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W2O acquires research consulting firm Elysia Group

W2O acquires research consulting firm Elysia Group

W2O’s buying spree continues after gobbling up social analytics firm Symplur and advertising and medical education shop 21Grams this year.

WE Communications names Singapore MD

WE Communications names Singapore MD

The spot had been vacant since the departure of Jeremy Seow in January.

TikTok calls for social-media coalition to address spread of harmful content

TikTok calls for social-media coalition to address spread of harmful content

Aim of proposed coalition between rival social-media platforms is to prevent cross-posting of harmful content.

WPP names first global corporate affairs chief

WPP names first global corporate affairs chief

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.

Lars Voedisch joins board at GlobalCom PR Network

Lars Voedisch joins board at GlobalCom PR Network

The head of PRecious Communications joins the board of directors as the only APAC representative.

Ketchum Hong Kong appoints VP

Ketchum Hong Kong appoints VP

The new hire brings 13 years of agency and in-house experience to the table.

All of Singapore Tourism Board's multi-faceted marketing initiatives so far

All of Singapore Tourism Board's multi-faceted marketing initiatives so far

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.

US greenlights TikTok-Oracle deal; fate now lies with China

US greenlights TikTok-Oracle deal; fate now lies with China

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.

Stripe names APAC head of comms

Stripe names APAC head of comms

The payments company appoints Netflix's former comms head as it eyes regional expansion.

Manifest wins global brief for leading babycare brand

Manifest wins global brief for leading babycare brand

Manifest's creative team will work with Tommee Tippee on delivering a major international activation in 2021.

John Boyega quits as Jo Malone ambassador after being cut from his own ad in China

John Boyega quits as Jo Malone ambassador after being cut from his own ad in China

Actor deemed perfume brand’s actions ‘wrong’.

Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

Indonesian agency wants to aid journos affected by pandemic

A new fellowship programme for journalists affected by pandemic-related downsizing.

IABC Hong Kong names new board

IABC Hong Kong names new board

Bhavna Satyanarayan appointed president as business communicators in HK face new challenges.

YouTube debuts TikTok clone in India

YouTube debuts TikTok clone in India

YouTube is one of several platforms looking to fill the gap in the market left by TikTok.

Huntington Communications and Paprika Global announce merger

Huntington Communications and Paprika Global announce merger

Jin Ooi will lead the new outfit which will draw strengths from both agencies.

TikTok latest: Oracle bid wins, Microsoft rejected, Singapore to be bolstered

TikTok latest: Oracle bid wins, Microsoft rejected, Singapore to be bolstered

ByteDance appears to have made an arrangement with Oracle over TikTok's US operations, after fresh Chinese regulations scuppered Microsoft's proposal.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Azurée Montoute-Lewis, Bridgette O’Neal to top DE&I roles

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names Azurée Montoute-Lewis, Bridgette O’Neal to top DE&I roles

They will lead diversity, equity and inclusion globally and in the U.S., respectively.

China orders media blackout of ‘Mulan’

China orders media blackout of ‘Mulan’

The media ‘ban’ is part of a string of woes that has plagued the Disney title.

Sandpiper Communications hires digital and content strategist

Sandpiper Communications hires digital and content strategist

Anu Noto-Menon will aid in developing online brand, performance marketing and reputation strategies for regional clients.

Golin Hong Kong names digital head

Golin Hong Kong names digital head

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.

Peppermayo Boutique appoints The Wired Agency

Peppermayo Boutique appoints The Wired Agency

The campaign will leverage Snapchat to target a younger, newer audience for the brand.

Real estate group partners with Zeno Group China

Real estate group partners with Zeno Group China

Zeno will be tasked on all campaign work, including supporting the client’s broader marketing and sales teams.

The Somaiya Group picks Pitchfork Partners

The Somaiya Group picks Pitchfork Partners

The remit will cover healthcare, education and rural development among other areas.

Bayer appoints Rachana Panda as comms VP and country head

Bayer appoints Rachana Panda as comms VP and country head

Panda moves from GE where she was chief communications officer.

AnyMind launches CastingAsia influencer platform in India through Pokkt

AnyMind launches CastingAsia influencer platform in India through Pokkt

The company expects to sign up 75,000 to 100,000 influencers in the country in 18 months.

