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PRGN Presents is the essential podcast for international business leaders, non-profit executives, and those who hire public relations, marketing, and communications firms. It provides an exclusive look into the ever-evolving world of PR and communications, featuring experts from the Public Relations Global Network, “the world’s local public relations agency.”

Is your message winning hearts and minds? No matter where you do business, there is a PRGN member agency in your region with the deep industry expertise, international experience, and local market knowledge you need to connect with your target audience and achieve your goals.

Whether you're an executive looking to improve your organization's communication strategy or an in-house marketing professional looking to bring in an outside firm to support a specific campaign, this podcast will provide valuable insights on how to communicate effectively and build lasting relationships with customers, staff, and communities around the world.

In each episode, you’ll hear PR professionals and industry experts share valuable insights and perspectives on the latest trends in public relations, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), media relations, crisis management, investor relations, stakeholder engagement, executive thought leadership, and strategic communications.

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PRGN Presents is the essential podcast for international business leaders, non-profit executives, and those who hire public relations, marketing, and communications firms. It provides an exclusive look into the ever-evolving world of PR and communications, featuring experts from the Public Relations Global Network, “the world’s local public relations agency.”

Is your message winning hearts and minds? No matter where you do business, there is a PRGN member agency in your region with the deep industry expertise, international experience, and local market knowledge you need to connect with your target audience and achieve your goals.

Whether you're an executive looking to improve your organization's communication strategy or an in-house marketing professional looking to bring in an outside firm to support a specific campaign, this podcast will provide valuable insights on how to communicate effectively and build lasting relationships with customers, staff, and communities around the world.

In each episode, you’ll hear PR professionals and industry experts share valuable insights and perspectives on the latest trends in public relations, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG), media relations, crisis management, investor relations, stakeholder engagement, executive thought leadership, and strategic communications.

    The Green Claims Directive: Re-establishing Trust in Sustainability Communication with Martin Lucander

    The Green Claims Directive: Re-establishing Trust in Sustainability Communication with Martin Lucander

    Sustainability communication has become a core component of modern corporate trust-building, as consumers increasingly prioritize businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability.
    In this episode, Martin Lucander discusses the importance of sustainability communication in building trust with consumers and stakeholders. He focuses on the European Union's Green Claims Directive, which aims to regulate and scrutinize environmental claims made by companies to prevent misleading and deceptive practices.
    Martin provides insights into the directive's requirements and the implications for businesses. He emphasizes the importance of substantiating claims with scientific evidence and setting measurable goals to demonstrate progress towards sustainability.
    Key Takeaways
    Sustainability communication is a key part of corporate trust-building, as consumers increasingly make purchasing decisions based on a company's environmental and social impact. The Green Claims Directive, introduced in the EU, aims to regulate and monitor environmental claims made by companies to ensure transparency and prevent misleading or deceptive practices. The directive requires companies to substantiate their claims with independent, peer-reviewed, widely recognized scientific evidence and set measurable goals with time-bound, science-based commitments. Communicators can help organizations navigate these regulations by advising on transparent goal-setting, evaluating the evidence behind claims, and developing a coherent and unitary message internally.
    Additional Resources
    European Parliament legislative resolution, 12 March 2024, ‘Substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims (Green Claims Directive)’ European Parliament briefing, 5 March 2024, ‘Green claims directive: Protecting consumers from greenwashing’
    About the Guest
    Martin Lucander is a senior strategic advisor with Aspekta, a PR consultancy firm in Malmö, Sweden. He focuses on sustainability communication and corporate communication, working with both listed and non-listed clients who seek to define, build, advance or protect their sustainability profile among key audiences. He has experiences from a wide range of industries, where he leads the development of annual and sustainability reports, brand and messaging platforms, and stakeholder relationships.
    Martin views sustainability communication as a core component of modern corporate trust-building. As an advisor, he encourages clients to go beyond compliance and instead develop sustainable business strategies built on responsibility, transparency, and value.
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and tribal affairs, as well as not-for-profit...

    • 26 min
    Building a Communications Team: The Client Perspective with Leeza Hoyt and James Mowdy

    Building a Communications Team: The Client Perspective with Leeza Hoyt and James Mowdy

