The results for this study are compiled from survey data at 21 organizations that contracted with the author to undertake customized research within their companies between May 1997 and August 2004.
Book review of IMC The Next Generation: The book is organized around the authors five steps for using IMC, three of which involve measurement. Other chapters cover the background of IMC and its future, guiding principles for implementation, and how to organize a company so it can better integrate and align its functions around customers.
We know that we need to use an integrated mix of channels to best reach our audiences, but that doesn’t mean sending every major message through every available channel. That’s not integration; it’s duplication. Our employee audiences are telling us loud and clear that they are offended by thoughtless message reiteration.
Analysis of survey results from 15 large organizations in the last five years shows employees’ preferred use of electronic channels may vary from commonly believed assumptions. As additional electronic choices become available, preference for electronic channels overall increases; the new electronic options do not replace other existing electronic channels in employees’ preferences. In fact, growing preference for electronic channels reduces the preference for face-to-face communication, not print, as many people believe.