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 […]Read more "Individual influence and the collapse of trust"
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 […]Read more "Why most influencer marketing fails"
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"
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 […]Read more "Digital communications and smart munitions"
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 […]Read more "We create fame. We spread ideas. (Want to join us?)"
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 […]Read more "Better than storytelling: Four reasons interactivity is the future of PR"
On the morning of 14 November 2008, a 15 year-old boy was rushed to hospital in Laholm, Sweden. He was suffering from an apparent epileptic fit, brought on by exhaustion and dehydration. Investigating doctors discovered that the cause of his illness was self-inflicted. The boy had been playing Wrath of the Lich King, an expansion of […]Read more "The Three Fundamentals of Powerful Interactive Communications"