Category Archives: Strategy

Public relations education changes as unis shift to more holistic view of corporate communications

The recently announced changes at Bournemouth University about some very major changes to its public relations degree programmes are a signal of important dynamics in the PR industry. As Bournemouth announced that several of its business programmes are due for a “phased closure” – including hospitality management, advertising and indeed Public Relations itself – it can be seen as… Read More »

Norway links investment fund decisions to sustainability

The world’s largest investment fund, Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, just announced plans to push companies towards more sustainable business models. The fund, which holds stakes in some 9,000 companies across 72 countries, is shifting its investment policies to align them better with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will, therefore, scrutinize all future investments for environmental… Read More »

Country Reputation – New ranking published by RI

The Reputation Institute just published its 2018 Country Reputation Ranking. Based on its RepTrak methodology, which involves surveying a representative audience, the institute has identified Sweden to have the strongest reputation among the 55 largest countries by GDP, followed by Finland and Switzerland. A look at the data and a comparison of the dynamics over the past years… Read More »

Corporate Social Responsibility – the Corporate Hypocrisy

Two weeks ago, professors Magali Delmas (University of California, LA) and Tom Lyon (University of Michigan) published an opinion piece in The Conversation that is absolutely worth reading, especially in the context of my recent article on Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Reporting. In the article both business professors asses what they call “talking green while lobbying brown” –… Read More »

The Exponential Impact of Reputation

The Reputation Institute has analyzed the impact of reputation on stock market performance in the US and has published a beautiful infographic summarizing its findings It is looking at how the most reputable companies (according to its own reputation scoring system) outperform the main indices. Within the S&P, companies with a stronger reputation achieved 2.5x the stock performance compared to… Read More »

Chief Reputation Officer – taking care of a company’s biggest strategic risk

The Reputation Institute has recently blogged about its concept of a Chief Reputation Officer (CRO) – a function that would take ownership of a company’s reputation, reporting directly to the CEO.  To build and maintain a strong corporate reputation, the CRO would mainly look after five key issues: Levels of stakeholder support Reputation readiness Corporate Communication effectiveness ROI… Read More »

How Japanese Businesses Start Communicating More Strategically

The IR Magazine has published an interesting analysis of a new trend in corporate communications in Japan. Struck by corporate governance scandals, the reputation both of Japanese businesses and of Japan as a place to do business has been significantly damaged. The uptake in communicating more strategically is not just aimed at improving the companies’ reputation, but more… Read More »

Why Projects need Brands

By accident I recently came across an article that I have first read a few years ago, published in MIT Sloan Management Review. And I still find the core idea a very current one: how project management can benefit from brand management. The basic idea is that there is a market for projects inside any larger institution and… Read More »

Royal Jordanian: Out-tweeting Trump

A particularly smart way of adapting your marketing messages to short-notice changes in your marketing environment is through humor and closer emotional bonds. A great example of this is the campaign that Royal Jordanian has been running in reaction to Donald Trump’s #travelban. You would think there isn’t much that an airline could do to live with the… Read More »

Key Digital Trends 2017 – Ogilvy’s predictions and what to do about them

As 2017 begins, agencies and brands are looking to key trend measurements. The fourth annual Key Digital Trends report for 2017 has been released, all thanks to two of Ogilvy’s digital and innovation leaders, Marshall Manson, CEO at Ogilvy PR, and James Whatley, Planning Partner – Innovation at Ogilvy & Mather London. The report is divided into two… Read More »