W2O’s buying spree continues after gobbling up social analytics firm Symplur and advertising and medical education shop 21Grams this year.
The spot had been vacant since the departure of Jeremy Seow in January.
Aim of proposed coalition between rival social-media platforms is to prevent cross-posting of harmful content.
WPP, the world’s biggest marketing services group, has hired its first ever global corporate affairs director with the aim of improving the firm’s reputation and highlighting its corporate purpose, PRWeek can reveal.
The head of PRecious Communications joins the board of directors as the only APAC representative.
The new hire brings 13 years of agency and in-house experience to the table.
Perhaps no government department in the region has been as aggressive with its marketing than STB, whose domestic tourism push has kicked into high gear in the last few weeks.
Under the arrangement that has been waved through by President Trump, ByteDance will create a new US-headquartered company called TikTok Global that will be majority owned by US investors.
The payments company appoints Netflix's former comms head as it eyes regional expansion.
Manifest's creative team will work with Tommee Tippee on delivering a major international activation in 2021.
Actor deemed perfume brand’s actions ‘wrong’.
A new fellowship programme for journalists affected by pandemic-related downsizing.
Bhavna Satyanarayan appointed president as business communicators in HK face new challenges.
YouTube is one of several platforms looking to fill the gap in the market left by TikTok.
Jin Ooi will lead the new outfit which will draw strengths from both agencies.
ByteDance appears to have made an arrangement with Oracle over TikTok's US operations, after fresh Chinese regulations scuppered Microsoft's proposal.
They will lead diversity, equity and inclusion globally and in the U.S., respectively.
The media ‘ban’ is part of a string of woes that has plagued the Disney title.
Anu Noto-Menon will aid in developing online brand, performance marketing and reputation strategies for regional clients.
Pinky Lam will work closely with Golin’s creative studio as well as support the development of proprietary digital products across regional and global offices.
The campaign will leverage Snapchat to target a younger, newer audience for the brand.
Zeno will be tasked on all campaign work, including supporting the client’s broader marketing and sales teams.
The remit will cover healthcare, education and rural development among other areas.
Panda moves from GE where she was chief communications officer.
The company expects to sign up 75,000 to 100,000 influencers in the country in 18 months.
The campaign video—which went viral in the country during Merdeka weekend—was even shared by the Queen.
International comms consultancy Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) has acquired UK-based Oakhill Communications for an undisclosed sum.
Toby Hemming will come on as head of comms and marketing, working closely with WPP AUNZ CEO Jens Monsees on internal and external comms programmes.
The Singapore independent identifies a market gap of agencies representing SMEs in Malaysia.
Chinese regulators are preparing to impose new regulations on the booming use of livestreaming. Although the changes represent potential risk for brands, representatives from e-commerce platforms and influencer agencies welcome the moves.
The cracks began to show for Bellagraph Nova Group following a high-profile bid to takeover Newcastle United.
The advisory firm names new sector leaders in Shanghai and Sydney.
The Aussie wine brand releases a spiffy TVC in collaboration with an Emmy-nominated director.
US-China tensions escalate as Beijing rolls out restrictions on technology exports that could hamper TikTok's government-mandated US sale.
With the usual energy of Independence Day missing due to pandemic restrictions, marketers find new ways to connect with consumers.
PR Boutiques International reveals a new female-forward committee.
WPP's PR arm outperformed the company as a whole in the first half of 2020 amid the downturn triggered by COVID-19. PR like-for-like revenue fell 4.5 per cent to £426m ($561.9m) in H1, and by 7.5 per cent to £214m ($282.3m) in Q2.
In advance of its Shark Week slate of programming, Discovery Networks Southeast Asia is offering to let journalists speak to its 'fintastic' influencer, Gary—who is not at all a mindless eating machine.
The agency aims to offer qualified candidates a unique hands-on experience learning to develop strategies and attending real client and influencer meetings.
The deal was inked within the last few weeks.
Brand experience, pricing control and access to personal data are some of the issues on the line as the carmaker refuses to honour a discount the Chinese ecommerce platform offered unilaterally.
Offering to include consulting and marketing services such as sustainability audits, industry reports, thought leadership, strategic communications programmes and execution.
The global position had been vacant for more than two years.
The new communications leadership team consists of six VP-level leaders.
Zeno will handle the PR remit for Touch n' Go eWallet, as well as social-media duties on Facebook, while another agency, LOKi, won the Instagram and YouTube tasks.