Malaysian restaurant wins earned media game with zero-dollar campaign

Malaysian restaurant wins earned media game with zero-dollar campaign

The campaign video—which went viral in the country during Merdeka weekend—was even shared by the Queen.

Sard Verbinnen & Co buys UK comms and public affairs agency

Sard Verbinnen & Co buys UK comms and public affairs agency

International comms consultancy Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC) has acquired UK-based Oakhill Communications for an undisclosed sum.

Founder of Bold Media moves to WPP AUNZ

Founder of Bold Media moves to WPP AUNZ

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.

Elliot & Co expands into Malaysia and Indonesia

Elliot & Co expands into Malaysia and Indonesia

The Singapore independent identifies a market gap of agencies representing SMEs in Malaysia.

Tighter control of livestreaming coming soon in China

Tighter control of livestreaming coming soon in China

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.

Singapore company under fire for falsified press releases, doctored photos

Singapore company under fire for falsified press releases, doctored photos

The cracks began to show for Bellagraph Nova Group following a high-profile bid to takeover Newcastle United.

Brunswick appoints new partners in APAC

Brunswick appoints new partners in APAC

The advisory firm names new sector leaders in Shanghai and Sydney.

New global comms campaign for Penfolds

New global comms campaign for Penfolds

The Aussie wine brand releases a spiffy TVC in collaboration with an Emmy-nominated director.

TikTok's sale plans could be hampered by new Chinese export rules

TikTok's sale plans could be hampered by new Chinese export rules

US-China tensions escalate as Beijing rolls out restrictions on technology exports that could hamper TikTok's government-mandated US sale.

Marketers match a more subdued Merdeka in Malaysia

Marketers match a more subdued Merdeka in Malaysia

With the usual energy of Independence Day missing due to pandemic restrictions, marketers find new ways to connect with consumers.

PRBI names new board and executive team

PRBI names new board and executive team

PR Boutiques International reveals a new female-forward committee.

WPP PR arm outperforms as Q2 like-for-like revenue dips 7.5 per cent

WPP PR arm outperforms as Q2 like-for-like revenue dips 7.5 per cent

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.

Discovery Networks offers interviews with a 'great white' influencer

Discovery Networks offers interviews with a 'great white' influencer

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.

Vero launches training for young comms consultants in Vietnam

Vero launches training for young comms consultants in Vietnam

The agency aims to offer qualified candidates a unique hands-on experience learning to develop strategies and attending real client and influencer meetings.

Muck Rack enters partnership with Business Wire

Muck Rack enters partnership with Business Wire

The deal was inked within the last few weeks.

Tesla dispute with Pinduoduo over discounts powers on

Tesla dispute with Pinduoduo over discounts powers on

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.

Gusto Luxe introduces sustainability offering

Gusto Luxe introduces sustainability offering

Offering to include consulting and marketing services such as sustainability audits, industry reports, thought leadership, strategic communications programmes and execution.

Porter Novelli promotes Ayanna Robinson to chief client officer

Porter Novelli promotes Ayanna Robinson to chief client officer

The global position had been vacant for more than two years.

Boeing finalizes changes to comms function

Boeing finalizes changes to comms function

The new communications leadership team consists of six VP-level leaders.

Zeno retains PR and some social duties on ewallet account in Malaysia

Zeno retains PR and some social duties on ewallet account in Malaysia

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.

Gusto Luxe wins remit for HK Covid-19 test provider

Gusto Luxe wins remit for HK Covid-19 test provider

Prenetics Group's CircleDNA is the sole testing laboratory for a Hong Kong government testing program.

Hong Kong police put spotlight on UK lobbying firm for pro-democracy work following arrests

Hong Kong police put spotlight on UK lobbying firm for pro-democracy work following arrests

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.

EY retains Sefiani for an expanded remit in Australia

EY retains Sefiani for an expanded remit in Australia

Agency wins the business following a successful four-year project-based relationship.

Purple Hong Kong appoints SVP

Purple Hong Kong appoints SVP

A senior hire following the rebrand of Prime to Purple.

PRHK announces new board

PRHK announces new board

The board welcomes two newcomers as well as title changes among existing members.

Media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested in Hong Kong

Media mogul Jimmy Lai arrested in Hong Kong

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.

MSL sets up shop in New Zealand

MSL sets up shop in New Zealand

Publicis Groupe names Isobel Kerr-Newell, formerly head of PR and social for Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, as MSL's MD in the market.

