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Talent, Inspiration & Innovation: A Look at ICCO 2016

By Melanie Joe, Consultant – Research and Insights, MSLGROUP ‘Talent, Inspiration and Innovation – Creating the Consultancy of the Future’: this was the 2016 theme for the ICCO Global PR Summit, held in the historic city of Oxford this year. Two power-packed days of keynotes, panel discussions and networking later, I must admit I was a little overwhelmed by the sea of new ideas and insights I came back with ...

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Brand Culture in the Conversation Age

By Pascal Beucler, SVP & Chief Strategy Officer, MSLGROUP and Juror, Cannes Lions 2016 Entertainment Jury The ICCO Global Summit which took place in Oxford, UK, last week offered two days of great conversations with colleagues coming from all over the world. I was invited to discuss why Branded Content and Entertainment are a new boundary, and a sweet spot to hit for PR professionals, based on my experi ...

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Looking Forward: Dining on Driverless Cars

Steve Bryant, Director, Food & Beverage Marketing; Managing Director, MSLGROUP Seattle Driverless (or autonomous) cars have been a subject of fascination, but there is so far little commentary on its implication for eating. We believe the effect could be profound, as driving hands are freed up to prepare and enjoy meals on the road. It requires little imagination to picture ever longer commutes giving w ...

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Activating Recommendation in the Conversation Age

Word of mouth has forever been a driving force in influencing consumer buying and behavior, and nowhere is it as wide-spread as with food-related decisions. While there are several determinants to food choices – culture, health, economics, lifestyle, to name a few – suggestions from friends and family certainly play a significant role in helping consumers make up their mind. Today, mere information about th ...

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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 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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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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Winning Share of Mouth in the Conversation Age

By Guillaume Herbette, CEO, MSLGROUP Today, for a food and beverage company to win share of mouth, it also needs to win at share of voice. In an era where food and drink have become everyone’s favorite topics of conversation, navigating the complex communications landscape is tricky to say the least. That’s because the global narrative about food has evolved far beyond the food product itself. Once a matter ...

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Trends for 2015 – People’s Insights

By Nidhi Makhija-Chimnani, Director – Research and Insights, MSLGROUP Every month we look at a couple of inspiring initiatives to track how brands and organizations are engaging with people in the conversation age. This month, we picked new initiatives that are indicative of larger trends that will unfold over 2015. We’re seeing campaigns from people, activists, brands and governments to change the way we c ...

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Branding & The Senses: Pascal Beucler, MSLGROUP

  Earlier this month, Pascal Beucler, MSLGROUP's Chief Strategy Officer, was invited to the Escuela Superior De Diseno, Madrid, as part of an exhibition. Held between March 7-30, 2012, the 20 Iconos Del Diseño Francés (20 Icons Of French Design) or L'émoi du Design, was organized by the French embassy in Spain, the Institut Français, the city of Madrid and Asociación Diseñadores de Madrid (an associati ...

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