June 2016

Establishing Connections across the Causeway

Above Photo:  Hoffman and Emerald Comms in Malacca for an off-site meeting in 2007. Top L-R: Jana Ponnudurai, Neethiya Sadagopal, Lee Ling, Mayda Jutahkiti, Janice Wang Bottom L-R: Rene Leow, Tay Kuan Yan (ex GM of HA), Jisun Kim, Maureen Tseng Our link with The Hoffman Agency started in 2004. It [...]

Putting the “Man” in Hoffman

Congrats to Lou and The Hoffman Agency team in Asia Pacific on your 20th anniversary. It’s a good age to be in, I reckon – old enough to show staying power, but still have the swagger of youth. Being 20 is when you feel invincible and you know that there’s still [...]

May 2016

PR Agency Offsite, Japan Style

As in the U.S., company offsites are quite common in Japan. The history goes back to before the World War II when appreciation for everyone’s hard work was rewarded with a trip to a hot springs. Furthermore, there’s a tradition of what’s called the Graduate trip in most Japanese elementary schools, [...]

“Ignore that comment — follow your heart” … and I’m still here 16 years later

That’s what Michelle Herman told me not long after I was hired. According to Lou: “Lydia is so serious. You think she can fit in to our culture? At least smile for us?” This was how it began. Lou and Michelle had the privilege of witnessing me in a light blue dress [...]

My Introduction to Asia Pacific PR 101

I had barely unpacked in Singapore in 1996 when I heard from our client HP. The company was hosting a major customer/media conference in a luxury resort on Phuket Island, Thailand, and my presence as media contact was requested. Hoffman Asia Pacific was barely hatched at that point, but that’s why we were there.

“I Never Saw a Moor …”

It’s been quite the thrill for me to watch the activities of Hoffman’s Asia Pacific operation over the years. I’ve been lucky enough to work with a long string of dynamic players — from Lou himself, to Ray Shuster, Michelle Herman, Maureen Tseng, Lydia Lau, Jenny Chan, Shingo Nomura, Kaori Saito, [...]

아시아 진출 20주년을 맞는 우리의 자세, 호프만에이전시가 소개하는 디지털 PR 3대 전략

  English Version 1987년 실리콘밸리에서 출발해 세계 각국에서 다양한 클라이언트들의 종합적인 홍보 서비스를 지원해 온 호프만에이전시가 아시아 진출 20주년을 맞이했습니다. 그 동안 호프만에이전시는 크고 작은 변화에 적극적으로 대응하며 고객지향적인 비즈니스모델을 발전시켜왔는데요. 그 중에서도 호프만에이전시가 가장 주목하고 있는 변화는 단연 ‘디지털화(Digitalization)’입니다. 다른 모든 산업과 마찬가지로 PR산업 환경에서도 디지털로의 전환은 매체나 기업의 홍보 [...]

April 2016

Celebrating Its 20 Years in Asia — The Hoffman Agency’s Three Strategies in Digital PR

Established at Silicon Valley in 1987, The Hoffman Agency has provided comprehensive PR support to a variety of clients all over the world, and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary in Asia. Throughout its history, the Agency has actively responded to various industry changes to develop a client-centric business model.

“You Sir, You Have 30 Days to Prove You’re an Exec of a U.S. Company With a License.”

The first few months of my work in Singapore in 1996 were complicated because I had to leave the country every 60 days to have my passport re-stamped as a visitor. In addition to a few out-of-country business trips, and one trip home, that meant a couple of one-night sojourns on [...]

Did You Hear the One About the Nail That Stood Out?

The year was 2000. I had just arrived in Seoul after 13 hours in the air and contorting my frame to the dreaded middle seat. Normally, I would take the blue bus to the hotel. But I was two hours away from speaking at a conference staged by a Korean version [...]