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“Thought Leadership” vs “Thought Followship”

Commenting on an industry issue by itself does not constitute thought leadership. It’s simply a comment on an industry issue. Before going further, I should acknowledge that this remark still has value. If the executive’s comment gains traction in social channels or appears in a publication, that helps to raise the visibility of the company, …more

This is How You Course Correct a Media Story That Misses the Mark

Correcting a statistic in a media story is easy. If a company reduces its workforce by 100, but the journalist accidentally added a zero so the number reads 1,000, you reach out to the publication and they run a correction. Unfortunately, inaccuracies in media stories are often not so black and white. Context, nuance, history, …more

Testing One, Two, Three … Now Let’s Talk Storytelling Techniques

In the spirit of experimentation in communications, our London team has geeked out a podcast studio. I made the guest list when I was in town last month — I’d like to think my title had nothing to do with this honor — to discuss storytelling and specifically our Periodic Table of Storytelling. The photo …more

Law Enforcement Agencies Bring Levity to Their Storytelling

I believe levity is the killer app in business storytelling. Levity lifts the narrative, especially in the B2B tech world where inserting an action verb is considered a win. For the B2B tech companies who say this is too hard, too risky, check out the use of levity by law enforcement agencies, starting with last …more

Changing data’s image problem will allow societal opportunities to flourish

By Chris Owen, Director UK   The over-riding media narrative around personal data is that its collection is a bad, sinister entity either grabbed for a company’s own (often commercial) gain, or used nefariously to track and monitor us through our day. It’s one of foreboding and anxiety. But the opportunities with data are vast, …more

Words as an Action Film: Ira Glass on Creativity

Who doesn’t like Ira Glass? The man single-handedly popularized the podcast when his NPR show “This American Life” proved that with the right stories, the medium could reach millions. The original premise for “This American Life” was to take an individual who isn’t famous or in the news and build a narrative that captivates listeners. …more

Do Studies on Journalists Help PR Understand Journalists?

I’m not a big of fan of research on journalists. The studies always “reveal” the same core points: Don’t mass blast email pitches to journalists. Offer a point of view, not vanilla commentary. Stop foisting non-disclosure agreements on us. Read the room (understand the journalist’s readership). Corporate speak dulls the senses.   There should be …more

Hoffman Asia Pacific Named “Best Technology Agency” in the Region

I rarely use this real estate to talk about the Agency, much less brag about the Agency. As we coach our clients, no one likes the person who comes off as “OK, enough about me. Now let’s talk about me.” Today I’m making an exception. The Holmes Report recognized our Asia Pacific team as the …more

Opening the Doors to Our New Digs in Taiwan 抵家

By Stephanie Yang, Account Director, Hoffman Taiwan   On a burning hot summer day, Hoffman Taiwan held a housewarming party at our new office — which happens to have one of the best views of Taipei.     The photo above, fit for a postcard, was taken from our office on the 30th floor during …more