    In this episode, Abbie Fink talks with Leeza Hoyt and James Mowdy about the client perspective on building a communications team and working with an external public relations agency.
    James shares his experience transitioning from being a consultant to working in-house at CHOC and assembling a team of external communications professionals. They discuss the organizational structure of CHOC’s communications department, the importance of managing expectations, budgeting for communications, and the value of having quality assets for media coverage.
    Key Takeaways
    CHOC has built a team of consultants to support their communications efforts, ensuring they have access to top-notch professionals in various areas. James Mowdy’s previous experience as a consultant gives him a unique perspective on hiring and working with communications agencies, allowing him to understand the challenges and needs of both sides. The partnership between CHOC and the Hoyt Organization has been successful due to a shared passion for the organization’s mission and a strong understanding of each other’s roles and expertise. Having quality assets, such as photos and videos, is crucial for media coverage and can make the job of the communications agency much easier.Budgeting for communications is an important aspect of planning, and CHOC has been able to predict their costs by working closely with their consultants and setting clear expectations.
    About the Guests
    Leeza Hoyt, APR, is president of The Hoyt Organization, Inc., the Los Angeles area partner agency of PRGN. As a 25+ year veteran of the communications industry, she is passionate about helping clients navigate the new world of today's communications landscape. Her team has developed awarding winning campaigns for regional companies and national organizations in a wide variety of industries. She has been recognized by many organizations including being named as a "woman to watch" by Globest.com, and named as one of the top Marketing & Communications CRE Influencers by Real Estate Forum. In addition, she is a member of the Forbes Council, and the agency was named one of the top 200 PR firms in the country in 2021.
    James Mowdy, MBA, is the Director, Corporate Communications for the Community Housing Opportunities Corporation (CHOC), a non-profit, affordable housing developer based in Fairfield, California. He is known for transforming stories into bold tactics and a winning, goal-focused strategy. Prior to joining CHOC, he had his own consulting practice that delivered communications solutions to small businesses, startups and the C-suite across multiple sectors. His background also includes working with Discovery Communications, MC Saatchi Advertising and British Airways prior to founding his own practice.
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and...

    • 21 min
    Communication Best Practices for M&A Deal Success

    Communication Best Practices for M&A Deal Success

    Effective communication is crucial for success in mergers and acquisitions, as it helps to build trust, transparency, and alignment between the parties involved. Brad Kostka of RoopCo discusses the importance of communication strategies during the M&A process. He emphasizes the need for sellers to market their businesses effectively to attract potential buyers, and advises on the timing and audience for communication at different stages of the process. Brad also stresses the importance of collaboration between communication teams on both sides of the deal.
    Key Takeaways
    Effective communication is crucial in mergers and acquisitions, as it can contribute to the success or failure of the deal.Sellers need to package and market their businesses to make them attractive to potential buyers, considering the target audience and the value they bring.The M&A process involves different phases, including deal sourcing, due diligence, and the announcement of the transaction. Communication efforts should be tailored to each phase and involve key stakeholders such as employees and customers.Collaboration and alignment between the communication teams of the acquirer and the acquiree are essential to ensure a smooth and successful M&A process.Communication advisors should be included in the list of advisors for M&A deals, as their expertise can help navigate the complexities of communication strategies during the transaction.
    About the Guest
    Brad Kostka is president of Roopco, a strategic content marketing agency serving B2B manufacturers and financial services firms by amplifying their communications. The agency specializes in crafting and disseminating compelling content that drives measurable business impact. Roopco helps its clients increase awareness, generate qualified leads and close sales. Brad is responsible for ensuring that Roopco delivers results-oriented communications programs for its clients and a culture where its associates grow and thrive. Over the course of his nearly 30-year career, he has provided strategic communication counsel to organizations ranging from global, publicly traded corporations to local startups. His background includes communications strategy, branding, content marketing, media relations, digital marketing, investor relations and event management. Brad earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace University. He has earned numerous industry awards, including six Silver Anvils from the Public Relations Society of America, the industry’s highest honor.
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and tribal affairs, as well as not-for-profit organizations.
    PRGN Presents is brought to you by Public Relations Global Network, the world’s local public relations agency. Our executive producer is Adrian McIntyre....

    • 17 min
    Measuring Quality in Sustainability Reporting with Ariane Hofstetter

    Measuring Quality in Sustainability Reporting with Ariane Hofstetter

    Ariane Hofstetter discusses the importance of sustainability reporting and what goes into creating a quality sustainability report.
    A sustainability report is not just a marketing brochure but an official document that allows companies to track their efforts, inform stakeholders about their progress, and manage non-financial risks.
    Ariane explains the key features of a good sustainability report, including transparency, comparability of data, accuracy, timely publication, reliability, relevance, and accessibility of information.
    Sustainability reporting is not limited to large multinational companies. Smaller businesses can also benefit from sustainability reporting, especially if they are part of a larger value chain and need to provide data to their customers or suppliers.
    The Global ESG Monitor provides evaluations and assessments of sustainability reports, helping companies identify gaps and comply with regulations.
    About the Guest
    Ariane Hofstetter is recognized as an expert in the field of sustainability. She is credited with developing the methodology behind the GEM Assay™ of the Global ESG Monitor, an advanced analytical tool that evaluates the quality of corporate sustainability reporting through over 700 questions and more than 4,000 variables, making it measurable and comparable. As a co-founder of the Global ESG Monitor, Hofstetter has gained profound insights into the dynamics between companies, their stakeholders, regulatory authorities, and standard setters. Her roles as a board member at cometis AG, a consulting firm specializing in investor relations and sustainability consulting, and as Managing Director of KOHORTEN, a market research institute, allow her to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application. This positions her to offer well-founded advice to capital market-oriented SMEs on materiality analyses, sustainability strategies, sustainability ratings, stakeholder mappings, and sustainability reporting, always supported by comprehensive data, insights, and facts.
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and tribal affairs, as well as not-for-profit organizations.
    PRGN Presents is brought to you by Public Relations Global Network, the world’s local public relations agency. Our executive producer is Adrian McIntyre.
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    • 22 min
    Sustainability Awards with Michael Diegelmann

