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Female and Muslim, travelling and spending

Muslim women – around 63 million, to be precise – spent more than $80 billion while travelling in 2018, according to a study recently released by MasterCard and CrescentRating. The news on this demographic should be a brightly shining indicator to digital marketers of a key sector that many big players in the hospitality industry have largely overlooked so far.

 

Ready for more

 

Seventy per cent of Muslim women travelled with their families. Nearly three out of 10 of the trips taken by Muslim women were solo voyages, reflecting a particularly rapidly growing part of this growing demographic. Two out of every three respondents were under 40 years of age. The primary concern for them is leisure, which 9 of 10 respondents listed as a significant motivation for travel. A sense of exploration, getting re-energised and a focus on family were also key parts of the findings. Over 20 per cent of respondents named religious reasons as a key factor for travel while 11 per cent ranked business as another important reason for travelling.

 

Looking for deals, digitally

 

More than fifty per cent of the women covered in the survey use the Internet and social media sites platforms in particular to find places to stay and eat and ways of getting around. Religious factors that factored into the preferences of the traveler surveyed included access to prayer rooms reserved exclusively for women, as well as single-sex beauty parlors and spas. Halal dining options as well as security are also of a significant concern to female Muslim travellers, who are characterised overall in the report as being willing to pay for the services and preferences they desire, and find them online.

 

Thailand in prime position to profit

 

The report ranks Thailand second for women travellers adhering to Islam among nations that are not members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The segment remains little understood, which stakeholders looking to capitalise on this emerging demographic would to well to pay closer attention to.

 

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Expecting the unexpected in PR

Reputation repairs are among the most relevant and risky jobs for any PR firm. But while the potential for damage is significant, so too are the chances for turning lemons into lemonade. By focusing on what public relations boils down to – engagingly relating to the public and providing them with key messages reflective of a client’s core principles – the worst can not only be averted, but transcended.

 

Old dogs, new tricks

 

Much of the problem these days relates to the proliferation of things digital. Ideas, especially those of an embarrassing or sensational nature, which tend to spread quickly through social media. Everyone’s a videographer. And a potential part of the paparazzi. Moreover, the newness of digital marketing continues to create opportunities for smallish problems to blow up into artificially big crises. Once the bad news hits, the key to it not allowing it to trigger a more significant, long-term financial problem is often simply making sure a strike force is ready to jump into action. In the information age, disrupting preexisting expectations of perceived job responsibilities and the reluctances to change old ways is essential. The bottom line is worth it.

 

In Twitter we trust

 

If crisis strikes, stay calm and head for cycberspace. Response teams need to be savvy in their pushback on multiple social media platforms to help mitigate unwanted news that actually often ends up being more profitable than formal campaigns. Part of the solution, though, is timeless: know your clients. If you don’t, PR companies are at the mercy of parties who do or claim to. But being knowledgeable about your client’s strong points is only one key part of being prepared. Another, not to be underestimated in the digital age, is knowing how to effectively spread the message and counteract less attractive messages. The old adage about there being no such thing as bad PR is put to the test in ways that would have been imaginable when the expression was coined. In today’s world, the nature of public relations and reputations are very much on the line if your team doesn’t make the most of spreading the good word about your firm online.

 

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A look into how social media has reshaped the PR industry

It’s hard to ignore social media, especially when its global usership is in billions. Its presence is felt in every industry you can think of, big or small. It has arguably made a huge impact on the communication industry and public relations in particular. The emergence of citizen journalism and more people turning to social media for their daily dose of the news, social media has indeed forced PR to adapt or perish. Here are three ways social media has impacted the public relations industry dearly.

 

Make a big bang

 

Social media is instant and loud. Users generate about four million likes every minute on Facebook, that’s how loud it can get, and that’s just one of the many social media platforms at our service. The only negative to being able to make news viral with a click of the share button is that news gets old just as quickly as it goes viral. Journalists are always looking for the next breaking news and PR professionals have to keep up.

 

On the bright side, with instant connections PR professionals can follow journalists on social media and stay in the loop about their writing style, area of expertise and recent work. This works in favor of PR pros as it not only helps build connections but also make an informed pitch to journalists based on what they see on their social media handles.

 

A crisis could be around the corner

 

Social media provides brands the easiest way to make a blunder in front of their audiences. It just takes itchy fingers and a click of a button, and your brand could be staring down the barrel of social media backlash. Yet another reason keeping PR pros up at night. 

