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DDB Philippines pays hefty PR price in wake of bungled tourism campaign

DDB Philippines suffers a $900,000 contract loss and countless more in negative PR following tourism stock footage drama, but some critics feel the Philippines Tourism may have contributed to their own reputational crisis.

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Can resale programs make fast fashion sustainable? Zara is trying to find out

Fashion retailers face a tricky balance regarding environmental efforts.

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How momfluencers came to dominate influencer marketing

A marketer's dream for household spending, momfluencers might be acing the social media game with spotless kitchens and perfect lives, but are they pedalling an unreal construct of real motherhood?

Brand experiences

The big issues brands must tackle to deliver seamless consumer experiences

CAMPAIGN 360 PREVIEW: Brands today cannot afford to make mistakes with customer experience. From technology to content and beyond, Campaign looks at how brands can better understand and deliver what consumers want.

Pictorial depiction of a neurodiverse brain.

Neurodiversity in campaigns: the benefits of tapping into the world’s largest minority group

Great minds don't always think alike. This Autism Awareness Month, we're moving the dial on DEI to discuss why accessibility is still not high on the marketing agenda and why adland needs to think differently to make neurodiversity an asset.

Hoegaarden beer testing booth in Shanghai which was earlier a Covid testing centre.

From swabs to sips, Hoegaarden flips the script on Covid booths in China

McCann Shanghai pulls a charming and timely experiential campaign. We're toasting to their creativity and innovation.

New Asia-wide study on the culture codes of the region's youth

The new zeitgeist: It's anti-heroes, neo-hedonism and emotional health for Asia's youth

The definition of boundaries is shifting—from emotional expression to personal pleasures—a Vice research highlights the tremendous transformation that Asia’s youth is undergoing. Campaign examines what this changing landscape means for brands targeting Gen Z.

TikTok ban hearing

How TikTok is responding to advertisers' concerns about potential bans

TikTok's Shant Oknayan, the newly appointed head of global business solutions in APAC shares the platform's challenges like facing the US Congress and generative AI, as well as TikTok's plans for commerce.

Michelle Yeoh at the Oscar's

Michelle Yeoh historic Oscar win: Brands that paid tribute

The Asian magnet is drawing attention for all the right reasons. Understandably, domestic brands are not far behind. Here are those that dipped their toes in instant marketing.

Female influencers

#Unstereotype: Have influencers done a better job of eroding gender stereotypes than advertising?

Many female influencers encourage body positivity, encouraging followers to 'be themselves'. But has this meaningfully eroded harmful gender stereotypes? And is traditional advertising keeping pace?


How brands and agencies should talk about sustainability

Amid fears of greenwashing and a new era of greenhushing, brands are tiptoeing around communicating their sustainability journeys.

Mushrooms packaging

Not plastic: Organisations on a mission to make sustainable packaging mainstream

From takeaway boxes made of seaweed to compostable mailers made from plant-based materials, we meet those leading the charge to help brands end their plastic addiction and bring sustainable packaging to the masses.

Jacob Puthenparambil

Redhill CEO on finding the balance between PR and marketing

Jacob Puthenparambil discusses the rapid growth of the agency and the use of AI tools which has become a trend.

Jimmy Choo pink boots on the left, a blinged out Luna the cat on the right

Jimmy Choo X Sailor Moon: a lesson in brand collaboration

Timely if not entirely timeless, the end product is trendy and nostalgic. If there ever was a masterclass in finding a middle ground, then this is it.

Industry experts talk about CNY messaging

CNY campaigns: Getting brand messaging right when China is reeling under Covid

Industry experts weigh in on the best strategies for brands to nail the cultural tone and empathetic approach to connect during uncertainty.

Lush video promoting digital detox

Life after likes: will more brands follow Lush in going anti-social?

Recently, brands like Lush, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta have all walked away from social media. Is the anti-social trend here to stay? Are more brands likely to follow? And can they really survive without it?

Kent Wertime and Chris Reitermann pose in a photo together

Ogilvy Asia co-CEOs on the shift of ‘great’ creativity, tech layoffs, and more

Chris Reitermann and Kent Wertime sit down with Campaign Asia-Pacific to ponder the future of creativity in a sales-driven environment; the effects of tech layoffs for the agency world; and the unavoidable embrace of sustainability consulting.