    Sustainability Awards with Michael Diegelmann

    Michael Diegelmann, co-founder of the Global ESG Monitor, discusses the role of award programs in recognizing and promoting sustainability efforts. He highlights the importance of awards having a clear meaning and criteria, especially in the field of sustainability.
    Diegelmann emphasizes the risks of using misleading logos and claims, citing examples of companies facing lawsuits for false sustainability claims. He introduces the Integrity Star Award, the first objective sustainability award that focuses on the quality of sustainability reporting and provide companies with valuable analysis.
    For companies considering entering an award program, it is essential to carefully evaluate the program's criteria and methodology. Diegelmann advises against entering awards where the jury is put together by the sponsors, as this can raise questions about the award's credibility. Additionally, companies should look for programs that have a robust set of criteria and a clear methodology for selecting winners.
    One of the key differentiators of the Integrity Star Award is that every company that enters will receive an executive summary of their results. This summary, which is 15 to 20 pages long, provides companies with valuable insights into the quality of their reporting and identifies areas for improvement. This feedback is crucial for companies looking to enhance their sustainability efforts and align their reporting with best practices.
    Key Takeaways
    There are many awards in the field of sustainability, but few have a meaningful impact or a comprehensive methodology. Companies should be cautious about using sustainability logos and claims without understanding their meaning and criteria. The Integrity Star Award is the first objective sustainability award that focuses on the quality of reporting rather than specific business models. The Integrity Star Award program provides companies with an analysis of their reporting, highlighting their strengths and areas for improvement.
    About the Guest
    Michael Diegelmann is co-founder of the Global ESG Monitor and founder and CEO of cometis AG. In his 25-year career he has gained a wealth of experience across the entire spectrum of investor relations. His specialties include IPOs, capital raises, ESG consultations, hostile and friendly takeovers (cross border), bond issues as well as corporate crises and all aspects of investor relations and financial media relations. Michael has a long-standing network of contacts to media, analysts, fund managers and many opinion leaders in the financial community. In addition, he is co-author of numerous specialist publications, including the bestseller “100 Financial Ratios” with more than 300,000 copies sold.
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including

    • 20 min
    Embracing AI in Public Relations with Nick Leighton

    Embracing AI in Public Relations with Nick Leighton

    In this episode, Nick Leighton discusses the role of AI in public relations and how it has revolutionized the industry. He walks through a typical PR campaign and explains how AI can be used at each stage, from market analysis to media monitoring. Nick emphasizes the importance of human intelligence and creativity in conjunction with AI tools, as they complement each other in delivering effective communication strategies. Nick and Abbie also discuss the ethical considerations of using AI in PR, with a focus on transparency and disclosure.
    Key Takeaways
    AI has brought significant advancements to the PR and marketing industry, particularly in the area of language processing. AI can be used at various stages of a PR campaign, including market analysis, messaging development, content creation, media profiling, media pitching, media monitoring, and client-agency interaction. While AI can perform specific tasks with precision, it cannot replace human intelligence and creativity, especially in understanding complex human emotions. Transparency and disclosure are crucial when using AI in PR, ensuring clients and stakeholders are aware of its use and the policies in place. AI can be a valuable tool in crisis communications, enabling faster reactions, media monitoring, and content creation.
    About the Guest
    Nick Leighton is the founder and CEO of NettResults International Public Relations, an award-winning Middle East-based public relations agency launched in November 1999 with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, and California. He has over 25 years of experience in media relations and marketing and has lived and worked in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. He has represented the public image of Fortune 500 companies, some of the largest non-profit organizations in the world, political parties, and members of royalty.
    Nick’s first degree was in psychology, and he followed this with an MBA from Leicester Business School in the United Kingdom, a center of excellence in marketing. He also has a diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and a PMP from the Project Management Institute. In 2023, he gained his certificate in Managing Happiness from Harvard University. He is also a certified Sommelier.
    Nick is co-author of the crisis communications book CRISIS COMMUNICATION: practical PR strategies for reputation management and company survival, published by Kogan Page in December 2008. His latest best-selling book is Exactly Where You Want to Be – A business owner's guide to passion, profit, and happiness. He splits his time between California and the Middle East and travels extensively for business and pleasure..
    About the Host
    Abbie Fink is president of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix, Arizona and a founding member of PRGN. Her marketing communications background includes skills in media relations, digital communications, social media strategies, special event management, crisis communications, community relations, issues management, and marketing promotions for both the private and public sectors, including such industries as healthcare, financial services, professional services, government affairs and tribal affairs, as well as not-for-profit organizations.
    PRGN Presents is brought to you by Public Relations Global Network, the world’s local public relations agency....

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