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NZ Post ecommerce Report 2019
NZ Post ecommerce Report 2019
Rebranding The Sir Peter Blake Trust
Rebranding The Sir Peter Blake Trust
Breadraft's Rebel Bakehouse new brand creation
Breadraft's Rebel Bakehouse new brand creation
Victoria University of Wellington Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign 2018
Victoria University of Wellington Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign 2018
Mercury’s augmented reality Waikato River experience
Mercury’s augmented reality Waikato River experience
St John retail store network
St John retail store network
Victoria University of Wellington Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign 2018
Victoria University of Wellington Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign 2018
Tamaki Regeneration Company Branding
Tamaki Regeneration Company Branding
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So much more than your name, your logo or visual identity, a brand reflects what you stand for and how you want to be perceived.
So much more than your name, your logo or visual identity, a brand reflects what you stand for and how you want to be perceived.
The best brands are built inside out, effectively engaging and aligning staff perception and behaviour with strategy, culture and performance.
The best brands are built inside out, effectively engaging and aligning staff perception and behaviour with strategy, culture and performance.
We approach digital from a communication, not technical, perspective, engaging audiences online with brand-aligned experiences that are intuitive and rewarding.
We approach digital from a communication, not technical, perspective, engaging audiences online with brand-aligned experiences that are intuitive and rewarding.
Your communication and marketing programmes should be driven by clear insights, engaging audiences towards the desired action.
Your communication and marketing programmes should be driven by clear insights, engaging audiences towards the desired action.
Multi-disciplined physical and digital experiences engage your audiences, reinforcing your brand and culture to drive perception, awareness and behaviours.
Multi-disciplined physical and digital experiences engage your audiences, reinforcing your brand and culture to drive perception, awareness and behaviours.
Good investor communication is much more than just reporting. A clearly communicated long-term investor brand helps you attract, grow and retain investors and capital.
Good investor communication is much more than just reporting. A clearly communicated long-term investor brand helps you attract, grow and retain investors and capital.
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Integrated Reporting Insights – The connectivity principle

23 Jun 2020 by Mike Tisdall

This video in our series on integrated reporting looks at the guiding principle of ‘Connectivity of Information’. This is the bit where <IR> asks you to join the dots between the various things that are...

integrated reporting insights – the connectivity principle mike tisdall

this video in our series on integrated reporting looks at the guiding principle of ‘connectivity of information’.

this is the bit where <ir> asks you to join the dots between the various things that are happening because looking at things in silos isn’t particularly useful. it’s systems thinking really, where there are interdependencies whether they’re immediately obvious or not. if you can clearly see the trade-offs, you can understand how they affect each other. and that might have you making different decisions.

so how do you go about identifying these connections? and then how do you articulate them in your report?

this video provides a couple of tips . . .

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Integrated Reporting Insights - How important is hard data?

16 Jun 2020 by Mike Tisdall

This video in our series on integrated reporting takes a look at the roles of qualitative vs quantitative information. We often come across clients who know they need to embrace Integrated Reporting but feel...

integrated reporting insights - how important is hard data? mike tisdall

this video in our series on integrated reporting takes a look at the roles of qualitative vs quantitative information.

we often come across clients who know they need to embrace integrated reporting but feel they’re not ready to go there because of a lack of hard data. our response to that is two-fold: 

  1. starting on the journey towards integrated reporting is more important than producing the ideal report. this is not a game you can master overnight. just get started with a report that has the right spirit and improve over time.
  2. hard data is only part of the story. your genuine stories and exposing the soul of your beliefs in action are just as important. the <ir> framework spells this out: “the ability of the organization to create value can best be reported on through a combination of quantitative and qualitative information".

so, if your organisation has a conscious intent, and is deliberately dealing with activities that affect your people, your product and the planet in a cohesive way, you can definitely start on the integrated reporting journey. it will be the quality and genuineness of your thinking and actions that will set the scene in your early reports.

in the accompanying video, i show you how effective this can be.

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Integrated Reporting Insights - the Value Creation Model

09 Jun 2020 by Mike Tisdall

In this, the first of our video series on aspects of integrated reporting, we take an in-depth look at the Value Creation model. Value Creation (or depletion, as the case may be) is probably the most fundamental core...

integrated reporting insights - the value creation model mike tisdall

in this, the first of our video series on aspects of integrated reporting, we take an in-depth look at the value creation model.

value creation (or depletion, as the case may be) is probably the most fundamental core principle of integrated reporting – the ability of an organisation to create value for itself and other stakeholders and society over time.

and the value creation model is the flow diagram in virtually every integrated report that illustrates how a company’s operations adds value to the various financial and non-financial capitals that it utilises.

as companies globally are adding more and more information into their value creation models, insight creative’s mike tisdall is observing them drowning in so much complexity that they’re ceasing to communicate effectively.

this video is for viewers who already have a reasonable understanding of the principles of the value creation model and are ready to dig deeper into the nuances. it takes a brief overview of the anatomy of the vcm, as outlined by the <ir> framework, and then focuses on some of the components that routinely cause confusion or get overlooked.

we take a close look at the important difference between outputs and outcomes; the role of risks, external operating environment, the company’s strategy, and how much detail the business model itself should attempt to incorporate. 

and we pose the questions: how much is too much? and what’s more important – content or reader engagement?

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