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Will the Communications Industry Change Because of President Trump?

  Update: I dusted off this post because the content remains relevant today. The President continues to struggle with the concept of delivering a clear and consistent message. Yet, he’s a “natural” at generating earned media. . Before addressing the question, let’s consider the high-level objectives of the typical communications campaign. Increase awareness, often in …more

Hoffman Agency Names Thomas Franky as General Manager in Indonesia

By Caroline Hsu, Managing Director, Asia Pacific   We have doubled down on Indonesia, today announcing that Thomas Franky will join the Agency to lead our Indonesia team. You don’t hear much about the Indonesian market in the West. We believe that is about to change. Consider that PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that Indonesia will constitute the …more

Connecting Dots on the Map: Building Bridges Across Hoffman APAC

By Cecilia Zhong, Senior Account Executive   “Cecilia’s company is sending her to work in Asia for four months,” said my husband to his boss. “You are not gonna quit and join her company, are you?” asked his boss, half-jokingly. They were talking about the sweet gig I got: a 15-week work trip across Hong …more

The Secret Sauce Behind Our Global Offering

Every global communications consultancy touts collaboration. Of course they do. If a prospective client is going to engage with a PR firm for support across multiple markets, it expects the account team members to play nice with each other regardless of location. PR consultancies have nailed this message. The reality is most PR agencies aren’t …more

Mulling on the (potentially) happy marriage of PR and SEO

By Mark Pinsent, Managing Director, Hoffman Europe   Public Relations and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) haven’t always been the happiest of bedfellows let alone entertained thoughts about a long-term commitment. There are a number of potential reasons for the lack of chemistry. Perhaps the historical perception of unethical ‘black hat’ SEO and underhand link-building programmes …more

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