ESG in a recession

The climate of business: Where does ESG go in a recession?

Six in 10 CEOs are putting the kibosh on ESG investments in the spirit of corporate cost savings. We analyse the future of ESG amid talks of a recession.

L to R: Nina Kong, strategy director at Media.Monks China founded a custom suit design label; managing director Roger Bikker runs a tea beverage brand; Tom McMullan, creative director at Digitas ANZ produces a horror movie exposure therapy podcast.

Are side hustles a win-win for both employers and employees?

Should agencies be supporting their employees' side hustles? We spoke to both agency leaders and their staff across adland in APAC to find out.

Kanye West

Is this the end for celebrity influencers?

The recent spate of brazen celebrity scandals spotlights the risks brands face when they hook up with big names. For brands, this equates to a rethink of their marketing mix.

Roblox character in invisalign branded virtual environment

Invisalign uses Roblox to highlight advantages of aligners over braces

The brand is using the metaverse to 'demystify’ the orthodontist’s office.

Is the industry prepared for a global recession?

Agencies across the APAC on how they are preparing for a potential global recession—and whether it could be an opportunity to shine for smaller agencies.

Patagonia gives away company: Is this real brand purpose?

The apparel-maker made news this week for giving away its US$3 billion company towards climate-change efforts. We ask comms pros if this should set an example for other corporations.

Furry and fabulous: Why brands shouldn't overlook pet influencers

The evergreen appeal of a cute animal can easily translate to ad deals, lucrative brand partnerships, and hundreds of thousands of followers. Here's why pet influencers are a goldmine for brands.

Adland speaks out on quiet quitting

Beyond being just another social-media buzzword, ‘quiet quitting’ is having a real impact across adland. We ask industry leaders in the region how they are responding.

Why Pepsi is focusing on food in its largest Asia-wide campaign this year

The F&B giant’s brand marketers explain how their latest multi-phased campaign reinforces a global brand locally, attempts to help Covid-hit communities and reaches GenZ all at the same time.

WFH or back to office: Where does creativity thrive?

Keeping in mind pandemic learnings, we ask agencies their preferred working model going forward when it comes to fostering creativity.

Why talent is moving from agencies to tech platforms and startups

While pay is a big draw, other compensation such as stock options and bonuses are a key attraction too.

Does adland overemphasise awards when hiring creatives?

Creative leaders in the region question whether the industry should prioritise awards tallies when looking for creative candidates.

Uneven regulation, tight deadlines catalyse spike in plagiarism

While content creators have been flooded with work recently, they've also had to contend with a flood of copycats. But lax legislation and hesitancy for creators to take action remain pending issues.

Provide privacy or perish: WE study

Consumer understanding of data privacy is more sophisticated than ever, and brands should step up their game on protection, according to WE’s Brands in Motion study.

Freelancers are busier than ever, but old headaches persist

As agencies and marketing teams increasingly outsource their core offerings, freelancers are being inundated with requests. But issues such as reskilling, timely payments, and burnout are prevalent.

Unilever's Samir Singh: Sustainability shouldn't burden consumers with guilt or expense

In his first interview since becoming Unilever's global personal care CMO, he details how the consumer goods giant is evolving hygiene products into wellness products and is embedding sustainability in its brands while facing growing local competition.

Should all brands rush to enter the metaverse?

As more and more brands are keen to get their foot in the door, we explore if it makes sense for all sectors to enter the metaverse and whether brands are clear about what they want to achieve in the space.

How the world's first virtual influencer with Down syndrome was created

To drive home the idea that the metaverse is for everyone, Forsman & Bodenfors launches Kami, a confident young woman who wants to smash barriers in the digital space. Go behind the process of creating her.

Rumi, an image of a virtual influencer

Is creating a virtual influencer worth the trouble for brands?

We dive into what does it takes to create a virtual influencer from scratch and consider the efforts vs rewards for brands.


How are agencies managing the expat talent exodus?

Amid record numbers of foreign talent leaving traditionally expat-heavy markets like Hong Kong and Singapore, we explore the repercussions for agencies.

Where are the women in creative PR roles?

