THE FACE BEHIND THE BRAND: Hilton Worldwide’s new APAC chief marketer Mark Liversidge aims to make the hospitality group’s name synonymous with travel.
SECTOR STUDY: Greater awareness of the need for preventative health measures, the effects of pollution and aging populations are increasing demand for vitamins and supplements.
INDONESIA - Curtailed fuel subsidies and new tax and finance reforms could be an opportunity to grow the country’s taste for low-cost green cars. But other population factors come into play, and marketers of other products could learn something from the auto market.
JAKARTA - Indofood, Indonesia’s largest food company, has called separate pitches for its flagship brands, Indomie instant noodles and Pop Mie cup noodles, according to industry sources.
ASIA-PACIFIC - Research by Waggener Edstrom with 2,200 consumers in Asia-Pacific details the relationship between brand activity online and consumer behaviours such as brand advocacy, spending, and engagement.
JAKARTA - Japanese automotive brand Subaru has called an integrated creative pitch for its SUV, the Subaru XV, in Indonesia.
As Asia’s societies become more health conscious and affluent, consumers look for technologies to help them stay healthy and exercise more, or at least remind them to. Do these devices solve real problems, or are they pure marketing gimmicks?
SINGAPORE - State-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways has awarded its PR retainer account in Singapore and Malaysia to Waggener Edstrom.
In 2014, Singapore’s employers must adapt to a new advertising rule, the “Fair consideration framework,” which starts in August. Savvy firms will use employer branding to help ease into the new legal landscape and grab the best talent.
MANILA - Typhoon Yolanda represents an opportunity for brands to engage with people and contribute to society. More to the point, 96 per cent of the population expects nothing less, according to a McCann Worldgroup report.
SINGAPORE - Singapore-based independent branding agency Bonsey Design has partnered with Sydney’s The Jaden Group to launch a new digital tieup Bonsey Jaden.
SINGAPORE - Science Centre Singapore is looking for a media agency to handle the booking of advertisements for four attractions: Science Centre, Omni-Theatre, Snow City and the new Kids STOP.
SECTOR STUDY: Consumer demand is nudging makers away from the sugary and fizzy, towards the healthy and natural, often using local ingredients and flavours.
SINGAPORE - Digital agency Wunderman has announced a regional leadership change, appointing Martin Conneen as the regional president for Wunderman Asia Pacific.
SINGAPORE – The Singapore Sports Council has called a pitch to appoint a Singapore-based social media agency to promote the 28th Southeast Asia Games, which will take place from 5 to 16 June next year.
MANILA - Communications agency Cohn & Wolfe has expanded in Southeast Asia by opening an office in Manila.
SINGAPORE - Mobile device manufacturer HTC has chosen Epic PR to handle its public relations account in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) has called PR pitches in Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan.
JAKARTA - Beverage manufacturer PepsiCo has handed the digital account for Pepsi Cola to local firm Red Comm Indonesia.
KUALA LUMPUR - Cheil Worldwide opened an office in Kuala Lumpur on 23 December.