Kekst CNC Corporate communications May 12 2021

COVID-19 Opinion Tracker - Edition 8

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Oliver Mann Corporate communications Jan 27 2021

How Can Strategic Communications Help With the Founder’s Dilemma?

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Eleanor Cavill Apr 12 2021

Episode 9: Clubhouse’s Rapid Rise in Germany – A Trend Here to Stay?

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Research

Corporate communications

The eighth Kekst CNC international tracking survey shows surprising responses when it comes to the public’s confidence in their country’s economic situation, uptakes in vaccine roll-outs and the reputation of Governments and large businesses. This study shows that countries with strong vaccine rollouts have seen higher public confidence and an overall positive perception of government and business performance, particularly so in the UK and U.S.

Corporate communications

Vaccinations, quarantine periods, testing and case numbers are some of the factors that will shape post-pandemic tourism and travel. The future of travel rests heavily on the success of the vaccine rollouts, but is this enough to get travellers to go abroad again?

Corporate communications

The seventh Kekst CNC international tracking survey finds that as vaccines roll out, businesses are facing increasing reputational risks in the latter stages of the pandemic. As an example, we find that the pharmaceutical industry has received contrasting opinions recently. In the UK, the pharmaceutical industry has seen a significant boost to its brand, placing it alongside highly rated industries like supermarkets and the NHS.

Blogs

Transactions

The SPAC boom is on everyone's lips – investors, regulators and the media. A SPAC (“special purpose acquisition company”) is a shell company created for the sole purpose of raising funds from investors in an IPO, with the aim of acquiring or merging with a private company within a two-year period.

Sustainability & ESG

Capital markets are rewarding companies that explicitly account for ESG factors – and they’re also punishing organisations that get ESG wrong. While Deliveroo’s share price suffered a nearly 30% nosedive on its first day of trading, other businesses get away with lighter financial reactions from the market.

Corporate communications

The ‘new normal’. A phrase that burned out in record time, going from bright new thing to cliché before anyone had worked out what it meant. But now, a full 12 months after lockdowns put normality on hold, the future is becoming much clearer.

Podcasts

Broadcast content in the Middle East is heavily regulated, regularly censored and has been quite stagnant for a while. The arrival of the podcast boom to the region has given a voice to content creators who are looking for new ways to express themselves. In our latest podcast episode, host Maram El Hendy, Senior Associate at Kekst CNC and Co-host of the podcast DXBabies, speaks with Leila Hamadeh from Finyal Media and Ramsey George from Sowt, who discuss the huge potential for diverse and cultural growth in the Middle East’s podcast space as barriers get broken down around taboo topics.

In our 9th Global Thinking podcast episode, host Eleanor Cavill is joined by colleagues from Kekst CNC’s German offices, Victoria Jodl and Dr. Jana Edelmann, for a quick chat about the rapid rise of Clubhouse in the German market, as well as the platform’s future potential. Is the audio-only social platform a trend that is here to stay?

Has the relationship between employer and employee just changed for good? In the UK, the US and parts of Europe business leaders are planning to cautiously welcome employees back to the office. But the office won’t be the same. Over the past 12 months, employees have had vastly different experiences, from happy home offices to uncomfortable and cramped shared accommodation. Many have still been going out to work, doing jobs that can’t be done from home.

News

News

Kekst CNC, a leading global strategic communications consultancy, announced today that it has further strengthened its senior team, with the appointment of three experienced consultants in its London office.

London, 1 March 2021 - The British public continues to show confidence in the performance of a number of key sectors of the UK economy, according to the latest wave of the Kekst CNC COVID-19 tracker, a survey of public attitudes in the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Germany, and Japan.

News

New Kekst CNC polling featured this evening on Channel 4 News shows that the British public want to see higher taxes for large companies and online retailers, but tax breaks for the travel industry and the leisure/hospitality sector.

Events

Events

The Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) phenomenon has grown dramatically in the US. Now, the trend is also gaining momentum in Europe. Several SPAC offerings are in process. What risks and opportunities are connected to a SPAC investment? What is necessary to know if planning for a SPAC listing? What activity do we expect going forward? What are the communications for such a listing compared to an ordinary IPO? These are some of the questions we discussed on our panel event, drawing on the perspectives of Deutsche Bank’s Jan Olsson (CEO Nordics) and Saadi Soudavar (Head of ECM Europe) and Kekst CNC experts Daniel Yunger and Harry Kinzler.

“The Continuing Storm: Global Threats in the Wake of a Worldwide Pandemic” a Kekst CNC and CMi Forum webinar, chaired by security experts Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference and former German Ambassador to the U.S. and the UK, and Tom Hurd, Director General of the UK´s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, was a must-attend for all those interested in global dynamics. The discussion was informed by Kekst CNC research, which provided an analysis of global threats as viewed by the public in six countries.

What impact has COVID-19 had on ESG? Has it become more important or less? Have priorities of investors – and the public – shifted? Is climate protection still ‘number one’? And how are leading businesses in this space changing their ESG policies and priorities?