Marian Salzman, @erwwpr’s CEO and one of the world’s top trendspotters, has observed some clear
patterns in our culture over her 20 years of sighting trends. One that she sees now is the new discipline of newscrafting, which incorporates the practice of trendspotting. “There’s no ethical reason why we should not be actively involved in creating and crafting news,” says Salzman in this latest white paper from @erwwpr. “In fact, there’s every professional reason why we should be putting the best of our energy and ingenuity into being news creators and newscrafters for our clients.” She continues: “PR firms have a massive opportunity to go way beyond the old practice of pitching the news to become masters of newscrafting—a mix of putting out routine news in more compelling ways, creating news opportunities and coattailing relevant breaking news. Trendspotting is ideal for all these purposes.” Download the PDF to find out more.
In summer 2011, Euro RSCG Worldwide commissioned a global Prosumer research study, surveying more than 7,000 adults in 19 countries. This white paper looks at the findings from the U.S. sample of 500 people, examining the cultural and social context in which Americans live, work, communicate and consume. Through their answers to 120-plus questions about what motivates them, inspires them, scares them and bores them, we see heightened concerns about people’s health, well-being, even the structure of society. But we also find that despite a decade of hard knocks, most Americans are optimistic that things will get better. Against the backdrop of our world of overstimulation and constant communication, of occupied Wall Street and unemployed Main Street, “American Audit: A Walk Down Uneasy Street” explores trendsightings in half a dozen areas and the opportunities that sit on the horizon for brands and causes.
“American Companies Unlimited: What Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission Means for Companies’ Political Campaign Spending”
We set out to learn how Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the landmark Supreme Court ruling on corporate contributions, affects political- and issues-related communications during election cycles. In short, for the first time in more than 60 years, corporations and unions are now allowed to give unlimited amounts of money from their treasuries for political advertisements and broadcasting—even to companies owned by foreign corporations. Before any corporation or union elects to invest large sums in any specific candidate or issue, though, it will need to know more about the challenges and opportunities of this decision (both of which this thought paper covers), so that its outreach tactics don’t adversely affect its business or create a public backlash. “American Companies Unlimited” also explains the major arguments of the ruling, reactions from U.S. senators and congressmen, key points that will affect businesses and possible political implications.
Is social media redefining love? That’s the theme of our latest study. We know that social media has changed the way we live—and now, we’ve discovered, it’s changing the way we love. Euro RSCG Worldwide surveyed 1,000 respondents in the United States to explore how the digital world, specifically social media, has affected their lives in the areas of love and intimacy. In this white paper, we tackle new realities in love, like the questions of whether old-fashioned matchmaking will be a job of the past (about half of those we surveyed said they knew someone whose relationship had started online) and how old is too old to search for closeness online? Has social media affected fidelity? (Our poll says yes.) Which generation is most actively using online connections to find their love connections? And what do Facebook and the neighborhood bar have in common? Our groundbreaking survey reveals the answers to these questions and more.
This white paper is the next chapter in Euro RSCG Worldwide PR’s commitment to the study of the future of men. Since 2003, when Euro RSCG popularized the “metrosexual” concept, the agency has been at the forefront of the movement of marketing to men. “Male in U.S.A.” draws on this long history, plus the results of recent proprietary studies, independent research and insights gained through ERWW PR’s global trendspotting network, connecting the dots between all of them. Men in the United States today have many differences, but there are commonalities, and this paper addresses both. To try to accurately illustrate a portrait of the American man, it looks at demographics, the wealth illusion, the effects of the recession, male icons in Hollywood and beyond, cars, technology, the banking industry, love and second chances, among other diverse topics. A conclusion offers a list of 10 points helping to define the American male in 2011.
Young people across the planet think the world needs changing, and they’re confident social media will give them the power to accomplish that change, according to this new study. For the millennial generation, social media has eclipsed politics, corporations and consumer power as the greatest agent of change. The five-country study upon which the white paper is based, which was fielded by MicroDialogue in summer 2010, looks at how the rising generation is making themselves felt in the workplace, consumer markets and politics. In China, France, India, the United Kingdom and the United States, 600 respondents each were quizzed, split equally between men and women and divided between two age cohorts: 100 people aged 40 to 55 and 500 millennials aged 18 to 25. The findings also show that social media offers a means by which millennials satisfy their basic human needs of connection, conversation and community.
The new normal in the United States is not anything like it was just a few years ago. Fear and anxiety have replaced confidence and hope when it comes to the economy, and the effects have been felt from the family den to the White House. Optimism is out and pessimism is in, with Americans questioning the future of health care, education, jobs and the political direction of the country. In February 2010, Euro RSCG Worldwide PR and Euro RSCG Life, the public relations arm and the health-focused communications network of Euro RSCG Worldwide, a leading integrated marketing communications agency, commissioned two surveys to try to gauge the mood of Americans on these hot-button issues and others. One survey questioned people nationwide; the other polled residents of Connecticut. Research partners MicroDialogue deployed the two surveys, with each questioning a random and representative sample of 386 people age 18 and older, then analyzed the data. The resultant “U.S. Mind and Mood” white paper provides a series of snapshots of a nation living in a precarious present.
How is the changing world of the 21st century reshaping families, lives and homes in the U.S.? Euro RSCG Worldwide PR analyzed diverse data sets and surveys, media and social trends, and home-industry reports to answer that question with thoughts in six areas: multigenerational homes, home as a destination, sustainability, scent as design element, mobile media centers and simplicity. The categories blend and blur with one another, but there are also some underlying themes. One bottom line from the white paper is this: “With the world in so much flux, Americans are rethinking their definition of home. In flusher times, home was a pit stop, a place to drop your keys between outings. With less cash to spread around, Americans are rediscovering home as the ultimate destination. We work at home. We dine in. We host movie night. Once again, we live at home.”
Euro RSCG Worldwide PR’s white paper analyzes data from a survey the agency commissioned of 100 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 about their spending and communications habits. The research reveals that the teenage girl contradicts almost all cultural stereotypes in those areas. But the core finding of the white paper is more sociological than statistical. Tearing down another false platitude about teenage girls, the paper proves that a sense of intimacy with a select group of friends and family drives almost all their social interaction—including shopping, which the study characterizes as a core social activity for teenage girls. The findings are helping to launch a new agency initiative. Eventually focusing on teen boys and girls, the first phase is called The Sisterhood.
In October 2009, Euro RSCG Worldwide commissioned a survey to map the trajectory of social life and social media usage in the United States, quizzing 1,228 Americans from all online demographics. This white paper looks at the macro developments in social media; it also brings in numbers and verbatims about people’s hopes for their social life online and offline before finally drawing conclusions and implications for marketers and their clients. The study found, for instance, that by interacting through online media, American consumers are more connected than ever and have dramatically integrated social networking tools into their lives. According to the study, their world is expanding and narrowing at the same time because of social media’s hyperlocalization quotient. Among the takeaways for marketers: It’s impossible to predict how bits of communication will spread across social media; as most traditional media converge online, communication flows among them, and consumers become messengers.