Brand activism – is it the future?

Nov 27 2018

How political should a company or brand be in today’s post-truth world? After backing American footballer Colin Kaepernick, who famously knelt during the national anthem before a game as a protest against racial injustice, Nike has no doubt. “Believe in something,” demands the latest version of its long-running ‘Just Do It’ campaign. “Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Read more…

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Specialist PR firms make more sense

Sep 20 2018

If you’re thinking about hiring a public relations agency, choose carefully. Hiring a global firm with thousands of employees can be enticing, but know what you’ll be paying for. With a specialist PR agency, your money primarily goes towards the talent that supports you; not on a legacy operating model.

Specialist PR firms are ideally suited to this modern world of communications. Here are a few reasons why.

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Tools for Success in Financial Services & Fintech PR

Sep 13 2018

Today’s financial markets operate at lightning speeds and are constantly monitored by regulators and compliance organizations to ensure there is a level playing field for all participants. Participants must ensure their operations are organized and buttoned-up, particularly their messaging and their brand image. With that in mind, managing public relations for firms in this sector – whether asset managers, fintech vendors, or tier-one banks – is no small task and requires a specific set of expertise, tools and strategies. Here are five tips that will help you successfully manage your client’s expectations and become a more well-rounded communications professional.  

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Quirky Football Unveilings – Evolving use of Social Media

Aug 23 2018

With the memories of the World Cup still fresh in our minds, the football (soccer) season is back underway with most top-tier European leagues having already played their first week of matches.

Lots of transfer business occurs every summer and winter, with football clubs – particularly in Europe – spending vast amounts on new players. Since last summer’s transfer window (the window opening in May and closing in August, whereby clubs have the chance to sell and purchase players ahead of the new season) following the world record £200 million ($263m) sale of Brazilian star Neymar from F.C Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), the market has skyrocketed and players are now routinely going for sums that several years ago would be close to record-breaking. Read more…

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Changing Methods of Marketing – From a Gaming Industry Perspective

Jun 28 2018

It would be incredibly difficult to find someone who has never played at least one video game in their life. The stereotypical view is that video games are made only for male teenagers and children – but this couldn’t be further from reality.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, in 2017 the average age of a gamer in the US was 35 – and 41% were female. This data is a clear indication that the industry is creating games that appeal to people from all walks of life. The gaming industry is now being increasingly used as a marketing channel. It’s no surprise that the sector is booming – in the US alone, the market was worth around $18.4bn (Statista, 2017), which provides an idea of the vast opportunities for marketing.

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Who will win the marketing world cup?

Jun 21 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has kicked off in Russia with 32 national teams fighting to win the coveted gold trophy. It is also the ultimate test of global sporting brands and their content strategies. In a tournament dominated by heavyweight spenders we believe there could be some surprise winners on – and off – the pitch.

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Webinar 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Jun 18 2018
Creative. Interactive. Global. Cost efficient. Real-time. On Demand.

These are just a few characteristics used to describe webinars. A webinar is a web-based video or audio conference that connects an individual or group host to a global audience. Professionals invest time into webinar research and planning because it is ultimately used as an educational business tool. For the hosting company, this results in an organic way to improve SEO while becoming known as “industry experts.” Adding a user registration step to the webinar process is also a great way to capture new leads and relevant industry contacts. Companies that publish webinar content have experienced a substantial increase in brand awareness, lead generation and overall credibility.

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GDPR – Sink or Swim

May 22 2018

Data-focused regulation by any other name would still be regulation. But will GDPR make a difference?

Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. A familiar refrain that seems to apply to many areas of life – love, vices, household appliances… you name it. But when it comes to the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on 25 May (yes, this week), ‘can’t live without it’, isn’t an option.

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A real-world content marketing case study: Our own

Content Marketing
Jun 8 2017

The pitfalls of a content gap

It’s never easy admitting your own misses but here goes: we here at Paragon got off track with our content marketing. If you are one of our clients, then you have heard us emphasize time and again the power of content – as well as the level of commitment it takes. Producing and regularly delivering relevant content feeds your communications, marketing and media efforts. When done well, this makes them more effective and allows you to connect with and engage your audience.

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Pages with P.J: Phishing for Phools

Phishing for Phools
May 3 2017

In the second installment of Pages with P.J., I take a look at Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception. Phishing for Phools outlines the theories formulated by Nobel Prize-winning economists George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller about how free markets operate across various industries and that regardless of intentions of all parties, there will always be a winner and a loser. In other words, someone will always be “phished” for a “phool”.

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