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Survey reveals the latest IC trends
Written by Brittany Golob   
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:46

State_of_the_sector.pngThe annual State of the Sector survey reveals an increase in employees using personal devices to access business content.

The survey conducted by Gatehouse, a leading internal communications and employee engagement agency, showed that almost 40 percent of international companies allowed employees to access business information from their own personal devices, and 60 percent when including business owned mobiles.

Aberdeen welcomes cricket-al acclaim
Written by Brittany Golob   
Monday, 17 March 2014 12:03

Cricket_Scotland.jpgIn the run up to the One Day International (ODI) against England on 9 May, 2014, Cricket Scotland has announced a partnership with Aberdeen City Council. The ODI match will be held at Mannofield, Aberdeen; the home of Aberdeenshire Cricket Club.

Both organisations hope that the partnership will drive public interest towards the event, while providing for the logistics of turning a club facility into an international sports stadium.

JLL evolves to achieve global and digital ambitions
Written by Brittany Golob   
Friday, 14 March 2014 16:53

JLL_cake.jpgJones Lang LaSalle, a professional services and investment management firm, specialising in real estate, has rebranded as JLL and launched a new logo in readiness for the company’s global future. Operations in the Middle East and North Africa will be renamed JLL MENA.

The acronym JLL will be easier to recognise, remember, and pronounce, across the company’s multiple markets. The other main advantage is the new name’s suitability for digital platforms and mobile channels. Although JLL has rebranded, its decision to use the acronym of its previous company name reflects its desire to remain true to the company’s heritage and historically rich brand.

PR Academy commends high achievers
Written by Brittany Golob   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:37

PR_Academy_637_winner_pic.jpgAlastair Campbell spoke last night at an event organised in celebration of PR Academy graduate success.

Students graduating with exceptional grades were invited to collect a PR Academy Course Award at a private ceremony held at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Speaking at the event was Alastair Campbell, best known for his role as director of communications and strategy for Tony Blair.

2014 Digital Impact Awards now open for entries
Written by Brittany Golob   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:56

digitalimapct_1.jpgThe 2014 Digital Impact Awards is now receiving entries for its prestigious awards event. The Awards, now in its fifth year, consistently attracts those at the very forefront of the digital communications industry.

The Digital Impact Awards is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the excellent standard of work taking place in digital stakeholder engagement. Categories range from internal communications to annual reports and social media. This year there are 35 categories over nine sectors available for submissions. The awards is open to both in-house and agency teams.

Dubai Lynx announces awards shortlist
Written by Andrew Thomas   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 10:47

DubaiLynx.jpgThe Dubai Lynx Awards has announced its shortlist, with the winners collecting their trophies at the annual Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity dinner tomorrow (March 12) night.

CIPR pledges to confront gender inequality in Public Relations
Written by Brittany Golob   
Monday, 10 March 2014 15:29

cipr_2_427x330.jpgGender inequality remains a widespread and current issue that effects many professions. Despite being an industry that is 70% female, the PR industry remains one of them.

This February, The Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) State of the Profession survey revealed that men earn, on average, £12,390 more than women. Senior PR roles in particular see men being paid significantly more than women when performing the same roles.

IFA Hotels and Resorts prepares for expansion
Written by Brittany Golob   
Friday, 07 March 2014 15:20

beach_marina_view_0032.jpgIFA Hotels and Resorts’ (IFA HR) rebrand comes in a year of rapid growth for the hotel, resort and luxury leisure provider. The company is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, and is the largest foreign investor on the Palm Jumeirah.

IFA HR plans further expansion into the Middle East and Asia, and one of its most recent expansions sees the company joining with Capitas Group International (CGI) to bring Yotel hotels to Saudi Arabia. IFA HR hopes that its new brand identity will see it through a future of partnerships and acquisitions.

Conference to discuss comms and crisis in extractive sector
Written by Brittany Golob   
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

ROGM_14_logo1_NEWSTORY.jpgWarren Buffet famously said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” In any sector, reputation can protect a company or bring one down. In the extractive sector, the stakes are higher as the nature of work in oil, gas and mining presents more acute challenges.

Communicate magazine’s Reputation in Oil, Gas and Mining conference has examined corporate reputation in the extractive sector for the past four years. It has seen speakers from the world’s leading extractive companies comment on the obstacles they face, the successes and failures they’ve experienced and the issues impacting their sector today.

Reebok rebrand focuses on fitness
Written by Brittany Golob   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:59

REEBOK.jpgReebok has only changed its logo three times in its 121 years as a manufacturer of sports goods. The latest rebrand announces a whole new repositioning for the Reebok brand. It aims to move away from the brand’s previous association with professional athletes and sport, and instead is marketing itself as a motivator for general fitness in everyday life.

Reebok’s new logo is called the “Reebok Delta”; a triangular symbol which is designed to illustrate fitness focus. Each side of the triangle is said by Reebok to represent the physical, mental and social changes that a person can experience through participation in physical exercise.

Packaging and brand in food and drink nutrition
Written by Brittany Golob   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 13:23

nutrition_facts.jpgCalorie-conscious eating is a long-established lifestyle choice that prompts consumers to make decisions about food and drink selections. It has only recently become an issue for those in packaging and communications in the sector.

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just announced a rebrand of its mandatory Nutrition Facts labels on all food and drink products. The rebrand has affected the design of the prolific labels slightly, but has made it easier for brands to communicate their healthy benefits and the contents of their products.