Prenetics Group's CircleDNA is the sole testing laboratory for a Hong Kong government testing program.
A UK lobbyist’s work on behalf of campaign organisation ‘Fight for Freedom, Stand with Hong Kong’ (SWHK) calling for sanctions has led to a raft of arrests, following the imposition of draconian security laws in the former British colony at the end of June.
Agency wins the business following a successful four-year project-based relationship.
A senior hire following the rebrand of Prime to Purple.
The board welcomes two newcomers as well as title changes among existing members.
The publisher and China critic was taken in this morning under Hong Kong's new security law for "colluding with foreign forces", according to an associate.
Publicis Groupe names Isobel Kerr-Newell, formerly head of PR and social for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, as MSL's MD in the market.
The new short-form video platform launches in over 50 countries—and during a precarious time for rival TIkTok.
The B2B Chinese PR consultancy brings onboard new directors across Shanghai and Beijing.
What began as a joke for the brand in South Korea eventually materialised after years campaigning by fans.
Ogilvy will help position the gallery as Singapore’s top cultural attraction.
The Kuala Lumpur-based agency will work on an integrated PR approach for the start-up.
Buyout aims to address security concerns from governments in these markets over user information and privacy.
A new report by Cision details how the pandemic has affected press release content, timing and style.
The company blamed declining pass-through revenue for the dip.
CMG chairman and CEO Andy Polansky said that despite the pandemic, the firms “continue to outperform the sector.”
A big win for the recently merged Gusto Collective and Reuter Communications.
The holding company’s overall revenue dropped 23% in the quarter.
The Minister of Comms and Multimedia announces stricter policing of video content resulting in fear and confusion among netizens.
The embattled video-sharing app has been issued a final warning by the Pakistan government, as it explores several moves to appease concerns in the US.
A highly experienced leader joins the market, reporting into Adrian Warr.
The two businesses will operate under a combined H+K branding.
The new offering will connect brands and organisations to relevant NGOs in the region.
Hyatt also hired Maverick Creative and Gagen MacDonald.
The Aussie agency adds two big names to its roster.
A Colombo-based editor has spoken up about how the brand ‘made her life miserable’ after she denounced a whitening product on Instagram.
The capability will be included for clients as part of a “holistic one-team approach”.
The new role will include business expansion in the Greater Bay Area.
The recently merged WPP alliance of Finsbury, The Glover Park Group and Hering Schuppener has topped the new Mergermarket table that ranks PR agencies by the value of M&A deals they handled globally in the first half of 2020.
The international publisher will move part of its newsroom to Seoul.
The new hire was previously director of communications for Oyo.
The partnership comes at a time where many in HK’s youth community are needing help the most.
The three agencies involved are opr, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Neo.
This will allow the agency to spread its coverage beyond its existing markets.
Wendy Cheng, aka Xiaxue, stands by her stance in a defensive blogpost, and one brand has already pulled a partnership with her.
Portland is restructuring most of its global business under a single P&L, with a new MD appointed for the combined operation and the announcement of several senior departures, PRWeek has learned.
The new offering combines cross-practice expertise to help travel destinations and brands.
Current CMO Julie Bramham will move into a global role within the brand as Warrier joins from PepsiCo.
WPP agencies Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener have announced a formal merger, with the holding company taking a 50.01 per cent stake in the venture.
Move appears to be related to the SAR's new national security law.
The agency will serve as the retail mall’s social media agency of record.
The new hire will support the agency’s growing client load.
As he stepped down, Golightly told staff that he disowned the comments years ago. CFO Greg Smith is replacing him in the interim.
Exclusives will be boosted, while news content that does not have transparent information about the publisher’s editorial staff will be demoted.
The Singapore-based agency recently turned 25 in the region.
The duo of healthcare specialists will aid APCO in providing counsel to relevant clients.
A government statement suggests that the decision targeting Chinese media players is to ensure safety and sovereignty of the Indian cyberspace.
M&C Saatchi said its trading results for April and May "were not quite as severe" as first expected, as it seeks additional funding amid the coronavirus crisis.
Digital natives view public relations as an “analogue” discipline, associating it with “press releases" and "gin-soaked lunches”, according to S4 Capital boss Sir Martin Sorrell.
After a long and difficult search, a one-year contract worth US$6.3 million has been awarded to one agency.
A PR stunt for Unilever-owned Best Foods featuring 100 fans performing haka.
Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg prohibits a wider range of hateful content in ads, will label controversial posts deemed 'newsworthy' and ban more posts spreading voter disinformation.
The healthcare agency’s growth indicates a surge in demand from health, nutrition, pharma and life sciences clients.
Rafferty is leaving to lead communications for Wells Fargo.
The former H+K APAC chairman starts a firm to counsel organisation leaders.
A value-for-money option for brands whose budgets have been cut during the pandemic.
New intelligence and advisory offerings as businesses and markets enter recovery mode.
The company will reportedly "review and evolve" the brand, which was known as Darkie until 1989. Darlie remains popular, especially in mainland China, where its name translates as 'black person toothpaste'.
Both Facebook and Google have come out fighting against proposed legislation in Australia, arguing that news has minimal value to their businesses.
The new leader will take on the role with immediate effect and report to APAC president Matt Stafford.
What brands should keep in mind as lockdowns ease and life cautiously returns to normal.
The agency will be tasked to handle property openings in 2020 and 2021.
The agency will offer PR and social media duties across Southeast Asia.
The agency directors are being investigated for allegedly bribing their way into a RM90 million advertising contract with Tourism Malaysia.
The classified marketplace looks to increase its market share in Hong Kong.
A highly experienced new hire that previously worked at 20th Century Fox Film and Nanfang Media Group.
PR agency deal is a first by former Cheil executive Aaron Lau, who is building out a new holding company to combine creative skills with mobile and digital technology.
Causes for Animals Singapore scoops the Grand Prix award for a moving campaign about shelter dogs.
GOLD winners Yahoo Japan and Dentsu used engaging graphics to raise awareness of the need to prepare individualised emergency kits in case of disaster.
AKA Asia’s hijacking of Manulife Singapore’s social media profiles to seed an unbranded campaign has scored it a GOLD for digital strategy.
Oil company BP is to cut back its global communications and advocacy team as part of wider plans to make 10,000 redundancies globally.
The agency continues to uphold its position as one of the fastest growing agencies in the region.
Google's Australia head calls out 'inaccurate claims' about the value of news content to the search giant's bottom line.
In wide-ranging live session during Campaign Connect, former WPP boss spoke about acceleration of digital.
Edelman is cutting 390 employees worldwide as the business begins to make a net loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. Edelman CEO Richard Edelman described it as the hardest decision he has had to make in 23 years leading the firm.
The new contract will commence in May and will last for an additional two years.
The 19-year-old homegrown outfit is ready for cross-border business.
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is among the business leaders calling for action.
The holding company's leader addresses current events in America and COVID-19 in a video for staff.
The former beauty queen becomes a national laughingstock as her ignorant comments around the #BlackLivesMatter movement make the rounds.
The tech giant has moved to an independent Singapore agency following a review.
Edelman CEO Richard Edelman says brands have a "fundamental responsibility" to join the discussion around racism and "be part of the solution". He also promised Edelman would hire more diverse senior leaders.
Twitter censors Trump for 'glorifying violence' as President's row with social media platforms escalates
Following the death of George Floyd earlier this week, Twitter has made the decision to hide a Tweet from President Trump, which the social media giant said glorified violence.
Following criticism online, the company has withdrawn the ad and issued an apology.
It's yet another dark day for news publishing in Australia, as News Corp ends print publishing for more than 100 titles and cuts hundreds of jobs.
Big names for the Singapore agency including a major cruise company.
The agency put together a cross-functional team of corporate, consumer and creative specialists to service the account.
Parsons and Maze-Sencier will be H+K’s global chairs of corporate affairs and public affairs, respectively.
A debate arises over whether the short video site is doing enough to moderate content, with some calling for a ban.
The partnership is in response to the new environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulations recently launched by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
The latter company has built a database of more than 11,000 influencers and content creators in Australia and New Zealand.
Ex-Weber Shandwick vice chair takes the regional reins at CMG sister agency.
"As we said at the start of this crisis, this is a marathon, not a sprint."
"No person will be required to return to the office if they are not comfortable doing so."
Adtech firm SilverPush says the majority of unsafe videos involve violence, but can also include nudity, extremism and smoking.
Fewer than 5% of global employees have been affected.
Stacey Tank returns to the brewing company next month to take up the role of chief corporate affairs and transformation officer.
Senior figures from across the global PR and communications industry assembled online today to discover who would take home the coveted trophies on day one of the PRWeek Global Awards 2020.
The brief now includes consumer work on top of an already successful corporate PR strategy.
