June 2020

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 Kong, [...]

March 2020

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 fifth [...]

December 2019

Advocating for the PR Profession at Wenzhou-Kean University in China

By Frank Zhang DGM Hoffman China Sitting on the train from Shanghai to Wenzhou, I had time to contemplate a simple question: What were students from Wenzhou-Kean University, a Chinese-American jointly established higher education institution, expecting to hear from an international communications consultancy? I arrived at the venue 30 minutes early. It turns out that [...]

November 2019

WeChat Campaign in China Offers Glimpse into the Future of Communications

This headline and the post below appeared five years ago. Well, the future has officially arrived. Our China team is now building self-contained campaigns around WeChat every week, some of which are designed for lead generation. Think of these campaigns as social CRM or if you insist SCRM. The New York Times created a video [...]

September 2019

Opening the Doors to Our New Digs in Taiwan 抵家

By Stephanie Yang, Account Director, Hoffman Taiwan On a burning hot summer day, Hoffman Taiwan held a housewarming party at our new office — which happens to have one of the best views of Taipei. The photo above, fit for a postcard, was taken from our office on the 30th floor during the big event. [...]

June 2019

Tech Journalists in Hong Kong Share Insights with PR in Mind

Hong Kong continues to serve as an important media hub for Asia. With this in mind, Alessandra Tinio, an account director in our Hong Kong office, summarized a panel she attended that featured three tech journalists: Lulu Yilun Chen: Senior reporter with Bloomberg in Hong Kong, covering technology. A regular commentator on Bloomberg TV and [...]

April 2019

Taking a Minute to Smell the Cherry Blossoms

We have a program in the Agency called HAMoment that encourages the general manager or office head to take everyone away from work for a half day of fun. Our Japan team recently experienced a HAMoment, spending an afternoon in Ueno Park (上野公園) during the height of Cherry Blossom season. Even though there weren’t exactly [...]

February 2019

The Secret Sauce Behind Global Collaboration

To “borrow” a line, offices don’t work with each other. People work with each other. With this in mind, the Agency has taken steps in its operation and implemented several programs all in the name of helping staff members get to know their colleagues in other offices around the world. One of these programs is [...]

January 2019

Chinese New Year Greetings

A short note to wish all those celebrating the Chinese New Year a relaxing break. This is the Year of the Pig. Considered a symbol of wealth, the pig’s chubby face and big ears serve as symbols of fortune. The pig is also considered a realistic creature and one who puts actions behind [...]

October 2018

What Is a Japanese Press Club (Kisha Kurabu)?

Implementing a media relations campaign in Japan is not an exercise for the squeamish. In the U.S., PR cold-calls journalists on a daily basis. In comparison, PR in Japan would rarely reach out to a journalist without a proper introduction. When it comes to media relations, nothing captures the “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re notin Kansas [...]