Tag: buzz marketing

Public Relations Strategies for Non-Profits

October 4th, 2012   •   1 comment   

SHINE Youth Festival 2012
Photo opportunities are good ways to grab media attention (from SHINE Youth Festival)

How can trade associations, societies and NGOs leverage on Public Relations (PR) to get the word out there? What strategies can they apply to “build buzz”?

As Vice Chairman of the Association of Singapore Attractions (ASA), one of my jobs is to increase the visibility of the association and establish it as an industry leader. Thanks to an invitation from MCI Singapore, I learned a few new tricks relevant to my association while refreshing my knowledge of the discipline.
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Newsjacking – A Dirty Little Secret in PR

September 6th, 2012   •   3 comments   

Changi Airport Newsjacking
Changi Airport’s successful efforts in newsjacking following Joseph Schooling’s Olympic Win (courtesy of Changi Airport Facebook Page)

Joseph Schooling’s historic win in the Rio 2016 Olympics kicked off a wave of media publicity.

It also resulted in multiple brands riding on the brand-wagon, with some brands doing better than others.
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Coca-Cola Celebrates Its 126th Birthday

June 2nd, 2012   •   no comments   

Coca-Cola's 126th Birthday Party

Thanks to June, Tiffany and Laura of the Coca-Cola Singapore team, I was invited to the cosy 126th birthday party for Coca-Cola held at the Dallas Restaurant and Bar at Boat Quay. As a marketer and a publicist, I’ve always admired how the world’s largest beverage company continually reinvented its flagship Coca-Cola brand despite having such a long heritage.  It was fascinating to see how the brand associates itself with values such as fun, happiness and enjoyment through activities that resonate with its customers.  

At the thematic party adorned with Coca-Cola’s unmistakeable reds and whites, I learned how the company continually innovated its marketing and PR efforts.  Other than traditional advertising on mainstream channels, Coke experimented successfully with guerrilla marketing, emotional marketing, buzz and viral marketing, co-branding, sponsorship (Coke has sponsored the Olympics movement for 84 years in total!) as well as immersive experience rich events and showcases (such as the party itself). The company further embraced its role as a corporate citizen by sponsoring and encouraging sustainable and civic-minded practices such as recycling and caring for the less fortunate.

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We the Undercover Marketers

March 21st, 2012   •   1 comment   

We the Undercover Marketers

The Joneses were portrayed as the ultimate stealth marketers (source of image)

Excuse me, are you an invisible stealth marketer? If you have no clue what this is, perhaps its high time for you to read about this.

My curiosity in stealth marketing was first piqued when I read Martin Lindstrom’s brilliant marketing expose Brandwashed. In the book, the neuro-marketing exponent revealed many of the psychological and neurological tricks employed by marketers to get us to buy more, often without us knowing it.
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Does Sex-vertising Really Sell?

December 15th, 2011   •   2 comments   

Does sex-vertising really sell
Everybody talked about the shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch greeters in 2011 (Courtesy of A&F)

Let’s talk about sex in advertising – one of the longest running meme in the history of ads.

Time and time again, the topic has ignited heated discussion amongst marketers, manufacturers and moralists alike.

Does sex sell? Would a sexy ad have a better chance of grabbing the attention of one’s target audience? Or will it just be too “been there, done that” to have any effect?
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KLM’s Highest Party in the World

March 22nd, 2011   •   no comments   

Every once in a while, you come across a marketing idea so radical that you simply have to talk about it. That honour today belongs to airline company KLM and its effort in creating the highest party in the world where a DJ gets to spin music 35,000 feet in the air.

What’s cool about this effort is that it came about from a bet between KLM and two DJs/creative producers – Sied van Riel and Wilco Jung – to organise a party on board a plane for the very first time. I like how it weaves in online channels (like a blog, website, and online radio station) with a grand idea of a party for those who have the time, money and energy.

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Guerrilla Marketing “Bearly” Making It?

October 17th, 2010   •   2 comments   

Courtesy of STOMP

Are we Singaporeans too straight-laced to stomach marketing gags? Do we like our advertisements to be plain, direct, and in-your-face?

More importantly, are guerrilla marketing campaigns doomed to a hairy end?
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Balancing Between Buzz and Believability

September 9th, 2010   •   no comments   


There is an inherent paradox in the marketing world right now, especially with the onset of numerous social media and citizen centric channels. It is what I would call the authenticity anomaly of the digital age, which kind of goes like this:

To be the talk-of-the-town, pulling out all the cards one can muster to generate BUZZ.
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Celebrating National Day via Social Technologies

August 9th, 2010   •   no comments   

NDP 2010 Preview Pics!
Courtesy of NDPeeps (on flickr)

As we celebrate our 45th year of independence across the island in many different ways, I thought it’d be interesting to see how this is being done in the digital dimension. Gauging from the amount of national day related posts, Facebook updates, tagged photographs, videos and other User Generated Content (UGC), we are certainly not lacking in patriotic spirit here!

A good place to start would be the official National Day Parade 2010 (NDP 2010) website, which looks like it is a website, UGC aggregator, and social media portal all rolled into one. I was immediately wowed by the clickable mosaic of different citizen-generated content on the home page, which brings you to short posts complete with photographs of what Singaporeans and residents feel about our national birthday.
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Old Spice Man – Old Cologne in New Bottles?

July 19th, 2010   •   4 comments   

Source: Frat House Sports

By now, almost everybody plugged into social media (including my friends Ivan Chew, Kevin Lim, Siva and Lucian) would have heard of how Old Spice, a heritage toiletry brand (used by one’s granddad) managed to reinvent itself through the Old Spice Man Youtube channel. The idea was developed by marketing agency Wieden + Kennedy and involved the shooting of real-time marketing videos while leveraging on social media networks.

Here’s an example of the commercials which have been circulating on Youtube and garnering massive views:

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