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Janet Echelman

Forbidden words

Taboo is a forbidden word, a holy word — a word that must not be uttered in vain. By keeping quiet, we avoid telling the truth. So why do we submit to taboos and accept that some issues are not talked about? Every culture has its own taboos, and politics is an endless source of […]

ICCO welcomes the United PR Association of Ukraine as a member

The International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) has announced the United PR Association of Ukraine (UPRA) as its 41st national association member. UPRA – which is comprised of 180 members – was established in response to the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Its mission is to bring Ukrainian PR and communications professionals together to inform the world […]

Now is the time to read Russian classics – start with the Gulag

It is never wrong time to get acquainted with the Russian mental landscape – but now it is more acute than ever. We need to find out what we already know, what is weird and foreign – and what is the message we will never understand. Everything from Pushkin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Bulgakov to Mayakovsky […]

Creating good brand names is a craft of its own

I have had the opportunity to participate in the design of quite a few company names. Now I wrote down the main conclusions based on these experiences. The naming process is straightforward, if the company’s business idea is clear. You find themes and word groups that naturally connect with the business. The job becomes, however, […]

Where does the name of Mailand come from?

Company naming processes tend to get complicated. They start with idea workshops or name competitions. Management teams and board members throw in their heavy weight thoughts. Consultants produce long lists. Finally, a suitable name draft is found. Then it will be further finetuned, spiced, polished – and registered. Mailand’s name was born a lot easier. […]

Inside each communicator there is also a small researcher

Curiosity is the most important ability of a communicator. Writing skills, close relationships with the media, lessons learned at school come only after that. Without the curiosity and desire to understand what you see communication is almost impossible. If your heart is not involved, the text will remain hollow. Even when it comes to business […]

PR agencies around the world getting confident about the future

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on employment and business in the PR agency sector, especially in largest markets such as the United Kingdom, the United States or India. However, a recent ICCO (International Communications Consultancy Organization) confidence survey, ICCO Confidence Tracker, says that PR agencies across the markets already believe in growth. […]

The global shift in media consumption is shaking political media

“In the foreseeable future, half of consumers will not care whether their news comes from media, social media, a corporate channel or what. As long as the content matches his or her values,” said Fred Cook, Chairman of the Golin, a global communications group, at the ICCO Global Summit in Lisbon last October. This change […]

Communications stands firmly on the management agenda

The role of communications varies from one company to another, depending on the company culture, industry and life cycle stage. What is common is that communications touch nearly everyone in the organisation. This is how we as consultants see it. Our assignments come from our clients’ management and experts, sometimes also from the board or […]
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