He’s relocating to California for the role.
The brief includes capitalising on conversations around #Kpop in South Korea.
Abhishek Gulyani takes over from Kavita Rao who exited the agency last year.
Fellow IPG shops Golin and Weber Shandwick have also eliminated jobs.
Pro bono advice for those looking to operate in the Vietnam market.
“This rebrand had been in the pipeline for a few months, but COVID-19 has made the case for a revamped brand even more important.”
The Hong Kong government had previously struggled to find a PR agency partner to represent its ‘battered’ image, forcing it to relaunch the hunt via an open tender.
Weber’s London office also introduced “unpaid leave, reduced working hours and voluntary furlough or redundancy” measures.
The review is part of a broader digital transformation at the company.
The company cited Zeno’s work with challenger brands.
Barton departed Newgate as Greater China managing partner in February.
Work includes the brand’s retail store and soon-to-open restaurant.
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"I am truly sorry. Please know this is not your fault."
Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer shows that key Asian markets are trusting governments, businesses, media, and NGOs more than ever before.
SEC Newgate says it had an "excellent start to the current year" and "continues to operate profitably" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is behind the Qortex Telehealth platform.
Blu Inc was responsible for titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Cleo.
A first step into Asia for the London-headquartered agency.
Plus, a new board and charter leads for the association.
What marketers have learned from Arielle Charnas.
Our McFamily in the Community includes stories from teams from China to South Africa.
Grayling, Red and Citigate Dewe Rogerson owner Huntsworth has completed its £524m sale to private equity firm CD&R.
The remit includes Europe and APAC.
WPP has reported a 1.4 per cent fall in like-for-like revenue in its PR division in the first quarter of the 2020, with a 4.4 per cent decline in March as the coronavirus crisis deepened.
PR revenue grew 0.2% organically in the period alongside 0.3% growth for the holding company as a whole. Advertising revenues decreased while healthcare work grew significantly.
And in the few days since its announcement, the agency has been inundated with applications.
Through the rebrand, the Singapore independent wants to focus on a “wide range of client sectors”.
BCW’s annual report shows that, once again, India’s PM Narendra Modi reigns over the Facebook throne.
Earlier this month, John Wren said Omnicom firms would see staff reductions, salary slashes and furloughs.
Internal email reveals internet advertising giant is also implementing hiring freeze.
FMCG giant reported flat underlying sales in first quarter, due to decline in Asian markets.
Soft-drinks giant plans to re-engage with consumers 'when timing is right.'
"With more than 95% of our employees working from home, we continue to move the business forward."
Radiance Leong and Owen Waters will step up into new roles.
UK agencies face a cash flow squeeze and report that the majority of clients slash marketing budgets and spend, but confidence has improved markedly in the past week, according to two new studies.
FMCG giant saw increase in organic sales in first quarter.
Lie Liu replaces Brian Shen, who departs due to unspecified medical reasons.
Roy had been filling the role since Thomas Crampton left the firm in February.
Ramiro Prudencio – a senior figure at BCW who has worked at the agency and its predecessor for almost three decades – has left to head global comms at management consulting giant McKinsey & Company.
“The initiative’s primary target audience is who I would describe as ‘DIY SME owners’.”
The agency will partner up with healthcare firm Merial Health and finance consultancy Zenith Capital.
The Singapore agency adds Bvlgari and Caudalie to its portfolio.
Leadership is reducing their own salaries by a third and John Wren is waiving 100% of his until September.
The trade body has agreed to reduce pay for all staff – including director-general Francis Ingham – in response to the COVID-19 crisis and to allow new ways of delivering member services.
Company has reported 17.1% increase in net revenue but 2.9% fall in organic growth in Q1.
The company will introduce reduced hours, furloughing and some job losses this week as a result of the coronavirus impact on the business.
Plus, the Delhi office names a new VP.
A win to strengthen the agency’s corporate comms portfolio.
The PRCA’s Global COVID-19 Taskforce has launched a free consultation service to help communications leaders manage their organisations and agencies through the pandemic crisis.
The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.
Graze Zhang, a highly experienced financial PR consultant, will lead the operation.
Or will consumers even remember?
John Doe has been appointed global PR agency for Pernod Ricard coffee liqueur Kahlúa. The agency already handles global work for Jameson, Absolut and Malibu.
The new operation will be helmed by Wunderman Thompson’s former Indonesia CEO.
The new offering is a response to pressing comms priorities at this time.