UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) partners with Cred Communications for Hong Kong and Macau-based PR and marketing initiatives


Hong Kong, August 2018Cred Communications today announced a new client, the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), a statutory levy board funded by farmers and growers which plays a vital role in improving farm business efficiency across various sectors. Cred Communications will be focusing their efforts on increasing brand awareness of produce being imported from Britain, comprising premium pork, lamb and dairy as well as beef from native and rare British iconic cattle breeds.

Cred Communications will execute an integrated communications campaign that will cover in-store activities, foodservice initiatives, media relations and social media marketing for AHDB. The contract is for at least one year, with the potential to expand to three.

“Britain exports some of the world’s best beef, pork, lamb and dairy and we’re looking forward to working with chefs and retailers across Hong Kong and Macau on a number of strategic and creative promotions and events to highlight this”, said Mandy Queen, Founder of Cred Communications.

Chosen for their knowledge of the market and in-depth experience across foodservice and retail as well as FMCG, Cred Communications has delivered impactful work for a number of trade organisations and food and beverage clients, including the Scottish Government, the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, produce from Tasmania and New Zealand as well as Lindt & Sprüngli, honestbee and foodpanda. Current clients include Diversified Communications’ Seafood Expo Asia, the Economist Events and the British Council as well as Emack & Bolio’s and The Flying Winemaker.

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About AHDB

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government).

Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world.

Our vision is for a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best.

https://ahdb.org.uk/

 

Young Chef Challenge to Highlight Sustainable Seafood at Seafood Expo Asia in September


Chefs gathered at the Seafood Expo Asia press conference (From left: Gabriel Choy, Vicky Lau, Pedro Samper, and Gerhard Passrugger)

 

HONG KONG, 7 June 2018 – Diversified Communications’ Seafood Expo Asia will return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 4-6 September, 2018. Seafood Expo Asia is the region’s leading showcase of the world’s premium seafood products, equipment and services as well the preferred industry meeting place for buyers and suppliers to find the latest seafood trends. One of this year’s key events is the highly-anticipated live Young Chef Challenge, which takes place during the show and aims to nurture young talent and highlight sustainable seafood options.

Last year, Seafood Expo Asia attracted over 7,100 qualified seafood professionals with visitors coming from 69 countries and 234 exhibitors from 31 countries. “As well as providing the top marketplace for buyers from across the world to source fresh and frozen seafood, we are looking forward to offering visitors and exhibitors a wide range of activities to help grow their business,” says Group Vice President from Diversified Communications, Mrs. Liz Plizga. This year’s event will feature a Product Showcase and Tasty Kitchen to inspire buyers with sourcing ideas as well as getting a taste of what’s trending in the international seafood marketplace. A conference program with daily sessions, culinary demonstrations and masterclasses will focus on the latest market insights and emerging products making waves across the global seafood industry to enhance attendees’ experience.

According to the latest figures from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Hong Kong had the second highest per capita seafood consumption in Asia. “Knowledge about sustainable seafood choices is very important, especially to new chefs in the foodservice industry. Seafood Expo Asia’s Young Chef Challenge provides young chefs with an opportunity to show off their skills while learning about sustainable seafood options. Rounds of exciting live cook-off using specially selected seafood will be held throughout the event,” adds Mrs. Liz Plizga.

Executive Chef of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mr. Gerhard Passrugger, is one of the judges of the Young Chef Challenge and a food sustainability enthusiast: “Educating young chefs early about sustainable seafood is extremely important. I am proud to be a judge for the Young Chef Challenge as it both inspires chefs to choose sustainable options as well as rewards their culinary skills. The competition’s message is aligned with our goals which is to ensure that more than 50% of our seafood comes from sustainable seafood sources by end of 2018.”

Launched in 2017, the Young Chef Challenge is a unique event to recognize the next generation of culinary talent in Hong Kong. The competition encourages culinary mentorship and provides opportunity for aspiring culinary chefs to discover and further develop their skills. This year, celebrity chef, Mr. Gabriel Choy will be the ambassador and guest judge of the event, promoting this extraordinary cooking challenge. And the judging panel brings together top culinary experts including Mr. Gerhard Passrugger, Executive Chef from Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mr. Pedro Samper, Executive Chef from The Langham Hong Kong, and Miss Vicky Lau, Chef and Owner of Tate Dining Room & Bar. They will choose the most outstanding contestant after three rounds of onsite cook-offs.

For more information or to register a free trade pass, please visit http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia.

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About Seafood Expo Asia
Seafood Expo Asia is a trade event where buyers and suppliers of seafood from around the world come together to network and conduct business in the lucrative Hong Kong and Asia Pacific markets. The event’s ninth edition takes place from the 4-6 September 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong. SeafoodSource.com is the exposition’s official media covering industry news year-round. The exposition is produced by Diversified Communications and is co-located with Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong. http://www.seafoodexpo.com/asia.