 

Today’s modern PR is responsible for much more than just scheduling interviews and sending out press releases. They are also responsible for managing a brand’s voice and protecting their its online reputation by promoting additional content, creating engagement and monitoring and measuring media. A failure to monitor social media and have a plan in place to respond to consumer feedback – both negative and positive could be a missed opportunity or a large scale crisis.    

 

Influencers – A media phenomenon

 

Social media is not just a platform for professionally trained journalists or your everyday citizen journalist, it gave rise to a whole new breed of journalists called, the new influencer. Being represented by a vlogger with millions of followers on YouTube or a travel blogger with hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram is considered to be the best way to attract more customers.

 

The ever-increasing number of social media influencers with tons of followers means more opportunity for PR professionals and the brands they represent. 

 

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THE INTEGRATION OF PR AND MARKETING

So, we did scratch the surface of this subject on our last post. Ever since the evolution of everything in and around the digital sphere, Marketing and PR have been working along very similar lines, with parallel goals in mind but few have fully embraced what’s next. Change is coming. “Change” is a petrifying concept to most but with marketing and PR looking to integrate more closely than ever before over the course of the next few years, the best thing for PR and marketing professionals to do is embrace the change that is inevitable and stay ahead of the game.

 

Whose game is it?

 

With rapid integration brewing, we believe that it is an open playing field at the moment . However, PR does have an advantage when it comes to the “human-factor” in communication as we are traditionally the experts in story-telling, which we believe is essential in communicating with people and keeping them engaged on any platform, be it traditional, digital or social.

 

Playground: Thailand

 

Thailand is one of the largest markets in Southeast Asia. The people of Thailand love their social media with recent studies showing that over 79% of the population has access to the Internet and over 71% are active social media users, which is way above the global average of 45% of the population. With these statistics, we don’t see influencer marketing going away anytime soon in Thailand and building lasting relationships with the most aspirational of influencers is the way forward. 

 

When we say influencers, we don’t just mean celebrities. With the continuing rise of social media, we see a vast number of micro-influencers creating an impact. Travel bloggers, Youtubers, fashion bloggers, food bloggers, Tik Tok artists – the digital world is their platform and they are the ones to watch out for right now. 

 

What’s next?

 

The first step to embracing the future for PR is to integrate marketing, social media and digital media and develop communication strategies and campaigns that work effectively for brands online, in traditional media, and face-to-face with consumers. This is something Vivaldi Integrated PR understands full well and we are focused on changing the game and taking the lead in this new integrated world.

 

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The PR – Brand connection

Every business or brand needs to advertise their product for maximum ROI. Public Relations is an underrated but critical form of marketing that every business needs to have in its arsenal, after-all more publicity is always welcome. An efficient PR plan that does not burn a hole in your pockets goes hand in hand with your main marketing activities. Without further ado, let’s see why good PR can boost your marketing efforts.

 

Raise brand awareness

 

The goal of every marketing plan is to etch your brand’s existence in the minds of target consumers. Yes, SEO helps but PR can help raise a significant amount of awareness due to its high-quality nature owing to media and influencer relationships which helps solidifying trust between your brand and your consumers.

 

Endorse investment opportunities

 

A well-planned PR strategy is all about positive media coverage, which serves a two-fold purpose – it looks great to investors and affects your business positively. People or organizations with the means to financially back a business would rather have one that looks more established and professional.

 

An impressive PR campaign that generates publicity can be the stigma that investors need to show more interest in your business. This can be a top priority for startups that need all the  financial backing they can get to get their business off the ground and soaring high – And extensive PR coverage can do just that.

 

Rank high

 

Every website wants to be on top of search engine results. PR can connect your business with high-traffic websites and online publishers to help spread the word about your business or brand and also backlink to your site. This contributes significantly to your website’s Google rankings.

 

Attract the best talent in the market

 

Marketing is not just aimed at consumers. Like every growing business, you’ll definitely look to grow your team of talents. Your business has to look interesting and professional to attract job-seekers who want to apply for an opportunity within your organisation. Good PR is extremely essential to keep that reputation up high.

 

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What if you didn’t have to work on Friday?

The biggest joy for every hard-working employee is probably when the calendar says it’s Friday, simply because it marks the onset of a much deserved weekend. We’re all accustomed to a five-day work week, even six in some countries. You must have wondered – “What if Fridays were off too?”.

