Tag: Public Relations

7 Ways To Write And Communicate Clearly

June 18th, 2014   •   no comments   

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Communicating clearly is a constant pain for publicists like us. If we do it well, nobody is going to say a thing. If we botch it up, however…

Just yesterday, our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong posted on Facebook about the ongoing need for public officers to communicate more clearly to the public. He shared a link from The Irish Times which described how Apple’s “lost its way with words” in a recent employment ad using “gibberish”.
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How to Truly Market – Without Marketing

May 14th, 2014   •   no comments   

How to Truly Market Without Marketing
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What is the simplest definition of marketing?

According to the Business Dictionary, it is the management process by which goods and services move from concept to the customer, while involving the 4 Ps: product, price, place, and promotion. For services, this may be expanded to include other Ps like people, process, and physical evidence.
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What Kind of Marketer are You?

November 10th, 2013   •   1 comment   


The Marketer Scientist is a new superhero (courtesy of Search Engine Land)

In the world of marketing, there are two schools of thought.

The first – and more common – group believes that marketing belongs to the rarefied world of advertising professionals, PR experts, and market research wizards. Every step is finely calibrated, like strokes to a canvas made by a master.
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Epic Marketing

April 30th, 2013   •   1 comment   

Epic Marketing
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Have you watched an “epic” movie which left an indelible mark on your consciousness? What about a book which you couldn’t forget years after you’re done reading?

Truth is, we all love great epics. Massive in scale and scope, they have the power to inspire us with awe, move us viscerally, and set our imaginations on fire.
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The Book of Business Awesome/ UnAwesome (Review)

January 13th, 2013   •   no comments   

Have you wondered what works (and doesn’t) in Facebook?

Or how you can undo an ill conceived tweet let loose in a fit of anger?

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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   •   6 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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The Dîner en Blanc Debacle

August 25th, 2012   •   4 comments   


Are these foods not “white” enough? (courtesy of Daniel’s Food Diary)

When the ingredients to a dish are not properly assembled, the outcome could be a recipe for disaster.

It all started rather innocently and positively. Pitched as part of a global initiative, Dîner en Blanc is the world’s first viral event premised on the concept of a “très chic picnic” imported from Paris. According to its website, this mass gastronomic extravanganza have taken place in outdoor public spaces in 20 cities across 5 continents this year, from Barcelona to New York City, from Montreal to Sydney.
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Do You Trust Your CEO?

June 15th, 2012   •   no comments   


Source: Edelman Insights

Thanks to a blog post from Jackie Huba of Church of the Customer, I came to learn about Edelman Insights Presentation titled “Key Employee Engagement Findings from Edelman’s 2012 Trust Barometer”. From the survey results (graphic above), several facts seemed to pop out:

1) People are increasingly losing their trust in the heads of organisations like CEOs. This has dropped by a whopping 12% in 2012 compared to 2011.
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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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