Travel with your face

Commuters in China are gliding through the air – four metres off the ground, to be exact – with the greatest of ease, thanks to new facial-recognition technology that has been synched up with in the subway system in the north-central city of Yinchuan, bringing a degree of greater automation to the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Trial runs have run smoothly and are being heralded as one more example of Chinese industry and electronic potential. Engineers and government officials say more systems are expected to be introduced throughout the country. Guangzhou in southern China recently also rolled out smile-activated technology in a couple of metro stations in a pilot system that also shows promise of being able to be widely adapted.

 

Huawei rides high

 

Created by hi-tech transportations firm BYD in cooperation with China’s global telecom firm Huawei, Yinchuan’s metro system represents an exciting future of possibilities for the smartphone manufacturer, which stands at the forefront of a global revolution, in which Chinese IT technology continues to provide global leadership in innovative systems for digital marketing and sales automation.

 

A boon for advertisers

 

With needing to pay for tickets less of a chore and topping up all the easier, commuters will have more time to consider how to spend their income in a country rapidly becoming cashless. Coupled with e-business giant Alibaba opening mega-shops using similar facial-recognition technology to make financial transactions smoother in stores as well as online, the future is very much now when it comes to convenience for buyers and those who want to advertise products and services to travellers in a growing area of public places. Alibaba also recently opened its first store in Europe, as the firm continues making inroads into new markets in developed nations.

 

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A digital marketing prescription for Big Pharma

Everyone’s on social media – or just about. As more and more companies find ways to tap new markets and maximise ROI for existing ones, healthcare is one major industry that is slow in coming around to making full use of its digital marketing potential. Many of the biggest medical-supply corporations, medicine makers and other firms profiting from the multi-billion healthcare industry, have been slow to truly make their mark online, despite being sharply IT-focused in so many other ways, according to a new report.

 

Upping the e-dosage

 

The report detailing the Internet-based activities of 25 multinational pharmaceutical companies reveals that their use of social media leaves much to be desired, considering how normalised the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become the new generation and in global society. Although many big companies may take some steps that have become common now like offering a regularly updated blog, oftentimes they neglect to take simple steps like providing local online presences in key markets. The study recommends that mega-firms take a look at their competitors and see what they’re up to online, and especially social media websites.

 

Getting a second opinion

 

To an industry that specialises in providing relief and peace of mind and body to people who may suddenly want to become instant experts in a particular disease or condition, many healthcare-related corporations have a surprisingly limited range of options when it comes to learning about what they offer. There’s no doubt that with a bit more attention applied to a fuller range of digital platforms, providers of services and those seeking them can find many more points of connection.

 

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When closed pubs get good reviews

Give me your tired, your hungry, your countless netizens in search of the best options in hotels and restaurants… Web-based providers of information all but promise instant bliss these days, for those who know what they’re looking for. Generally reliable information on places to eat and sleep is plentiful, conveniently categorised and sorted by numerical scores. But the very size of the system creates room for misinformation to hide in wait, lurking at times amusingly, suspiciously, until truth seekers stumble upon brick-and-mortar updates that AI still finds hard to detect, for now.

 

Sunday roasts and ghosts

 

Four years ago, Charles Goodall purchased a pub once known as the Bridge Inn in Middleton-in-Teesdale, England, with the plan of knocking it down and building homes on the premises. For a period of about three years and ending in 2016, the pub received TripAdvisor reviews, with comments on such savories as the Sunday roast, and how the service of the wait staff sometime left something to be desired. The only problem is that the establishment closed its doors in 2011. Goodall dutifully contacted TripAdvisor and the pub was in time updated to let the world know that its true status. TripAdvisor acknowledged in the 2018 Transparency Report that it had caught around one million reviews it deemed to be fake before they got a chance to be uploaded onto the site. All of the more than 60 million posts reviewing venues on TripAdvisor in 2018 underwent a fraud detector. Over 2.5 million of these reviews went through additional screening by a team that specialises in checking content concerns.

 

Bon appétit but beware

 

The nature of the way we find such basic services such as hotels, meals, and a growing array of products and services, has forever changed. Convenience is king and options abound. The online world makes it infinitely easier to get around and order a stunning variety of things, with minimum hassle and delay. But there’s still room for improvement to the system, and misleading reviews are a part of the overall phenomenon of fake news, so a little double-checking and prudence is never a bad idea, especially when the kinks are being worked out.

