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Did These Symbols of Public Relations Disruption Come True?

I previously wrote that PR’s version of the industrial revolution was underway. Just like the industrial revolution upended manufacturing, a combination of digital communications, mobile consumption and the fight for attention were redefining communications. Five years ago I captured 10 symbols that PR had a hit a fork in the road only to invent a …more

The Best Storytelling Posts of 2019

  You can throw out many adjectives to describe 2019. Dull won’t be one of them. Writing about the intersection of communications, journalism and branding, a never-ending stream of fodder for potential posts flew by my window every day. I wish I had more time to dig and explore. The following captures the first half …more

When the Media Fails to Distinguish Between PR and Advertising

  Lou—I wanted to reach out regarding the blog posted this week “When the Media Fails to Distinguish Between PR and Advertising.” It is unclear to me who the author is, and a little disappointing that they developed a whole narrative about us out of thin air, but please share that the North American Meat …more

Advocating for the PR Profession at Wenzhou-Kean University in China

By Frank Zhang, DGM Hoffman China   Sitting on the train from Shanghai to Wenzhou, I had time to contemplate a simple question: What were students from Wenzhou-Kean University, a Chinese-American jointly established higher education institution, expecting to hear from an international communications consultancy? I arrived at the venue 30 minutes early. It turns out …more

“Lou, You Know What Your Problem Is?”

Years ago we resigned a big brand account in the consumer electronics space. I think the statute of limitations has run out, 10+ years, so I can share the name. You’ve probably heard of them. Sony. At the time we supported their consumer electronics business in the U.S. handling their video camcorders, cameras and laptops. …more

“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

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

Go-to Songs for Those Who Toil in PR

A few years ago PR Moment asked me to pontificate on a playlist of songs that put a bounce in my step and might — emphasize on the “might” — do the same for others. I decided to play these songs over the weekend during a catchup on loose ends. It turns out that they …more