This year we’ve seen a huge decline in trust across the globe. Trust in government, in business, in NGOs and in the media has dropped to some of the lowest levels seen in 17 years, as reported in the Edelman Trust Barometer survey of 33,000 respondents across the globe. What lessons can communicators draw from […]
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For a moment, all has been quiet on the beach of history. The last wave has receded, and with it the blood has almost drained, hissing, into the dark foaming sea; the blood of Ypres and of Gallipoli, the blood of Moscow and Stalingrad, the blood of Normandy and Berlin, the blood of Iwo […]
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Social validation, not reach, is the main advantage of an influencer marketing campaign. Influencers can give a marketing or communications campaign an advantage that nothing else can. What is it? A lot of people say “It’s reach! Influencers are a great way of reaching my millennial audience.” Yeah, maybe. But I’d argue that an influencer […]
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The wave has peaked, and we’re sliding down the frothy slope now: people have realized that most influencer marketing is bullshit. Thank God. It’s about time the industry saw some sense. A bit of context: this article appeared a couple of days ago in Digiday, featuring some revelations from an anonymous social media marketing exec. With nearly 37 […]
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If you’re reading this, you probably got to it through an algorithm. That’s really common these days – and it’s a trend with a surprising dark side. Either you came here through a social media link, or you found it via a search engine. In either case, the algorithms that determine who sees what on those platforms […]
Read more "The Narrows – Four trends changing how information flows and news spreads"
Thing 1: Customers aren’t looking for your sales materials any more. Strange as it may seem, there was a time when people reached for the yellow pages and contacted a company when they needed to solve a problem. Now people spend longer online, and get information from each other, before contacting vendors. A person with […]
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Working on integrated content marketing strategy is a lot like building cruise missiles. It’s creative, of course, rather than destructive. Instead of trying to inject a hundred kilos of high explosive into a bunker protected by ferroconcrete, we’re in the business of propagating ideas into minds guarded by cynicism and limited attention. But aside from […]
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You’ve probably never heard of the company I work for. But our product is all around you. In fact, it’s inside you. We make ideas, and we put them in people’s heads. Essentially, we create fame. What does that even mean? A company whose business is to create fame? Communications companies like the one I work […]
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“Where do you get your ideas from?” is a question I’ve been hearing a lot recently. That’s mostly with regard to 30 Second Sci Fi, a project of mine where I’m writing one short sci fi story every day. I’ve been writing for eight months now, so we’re 2/3 of the way done. Only another […]
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Many people in PR, advertising and communications put great pride in storytelling. Are they missing something? Storytelling is a powerful tool. But storytelling is just one way of sharing understanding and spreading ideas. Like any tool, it has strengths but also limitations. There’s another way: interactive experiences like apps, visualizations and games can also be […]
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