Merry Christmans and a Happy New Year!

The GCPR Blog takes a short Christmas break and will be back in the second week of January.

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your international GlobalCom PR-Network team.

Make Way for Mobile Commerce This Holiday Season

This post was first published by Jackie Paris on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

Looking back to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, did you use a mobile or social platform to make your purchases? While it was expected that mobile would make a good showing in 2012, its 21 percent increase over last year’s numbers was quite the jump. Read more

Malaysia: Tops and Flops in international PR

Today our series features Alice Yong of Wyse Communications (http://wysecomm.homestead.com/), GlobalCom PR Network partner in Malaysia, who gives us some insights into “Tops and Flops” in the Asian market.

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3 Reasons Why Holiday Shoppers Are Ditching the Malls

This post was first published by Andrea Proulx on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s no surprise that e-retail is becoming the preferred method of shopping. In fact, a study released by Forrester Research announced that e-retail spending is to increase 62% by 2016! Here are 3 explanations of why people are skipping the trip to mall and shopping online this holiday season:

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France: Tops and Flops in international PR

Today our series features Sophie Bernard, CEO of Point Virgule (http://www.pointvirgule.com/), GlobalCom PR Network partner in France, who gives us some insights into “Tops and Flops” in the French market.

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Lost in translation, Part 2

When European companies expand their business, often the most challenging yet most rewarding market to crack is the Chinese one.

Last week Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology, stressed the importance of the relationship between China and Europe, while drawing attention to the communications challenges that arise from the significant cultural, historical and traditional differences between China and Europe.

“The friendship between China and Europe shall continue on the basis of respect for each other, candid and close communications. China and Europe will continue to be friends who seek common ground while reserving differences,” he said.

Chinese investors are looking more and more to Europe for projects and investments, supported by platforms such as our clients ChinaGoAbroad. But what about European companies looking to enter the Chinese markets? How can they build an effective communication strategy that respects those differences while effectively marketing their product or service to consumers there?

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The Google-ICOA Hoax

This post was first published by Martin Jones on March Communications‘ blog PR Nonsense.

This week’s fake news release announcing Google’s supposed $400 million acquisition of ICOA, a little Rhode Island-based wireless company, has seen an awful lot of blather in the media and social sphere about how this could come to pass and who is at fault.

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Lost in translation, Part 1

Europe and China are home to some of the world’s oldest traditions. Each continent has a vibrant and expansive history and a myriad of different cultures, beliefs and demographics. The two continents have been trading for centuries, but as the way we communicate rapidly changes, how do companies and investors ensure their messages are not lost in translation?

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