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Google’s reluctant fight against fake news: Sandwiched between the EU, Russian hackers and the mainstream media

After being slapped with a €2.42 billion antitrust fine by the European Commission, Google is now trying to play nice in the eyes of Brussels officials, so that none of that negative vibes would spread to Washington. And it is doing this by trying to help the EU tackle the spread of fake news. Read more

#EurekaMoment 15: How to achieve maximum impact in your communications

With digital channels, it is now possible to measure the impact of your communications in quantifiable terms. The impact of course means whether your target audience has read your content, whether they have passed it on to someone else, whether they have acted on the information by issuing a reaction whether positive or negative.

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#EurekaMoment 13: Online Reputation Management – Five good reasons why you need a corporate blog

When it comes to online reputation management, my clients often ask me why I recommend a corporate blog. It is time consuming to put an editorial process in place. Some sectors do not have many things to say or comment on. Other sectors are simply more quiet about their line of business. Often, it is a question of internal resources for both content production and content verification. Read more

#EurekaMoment 09: Lead generation in communications

Lead generation is a marketing term. It refers to how any sort of marketing activities generates new business ‘leads’ – which is followed by a client interest and action. Currently, there is a widespread assumption lead generation is the bridge between marketing spend and actual purchase, which in my opinion is not the case. I think we can only say there is a wonky correlation between a good marketing campaign and an increase in purchase activities. Read more

How is the EU communicating in the Age of Digital Disruption? Case Study of the ‘End of Roaming’

In the aftermath of Brexit and the rise of anti-EU movements across Europe, the European Union is often portrayed as an undemocratic body that legislates in isolation, far removed from the daily reality faced by European citizens. This begs the question whether the EU is communicating effectively with citizens, because this communications process is an indispensable element of the modern European political system, and is crucial in instilling a sense of participation among the citizenry in the decision-making process. In the Age of Digital Disruption, digital media provides both an opportunity and a threat to how the state interacts with the population. Taking the data collected during the launch of The End of Roaming on 22 June 2017, Harold Tor analyses the state of play of the information-sharing and interactions between different EU-level actors, member states, the media and citizens – a matter that lies at the very heart of the existential crisis faced by the supranational body today. Read more

#EurekaMoment 08: Why ‘everybody’ is not a target audience

It may come as a surprise but there are still people in this world who think ‘everybody’ (or the ‘general public’) is a target audience. Yes. And it is dangerous that these people hold the position of presidents, CEOs, chairmen, vice presidents or even heads of marketing, campaign or public affairs. They are the main stumbling block to the success of all their organisation’s communications deliverables – be it an ad, a press release, a position paper, a product launch, a speech or a website. Read more