 

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NEVER FORGET THE HUMAN SIDE OF DIGITAL MARKETING

When it comes to communicating with your target audience it is of course obvious that you will need to use digital media and social media platforms to connect with them. But how you connect is the most important part. Behind all the data, research, and insights is one important fact – you’re talking to humans. They are the ones looking at the communications your brand puts out into the marketplace, so it’s important to always communicate with them in an authentic manner, you need to earn their attention and that won’t happen if you don’t understand what they want to see, hear, or read.

 

EVERYONE LOVES A STORY

 

Since the dawn of time people have told stories and when they hear a good one they not only remember it they share it and tell others. This same basic principle applies to the stories that brands tell to their audiences. When developing a story you need to take a step back and ask yourself a few simple questions.

 

  1. Will it resonate?
  2. Is it worth sharing?
  3. Is it memorable?
  4. Will it create a moment?

 

A well told story should resonate with the audience it is aimed at, and if it does that it will be memorable and worth sharing. Moreover, it should create a moment in someone’s day and that moment will have your brand attached to it.

 

TELL IT LIKE IT IS

 

Ensure your story is well written and crafted, this may seem like an obvious point but all too often you see pieces of communications from brands that don’t seem to understand this one simple truth – a well told story is a memorable story.

 

GIVE YOUR STORY A PULSE

 

Make sure it has some life in it, you don’t want your story to have a short life span, it needs to be able to live and breathe long enough to still be relevant for the duration of your campaign. Your goal is to ensure that when it is shared by others that it is still pertinent and thus will still be effective.

 

GREAT STORIES GROW

 

All the best stories have chapters, some never stop. Once your story is launched you’ll need to support it with more ‘chapters’. Once people have heard about the initial story you’ll want to follow up with more to support it and keep it top of mind. There’s no point in having a launch that gets everyone’s attention and then suddenly going silent. Once you have piqued an audience’s interest you need to keep giving them more. If your story resonated with them at launch they’ll be happy to hear more about it…curiosity is yet another human trait.

 

There’s a reason we call ourselves here at Vivaldi the Human & Digital Public Relations Agency, that’s because we know one cannot succeed without the other.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA NEEDS TO HAVE AN ROI

RETURN ON INFLUENCE

 

There’s no denying the power and impact influencers can have for brands when it comes to a campaign on social media and other digital channels. They have the followers and they have the personalities to help get your brand, product, or service before the eyes of their loyal fans and followers. But before engaging an influencer you first have to assess who will be the perfect fit for your message. There is by no means a one size fits all situation, each person brings not only their own unique voice and presence to a campaign but of course a particular audience.

 

THE WHO’S WHO

 

First you need to do some research, and when it comes to a market like Thailand that’s where local knowledge becomes invaluable. There is an abundance of inspirational, motivational, exciting, interesting, media savvy, and entertaining influencers in this market and they include celebrities, sporting stars, entertainers, media personalities, entrepreneurs, chefs, models, business leaders, and so on. Identifying them and forging a relationship with them is critical when it comes to the success of any campaign. Not only do they need to be the right fit they also need to be motivated to be a part of your campaign. The more engaged they are the more successful your campaign will be.

 

AUTHENTICITY

 

You have to keep it real. Audiences can spot authenticity easily. So, it is critical for the success of your campaign to only have the right person or people involved, it is also essential that they are also fully vested in your message and believe in your brand, product, or service. Moreover, you need to ensure that their values and presence on social media suit your brand’s image and voice.

 

RELEVANCE

 

There’s no point having a race car driver talking about cooking utensils, unless of course they happen to be a very talented chef in their spare time. You need to match the influencer with your brand, product, or service. Selecting someone purely because you like them or because they have a lot of followers will not do your campaign any favors. Their followers follow them for a reason, those reasons need to be aligned with your campaign if you truly want results.

 

SIZE DOESN’T ALWAYS MATTER

 

When it comes to the audiences that particular influencers have big numbers do not always equate to a more successful campaign. For some it is best to engage with micro-influencers, ones who focus on a particular niche and as such attract a very loyal, albeit small fan-base. But don’t let the lower numbers deter you, these followers and fans are truly engaged in what these influencers share and talk about on their social media channels. It’s all about engagement, these are the numbers that matter. But, of course you cannot overlook those who have massive followings, they can do great things for the right campaigns. When you want and need to target a mass audience then the influencers who attract a large follower base are most likely the ones for you.

