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Top 10 Communications and Storytelling Posts of All Time

After eight years and 893 posts, I figure there’s enough data to highlight the most viewed posts of all time with a straight face. It’s fitting that half of the posts from the top 10 do not fall squarely under the storytelling umbrella. While storytelling in business communications serves as the basis of the blog, …more

Building bridges across and beyond the Hoffman offices

By Karuna Tsang, Associate Account Director   “Welcome to San Francisco. The local time is 10:45 p.m. …” announced the captain. Finally, after a 12-hour flight, I arrived in the United States. It had been a while since I visited the U.S., and what excited me the most was that I would be working in …more

Nailing Your Sales Proposition

It doesn’t matter whether you sell pizza, cars or solid state memory chips, every company grapples with the question: why should the customer buy me over competitors? Few companies try to compete on price, and even those that do are careful in how they play the low-price card. The next time you’re at Costco or …more

Thanksgiving Levity

I have discussed the concept of a “word visual” in which the words handle the heavy lifting for an image that doesn’t require deep design expertise. For PR pros who typically major in mass communications, journalism or English, the “word visual’ establishes a path to visual storytelling that’s particularly useful for social channels. One of …more

Deconstructing 50 Random News Releases

Does PR Get Storytelling? As one way to answer the question, we randomly selected 50 news releases and applied three tests to them. Test #1 We analyzed the use of adjectives and adverbs, often a shortcut to genuine storytelling. If you say you’re great, no one believes you. . On the other hand, sharing a …more

Granddaughter Has a Way with Words

It’s that time of year, prompting me to dust off my favorite birthday card from my granddaughter, Addy. In the spirit of full disclosure, she crafted this card some time ago, and I have posted about it before. Still, if TBS can show “It’s A Wonderful Life” every year on Christmas Day, I figure I …more

Research Indicates PR Pros Believe They Do Get Storytelling

I speak at the Mumbrella Conference in Singapore tomorrow, charged with answering the question, “Does PR Get Storytelling?” Obviously, I have my views on the topic. But what about the PR folks on the front line. What do they think? To find out, we surveyed over 400 PR professionals based in Asia pulling from both …more

As the Postcard Says, We Are Now Officially Telling Stories from Indonesia

We launched Hoffman Agensi Indonesia today. It’s worth taking a moment to step back and reflect on our infrastructure. Given our focus on the tech sector — defined broadly as semiconductors, fitness gadgets and everything in between — we don’t need offices everywhere. Instead, our approach has been to make sure we’re in the markets …more