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Key Learnings From SXSW 2017: AI, Bots and AR/VR

Key Learnings From SXSW 2017: AI, Bots and AR/VR

By Mark McClennan, SVP, MSLGROUP A horde of influencers, communicators and technologists descended on Austin, Texas, in March for SXSW 2017 the premier innovation conference. Almos ...

Digital Brands + Live Experiences: Connecting With Your Audience IRL

Digital Brands + Live Experiences: Connecting With Your Audience IRL

When done well, experiential marketing — or more specifically, live experiences — delivers opportunities for consumers to interact with brands in uniquely meaningful ways. For bran ...

Digital Disruption and Its Indicators

Digital Disruption and Its Indicators

By Sandeep Deb Varman, Associate Account Director, 20:20 MSL KPMG recently came out with a study highlighting innovation and tech hubs around the world, apart from Silicon Valley. ...

Accelerating the Evolution: Insights from ad:tech India

Accelerating the Evolution: Insights from ad:tech India

By Melanie Joe, Consultant – Research and Insights, MSLGROUP ad:tech, the international conference for digital and interactive marketing and communications, saw its India chapter u ...

SxSW 2017: The Future of Intelligent Life

SxSW 2017: The Future of Intelligent Life

After a busy week in Austin, Texas attending SxSW 2017, Carolina Fullen, director of Innovation and Social Engagement at MSLGROUP ANDREOLI recaps her learnings from the final discu ...

SxSW 2017: Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Work & Neuroscience

SxSW 2017: Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Work & Neuroscience

We are in the homestretch of SXSW 2017! In today's bulletin, both Carolina Fullen and Marcelo Minutti, specialists from MSLGROUP Andreoli who are in Texas to attend the biggest cre ...

SxSW 2017: Influence Marketing and Data Analysis

SxSW 2017: Influence Marketing and Data Analysis

Influence marketing for a digital world and data analysis for health and content solutions are today's highlight in biggest creativity events in the world. The South by Southwest F ...

Behind the Scenes at Ahold USA

An interview with Kim Cannon, Director of Internal Communications, Ahold USA Q. Tell us a little about Ahold USA. KC: Ahold USA (AUSA) represents the U.S. sector of Koninklije Ahold N.V., a Dutch-based international company with retail grocery in multiple countries. AUSA’s four divisions operate more than 800 stores across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. Our family of stores includes Stop & Shop ...

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Communicating with Policymakers in the Digital Age

Public Affairs on the Threshold of Change Europe Ahead of US in Social Media Usage for Public Policy MSLGROUP’s survey shows that digital and social media are more used and appreciated as a way to communicate with policymakers in Brussels than in Washington D.C. In the U.S., personal contacts, television and radio advertising are still considered the best ways to influence policymakers. However, half of EU ...

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A Culture Change for Employees

Digital transition projects have traditionally been implemented by IT departments, which applied the change management processes of large IT firms. Likewise, organisational and management consultants, who are more process-focused, have produced a large number of change management kits, which are undoubtedly useful and well-designed, but do not solve the main problem: how to gain employee buy-in to a new cul ...

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Secrets from the CIA Social Media Playbook

By Mark McClennan, SVP, MSLGROUP Aside from the VR/AR sessions, the best session for me at SXSW to date has been one in which the social communications leads of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) discussed their social media strategy and approach. It was amazingly well thought out, strategic and engaging. There wasn’t anything groundbreaking – but the content could be a textbook for many brands on how to ...

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SxSW – It’s All About Value

By Mark McClennan, SVP, MSLGROUP I had the pleasure of attending some very different sessions and discussions at SxSW recently. One for fun (the role of CRM on elections), two for clients (Mobile Banking and Risks to Personally Identifiable Information) and a final discussion with senior communications executives at GE and BMW on leveraging Periscope effectively in communications campaigns. You might think ...

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Diversity, PR, SXSW and Gen Z

By Mark McClennan, SVP, MSLGROUP Diversity is an important issue and it is one that PR professionals, the industry, marketers and brands have been struggling to address adequately for quite some time. This was really driven home to me on the first day of SXSW 2016. SXSW is one of the most diverse conferences I have ever had the pleasure of attending, no matter what way you cut it. Just this evening, I was s ...

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Boosting Employee Engagement

The Crux of the Transition Research shows that around 80% of employees are not committed to their companies and many do little more than show up. Many factors influence this situation, including management styles, leadership, company reputation, working conditions, opportunities to get involved, interesting work, recognition and personal development programs. Digital collaboration can help with most of thes ...

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2016 Is the Year of VR; But How Does It Play in PR?

To help marketing and PR professionals get started with virtual reality, MSLGROUP has collaborated with PR Week for an exclusive panel at SXSW featuring technology advocate Robert Scoble, Jon Hackett of Nurun, Tara Kriese from Samsung and Jim Marggraff, Founder of Eyefluence. Jeff Melton of MSLGROUP will moderate the panel discussion. Register here to hear panelists discuss the most creative ways to utilize ...

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Collective Intelligence at Work on MIND

By Sarika Waje, Global Knowledge Manager, MSLGROUP After 16 brands came together to form our agency, MSLGROUP needed to spark collaboration across our network to better serve our clients. With 3,000 employees across 100 global offices, we were looking to connect our colleagues, experts, our experience and our work across offices and geographies. We needed to develop the most robust knowledge-sharing platfor ...

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Make Innovation Possible through Innovation

By Jeff Melton, SVP, Global Technology & Platforms, MSLGROUP The vast majority of executives, 93 percent, hitch their company‘s long-term success to their ability to innovate but at the same time, less than 18 percent believe their own innovation strategy is delivering a competitive advantage – Accenture The private equity and venture capital sector’s actions are indicators that established organization ...

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