Influence, or lack thereof

A rude denial was not what superinfluencer Amy Seder thought would be the response she would get receive after one recent request for free accommodation. But that’s exactly what one Italian hotel fed up with requests from influencers sent her. “Blogger infestation. Not interested,” was the specific retort. With influence pedaling reaching the point of no return, it’s easy to see why many hoteliers and restaurateurs are growing increasingly reluctant to splash out on self-proclaimed influencers who don’t live up to their hype.

 

When influencing becomes freeloading

 

This is not the first famous case of a hotel delivering a sharp rebuke to an influencer, nor an isolated incident. The ‘Will influence for free accommodation’ mantra has grown old in an age jam-packed by pundits claiming that profits and public awareness will be generated by their positive reviews of the institutions that pamper them. In another incident, a Philippine resort tired of receiving requests for comp from influencers sent out a tirade that criticized the nature of the profession, questioning the idea of what on the surface may look like getting something for nothing.

 

The future of influence

 

There’s no returning to the rather quaint world of just a few years ago before online advertising started to really come into its own and allow for the cultivation of the interactive social media platforms and digital marketing of today. While a vetting process and some regulatory measures may be needed, the future of advertising and influencing, shopping and negotiating will have a significant digital component that won’t be stopped by admonishments. Influencers are here to stay, although the nature of what’s said and how it’s said will no doubt continue evolving, as has always been the case.

 

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The art and craft of public relations in a world online

What PR firm should we go with? The same old question is still being asked by business owners today. The fundamentals of the decisions on which they base the answer to these questions are largely the same, but not in all aspects. The nature of how ideas are sold has shifted a lot in an era in which so much is done through the Internet. But influence is still influence, and it still all comes down to the bottom line. Here are a few key tips to keep in mind…

 

Know your customers

 

Big data is allowing this truism to come of age like never before. Just keep it decent – buyers are turned off by the idea of being tracked, but love convenience and something that appeals just to them. Knowledge of consumer behaviour is therefore critical, but shouldn’t reach the point at which it negatively impacts business. Maintaining a balance is the key to success in this regard.

 

B2B or B2C?

 

That’s a good question. The answer should take a lot of factors into account, including a PR firm’s ability to get articles and adverts placed in the right publications, strength of connections with influencers, and other aspects that come down to how much they can help a company connect with their target audience – and, even better, also make buyers in marketplaces new ones they hadn’t fully envisioned yet. Look for professionalism and flexibility in the firm you choose; these traits of good PR firms will help tap the right markets at the right time, no matter if B2B, B2C, or some combo of the two ends up being used.

 

The personal touch or AI?

 

Both. While meeting clients, making pitches, maintaining good customer-service relations and sealing deals still often comes down to the irreplaceable, unquantifiable nuances of face-to-face encounters, the reach and influence of AI continues expanding, and greatly expands the earning potential and reputation of firms that skillfully make use of it. It’s a brave, new PR world out there, but not as different as the old one as you may think.

 

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Mistrust of brands soaring

Online shoppers are rather displeased these days with their overall interaction with brands, which are seen as not digging deep enough to win and retain customers. This is the key finding of a new report on Internet-based commerce, which details why firms of all kinds are still seen as staying too close to traditional methods.

 

More points, please

 

Close to half of respondents have excommunicated a company from their online lives for failing to win them over with enough personalization, promos and other perks. Free delivery is just for starters. It’s no longer impressive for product and service providers to give just a few token privileges, in an age where customers can easily find competitors eager to show that they could do a better job.

 

Wrecking the basics

 

For a label like “influencer”, influencers may not all that influential. They rank lowly in terms of trustworthiness in the new study. Celebrities are ranked even lower. At the top are family members and colleagues. The more distant the physical proximity and access to real-world interactions, the less likely the influence is, according to the report. At least movie stars have another, more important line of work, and are viewed as taking on work in advertisements because they are valuable for who they are more than what they say.

 

Lobbying behind the scenes

 

But many influencers have fallen into the trap that journalists have, by having a career that invites others to persuade them to promote a particular, often one-sided message. Least trusted of all, according to the report, and for similar reasons, were politicians. This reinforces a timeless PR message: if you are in a position where what you say and how you say it are taken note of, stay clear of corruptive influences if you want your reputation to last.

 

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In pursuit of wellness

A new report on leisure spending indicates that wellness tourism is growing more quickly than most other sectors in the hospitality industry. For PR professionals, the potential for cashing in is significant, particularly in the Asia-Pacific.

 

More income, more trips

 

A focus on wellness now accounts for about 6.5 percent of all holidays. This represents a growth rate of 15 percent since 2015, or a raw total of about 830 million trips worldwide. Significant growth in particular is being experienced in Asia. As money becomes more available and the region’s share of the global pie grows, lifestyle upgrades are becoming more affordable and the quest for downtime grows. This is led by the great economic expansion in China over the last 20 years. Yoga, Ayurveda, medical tourism, tai chi, temple-stays, swimming pools, cultural tours and massages are all part of the trend, in addition to entire venues exclusively dedicated to making one feel more balanced and in better physical and mental health.

 

Chinese-led growth

 

Tourists from China are expected to add up to almost a third of the global travel market within 10 years. Chinese are already the planet’s largest group of spenders, infusing some $258 billion each year to the global economy. On the receiving end, China is also anticipated to the top destination country for travelers within a few years. China’s dominant “9-9-6” work culture, in which employees are expected to work from 9am – 9pm, six days straight, fuels the need for vacations that are relaxing and then return you to work in tip-top condition.

 

Girl power, magnified

 

Women are leading the demands for more relaxation. This includes time away from the annoyances and pressures of men on female-only vacations, which have grown in popularity by 200% in recent years. Women are wealthier, less likely to marry and have kids, and thus more likely to pamper themselves than ever before, as socio-economic shifts lead to more lifestyle-friendly travels. This ties into traditional market forces (think 500 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets) appealing to women in spa settings and amplified retail therapy, with wellness products and services in increasing demand.

 

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The Art of Dining Hospitality Public Relations

Good PR and top-tier dining hospitality share many core characteristics, like impeccable tact, a vision of possibilities that others cannot see, stimulating the senses by creating something with truly good taste at optimal price levels, while consistently providing clientele something delightful enough to keep coming back for more.

 

Vivaldi is the only PR agency in Thailand to have been retained by both Asia’s 50 Best Top Restaurants, the Michelin Guide, plus, the Wongnai User’s Choice Awards heralding the highest-quality dining experiences you can find.

 

In the highly competitive environment for dining and hospitality, it is essential to effectively communicate to audiences exactly what our clients offer, and why the experience of taking the effort to go eat in their restaurants will be very much rewarded.

 

Vivaldi was one of the first PR agencies in Thailand to forge and creatively develop ever closer relations with bloggers both international and local, tapping the digital world’s ever-growing ranks of highly credible influencers while maintaining strong contacts with traditional media. The firm’s outreach, from classic launch events and highly coveted private pop up dinners to spreading key messages online through social media, bloggers and vloggers, taps the multifaceted world of influencers needed for effective PR in today’s world.

 

Among the top-end venues in Bangkok the firm has partnered with are Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology, J’Aime by Jean-Michel Lorain, Haoma and Above Eleven.

 

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