Instagram Reels launches in India, Japan, Australia

Instagram Reels launches in India, Japan, Australia

The new short-form video platform launches in over 50 countries—and during a precarious time for rival TIkTok.

Influence Matters announces new senior hires

Influence Matters announces new senior hires

The B2B Chinese PR consultancy brings onboard new directors across Shanghai and Beijing.

A Kellogg’s PR stunt for ‘green onion cereal’ comes to life

A Kellogg’s PR stunt for ‘green onion cereal’ comes to life

What began as a joke for the brand in South Korea eventually materialised after years campaigning by fans.

National Gallery Singapore picks Ogilvy as AOR

National Gallery Singapore picks Ogilvy as AOR

Ogilvy will help position the gallery as Singapore’s top cultural attraction.

Citrine One appointed to handle Malaysian e-commerce brand

Citrine One appointed to handle Malaysian e-commerce brand

The Kuala Lumpur-based agency will work on an integrated PR approach for the start-up.

Microsoft deal to buy TikTok in US would include ANZ and Canadian markets

Microsoft deal to buy TikTok in US would include ANZ and Canadian markets

Buyout aims to address security concerns from governments in these markets over user information and privacy.

How COVID-19 changed the press release

How COVID-19 changed the press release

A new report by Cision details how the pandemic has affected press release content, timing and style.

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue drops 3.8% in Q2

FTI Consulting strategic comms revenue drops 3.8% in Q2

The company blamed declining pass-through revenue for the dip.

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see high-single-digit Q2 revenue drop

Polansky: Interpublic CMG PR firms see high-single-digit Q2 revenue drop

CMG chairman and CEO Andy Polansky said that despite the pandemic, the firms “continue to outperform the sector.”

Gusto Luxe wins fashion accounts in China

Gusto Luxe wins fashion accounts in China

A big win for the recently merged Gusto Collective and Reuter Communications.

Pandemic sends Omnicom PR revenue plunging 13.9% in Q2

Pandemic sends Omnicom PR revenue plunging 13.9% in Q2

The holding company’s overall revenue dropped 23% in the quarter.

Creative industry 'uncertain' about Malaysia’s new video regulations

Creative industry 'uncertain' about Malaysia’s new video regulations

The Minister of Comms and Multimedia announces stricter policing of video content resulting in fear and confusion among netizens.

As TikTok works on US troubles, it now faces a ban in Pakistan

As TikTok works on US troubles, it now faces a ban in Pakistan

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.

Edelman names new Taiwan MD

Edelman names new Taiwan MD

A highly experienced leader joins the market, reporting into Adrian Warr.

H+K Strategies and BCW merge in Korea

H+K Strategies and BCW merge in Korea

The two businesses will operate under a combined H+K branding.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies launches NGO collaboration platform in APAC

Hill+Knowlton Strategies launches NGO collaboration platform in APAC

The new offering will connect brands and organisations to relevant NGOs in the region.

Zeno wins Hyatt Hotels international AOR account

Zeno wins Hyatt Hotels international AOR account

Hyatt also hired Maverick Creative and Gagen MacDonald.

Sling & Stone wins duo of retail accounts

Sling & Stone wins duo of retail accounts

The Aussie agency adds two big names to its roster.

Sri Lankan influencer claims Unilever bullied her over objections to whitening product

Sri Lankan influencer claims Unilever bullied her over objections to whitening product

A Colombo-based editor has spoken up about how the brand ‘made her life miserable’ after she denounced a whitening product on Instagram.

Finsbury launches in-house studio to support film and production

Finsbury launches in-house studio to support film and production

The capability will be included for clients as part of a “holistic one-team approach”.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names SVP of Greater China

Hill+Knowlton Strategies names SVP of Greater China

The new role will include business expansion in the Greater Bay Area.

Newly merged WPP alliance tops Mergermarket H1 M&A adviser ranking

Newly merged WPP alliance tops Mergermarket H1 M&A adviser ranking

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.

New York Times to move digital operations out of HK amid security-law concerns

New York Times to move digital operations out of HK amid security-law concerns

The international publisher will move part of its newsroom to Seoul.

New APAC comms head for Lenovo Data Center Group

New APAC comms head for Lenovo Data Center Group

The new hire was previously director of communications for Oyo.

