People often want to focus on communicating their intent. These messages feel good. They often don’t work. If you want the right words to drive behavior change, leave your motives behind and make the message about the audience.

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Leading Language Strategy® firm, maslansky + partners (m+p), today announced that it has hired Jaime Hodges, PhD as its Senior Vice President and Head of Quantitative Research.

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Whether you’re looking to improve reputation, navigate a crisis, or differentiate a product, keep in mind these tenets in your message development. 

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Our job is to help companies track the changes in perception of their messages and make essential shifts to their communication strategy to keep up. Here are a few of the biggest trends we helped clients navigate this year.

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There is no doubt this was a challenging year that brought some distinct language into focus. As a result of the pandemic, we learned a whole new lexicon. But it was so much more than that. From the tragic murder of George Floyd and the outpouring of support for the Black Lives Matter Movement to an election cycle we will never forget, language has shaped our experience this year more than any other in recent memory.

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We recently spoke with Senior Vice President Maria Boos about her passion for issue readiness. She explains why every company should be prepared with libraries of language that allow them to respond quickly, credibly, and consistently when “chatter” happens.

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For over a decade, we have regularly asked a simple question: Which is more important to customers? Financial security or financial freedom?

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When using the term “LatinX” in your business communications, here are three important considerations to keep in mind.

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As we enter the second autumn of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments continue to seek ways to encourage people to follow protective measures. And while debates rage around the justification – and legality – of government-imposed mandates, the idea of some sort of vaccine passport seems to have caught on in many parts of the world.

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