A dearth of women in creative roles can greatly affect communications and narratives being pushed out, according to PR leaders.

KPIs for communications shift with the times

A new report shows that securing coverage is no longer the end-all for PR clients as the move towards activity-based KPIs and real-time social data becomes evident.

A still from Netflix's 'Inventing Anna', which depicts the use of personal branding to deceive people.

Is personal branding more important than qualifications?

A strong online presence is important to boost visibility and ‘sell’ your skills—but should it supersede meritocracy?

Clockwise from left: Kaoru Nakagawa, Rikki Jones, Will Collie, Emma Smith

Healthcare PR teams are facing a critical talent crunch

Can healthcare comms be sexy? To crack a serious talent shortage, agency leaders are finding creative ways to make the field more attractive for prospective talent—and looking beyond traditional PR to shop for talent.

A demonstration march against climate change in Glasgow during the UN COP26 climate conference (Shutterstock)

Are social platforms complicit in climate-change misinformation?

Online platforms continue to rely on fossil-fuel companies for paid advertising, even as they roll out policies against climate-change misinformation. Where should the line be drawn?

Parental leave policies leave inequities of maternity leave behind

Agencies that have evolved their offerings in this area say they’re reaping the benefits along with their people. If only such policies were more widespread across APAC.

Marc Pritchard: ‘Philanthropy is wonderful, but we’re a business’

Reiterating that brands must be a force for both growth and good, P&G’s chief brand officer tells the Spikes Asia x Campaign audience that creativity is central to making that happen.

L-R: Yuchenxuan He & Xin Chen

Running a charity is expensive. This winning Young Spikes team came up with a vivid reminder

Would you go halves on running a charity the way you would a restaurant bill? That simple, clever idea from a promising duo at BBDO Shanghai won gold at the Young Spikes PR competition.

93% of APAC youth say pandemic changed their lifestyle forever

Results from an APAC-wide study by Vice Media, revealed here exclusively, underscore the need for brands to re-examine everything they think they know about the way young people view family, money, time, mental health and work.

‘Too many meetings’ and ‘non-urgent work’ causes of overtime: PRHK

The PR industry in Hong Kong is clear about the causes and consequences of overtime, yet a majority of them are not communicating their frustrations to their managers, according to a survey.

Agency talent willing to leave agencies that work with fossil-fuel clients

If research shows that people are hesitant to work with clients that don’t align with their values, how are agencies managing differing moral choices among employees?

An ad by Australian Gas Networks promoting its green tech (Comms Declare)

Why do so many agencies continue to work with fossil-fuel companies?

The devastating impact of fossil fuels to our planet is undeniable—yet a majority of agencies continue to promote and sustain the ‘dirty energy’ sector with no immediate sign of backing away.

‘We can’t just copy-paste elements from the West’: Chair of PRCA’s DEI committee

Chair of the newly launched DEI committee Charu Srivastava discusses localising the DEI agenda, the importance of holistic change beyond policy, and why inclusive agencies can be a magnet for talent.

Are brands communicating to shareholders the value of aligning with a purpose?

Following a major shareholder's criticism that Unilever is focusing too much on purposeful communications rather than its business performance, APAC marketing experts discuss whether there is a disconnect between the goals of brands and those of their shareholders.

What will define corporate PR in 2022?

Experts in the region express what communicators and corporate leaders should prioritise this year amid an increasingly fractured business and social environment.

Son Heung-Min kicks off multi-market Tiger Beer campaign

The beer's global brand director explains why the Korean-born Tottenham Hotspur football star is the perfect ambassador for the ambitious 'Year of Your Tiger' campaign.

Clockwise from top: Amy Watson & Scott Thomson, Forge Communications; Tarun Deo, Progressive Communications; Serina Tan, Brewer Consulting

6 APAC agencies to watch out for in 2022

These agencies mirror the growing need for personalised and thoughtful communications that centre around purpose, inclusivity, and sustainability.

Clockwise from top left: Charu Srivastava, Serina Tan, Jonathan Tan, Corbin Hsieh, Adeline Goh

The best purpose campaigns of 2021

PRWeek asked five APAC industry pros to pick the best purpose-driven work they saw during the year.


