Grabbing community building by the horns

"This Expo is for those who take it... it's up to you what you make of it." This is what I remember most from my conversations with the other communication managers taking part in this year’s Expo – an unprecedented event which I believe truly changed Italy. And in terms of EU digital communication, I … Continue reading Grabbing community building by the horns

Expo Milano 2015: an outstanding opening of the European Union pavilion!

Last 9 May I had one of the most amazing days of my professional life. We inaugurated the European Union pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. All the work we have done for months has paid off amazingly with an incredible turnout and very inspiring words from both President Martin Schulz and High Representative Federica Mogherini. … Continue reading Expo Milano 2015: an outstanding opening of the European Union pavilion!

7 reasons to follow the EU at Expo

Expo Milan 2015 will be the first real "social media World Expo." Even though Shanghai 2010 did display a touch of social networks within their outreach efforts, Expo Milan invests and relies massively on social media. The goal of this intense use of social networks and digital connections is manyfold. Not only is this strategy … Continue reading 7 reasons to follow the EU at Expo

Open your ears: social media monitoring is not all about being techy

Open your ears It is a common misperception to think of social media as different from traditional media. I believe that the more communication technologies evolve the more we must learn to see social media as part of "all media." However, it is true that some aspects of media monitoring require a different perspective when … Continue reading Open your ears: social media monitoring is not all about being techy

Visiting a local creative communication agency

I was "forced" at home in Italy for a few weeks over Christmas following some serious foot and ankle surgery. This sort of "constrained stay" gave me a chance to discover the local reality in my small native area in North of Italy about how communication and creative agencies work. Now, I know that not … Continue reading Visiting a local creative communication agency

To Rotate or not to rotate? A question for the EU Council Presidency on Twitter

@marcoRecorder An intersting point has been raised by Matthias Luefkens for Europe Decides about having a rotating Twitter account for the Presidency of the Council of the EU. Considering the management of these accounts, the piece does raise some interesting point. I have left my contribution in their comments section. A problem I could already … Continue reading To Rotate or not to rotate? A question for the EU Council Presidency on Twitter

Great meeting the digital leaders from the EU Commission Representations

The newly appointed Digital Leaders in the Representations offices of the European Commission in the Member States came to Brussels for training in early December. This presented a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues from the Representations and to explore the work of the Digital Leaders. Appointing specialists in the field of digital communication and social … Continue reading Great meeting the digital leaders from the EU Commission Representations

The European Commission’s online communication today and tomorrow

I was happy to participate to "Web, Mobile, Social – The Commission’s online communication today and tomorrow" at the Committee of the Regions listening to Robert Andrecs, Head of Unit “EUROPA Site”, European Commission, DG Communication and Dana Manescu, Head of the Social Media Sector, European Commission, DG Communication. The European Commission's online communication has … Continue reading The European Commission’s online communication today and tomorrow

Twiplomacy is the Bible of social media professionals in international organizations

@marcoRecorder The Twiplomacy report is par excellence the guide book to the use of institutional tweeting or, as they better put it, it is an annual global study looking at the use of Twitter by heads of state and government and ministers of foreign affairs. While some heads of state and government continue to amass … Continue reading Twiplomacy is the Bible of social media professionals in international organizations

A few lessons from the European Digital Advocacy Summit

@marcoRecorder Digital advocacy is assuming an increasingly important role in Brussels. What’s working to engage European policymakers? Can social media platforms help you find other advocates? Which tools work best? These were some of the questions addressed at the latest European Digital Advocacy Summit in Brussels, organised by the Public Affairs Council. At the event, … Continue reading A few lessons from the European Digital Advocacy Summit