Golin Hong Kong takes on pro bono work for mental health organisations

Golin Hong Kong takes on pro bono work for mental health organisations

The partnership comes at a time where many in HK’s youth community are needing help the most.

WPP AUNZ agencies tasked to deliver campaign for Aussie tech company

WPP AUNZ agencies tasked to deliver campaign for Aussie tech company

The three agencies involved are opr, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, and Neo.

Indian agency Buzz Communications partners with Russian firm

Indian agency Buzz Communications partners with Russian firm

This will allow the agency to spread its coverage beyond its existing markets.

Singapore’s top influencer investigated for racist tweets, use of N-word

Singapore’s top influencer investigated for racist tweets, use of N-word

Wendy Cheng, aka Xiaxue, stands by her stance in a defensive blogpost, and one brand has already pulled a partnership with her.

Portland restructures with new MD and senior departures

Portland restructures with new MD and senior departures

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.

Finn Partners launches global travel recovery network

Finn Partners launches global travel recovery network

The new offering combines cross-practice expertise to help travel destinations and brands.

Deepika Warrier to join Diageo India as CMO

Deepika Warrier to join Diageo India as CMO

Current CMO Julie Bramham will move into a global role within the brand as Warrier joins from PepsiCo.

Finsbury, Glover Park and Hering Schuppener to merge as management ups stake

Finsbury, Glover Park and Hering Schuppener to merge as management ups stake

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.

TikTok to exit Hong Kong market

TikTok to exit Hong Kong market

Move appears to be related to the SAR's new national security law.

Lewis wins ION Orchard account

Lewis wins ION Orchard account

The agency will serve as the retail mall’s social media agency of record.

Archetype appoints deputy MD in Hong Kong

Archetype appoints deputy MD in Hong Kong

The new hire will support the agency’s growing client load.

Boeing comms lead Niel Golightly resigns after 1987 article on women in combat resurfaces

Boeing comms lead Niel Golightly resigns after 1987 article on women in combat resurfaces

As he stepped down, Golightly told staff that he disowned the comments years ago. CFO Greg Smith is replacing him in the interim.

Facebook to prioritise 'original news' in algorithm change

Facebook to prioritise 'original news' in algorithm change

Exclusives will be boosted, while news content that does not have transparent information about the publisher’s editorial staff will be demoted.

Eastwest PR appointed by Ineos Automotive

Eastwest PR appointed by Ineos Automotive

The Singapore-based agency recently turned 25 in the region.

APCO Worldwide adds healthcare experts to advisory council

APCO Worldwide adds healthcare experts to advisory council

The duo of healthcare specialists will aid APCO in providing counsel to relevant clients.

India bans TikTok, Weibo, WeChat, QQ among 59 apps

India bans TikTok, Weibo, WeChat, QQ among 59 apps

A government statement suggests that the decision targeting Chinese media players is to ensure safety and sovereignty of the Indian cyberspace.

M&C Saatchi: April and May trading 'less severe than expected'

M&C Saatchi: April and May trading 'less severe than expected'

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.

Exclusive: Digital natives see PR as 'press releases and gin-soaked lunches' – Sorrell

Exclusive: Digital natives see PR as 'press releases and gin-soaked lunches' – Sorrell

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.

Hong Kong govt announces PR agency after lengthened tender process

Hong Kong govt announces PR agency after lengthened tender process

After a long and difficult search, a one-year contract worth US$6.3 million has been awarded to one agency.

NZ agency develops powerful video to cheer on national rugby team

NZ agency develops powerful video to cheer on national rugby team

A PR stunt for Unilever-owned Best Foods featuring 100 fans performing haka.

Facebook tweaks content policies as ad boycott grows, shares drop

Facebook tweaks content policies as ad boycott grows, shares drop

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.

SPAG Group expands in Southeast Asia

SPAG Group expands in Southeast Asia

The healthcare agency’s growth indicates a surge in demand from health, nutrition, pharma and life sciences clients.

Mike Doyle replaces Barri Rafferty as Ketchum CEO

Mike Doyle replaces Barri Rafferty as Ketchum CEO

Rafferty is leaving to lead communications for Wells Fargo.

Vivian Lines launches C-suite consultancy

Vivian Lines launches C-suite consultancy

The former H+K APAC chairman starts a firm to counsel organisation leaders.