 

Whenever we are discussing a new PR campaign with a client and that campaign involves using social media influencers, we know how important all of the above is to make the campaign as successful as it can possibly be. We employ our local knowledge and relationships to ensure we engage the right people for the right projects. It is the best way to ensure your campaign gets a great Return in Influence.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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HOW CAN BRANDS TELL A STORY TO 49 MILLION PEOPLE IN THAILAND?

GET SOCIAL

 

Thailand has a population of 69 million people and 49 million of them are active social media users. That is a lot of people on the digital landscape and they are all looking at content in the palms of their hands. You have a captive audience hungry for stories and content as they scroll and swipe.

 

KNOW WHERE THEY ARE

 

With so many active social media users in Thailand you need to ensure your stories get in front of them as part of their day. So where can you find the majority of them? Facebook and Instagram lead the way with 50 million on Facebook and 13 million on Instagram.

 

STORIES WORTH STOPPING FOR

 

As people scroll through their feeds they won’t stop for content that doesn’t get their attention, they just keep on scrolling. So you need to ensure your stories either engage, inform, entertain, or educate them in some way. When you do that you can stop the scroll and capture their attention. These can be static stories or ones with video or both. Video on social media is growing exponentially and should always be considered.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LOVES STORIES

 

And stories love social media. It’s the perfect place to connect with a large audience and get immediate results because stories that resonate with someone have a much better chance of being shared, liked, and remembered.

 

LOCALS KNOW WHAT LOCALS WANT

 

To connect with a local audience your storytellers need to be locals as well, or at least have a deep understanding of the local market. Understanding the Thailand market is important if you want to ensure your stories are being told in the right way.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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Make the water cooler great again

Integration. It’s an old idea, oft unemployed in meaningful ways but nonetheless talked up mightily. Especially today, in an AI-enhanced world of multiple platforms spreading key messages like wildfire. Multifaceted integration is everywhere. Yet many fundamentals often remain ignored, untapped, untended, and limiting natural communication channels in many corporations that ironically proudly tout their fluidity and openness.

 

A corporate culture based on openness

 

A certain lack of common-sense connections prevents true sharing of ideas and values. Teamwork is good, and works well but is oft limited to individual teams with goals unaligned to those of other teams within the same companies. More internal and external integration of teams will lead to a stickier cohesiveness marked by understanding for the needs and work culture of different work teams and how they operate, and how they share ideas and stay in touch with each other, as well as the individuals who compromise them and appreciation for their lives and families beyond the office.

 

No apps required

 

The nature of the fix is human-centered and involves a willingness to reach out to others in the office in frank and earnest ways. It’s not complicated, but involves a paradigm shift in mentality, away from acquisition and focused on better getting to know the people around you. Employee development has spiked by some $16 billion over the last three years. Change and innovation has led to many communications and information revolutions, which have nonetheless in other ways detracted from basic communication patterns, as unsophisticated texts replace voice-to-voice interactions, and the potential for email to engender meaningful letters is lost as the medium too many now seems – somewhat spectacularly – old-fashioned.

 

Off-key key messages

 

As fiefdoms and egoism as usual proliferate, and messages can chose to be “read” or not and certain e-profiles accepted or blocked, key messages spawned by true integration lessens, as cliques continue conquering corporate culture to the determent of a truly integrated office built on common values and interests. Hope is far from lost though – it just requires a determined a personal and inspiring leadership structure, dedicated to getting to know the people working for them, and getting them to connect.

 

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How to attract the right PR talents

Today’s PR world is marked by disruption. The art of branding and storytelling for marketing purposes is in flux. The multifaceted skills needed to succeed in digital advertising these days – attention to the smallest details, and a strong sense of flexibility, for example – are just the starting points. Plummeting attention spans make it all the harder to succeed in this world of influential publicists. In looking for the right team to best address these needs, there are several factors that will help persuade prospective employees that your firm is the right place to work.

