This edition of the world's largest study on strategic communication and public relations explores the status quo and trends across 50 countries. Topics include visualisation, social bots, hypermodernity and benchmarking for strategic communications.
Based on responses from 3,387 senior professionals from every European country, this years’ edition of the European Communication Monitor (ECM) reveals that even though the professionals are fully aware of the visual trend in society, every second professional has limited visual competencies. The data also demonstrated that the phenomenon of social (ro-)bots is largely neglected by many communication professionals in Europe. Only one third follow the debate about social bots and 15.9 per cent have no idea about the topic at all. In this context social bots are mainly seen as a threat for public debates and organisational reputation alike, although four out of ten respondents do also see opportunities arising from them.
Moreover, the ECM 2017 asked how the hyper modern paradigm might influence the work environment of communication professionals. A hypermodern society is a society in overdrive, characterised by a culture of hyper consumption, hyper change, and hyper individualism. A large majority of 71.5 per cent witness the cultural transformation towards a hyper modern culture in their country. The transition from a postmodern to hypermodern culture is the strongest in consultancies (57.2 per cent) and private companies (51.8 per cent). Organisations with postmodern and hypermodern characteristics are ahead in sensing the trend towards an overarching consumer mentality and are much stronger involved in societal debates. Most of them think that it has already changed and will continue to change the communication with their stakeholders.
The ECM is a joint project by the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) and the European Association of Directors (EACD), supported by partner PRIME Research. The communication monitor study series, initiated and led by Professor Ansgar Zerfass (University of Leipzig), analyzes trends in the field since more than a decade and covers more than 80 countries across European, Latin-America and Asia-Pacific by now.