Mumbai agency offers pay-by-results service for clients

Mumbai agency offers pay-by-results service for clients

A value-for-money option for brands whose budgets have been cut during the pandemic.

H+K Strategies launches consultancy to tackle COVID-19 challenges

H+K Strategies launches consultancy to tackle COVID-19 challenges

New intelligence and advisory offerings as businesses and markets enter recovery mode.

Colgate to 'evolve' Darlie toothpaste brand

Colgate to 'evolve' Darlie toothpaste brand

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'.

Facebook calls out 'discriminatory' Australian proposed code

Facebook calls out 'discriminatory' Australian proposed code

Both Facebook and Google have come out fighting against proposed legislation in Australia, arguing that news has minimal value to their businesses.

BCW names new China CEO

BCW names new China CEO

The new leader will take on the role with immediate effect and report to APAC president Matt Stafford.

Vero launches recovery playbook for brands

Vero launches recovery playbook for brands

What brands should keep in mind as lockdowns ease and life cautiously returns to normal.

Petrie PR appointed to handle key hotel accounts across Asia

Petrie PR appointed to handle key hotel accounts across Asia

The agency will be tasked to handle property openings in 2020 and 2021.

W Communications wins Asics account

W Communications wins Asics account

The agency will offer PR and social media duties across Southeast Asia.

Three Malaysian PR directors detained over US$21 million corruption allegations

Three Malaysian PR directors detained over US$21 million corruption allegations

The agency directors are being investigated for allegedly bribing their way into a RM90 million advertising contract with Tourism Malaysia.

Carousell appoints Archetype to boost position in Hong Kong

Carousell appoints Archetype to boost position in Hong Kong

The classified marketplace looks to increase its market share in Hong Kong.

Universal Music Greater China appoints head of comms

Universal Music Greater China appoints head of comms

A highly experienced new hire that previously worked at 20th Century Fox Film and Nanfang Media Group.

Gusto Collective acquires majority stake in Reuter Communications

Gusto Collective acquires majority stake in Reuter Communications

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.

PR Awards Asia 2020: APAC Campaign of the Year

PR Awards Asia 2020: APAC Campaign of the Year

Causes for Animals Singapore scoops the Grand Prix award for a moving campaign about shelter dogs.

PR Awards Asia 2020: Public Affairs

PR Awards Asia 2020: Public Affairs

GOLD winners Yahoo Japan and Dentsu used engaging graphics to raise awareness of the need to prepare individualised emergency kits in case of disaster.

PR Awards Asia 2020: Best Use of Digital

PR Awards Asia 2020: Best Use of Digital

AKA Asia’s hijacking of Manulife Singapore’s social media profiles to seed an unbranded campaign has scored it a GOLD for digital strategy.

BP to trim global comms team in plans to cut 10,000 staff

BP to trim global comms team in plans to cut 10,000 staff

Oil company BP is to cut back its global communications and advocacy team as part of wider plans to make 10,000 redundancies globally.

Redhill gains duo of clients

Redhill gains duo of clients

The agency continues to uphold its position as one of the fastest growing agencies in the region.

Google says economic value of news is 'very small'

Google says economic value of news is 'very small'

Google's Australia head calls out 'inaccurate claims' about the value of news content to the search giant's bottom line.

Martin Sorrell: COVID-19 is 'burning platform' for digital acceleration

Martin Sorrell: COVID-19 is 'burning platform' for digital acceleration

In wide-ranging live session during Campaign Connect, former WPP boss spoke about acceleration of digital.

Edelman to cut 390 staff globally due to COVID impacts

Edelman to cut 390 staff globally due to COVID impacts

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.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies gains major tourism account in South Korea

Hill+Knowlton Strategies gains major tourism account in South Korea

The new contract will commence in May and will last for an additional two years.

Malaysian agency expands to Southeast Asia and Australia

Malaysian agency expands to Southeast Asia and Australia

The 19-year-old homegrown outfit is ready for cross-border business.

How 26 brands and their leaders are speaking up for the black community

How 26 brands and their leaders are speaking up for the black community

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier is among the business leaders calling for action.

Arthur Sadoun on protests and how Publicis has saved 2,000 jobs through Marcel

Arthur Sadoun on protests and how Publicis has saved 2,000 jobs through Marcel

The holding company's leader addresses current events in America and COVID-19 in a video for staff.