 

Overwork and burning out

 

Japan is a country infamously known for overworking its employees. In fact, it’s been a battle for Japan, trying to bring down some of the longest working hours in the world owing to a shortage of labour and rapid ageing of a mass of the population. 

 

The Microsoft experiment

 

Microsoft Japan just spent August experimenting with a four-day work week, ironically so. Much to their surprise, sales per employee grew 40% when compared to the same month last year. Not only did this trial boost sales, but also cut costs at the Microsoft offices in the country with a 23% drop electricity used and a staggering 59% drop in pages printed when compared with August 2018.

 

The verdict

 

Although the Japanese Prime Minister’s urge to reduce overtime and make workplaces more flexible has received mixed reviews, this Microsoft experiment looks to be a winner among employees with 92% saying they were delighted with the four-day week according to a report on its website. 

 

This trial was termed as the “Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer 2019”. It allowed full-time employees take five consecutive Fridays off in August. In addition to that, meetings were shortened to a maximum of 30 minutes and online chats were encouraged over face-to-face conversation.

 

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PR, intrinsically

A career in public relations often springs from a passion for making connections, and the ability and interest in reaching out and socialising and prioritizing friendships. Although those naturally inclined to marketing may not have been top sportspeople or academic overachievers in their school days, they had a knack for getting – and staying – in the loop.

 

Relating to people

 

Even though the stakes are higher, those who make the natural shift into specialising in public relations are essentially just elevating their natural talent to a higher level, where profits are to be made and customers can become better informed of the products and serves that are a part of daily life. The focus may involve pitching contracts and sealing deals, but forging and keeping human relations remains the most essential quality and comes from being a people person.

 

Know your worth

 

Deciding what you want to charge is a key issue. Be firm, but flexible to a degree, and know what the going rate is so you can market yourself accordingly and reflective of what you can deliver. And make sure to back up your promises with a solid team. At the very least, this means a good graphic designer, plus a writer skilled in presenting just the right message to the clients you’ll need to impress and in turn your firm will share impressive stories about. Make sure to keep your accounts in order as well and have someone who will remind you of and track expenditures and expected ROI.

 

Stay the course

 

Failure is endemic to start-ups. When initial numbers don’t seem to add up as you thought they would, don’t worry, and experiment with a few tactical shifts. Just remember the most important thing – selling yourself – and stay focused, as all it takes is one strong contact and breakout success you can use as a case study, to help you stand out in a field that’s all about being noticed.

 

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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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Death-defying influence

How far will you go for that unforgettable photo that puts you far above – like, really far above – your garden-variety influencer? Kelly Castille and Kody Workman, a traveling couple passionate about exploring and dramatically documenting breathtakingly beautiful locales around the world and blogging as Positravelty, have done it again, coming up with an audacious photograph that defies belief. In a real cliffhanger, the mesmerising shot shows Kody firmly seated on terra firma, with his significant other appearing to have somehow just reached him after floating through on air to greet him. Beneath Kelly lies a great chasm.

 

Crazy or epic?

 

The gorgeously otherworldly setting for the duo’s latest jaw-dropping shot is the Laguna Humantay in the Peruvian Andes, a timeless land of rolling mists, deep and colourful gorges and nature at its wildest. Earlier this year, Kody briefly dangled Kelly above another abyss just beyond an infinity pool that also looked like the edge of the universe in an equally beautiful if rather more discovered holiday location: Bali. The couple says the drop was not as far as some say it looks, though. While the perfect selfie and opportunity to have it admired on social media has tempted a significant number of fame seekers to put themselves in provocative and at-time dangerous positions, that have sometimes resulted in death, Positraveltry says they always careful check environmental conditions to ensure that they are not endangering their lives.

 

On the edge of marketing

 

Positravelty’s philosophy behind the photo is classic marketing that creates conditions and a story that is hard not to talk about, no matter what your opinion on the safety factors may be. There’s no such thing as bad publicity, as the expression goes. The couple strikes an image of fearlessness, loudly applauding the notion of taking risks when warranted, tempting followers to channel their inner Indiana Jones, or at least engage in armchair escapism at home and, of course, remember to check their blog for the latest exciting adventure. “There is a difference between risking your life and taking a risk at having one,” they unapologetically ask. “We know which side we would rather be on, do you?”

 

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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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