Thought Leadership Essays

IPRA thought leadership (ITL) essays deliver relevant and engaging content for anyone involved in Public Relations with an international dimension. They provide valuable insight and forthright opinion on the key trends and live issues that really matter in the fast-changing world of Public Relations today.

ITL #317 Global requires local: from handshakes to bows and bisous

Working in a demanding international in-house role presents an exciting mix of opportunities and challenges. Here’s a survival guide from the perspective of a VP Global Comms in one of the world’s top auto-makers. By Heather Chambers Knox.

ITL #316 IPRA Golden World Awards 2019: what the judges look for

GWA success brings worldwide recognition and acclaim. But what marks out a great piece of work? Which mistakes should entrants avoid? And why are esteemed communicators so happy to sit in judgment? By Rob Gray.

ITL #315   Healthcare: five trends communicators should watch

Scientific advances and policy changes are driving a transformation in healthcare globally, raising questions about ethics, efficacy and access that communicators need to address. By Jill Dosik.

ITL #314 Rise of the media bots: what robot reporters mean for the future of PR

Media outlets are beginning to use AI-based tools to create editorial content. Where is this leading and how should PR prepare? By Meredith L. Eaton.

ITL #313 Latin America: emerging markets and transforming communication

The LatAm communications landscape has seen tremendous evolution and future prospects look very promising. By Vivian Kobeh.

ITL #312 - Corporate purpose: why the backlash is important

Critics of corporate philanthropy initiatives and purpose statements argue they are often more about the optics than real systemic change to the way companies treat their various stakeholders. By Narda Shirley.

ITL #311 - Social consciousness for capital gains: how corporate campaigns have commodified social responsibility

When businesses take a chance on being at the forefront of social issues they put their integrity on the line. By Ronke Lawal.

ITL #310 - No conversation, no civilization: why talking matters more than ever

Effective solutions start with opposing sides spending time together and entering into conversation with a willingness not just to hear each other out but also to feel each other out. By Marian Salzman.

ITL #309: The art of the barter: extending hospitality to Instagram influencers

Identifying and working with the right social media influencers for a specific hotel, spa or restaurant can deliver impressive marketing results without breaking the bank. By Louise O’Brien.

ITL #308 A big step beyond messaging: the importance of communicators challenging business

PR professionals have a role to play in influencing how organisations behave. Agencies and in-house comms teams must become bolder and better at convincing business leaders to implement strategic change. By Jeremy Galbraith.
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