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Interviewing Clients Like a Journalist: Thoughts from Dan Tynan

By Matt Burrows, Senior Account Executive   At first glance, dentistry might seem like the last profession you should address to get thoughts on storytelling, with most conversations with your dentist consisting of them asking questions while your mouth is open to the world. So when Dan Tynan — journalist, communications writer and Thought Follower …more

Pirates, Data and Storytelling

By Elisa Zallio, Junior Account Executive, Hoffman Europe (London)   I’d like to tell you about Emilio Salgari. He is a barely known, Italian writer from the late 19th century; he wrote adventure stories for periodic magazines, usually about fallen noblemen turned pirates to take revenge on their enemies — and, obviously, they’d fall in …more

The News Release Isn’t Dead Yet

The news release was born on Oct. 28, 1906. Fast forwarding to 2015, organizations distributed roughly 762,000 news releases on wire services. Our back-of-the-envelope math figures 30 hours went into each news release at $200 per hour. The punch line — Organizations spent around $4.5B on the creation of news release back in 2015, a …more

Bridging the Communications Gap between China and the U.S.

By Mandy Heiser, Account Executive   Let’s take a look at the top Google results for the recommended search “china and us”:     What about “us and china”?     Let’s pull out a few phrases: “high-stakes trade”, “far apart”, “fail to reach agreement” “fighting for global power” … The story these search results …more

A Behind-the-curtain Look at EE Times’ Bigger Picture

By Jaime Hamilton, Account Coordinator   For EE Times, the days of thinking small are over. Marked by an October 1 relaunch, the publication embarked down a new path that combines an aesthetic upgrade with fortified substance — all-encompassed by a new mantra: Think Big. “We, as editors, were trained to think small as our …more

Sprout Agency Partner Summit 2018 – The Hoffman Agency CliffsNotes

By Sarah Collins, Senior Account Executive   A career in public relations inherently keeps you on your toes. Although it may seem that no two days within a week are the same, as creatures of habit, we unavoidably fall into routines from time to time. I try my best to prevent that and personally believe …more

To RFP or Not RFP, That is Usually Not the Question.

I’ve written several posts on how organizations select communication services. Even after 30+ years, I’m still thinking there’s got to be a better way. In cases in which Procurement leads the charge, the process feels more like a tussle than a process of getting to know each other.     Speaking of a better way, …more

More Advice for College Grads in Landing That Elusive First Job

I played “Dear Abby” earlier this month offering guidance to college grads on how to differentiate in their resumes and cover letters. It generated a fair amount of feedback, including a comment — actually comment does it a disservice; let’s call it a “treatise” — from my friend and colleague James Strohecker, a senior marketing …more

Whetting Asia Pacific’s Appetite — One Story at a Time

By Ashleigh Chong, Senior Account Executive   It’s official — we eat a lot. Do you know that in just 60 seconds, we consume over 5,000 tonnes of food globally? The global appetite, which has been rising steadily, will continue its growth momentum — just last year, the food and beverages (F&B) market was estimated …more