How brands are failing to connect with millennial mothers

Millennial mothers in Asia are voicing their needs, accomplishments and worries unlike any previous generation. Yet brands are not sensibly tapping into this group.

Employees at Cainiao Smart Logistics Network, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba, packaging orders ahead of the 11/11 shopping festival. (Getty Images)

Why Tmall’s messaging around 11/11 became ‘less about the discounts’

The platform’s annual shopping festival is straying away from shouting about its seasonal prices from the rooftops and is instead centring a vision that upholds sustainability and long-term goals.

Tatler’s new formula for success in the luxury space

Chairman and CEO Michel Lamunière speaks to us about how an evolution of the luxury-focused media company's approach is coming to fruition.

Mark Read: 'We were actually back at number one and ahead of Publicis'

Mark Read on proving WPP doubters ‘wrong’ and battling Publicis to be biggest agency group

Q3 results showed resilience of agency sector, CEO says.


Why corporate affairs firms are hiring senior talent from outside the industry

Law, banking, policy, and journalism are just some areas that corporate affairs agencies are looking towards to poach senior advisors. Major firms in the region tell us why.

‘Leadership communications is paramount, now more than ever’: PMI internal comms lead

The head of global internal communications at Philip Morris International on managing comms for a 77,000-strong workforce and keeping employees engaged throughout the pandemic.


Singapore more aware than global peers on ESG: SEC Newgate

According to new research, Singaporeans are willing to pay more for brands and services that offer a better-perceived ESG performance.

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These recent PR crises show why language matters

What’s in a word? Plenty, according to these social media rows that have managed to spark national debates.


Nearly half of PR pros in APAC record worsened mental health: PRCA

On average, PR pros are working an equivalent of an extra day each week versus their contracted hours.

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou speaks to the media following her extradition hearing in Canada. (Getty Images)

Transparency key for Huawei following CFO release: former Huawei PR leaders

For years, the tech company has been used as political tool in US-China relations. We ask former Huawei PR leaders on advice for the brand moving forward.


Why does workplace harassment often go unreported?

Reports show that a significant number of harassment victim-survivors hesitate to officially lodge reports against their perpetrators. We explore the multiple systemic factors that contribute to the issue.


Influencer marketing shifts gear to home-based verticals, product marketing, and Twitter

Instagram remains the dominant platform for influencer marketing campaigns in the region, but its growth is plateauing while that of Twitter is ramping up, according to a report from AnyMind Group.


Consumers in APAC increasingly concerned about purpose-washing: study

Consumers in the region are expressing scepticism about brands promoting their purpose-driven agendas to sell products, according to WE’s new study.


Covid changed news consumption habits of business leaders: survey

A BBC study shows that leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia have become increasingly conscious about trustworthiness and misinformation when sharing news.

Why Gen Z symbols are different in China

In China, consumers gain emotional or physical self-actualisation from brands and for the country's youth, symbols are both a continuum of ideas and history as well as being completely of the now.

Why companies should embrace employees’ use of social media

Companies may fear or police employee activism on social media, but employees can be a company’s biggest influencer.

Why Pfizer/BioNTech should throw away the marketing playbook for Comirnaty

Vaccine makers should align around convincing the world to get more and more people vaccinated, even if it’s not their own vaccine, says one prominent ad exec.

Image of Kabul, Afghanistan (picture via Upsplash)

'It’s hard to communicate in soundbites' - comms challenges facing aid groups in Afghanistan

What are the main communications challenges for aid bodies and charities working in Afghanistan following the Taliban's seizure of power last week, and what kind of messages have the biggest impact? We hear from three organisations.

IPCC climate report: What are the implications for corporate ESG?

PR pros express urgency for companies to act on and measure their ESG activities in a more transparent way, following the bombshell global report released earlier this week.

Tokyo Olympics coverage shines a light on politics, mental health: BBC reporter

News presenter Mariko Oi speaks to us about reporting in Tokyo during the Games and news themes that have emerged on the fringe of the sporting action.

Scent marketing: The sweet smell of (brand) success

With more brands applying multi-sensory strategies, marketers are leveraging our sense of smell to tap into memories and aspirations. But there’s much more to scent branding than simply perfuming a physical space.