Malaysian influencer draws ire for racist Instagram comments

Malaysian influencer draws ire for racist Instagram comments

The former beauty queen becomes a national laughingstock as her ignorant comments around the #BlackLivesMatter movement make the rounds.

Facebook Singapore calls it quits with Weber Shandwick

Facebook Singapore calls it quits with Weber Shandwick

The tech giant has moved to an independent Singapore agency following a review.

Edelman: 'brands must stand up on racism'; commits to hire more diverse leaders

Edelman: 'brands must stand up on racism'; commits to hire more diverse leaders

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

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.

Indian appliance maker apologises for discriminatory ad

Indian appliance maker apologises for discriminatory ad

Following criticism online, the company has withdrawn the ad and issued an apology.

Print edition cuts and job losses hit News Corp in Australia

Print edition cuts and job losses hit News Corp in Australia

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.

Ninemer Communications secures string of clients

Ninemer Communications secures string of clients

Big names for the Singapore agency including a major cruise company.

WE Communications to handle PR for Treasury Wine Estates

WE Communications to handle PR for Treasury Wine Estates

The agency put together a cross-functional team of corporate, consumer and creative specialists to service the account.

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Hill+Knowlton hires Kelli Parsons, Philippe Maze-Sencier as global chairs

Parsons and Maze-Sencier will be H+K’s global chairs of corporate affairs and public affairs, respectively.

TikTok faces criticism in India over content moderation

TikTok faces criticism in India over content moderation

A debate arises over whether the short video site is doing enough to moderate content, with some calling for a ban.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies partners with ESG consultancy firm

Hill+Knowlton Strategies partners with ESG consultancy firm

The partnership is in response to the new environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulations recently launched by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

NZ social agency Socialites acquires influencer-marketing outfit

NZ social agency Socialites acquires influencer-marketing outfit

The latter company has built a database of more than 11,000 influencers and content creators in Australia and New Zealand.

Golin names APAC president

Golin names APAC president

Ex-Weber Shandwick vice chair takes the regional reins at CMG sister agency.

Interpublic opens some international locations, but "will not rush back" to all offices

Interpublic opens some international locations, but "will not rush back" to all offices

"As we said at the start of this crisis, this is a marathon, not a sprint."

Omnicom CEO unveils 'three-phase' plan for office return

Omnicom CEO unveils 'three-phase' plan for office return

"No person will be required to return to the office if they are not comfortable doing so."

Nearly 1 in 10 videos in Southeast Asia are not brand-safe

Nearly 1 in 10 videos in Southeast Asia are not brand-safe

Adtech firm SilverPush says the majority of unsafe videos involve violence, but can also include nudity, extremism and smoking.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies cuts staff in response to COVID-19

Hill+Knowlton Strategies cuts staff in response to COVID-19

Fewer than 5% of global employees have been affected.

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Heineken appoints global corporate affairs chief

Stacey Tank returns to the brewing company next month to take up the role of chief corporate affairs and transformation officer.

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 – day one: winners revealed

PRWeek Global Awards 2020 – day one: winners revealed

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.

Deliveroo expands remit with Golin Hong Kong

Deliveroo expands remit with Golin Hong Kong

The brief now includes consumer work on top of an already successful corporate PR strategy.

Infiniti alum Trevor Hale joins Xinfu as CCO

Infiniti alum Trevor Hale joins Xinfu as CCO

He’s relocating to California for the role.

Twitter shifts APAC PR duties from Golin to The Hoffman Agency

Twitter shifts APAC PR duties from Golin to The Hoffman Agency

The brief includes capitalising on conversations around #Kpop in South Korea.

Hill+Knowlton names India CEO

Hill+Knowlton names India CEO

Abhishek Gulyani takes over from Kavita Rao who exited the agency last year.

Interpublic firms DeVries, Current Global cut staff

Interpublic firms DeVries, Current Global cut staff

Fellow IPG shops Golin and Weber Shandwick have also eliminated jobs.

Vietnam agency offers free consultation for SMEs

Vietnam agency offers free consultation for SMEs

Pro bono advice for those looking to operate in the Vietnam market.

New Zealand agency Pead rebrands

New Zealand agency Pead rebrands

“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.”

