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  • Year of Change: BEHIND THE SCENES

    April 11, 2019

    In May 2018 we published the first video in our Year of Change series. It's almost a year later and we are still pushing out videos on a weekly basis. Why? Because 2019 is a crucial year for Europe, for stakeholders and for business. The priorities for policymaking in the next five years will depend on who comes into office, hence business and stakeholders need to know well in advance how, when and with what...

  • #FHFiveDays 2019: Taking your communications a step further for this ‘year of change’

    March 14, 2019

    Our annual #FHFiveDays events are back from April 1-5! Each year, for five consecutive days, we welcome public affairs and communications professionals to our Brussels office to talk about how to advance the profession and inspire them to do great work. 2019 is definitely the year of change, with its set of challenges but also with its opportunities. During our #FHFiveDays, we will help our audience navigate the troubled waters of communications. We will be talking about content...

  • How to Measure the Impact of Social Media for Public Affairs

    November 28, 2018

    Our Challenge: Social Media is for Marketers Social media has become a veritable public affairs tool in its own right. Public affairs activities are incredibly difficult to measure, but with social media we’ve been given a gift. We have data, so much data, for free and at our fingertips. But there’s a problem. None of these social media platforms were built with us in mind. Social media is for marketers. And marketers need numbers. Marketers operate...

  • Next European Commission – What are the tech issues that policymakers will target? #FHYearofChange

    November 23, 2018

    A long read version of this article first appeared on 22 October Tech policy can garner significant attention in Brussels, especially in light of Commissioner Vestager’s enforcement decisions against Apple, Google, and Amazon, as well as the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal. While Commission President Jean Claude Juncker prophesied in 2014 that the Digital Single Market (DSM) would generate up to €250 billion of additional growth in Europe, the tech sector now gets more closely associated...

  • Louise Day meets Marco Ricorda to talk about social influencers

    August 27, 2018

    Our Digital, Social and Creative Louise Day recently met the Head of Social Media for the ALDE Group, Marco Ricorda, for a quick chat about the rise of social influencers. The conversation helped to better understand what social influencers are, where we can find them and whether they are a good fit for organisations involved in Public Affairs in Brussels. https://vimeo.com/286189585 To further the discussion on social influencers, check out our recent articles on our definition of...

  • Welcoming Marcel Halma to talk about Corporate Activism

    August 27, 2018

    A few weeks ago, our Social, Digital and Creative team convened a small group of forward-thinking communicators from companies, trade associations, NGOs and EU institutions to explore what corporate activism means and what organisations should do in a time of seismic political and culture change. Marcel Halma of AkzoNobel, a recognised thought leader in the public affairs world joined us to share his take on the state of corporate activism, sparking questions like: - What, if...

  • So, what is an influencer?

    July 16, 2018

    The term 'social influencers' has become a industry buzzword. The most common definition is ‘someone with a large social following.’ It makes sense to collaborate with influencers based on what they can offer. As Brett explains in his video, the main purpose of working with social influencers is to drive purchaser intent or to raise awareness. Yet, they can also help to effect change in a highly specific policy area or impact certain individuals. Therefore...

  • How can your messages reach a communications sweet spot?

    June 26, 2018

    Continuing the DSC video series comes a short piece from Louise, giving us advice on how to hit the communications sweet spot when building a communications campaign. You’ll have to watch the video for the full rundown of what to do, but our main takeaway is to find your unique voice or perspective. In a society where millions of actors are constantly fighting for attention, the best way you can carve out a space for...

  • How can the EU communicate better in a year of change?

    June 12, 2018

    How can the EU communicate better? That age-old question that we'll never stop asking (and shouldn't). My take in a few points: The EU needs to meet people "where they are" and drop the "Brussels knows best" mentality - EVEN if this feels weird to do. Anything that smacks of elitism just plays as condescension. The EU needs to admit that it doesn't have everything right and needs to improve (see Macron agenda!). Anything less...

  • Working with Social Influencers to Tell Your Organisation’s Story

    June 5, 2018

    Obviously, you've already heard of social influencers. Not just because I wrote about them here - though I'd feel blessed to think so - but because they've gathered a lot of attention in the marketing world in the past 4-5 years. From our experience, this trend goes beyond companies and their need to sell products. For us at FH, these trusted "experts" with a large online following represent a clear opportunity for organisations to spark conversations and shape minds in the public...