Understanding the German Federal Election Results

Understanding the German Federal Election Results

By Axel Wallrabenstein, Chairman, MSL Germany What is the election result? Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in yesterday’s German federal election. However, with losses o ...

Have We Reached The End Of Brand Purpose?

Have We Reached The End Of Brand Purpose?

Rather than offering solutions to societal needs, brand ‘purpose’ risks becoming a euphemism for ill-conceived CSR campaigns. The Holmes Report's Alex Brownsell talks to CMOs, incl ...

The Next in Augmented Relationships

The Next in Augmented Relationships

Melanie Joe, Consultant, Research and Insights, MSL Exciting developments from the technology sector are in the news on an almost everyday basis; big data, virtual reality (VR), au ...

How Technology will Help Communicators Usher in Limitless Consumerism

How Technology will Help Communicators Usher in Limitless Consumerism

By Daphne Hoytt, SVP, MSL Atlanta, NA Consumer Practice Director In today’s modern world, it goes without that saying that exclusivity is what moves the needle in consumer brand co ...

China’s Live-streaming Trend: Paving the Way for Increased Engagement

China’s Live-streaming Trend: Paving the Way for Increased Engagement

By Glenn Osaki, President, Asia, Shanghai, China, MSL and Liki Qin, Regional Senior Manager, Asia, MSL 2016 will be known as the dawn of the era of live-streaming in China, with ov ...

PR – Driven Media: Hero of The Day

PR – Driven Media: Hero of The Day

By Guillaume Herbette, Global CEO, MSL Every brand is a media company now. This message has undoubtedly been instilled in every communications and marketing professional. And what ...

Immersive Tech Meets Sustainability

Immersive Tech Meets Sustainability

By Sheila McLean, NA Citizenship & Sustainability Practice Director, MSL Much has been said and written about how immersive tech will transform the communications industry, ush ...

Transparency Coming for Genetically Engineered Foods

For more than a decade, while Europe rejected genetically engineered foods – GMOs in the popular parlance – Americans remained oblivious and unconcerned. In the meantime, U.S. grocery shelves were filled with products made from GM corn, soy and sugar beets. Yet, the blind indifference has not endured, as activists in the state of Vermont waged a successful referendum that forces labeling of products sold in ...

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Taste Buds are Neither Hispanic nor American, but Bicultural

By Vickie Allande-Fite, SVP, MSLGROUP Los Angeles (Hispanic Specialty Lead) In the U.S., every 30 seconds, two non-Hispanics reach retirement age and one Latino turns 18. Hispanics are coming of age and wielding $1.5 trillion in buying power. The community is clearly an influential growing segment of consumers. Food marketers, to successfully engage Hispanic audiences, need to understand the factors driving ...

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Nutrition: What Does it Mean for Emerging Economies?

By Narendra Nag, Regional Director, Integrated Planning & Asia Practice Leader, Social Media and Digital, MSLGROUP Singapore Food supply is no longer the big problem facing the developing world. Agricultural yields are up across the developing world thanks to better seeds, improved irrigation, and a host of other agricultural extensions. But one of the major results of massive food security programs, li ...

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The Growing Affinity for ‘Fresh Food’ in Asian Markets

By Aruna Handique, Planning Manager, MSLGROUP With rising disposable incomes and better standards of living across leading Asian economies, consumers are increasingly aware of food safety, leading to a surge in organic food and fresh food consciousness. In 2014, fresh food markets saw a spike in growth in Asia, with appreciable inroads into the economies of India and China. Some very notable factors have be ...

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The Ever-Evolving Definition of Human Rights

By Melanie Joe, Consultant - Research and Insights, MSLGROUP The late Nelson Mandela famously said, “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” The idea that every person is free simply by the virtue of being born human seems straightforward enough, and yet, almost seven decades after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly, we continue t ...

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Food, genomics and the Microbiome: What are the Implications for Food producers?

Although it's been around for eons, consumers, lately, seem to have truly taken to heart the adage “you are what you eat.” More than ever before, they care about their own well-being and are actively looking for ways to improve their health. Given this increasing shift toward health consciousness, what should food producers do, for a better understanding of consumers' nutritional needs? Understand the impac ...

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Transatlantic Personal Data Processing: Complying with the New EU-US Privacy Shield

By Leonardo Sforza, Managing Director, Brussels, MSLGROUP In July 2016, the European Commission adopted its highly anticipated EU-US “Privacy Shield,” setting up a new data protection framework for organisations that transfer EU citizens’ personal data to the US. More than 4,000 organisations are expected to have to adapt their privacy policies and practices accordingly, and sign up to the new statutory req ...

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution: New World, New Rules

By Steve Bryant, Director, Food & Beverage Marketing; Managing Director, MSLGROUP Seattle The Fourth Industrial Revolution is in its infancy, yet it is already disrupting the historically stable food and beverage business. Big Food companies that once appeared on a steady march toward industry domination are starting to look like slow-moving dinosaurs. Now, innovative upstarts are winning through rapid ...

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3 Tips to Achieve Real Impact with your Human Rights Initiative

By Luna Atamian, Senior Account Executive, Corporate & Brand Citizenship, North America, MSLGROUP The belief that human rights are relevant to the economic, social and environmental aspects of corporate activity hasn't always been very popular, which can be surprising given that human rights common norms have existed for 67 years. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHD) adopted by the U.N Gener ...

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Making The Communication Matter: Imagery, Words & Speech Strategies Around Food & Nutrition

By Pascal Beucler, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP The Future of Food, as we see it, is also about the future of its representations, in terms of the communication around it. Several factors go into influencing this, one of them being the discussions driven by audiences via social networks. Analyzing food conversations on the web brings up interesting insights – consumer awareness is at an all-ti ...

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