Rowing for the record, and for medical research
Written by Brittany Golob   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 12:08

James_Prior_rowing_picture_2.jpgWorld records are not easy things to make or break and yet, in the past month, they’ve been unavoidable. Ellen DeGeneres used her gig as host of the Academy Awards to take the most retweeted photo of all time. Her uber-selfie with a handful of Hollywood’s A-list has been retweeted 3.1m times, as of the time of writing. Last month, Guinness World Records, the standard-bearers in record-making feats, sponsored an award category at the Festival of Media for ‘Record-breaking brand.’

Employee engagement agency Involve has just become involved in its own record-breaking attempt. Client director James Prior is attempting to row across the Atlantic in time to beat the 32-day world record while raising money for Crohn’s and colitis research. 
The team back at Involve will carry out a values-led programme at home to reflect Prior’s journey.

Comms troubles continue to plague Iraqi economy
Written by Brittany Golob   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:40

rumaila.jpegAs if Iraq didn’t have enough challenges as violence creeps back in to once-moderately peaceful regions. As if BP hadn’t faced enough obstacles from MENA-region countries in its day-to-day operations. As if the irony that surrounds economic and political change in Iraq wasn't as pervasive. In spite of all that, BP, which owns the most highly-saturated oil field in Iraq, has been forced to refrain from developing the site due to bureaucratic red tape.

The port of Basra has seen heavy investment for the past few years in part in anticipation of drilling beginning at the BP-controlled Rumaila field. BP’s inability to secure construction permits from the Iraq government puts the company, and the country, in a difficult position in the region.

MAF embarks on new brand strategy
Written by Brittany Golob   
Friday, 28 February 2014 17:19

My_City_Centre.jpgMajid Al Futtaim (MAF) recently revealed a new brand direction that aimed to unite its large and diverse range of retail and leisure companies under the one brand identity; MAF. The rebrand marks the beginning of MAF’s vast expansion into new markets – by 2018 the company aims to have doubled the size of its business.

MAF has made the first steps of its expansion with the opening of My City Centre in Nasseriya, Sharjah. The Sharjah complex alone has set MAF back Dhs 84m and covers 5,540 square metres. This is just the beginning of MAF’s expansion plans; the brand will be investing Dhs 3bn across Dubai in the next five years.

Northern Flights
Written by Brittany Golob   
Friday, 28 February 2014 15:55

Air_Inuit.jpgAs its name suggests, Air Inuit plays an essential role connecting the Inuit-populated Nunavik coastal regions with the rest of Quebec, Canada, and it is this cultural influence that has had the biggest impact on the airway’s recent rebrand.

Due to the area’s natural resources, and consequent infrastructural development, Air Inuit has received an increase in demand for air transport services and this led to a company-wide modernization which has culminated in a bold new livery design.

UpSkill programme encourages diversity
Written by Brittany Golob   
Friday, 28 February 2014 11:07

UpRising.JPGGreater diversity within the communications industry would not only be beneficial on a social scale, it also makes perfect business sense.

A PR agency that better represents its customer base internally, would also hope to have a better understanding of how to reach their market. Currently the issue of fair representation in the communications industry continues to be a problem with a negative effect on the industry’s productivity. Independent charity UpRising hopes to tackle this issue for the next generation of PR and Public Affairs professionals.

Ford Retail’s new brand name
Written by Brittany Golob   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 16:56

Ford_retail_logo.jpgFord’s customer facing dealership group, Ford Retail, will be rebranding across its 65 UK sites under new brand name TrustFord. Currently, the business’ regional dealerships operate under numerous different titles and this was seen to be confusing for Ford Retail customers, who may not have fully recognised the unity of these sites and the full scope of the Ford brand.

Stuart Kerr, chairman and CEO of Ford Retail, says, “The rebranding of the Ford Retail group has been in development for some time and was put in motion following qualitative internal and external customer research.”

Inspiration brings youth projects to life
Written by Brittany Golob   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:35

starbucks3.jpgInspiration can come from many places and exert a powerful influence. Starbucks has an existing relationship with the ‘inspiration’ value and continues to engender it through its Youth Action programme.

Starbucks and Edelman found through its Youth Inspiration Index – a survey of 1,000 plus young people – that being results-driven and industriousness are the qualities that most define inspirational leaders. The Youth Action project – now in its third year – supports young people through grants for inspirational projects.

Pinterest rewards evergreen, authentic content
Written by Brittany Golob   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:37

digbites.jpgThough fairly well-understood by American brands after a few years of use, Pinterest remains something of an enigma for British brands and those in other markets globally, including Japan and continental Europe.

Last night, at the inaugural PRCA Digital Group’s DigiBites event, UK country manager for Pinterest, Sarah Bush spoke about the ways in which brands can make the platform work for them. The discussion will be the first in a series of events hosted by the Digital Group.

Internal comms to be honoured at IoIC Awards
Written by Brittany Golob   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:49

ioicawards.jpgInternal communications is often the unsung hero of the comms mix. Internal communicators face countless obstacles that they must dispense with within a limited budget. Those who excel in the field can be responsible for innovative, organisation-changing solutions in IC.

The IoIC Awards, which celebrates the best work in internal communications, is open for entries for its 2014 iteration. This year, the numerous categories have been realigned into classes which include: Best campaign, best innovation, best use of print, best use of digital media, best use of design, best use of writing and imagery, best event and the individual ICon awards.

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