PR union slams Hong Kong govt decision to call for agency pitch

PR union slams Hong Kong govt decision to call for agency pitch

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 Shandwick reduces staff globally, cuts salaries of top executives

Weber Shandwick reduces staff globally, cuts salaries of top executives

Weber’s London office also introduced “unpaid leave, reduced working hours and voluntary furlough or redundancy” measures.

Walgreens Boots Alliance starts global search for marcomms agency

Walgreens Boots Alliance starts global search for marcomms agency

The review is part of a broader digital transformation at the company.

Zeno named global AOR for robotic vacuum maker Neato

Zeno named global AOR for robotic vacuum maker Neato

The company cited Zeno’s work with challenger brands.

Finsbury names Richard Barton as new partner

Finsbury names Richard Barton as new partner

Barton departed Newgate as Greater China managing partner in February.

Prime wins Fortnum & Mason retainer in Hong Kong

Prime wins Fortnum & Mason retainer in Hong Kong

Work includes the brand’s retail store and soon-to-open restaurant.

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

PRWeek Top Consultancies 2020: Asia-Pacific

Vector, Ogilvy and Weber make up the top three, while BCW, Brunswick and Havas all post double-figure revenue growth. Our listing of agencies in Asia-Pacific reveals all...

Airbnb co-founder's note explaining 1,900 lay-offs is perfect example of how to lead in crisis

Airbnb co-founder's note explaining 1,900 lay-offs is perfect example of how to lead in crisis

"I am truly sorry. Please know this is not your fault."

Trust in China, India at all-time high

Trust in China, India at all-time high

Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer shows that key Asian markets are trusting governments, businesses, media, and NGOs more than ever before.

SEC Newgate 'operating profitably' amid coronavirus crisis

SEC Newgate 'operating profitably' amid coronavirus crisis

SEC Newgate says it had an "excellent start to the current year" and "continues to operate profitably" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telehealth startup MedSign names Hudson Cutler global AOR

Telehealth startup MedSign names Hudson Cutler global AOR

The company is behind the Qortex Telehealth platform.

Major Malaysian publishing house Blu Inc shuts, 200 staff laid off

Major Malaysian publishing house Blu Inc shuts, 200 staff laid off

Blu Inc was responsible for titles such as Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Cleo.

Global agency Purple acquires Hong Kong’s Prime

Global agency Purple acquires Hong Kong’s Prime

A first step into Asia for the London-headquartered agency.

APACD relaunches to serve industry during COVID-19

APACD relaunches to serve industry during COVID-19

Plus, a new board and charter leads for the association.

How brands and agencies are avoiding covidiot influencers

How brands and agencies are avoiding covidiot influencers

What marketers have learned from Arielle Charnas.

McDonald’s rolls out microsite to show employees’ COVID-19 response

McDonald’s rolls out microsite to show employees’ COVID-19 response

Our McFamily in the Community includes stories from teams from China to South Africa.

Huntsworth goes private as £524m sale completes; new chairman named

Huntsworth goes private as £524m sale completes; new chairman named

Grayling, Red and Citigate Dewe Rogerson owner Huntsworth has completed its £524m sale to private equity firm CD&R.

Limelight Networks picks Lewis as international AOR

Limelight Networks picks Lewis as international AOR

The remit includes Europe and APAC.

WPP PR revenue falls 4.4 per cent in March; 'strong demand' for some PR services

WPP PR revenue falls 4.4 per cent in March; 'strong demand' for some PR services

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.

Omnicom PR revenue up slightly in Q1

Omnicom PR revenue up slightly in Q1

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.

Indian agency wants to hire those laid off during COVID-19

Indian agency wants to hire those laid off during COVID-19

And in the few days since its announcement, the agency has been inundated with applications.

Bold Media rebrands to Bud Communications

Bold Media rebrands to Bud Communications

Through the rebrand, the Singapore independent wants to focus on a “wide range of client sectors”.

World leaders’ reach on Facebook grows during COVID-19

World leaders’ reach on Facebook grows during COVID-19

BCW’s annual report shows that, once again, India’s PM Narendra Modi reigns over the Facebook throne.

Pandemic forces Ketchum and FleishmanHillard to cut pay, reduce staff

Pandemic forces Ketchum and FleishmanHillard to cut pay, reduce staff

Earlier this month, John Wren said Omnicom firms would see staff reductions, salary slashes and furloughs.