Foodpanda’s botched comms strategy amid Thailand crisis

Following boycott calls sparked by a social media comment, Bangkok-based PR pros offer advice on where the food delivery company went wrong in its response, and what it should have done to appease stakeholders.

Is the value of earned media diminishing?

Two PR leaders discuss the consequences of incentivising publishers and journalists, and the unique challenges PR pros face when seeking earned coverage.

Consumers more likely to ‘forgive’ purposeful brands: study

A new APAC study from Zeno Group shows that purpose is here to stay—so long as brands are authentic in their messaging.

The moon is (soon to be) open for business

Ispace, a commercial venture that counts Dentsu among its strategic partners, announced it's one step closer to putting a lander on the lunar surface next year—with brand sponsors along for the ride.

End-to-end PR app aims to streamline agency offerings

We speak to the founder of Supernewsroom about democratising PR functions through an app and the platform’s curious ‘guaranteed coverage’ feature.

Why does agency talent move in-house?

Shifts to in-house roles have caused a dearth of mid-level talent in PR agencies. We ask three in-house staffers about the lures of the ‘other side’.

Vitasoy caught in politically charged PR crisis

The Hong Kong beverage company is under intense scrutiny among Chinese consumers amid an incident that questioned mainland China-Hong Kong diplomacy.

Is India’s luxury surge mirroring China’s?

India has a fast-growing elite and aspirational classes — and their insatiable appetite for luxury reminds global brands of China.

How can APAC representation be improved at Cannes Lions?

Award-winning campaigns at major awards are often disproportionately skewed towards the West; we ask APAC-based leaders how that can be rectified.

Alibaba lights Olympic marketing campaign

Alibaba CMO Chris Tung on the company’s marketing campaign, as well as its technological support for the Tokyo games and the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Plenty of room for creativity in ‘traditional PR’

Two regional creative leaders argue that the industry needs to move away from the perception that corporate PR and creative-led PR exist in siloes.

Foodpanda's marketing VP on the many rewards of in-housing

Idan Haim, APAC VP of growth and marketing, talks to us about the content, cost, and talent efficiencies of in-housing and how it’s led to resounding success for the brand.

Tipped for Lions glory: 'Womb Stories' for Essity (left) with 'Mouldy Whopper' for Burger King (top right) and Mastercard 'True Name' (bottom right)

Less cynicism, more humour… more weirdness? What to expect from (virtual) Cannes Lions

The International Festival of Creativity is almost upon us. Creative PRs share their thoughts on the new virtual format, and discuss what themes and campaigns they expect to dominate.

Are you ready to work with LGBTQIA+ influencers?

While many agencies and brands may be keen to work with diverse spokespersons, they must adapt PR strategies carefully for each market and be aware of the perils of 'pridewashing'.

APAC creatives on making Pride Month beyond a PR exercise

How can brands celebrate Pride Month with authenticity and compassion? Three APAC creatives and members of the LGBTQIA+ community give their advice.

BTS campaign in Asia has been ‘phenomenal’: McDonald’s Asia marketer

Regional marketing director Eugene Lee on the challenges of scaling and localising a mammoth global campaign.

Prasarana displayed 'lack of empathy' after Malaysia train crash

A lesson in how not to address the public and press following a nationwide crisis.

When the competition poaches your staff

Well-trained talent is an issue among Australian agencies; but is poaching the right answer?

How Giant gives the people what they want: $16 million in savings

Dairy Farm’s Southeast Asia marketing chief on the radical idea of permanently lowering prices and going against hype- and promotions-driven marketing.

Timeline of a movement: Sexual harassment in Malaysian schools

How one TikTok video uploaded by a teenage student sparked a nationwide debate and shed light on an institutional failure in crisis management.

PR pros in Asia optimistic about Clubhouse

We ask leaders in the region about the app’s use as a marketing tool, an ‘alternative’ media outlet, and opportunities for commerce.

APAC Top Consultancies 2021: WFH and flexible working don’t affect efficiency

The pandemic may have permanently changed the ways agencies are maintaining and attracting talent. Agency leaders discuss navigating new workplace processes.

APAC Top Consultancies 2021: BlueFocus towers over the region, large networks decline

The pandemic had a noticeable impact on agencies’ financial results, but the China market showed to be have bounced back with little effect.