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A Few Words on Me, the Agency and Motorbike Taxis in Jakarta

OK, it’s more than a few. This question came my way last week: Here goes. I moved to Silicon Valley in 1981 two years out of college. You’ve heard the saying, “It’s better to be lucky than good?” I was lucky in the sense that I moved to Silicon Valley because of the vibrant culture, …more

One Year Later, Reflections on the Reflection

  It has been one year and six days since our 30-year anniversary party. Thinking about the cliché that goes something along the lines, “It’s all about the people.” It is all about the people. Reconnecting with employees from the early days. Reconnecting with clients going back to 1987. And reconnecting with others who have …more

Shaking Up the Status Quo in Asia Leads to Industry Recognition.

The Holmes Report recently shorted-listed our Asia Pacific team as Tech Agency of the Year in the region. As an agency that competes against companies 50+ times larger, this type of industry recognition is important. It reminds the outside world that bigger isn’t better (said the guy who tips 5 foot 4 on a good …more

People Have Misunderstood the Meaning of Storytelling (PRWeek)

We’ve strived to be the cobbler’s kids who actually do have shoes. In practical terms, we’ve pitched stories on the Agency and our perspectives to journalists, some resulting in media coverage. As part of the blog’s 10-year anniversary, I’ve dusted off one of the better articles on our storytelling mentality. David Blecken at Campaign Asia …more

Building Bridges in the Year of the Dog (Part Two)

By Kelly Trom, Senior Account Executive   After six countries, two cross-Pacific flights, 2,479 photos, 83 days and too many rounds of dim sum to count later, I’m officially back on U.S. soil. When I landed in Hong Kong this past February, I was a little apprehensive about joining an entirely new team, working with …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

Translating a Silicon Valley Culture in Japan

By Shingo Nomura, Vice President, North Asia for The Hoffman Agency   I joined The Hoffman Agency to lead its Japan office in 2002. After roughly four years at a traditional local PR company in Japan, I found the idea of blending a Silicon Valley mentality with the Japanese way quite appealing. While I didn’t understand …more