Battling the horrible internet of very rural Ireland to connect with my cocooned in-laws. Facilitating a 23-member Task Force on Zoom to build consensus on a report. Learning how to involve family - from my 95-year old grandparents to 6-year old niece – in a multilingual virtual birthday party. Chairing non-profit board meetings with members juggling tough COVID conversations, introversion, and cramped family spaces.
Journalism is essential during a crisis – and harder than ever during a pandemic when a reporter can’t get close to their sources. That’s why Argyle is turning the tables by interviewing prominent Canadian journalists. We aim to learn how they are coping, staying on top of the 24/7 news cycle, delivering fresh angles and insight, and engaging with communicators.
Six weeks ago, we posed the question “How do you engage when you can’t gather?” followed by our tips for alternative engagement options. Since then, the Argyle team has been working with clients across the country to design virtual public engagement programs.
Whether you’re disseminating health-care research or sharing an innovative new treatment, working with health care professionals is essential to improving patient care. Communicating with these busy professionals can be challenging in normal circumstances, let alone amid a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis – and the new norm of social distancing – has made digital communications, and social media in particular, more important than ever for organizations.
How should organizations engage their public during the COVID-19 pandemic? That was the question Argyle’s national public engagement team tackled on a national webinar last week.
In the fall of 2006, just a few weeks after Facebook became available to the general public, I invited a friend to speak at our company’s annual retreat. I asked him to tell the Argyle team about his pioneering work in “word-of-mouth marketing” – and to help us read the tea leaves about how communicators should think differently in a world in which audiences were about to become more empowered than ever before.
Our clients aren’t salacious enough to keep Don Draper entertained for more than one Old Fashioned. And Olivia Pope would be bored silly in our office staring out the window at charming St. Boniface, tears in her eyes, lip quivering in dramatic fashion, looking for a disaster to handle. But not us. We love what we do.
Recently at the World Social Marketing Conference (WSMC) in Washington, DC Hilary and I attended a plenary session entitled “Digital is the answer, what was the question?”
Super Bowl LI was a night of historic firsts in football records - but did the advertisers bring the same excitement to their portion of the program? When a 30-second spot costs $5 million, the stakes are high – and that can make it even harder for a message to break through. Here are some ChangeMakers’ top picks of this year’s Super Bowl ads.