pretty much everybody agreed that blogs were no fad, but wikis evoked a less enthusiastic response.

Edgeio Goes Live

The value of RSS and tags got a lot clearer and more exciting with today’s launch of Edgeio.

Good Pitch, Bad Pitch

Todd Defren, principal of SHIFT Communications, has launched a new blog he’s calling The Good Pitch Blog.

Employee Communications is the Chicken…

Marketing is the egg.

Commons Kick-off

The Communication Commons is up and running.

Podcasting the IABC Conference

I’m delighted to announce that Neville Hobson and I-cohosts of the For Immediate Release podcast-have agreed to produce a series of podcasts leading up to and running through the IABC 2006 International Conference.

The Role of the Roll

I’ve been reading more and more bloggers assert that the blogroll is a bankrupt idea and should be deleted from blogs.

Poor George

Reading an item from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, I was reminded of one of the comments submitted to Jeremy Zawodny’s blog after he blasted a Silicon Valley PR agency for allegedly spamming him.

Where’s the Network?

Podshow, the podcasting service from Adam Curry and Ron Bloom, issued a press release today announcing the launch of the Podcast Delivery Network (PDN).

Intuitive Engagement

The whole idea of an organization participating in the conversation is alien to those of us who grew up in the one-way top-down era.

Telecoms Circle the Wagons

John Thorne, a Verizon exec, has joined the chorus of telecom voices decrying content providers who get a “free ride” using the pipes the telecoms and cable companies have built, according to a Washington Post report.

A New Employee Communications Blog

While the world of PR blogs grows, there still are few blogs dedicated solely to internal communications (which, I happen to believe, is the most important communication effort in which a company can engage).

Marrying IM to email

I opened Google Mail this morning to check for FIR comments to find the Gmail hope page proclaiming that “Chat is coming soon.”