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If the FDA Called Us About a Communications Plan for the COVID-19 Vaccine

Everyone is counting on the vaccine to return the planet to its axis and the economy to growth mode. Yet polling shows many Americans — depending on the poll, anywhere from 33% to 50% — would take a pass on vaccination. That’s a problem. As a public service, I’ve developed the bones of a communications …more

Making a Cover Letter Count

By Chris Owen, Director, Hoffman Europe   We’re on the lookout for a recent graduate to join the team here at Hoffman, which means navigating through cover letters and CVs, both of which constantly veer between the brilliant and the downright stale. The former invite interviews, the latter the bin, yet both are born with …more

HA Jamz Has All the Flavors

By Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Account Executive (Europe)   The weekly musical roundup is back after a short break— and worth the wait! As a global collaboration between all of The Hoffman Agency’s offices around the world, the HA Jamz project is international by nature; over the past few weeks though, we’ve gotten an even more eclectic …more

How the Hell Does This Trader Joe’s Story Land in The Wall Street Journal?

The Journal published a feature story about people using Twitter to deliver updates on the lines of shoppers waiting to get into Trader Joe’s. As the first step in reverse-engineering the “why” behind the Journal devoting significant real estate to the topic, we ask the macro questions: Does the story reveal something new about the …more

Playing the Scarcity Card in Media Relations

No company in business history has played the scarcity card in media relations with the deftness of Apple. People talk of the genius of Steve Jobs in regard to product design, pushing people to achieve the seemingly impossible and developing a cult-like following from customers. Often lost in this discussion is how Jobs orchestrated Apple’s …more

Do You Hear the HA Jamming?

By Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Account Executive (Europe)   It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time for the latest installment of what Hoffmanites are listening to. Per usual, we have a potpourri of tracks for your listening pleasure. 60.   Do You Hear The People Sing? — Les Misérables Cast 61.   Ride My Bike …more

Contemplating Love and Finding Inner Peace with HA Jamz

By Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Account Executive (Europe)   The songs shared this past week had us turning inward with their mellow beats and reflection-inducing lyrics. 55.   Beyond — Amani 56.   Finding The Mountain God — FiftyBodyFifty 57.   Arigatou no Wa (ありがとうの輪) — Ayaka (絢香) 58.   In My Life — The Beatles 59.   I Hope That I …more

The Communicator’s Guide to Deciphering Acronyms

It’s weird. We’re in the business of communications. You would think that we’d be OK with deploying full words. But that’s not how we roll. I put out a call to arms across the Agency for acronyms that surface on a regular basis. The list below doesn’t pretend to capture every single acronym. Still, it …more