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 call for clarity in digital marketing

Newspapers, media corporations with online presences and newer digital platforms often voice concerns that the unclear, unregulated nature of the ways in which ads are placed these days makes it difficult to rely on ad revenues. Inefficiency and high costs are other commonly heard complaints. A handful of big players wants to make the rules of the game fairer.

 

Lot$ at $take

 

Sixteen big firms in advertising, IT and media recently made a collective call for more clarity in their industry, so that money could be more reliably spent and tracked and ROI becomes more of a reliable quantity and less of an e-mystery. The big-name companies, more usually accustomed to being rivals, are working together to help add some transparency and fairness to tracking in regards to how money is dropped in the advertising supply chain, which has more missing links today than ever before. A call for a renewed commitment to fair trade practices and verification of claims and content is growing louder.

 

Less bang per buck

 

Before the digital revolution, publishers could bank on making around 85 cents out of every dollar spent on advertising. That percentage per ad for the publishers has been reduced by more than half according to some estimates. This big drop in advertising income for media corporations takes on even greater significance when combined with how there is a burgeoning multitude of platforms for getting messages out, not to mention the ever-present pressure to reboot their relevance for the long-term.

 

More persuasive PR, please

 

The countermove comes as part of the multi-pronged action that will be needed to short up trust in consumers, who have grown even more circumspect in regards to claims made by companies and celebrity endorsers. Brand loyalty has diminished. Peer reviews and C2C support is at an all-time high. Buyers are turning to bloggers, the best of whom are somehow managing to carve out a reputation for integrity and valid information in an Information Age becoming increasingly mired in fake news.

 

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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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Lie detectors wanted

The proliferation of fake news has led to renewed calls for fair-minded institutions and individuals with the integrity to keep us informed about what really happened. In the multi-platform information age, while the amount of raw data – and big data – continues growing exponentially, the value of all of these facts, factoids and downright mistruths are coming into question. Our trust in the veracity of what we see and hear has significantly eroded. New methods are needed if mistrust is to be kept in check.

 

Faking it well

 

Younger people are getting news from social media. Traditional media has gone online too. Digital marketers have a stunningly rich array of ways in which they can spread messages. But a lack of standardisation and fact-checking all around has led to more skepticism. The way in which messages can spread has increased, while the likelihood of our believing the information thrust at us has declined. Photoshopped images were just the beginning. With deepfakes and AI getting more sophisticated by the day, and sites where stories and videos shared lack oversight and regulatory bodies filtering posts, it is becoming more of a challenge to determine what’s real.

 

Reality check

 

Propaganda has always been with us. Hollywood magic has long dazzled us with stories that we like to pretend are real, at least for a couple of hours of suspended disbelief. But now the art of make-believe has become easier and cheaper to pull off, and available to the masses. The potential societal impact is significant. Media organisations, PR agencies and other outlets with a reputation for telling it like it is now have new roles not only as representatives of particular viewpoints, but as truth tellers, in a day and age in which the truth itself has become the most precious of commodities. They may thus increasingly take on roles as agenda setters, to counteract technoractic tendencies have allowed for information to be shared with the greatest of ease, but without the fact checking that many now crave.

 

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Putting the R in ROI

Not all pitches lead to contracts, not all “sure things” guarantee results and not all leads lead to sales. When investments in time, energy and hard, cold cash don’t add up to what you had hoped for – or even the chance to break even, in some cases – it may be time to recheck some of the fundamentals and shore up the positives before venturing back into the wilderness.

 

Seal the deal

 

There are many non-invasive treatments for coaxing leads into verifiable results. Key among them is to know everything you can about a potential client, and present a package in such a way that appeals to them and their core and potential customers and core values. Once the hook has been dangled, make sure to follow up and sweeten the bait with additional incentives such as a sign-up discount, while finding a way to differentiate yourself from the competition with a unique selling point, and confidence (even if it may be lacking now and then).

 

Just for starters

 

Let customers know that the deal they sign with is just the beginning and that things gets better the deeper the relationship with your company gets. ROI should increase in time as companies get to know each other and promote the kinds of connectivity between teams that boosts productivity. Initial conversations about the initial deal can also be complemented by inquires about the road ahead and potential future extension plans.

 

Impress online

 

How does your company’s website look these days? Does it use wording and formatting contribute to good SEO rankings? Is your firm represented well on social media sites? Make sure to have an online presence that is constantly up-to-date, easily logged on to, and smooth to interface with. Only when windows of opportunity are big and open for business can the future look more certain, and help compensate for when you need the occasional reboot.

 

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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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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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