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The Challenges of a Global Communications Strategy, Part 2


In our previous blogpost we discussed the importance of a Global Communications Strategy. In this post we highlight the challenges that arise when embarking on a communications strategy that has a global reach. 

Expanding operations to a global scale presents organizations with great business opportunities across different continents and regions. However, for Corporate Communications teams, global expansion also brings unique challenges. Their tasks include building and safeguarding the brand, unifying its story, and doing so efficiently and effectively. Yet, diverse regions and countries entail variations in language, habits, and approaches, not to mention the complications of different time zones. However, by consolidating tools, setting a clear communication strategy, and enabling collaboration between teams, organizations can not only enhance efficiency and consistency but also establish growth in a cost-effective way. 

Following a recent discussion for MEPRA about Global Communications challenges, this is Part 2 of a three blog series highlighting the importance, challenges and strategies for a successful Global Comms Strategy.

One of the intriguing paradoxes in global corporate communications is the balance between global uniformity and local autonomy. Presspage, working with numerous companies across diverse industries, observes that these organizations often encounter similar challenges in this realm. While it is essential to establish a global framework and maintain uniformity to uphold a cohesive identity and communication strategy, it is equally crucial to grant local teams the autonomy to connect with their respective audiences effectively. This paradox highlights the need for companies to strike a delicate balance, where global guidelines provide a structure for consistency, while allowing local teams the freedom to adapt and cater to the unique cultural and contextual nuances of their regions. By navigating this paradox, companies can leverage the strengths of both uniformity and autonomy to craft successful global communications strategies.

There are generally five major challenges most companies come across when working towards their global communications strategy:

1.   Working with Several Tools

One of the challenges faced by companies operating on a global scale is the proliferation of multiple tools across different regions. Often, local teams have their own set of tools for various communication tasks, leading to a fragmented approach. This not only results in higher costs but also hampers consistency and efficiency. Utilizing a single tool for all offers numerous benefits. Firstly, it enables the establishment of uniformity across teams while still allowing room for local initiatives. Additionally, having a single tool provides easier access and management, streamlining processes and making them more actionable, saving valuable time and resources. By embracing consistency in their tools, organizations can enhance efficiency, brand consistency and focus, as well as increase cost-effectiveness in their global communications efforts.

2.   Uniformity and Consistency in Branding

Maintaining a global brand identity while considering local cultural nuances can pose a significant challenge for companies operating on a global scale. Each company possesses its own unique branding elements, encompassing logos, brand guidelines, messaging, and tone of voice in both copy and imagery. While striving for global recognizability is crucial, it is equally important to accommodate and respect local cultures. By embracing a strategic approach that respects local cultural nuances and tailors branding efforts accordingly, companies can strike the delicate balance between a global brand identity and HQ framework and local autonomy.

3.   Collaboration across Teams

Collaboration plays a vital and indispensable role in the realm of global communications. In order to effectively disseminate news and messages, seamless collaboration across global, regional, and local teams is essential. Establishing standardized workflows, leveraging unified tools, and streamlining the feedback process are key steps in ensuring efficient teamwork and minimizing errors. By using tools that make it easy to collaborate between regional teams, organizations can enable streamlined communication and foster a culture of collaboration and support.

4.   Lack of Insights and Data

Obtaining meaningful insights and consolidating data from various regions is a common challenge faced by global communications teams. By unifying insights and data as much as possible, effective performance tracking, informed decision-making, and continuous improvement are unlocked to enable growth.

5.   Team Setup

While tools play a critical role in global communications, having the right individuals in the team is equally crucial. By assigning a dedicated team member who can effectively manage operations and maximize the value derived from vendors through strong collaboration and support, organizations can enhance their global communications efforts.

Addressing these key challenges is essential for organizations to overcome the complexities of global communications and effectively connect with local audiences while maintaining a consistent global identity. By embracing a strategic approach, leveraging unified tools, fostering collaboration, consolidating insights and data, and optimizing team setups, organizations can navigate the challenges and build successful global communications strategies.


Curious about the solutions to these challenges? Please read our final blog post in this series: Strategies for Successful Global Communications 


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