 

Company culture

 

PR firms that want to attract the best talents need to put their best foot forward. Chances are there are more perks for new hires than is spelled out. Agencies should prioritise putting together lists highlighting their key selling points. Beyond the usual perks regarding salary and benefits that are addressed during interviews, public relations agencies should make a point of emphasising the unique ways in which their employees form teams and work together, from collaborating on pitches and brainstorming sessions to fine-tuning key messages and final details on creating the products and events that will keep clients coming back for more of the same.

 

Take a look around

 

The best PR companies won’t need to struggle in playing up their assets. The fact that they offer a great place to work will be obvious from the details shared about the company culture, and future trends. One simple but important detail not to be overlooked or underestimated is offering prospective employees a tour of the workplace, which goes far in reinforcing all the right messages shared during the interview. A physical environment that is conducive to productivity in comfortable conditions can be meaningfully glimpsed in a walkthrough that backs up points made by the boss or HR team far beyond their words alone.

 

Dazzle with social media

 

An impressive company culture should be clearly evidenced online. A good PR firm’s values, success stories and latest projects should be reflected in their Internet presence, including the company website and social media platforms. This is how the top companies attract and retain clients, and should be obvious to any potential employee.

 

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Teens finding news online

Young people are getting informed about the world at large, the latest trends and much else from the likes of social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, more than anywhere else. Another major source of news is movie- and music-sharer YouTube. Rumored for decades, the slow-motion death moment of iconic news sources from the 20th century seems more and more imminent.

 

Seeking out new sources

 

Sixty percent of young people surveyed in a recent poll said that they are more likely to seek for tips, trends, and yes, news, from influencers and celebs than traditional media outlets, even when they have an online presence. The opportunity for digital marketers to have a direct hand in the sharing and producing of information has never been greater. Neither is the resultant responsibility to get the facts right and present things in the right light. Surveys also show that young people are just as put off by fake news and unfair manipulation of facts as older generations.

 

Political influence

 

More than 8 of 10 young people say they plan on voting in next year’ US presidential election, while just over 6 out of 10 of them say they are very likely to do so. While analysts and academics are raising concerns over the lack of checkpoints and verifiable standards in cyberspace, whether its politicians selling their ideas or companies providing products and services, it seems clear that the influence of the Internet as a marketplace for so many things will only to continue to grow.

 

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THE PR WORLD IS CHANGING BUT THE STORY REMAINS THE SAME

Everyone loves a good story, it’s human nature, and one of the core deliverables of any public relations agency is to deliver stories for their clients. But with the shifting sands of the media landscape and everchanging consumer behavior and the ways they engage with brands on digital devices via their social media accounts and online media platforms it is imperative that those stories capture the attention of the audience and drive conversion.

 

Everyone is a media outlet

 

Traditionally a public relation agency’s role was to pitch factual and detail laden stories to journalists and editors in an age where traditional media platforms such as print and television reigned supreme, but then along came the Internet of Things (IoT) and everything changed. Consumers now have much more control over what they read and how they react to those messages, in a sense every person is now a media outlet of one. Add to that the introduction of social media influencers and we have an entirely new media maze to navigate. So how can we connect with consumers who are confronted with mass messaging every day and ensure we capture their attention with our client’s stories? The answer is to get more creative.

 

All eyes on digital

 

Attention spans are short and people are confronted with more content on their screens than they can actually consume, so the stories we deliver for clients need to be condensed and eye capturing to ensure engagement. We’re living in a world where we need to slow down the scroll or swipe actions to get our stories seen and read. Developing owned media with visual tools such as video, GIFs, and easily digestible infographics to maximize that brief glimpse we get from those staring at their phones is one way we can engage more effectively.

 

The new ROI: Return On Intent

 

Every story needs to have a reason to be told, it needs to be delivering for the client’s brand and it has to have a reason to be of interest to the reader, it needs intent. To ensure the best results we must understand the behavior of the target audience. Analytics are imperative to achieve this goal, it gives us insights into the content people are reading or skipping and what is influencing their purchasing decisions. With a number of data tools available to us today it is now much easier to calculate the ROI on digital campaigns.

 

The future is still being told

 

So what is the next chapter for the public relations industry? It could be summed up with a phrase we all know well – ‘same same but different’. We need to continue to be the masters of crafting engaging stories but we must be more creative in the ways we tell them.

 

Joseph Henry is the founder and CEO of Vivaldi Public Relation Agency.

He is an expert communicator and influencer who has been helping leading companies achieve their strategic objectives in Asia for the last 20 years.

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