Google could cut marketing budget 'by half' this year

Google could cut marketing budget 'by half' this year

Internal email reveals internet advertising giant is also implementing hiring freeze.

Unilever maintains marketing spend but rethinks priorities

Unilever maintains marketing spend but rethinks priorities

FMCG giant reported flat underlying sales in first quarter, due to decline in Asian markets.

Coca-Cola pauses marketing spend amid COVID-19

Coca-Cola pauses marketing spend amid COVID-19

Soft-drinks giant plans to re-engage with consumers 'when timing is right.'

IPG Q1 results cannot be indicative of what's to come, warns CEO

IPG Q1 results cannot be indicative of what's to come, warns CEO

"With more than 95% of our employees working from home, we continue to move the business forward."

Leadership promotions at Archetype Malaysia and Singapore

Leadership promotions at Archetype Malaysia and Singapore

Radiance Leong and Owen Waters will step up into new roles.

COVID-19: Three-quarters of clients cutting budgets as industry confidence returns - new research

COVID-19: Three-quarters of clients cutting budgets as industry confidence returns - new research

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.

P&G promises not to 'pull back' on marketing as coronavirus boosts sales

P&G promises not to 'pull back' on marketing as coronavirus boosts sales

FMCG giant saw increase in organic sales in first quarter.

Oppo names top global marketer

Oppo names top global marketer

Lie Liu replaces Brian Shen, who departs due to unspecified medical reasons.

Edelman promotes Tristan Roy to global chair of digital

Edelman promotes Tristan Roy to global chair of digital

Roy had been filling the role since Thomas Crampton left the firm in February.

BCW corporate reputation chief Ramiro Prudencio joins McKinsey & Company after 30 years

BCW corporate reputation chief Ramiro Prudencio joins McKinsey & Company after 30 years

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.

Malaysian agency launches remote sessions for SMEs

Malaysian agency launches remote sessions for SMEs

“The initiative’s primary target audience is who I would describe as ‘DIY SME owners’.”

Critical Path offers free counsel for clients facing COVID-19 challenges

Critical Path offers free counsel for clients facing COVID-19 challenges

The agency will partner up with healthcare firm Merial Health and finance consultancy Zenith Capital.

Touch PR gains beauty and jewellery accounts

Touch PR gains beauty and jewellery accounts

The Singapore agency adds Bvlgari and Caudalie to its portfolio.

Job losses, pay cuts and furloughs hit Omnicom, CEO tells staff in memo

Job losses, pay cuts and furloughs hit Omnicom, CEO tells staff in memo

Leadership is reducing their own salaries by a third and John Wren is waiving 100% of his until September.

Exclusive: PRCA slashes pay and furloughs one third of staff

Exclusive: PRCA slashes pay and furloughs one third of staff

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.

Arthur Sadoun on COVID-19, marketer advice and whether Publicis will stay independent

Arthur Sadoun on COVID-19, marketer advice and whether Publicis will stay independent

Company has reported 17.1% increase in net revenue but 2.9% fall in organic growth in Q1.

Publicis Groupe reports 3% fall in organic revenue, plans cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

Publicis Groupe reports 3% fall in organic revenue, plans cuts amid COVID-19 crisis

The company will introduce reduced hours, furloughing and some job losses this week as a result of the coronavirus impact on the business.

Zeno Group promotes data analytics experts

Zeno Group promotes data analytics experts

Plus, the Delhi office names a new VP.

W Communications wins Envysion Wealth Management retainer

W Communications wins Envysion Wealth Management retainer

A win to strengthen the agency’s corporate comms portfolio.

PRCA COVID-19 taskforce launches industry support service

PRCA COVID-19 taskforce launches industry support service

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.

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

Spikes Asia 2020 cancelled

The Festival and Awards will not take place in 2020.

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

AMO Global appoints first-ever Asia MD

Graze Zhang, a highly experienced financial PR consultant, will lead the operation.

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Will brands' action towards employees affect customer loyalty when the crisis is over?

Or will consumers even remember?

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

UK agency toasts global Kahlúa win

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.

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

H+K Strategies launches Indonesia office

The new operation will be helmed by Wunderman Thompson’s former Indonesia CEO.

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

Singapore agency launches COVID-19 offering to address crisis preparedness

The new offering is a response to pressing comms priorities at this time.