About Diversified Communications
Diversified Communications is a leading international media company with a portfolio of face-to-face exhibitions and conferences, online communities and digital and print publications. As producers of these market-leading products Diversified Communications connects, educates and strengthens business communities in over 14 industries including: food and beverage, healthcare, natural and organic, business management and technology. The company’s global seafood portfolio of expositions and media includes Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America, Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, Seafood Expo Asia and SeafoodSource.com. Diversified Communications, in partnership with SeaWeb, also produces SeaWeb Seafood Summit, the world’s premier seafood conference on sustainability. Established in 1949 and headquartered in Portland, Maine, USA with divisions and offices around the world, Diversified Communications remains a privately held, third generation, family-owned business. For more information, visit: http://www.divcom.com

Talking About a Revolution


Few things spell summer quite like enjoying a glass of excellent wine in the afternoon sun. This month, we’re very happy to be doing the PR for Eddie McDougall, the man behind The Flying Winemaker, one of Asia’s most dynamic wine brands. Award-winning winemaker, rosé and Asian wine expert, wine critic and TV personality Eddie believes in the power of wine as the “social glue”. With his cross-cultural upbringing in Hong Kong and Australia, Eddie has worked with many influential wineries and has gathered over a decade of winemaking experience. The brand is well known for their popular event Rosé Revolution, which is now in its 8th year and will take place in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Macau this summer.

We will be working closely with Eddie on publicising his event, along with promoting some exciting new developments for the brand.

British Council Names Cred Communications as Agency for 2019 SPARK Festival, Celebrating the Science and Art of Creativity


British Council

Hong Kong, May 2018 – Cred Communications has announced a new client win – the British Council in Hong Kong. The UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities has hired Cred Communications to publicise their event SPARK: the Science and Art of Creativity, a British Council Festival of Ideas, which will take place in Tai Kwun, Hong Kong’s Centre for Heritage and Arts, in January 2019. The first of its kind in Hong Kong, SPARK will celebrate the best of UK creativity and innovation across the arts, sciences and education and provide a platform for the exchange of ideas between the UK, Hong Kong and North East Asia region.

With extensive experience and a renowned portfolio of clients, Cred Communications will execute an integrated pre-event, on-site and post-event communications campaign encompassing social, press events and media relations for SPARK. This is the second time that Cred Communications will be working with the British Council.

Cred Communications was chosen for their strategic and creative approach and proven ability to get media coverage. Over the past year, the company has delivered impactful campaigns for organisations including Global Sources Startup Launchpad, Hong Kong Cancer Fund and Hong Kong’s first bike sharing system, Gobee.bike.

“Working with brands who aspire to influence is what drives us to deliver impactful results”, said Mandy Queen, Managing Director of Cred Communications. “We’re thrilled to be working with the British Council again. We admire the organisation and we look forward to putting SPARK on the map in Asia.”

The two organisations previously worked together in 2017, when Cred Communications promoted the British Council’s Science Alive festival and raised awareness of the organisation’s work in promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education in Hong Kong.

“We are excited to have Cred Communications on board for the launch of our new festival SPARK: the Science and Art of Creativity. SPARK will get ‘under the bonnet’ of arts and culture, science and innovation, and look at the part creativity and innovation play in the sustainability of places like Hong Kong and the UK. We’re confident in Cred’s ability to help us tell the SPARK story successfully through a new campaign that will be both unconventional and meaningful, reaching out especially to younger audiences as the innovators of the future”, said Aideen McLaughlin, Head of Communications at the British Council in Hong Kong.

With a programme curated to provoke and inspire, SPARK will mark the end of the British Council’s year-long 70th anniversary celebrations. It will comprise talks, performances, interactive events and experiences, as well as a thought leadership series and a community outreach programme, taking festival highlights to audiences outside of the Hong Kong metropolitan area.

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About the British Council
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year they reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. They make a positive contribution to the countries they work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934, they are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. They receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.

They have been working with Hong Kong since 1948. This year, they mark their 70th anniversary, celebrating 70 years of cultural relations and exchange between the UK and Hong Kong.

https://www.britishcouncil.hk/en

Why it’s good to give back


A still from The Helper

 

At Cred we’re extremely passionate about giving back to the community. Over the years we’ve had the chance to work on some incredible CSR campaigns. We also encourage our clients to get involved too as part of their public relations campaigns.

There are many reasons why it’s good to give back 1) You garner trust and respect in the community 2) Your employees feel good about working for you 3) Your customers are more likely to forgive you during tough times 4) You make the world a better place 5) It’s a great way to meet new people and connections.

Most recently, we teamed grocery delivery service honestbee with local charity Feeding Hong Kong to provide over HK$300,000 worth of donated food items to the 1 million people who struggle to afford nutritious meals.

For last summer’s Hong Kong Cancer Fund Pink Revolution Campaign we were able to encourage self-checks and donations as well as spread the word about breast cancer, a disease that affects over 3,800 Hong Kong women every year.

For Pink Season, we were proud to promote Asia’s largest LGBTQ festival through a fundraising event, campaigning for equal rights.

And finally we created buzz around the kickstarter of The Helper documentary, a film by local director Joanna Bowers of Cheeky Monkey Productions, that gives a heartfelt insight into the lives of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong.

HK Celebrities Make a Pinky Promise to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness


Press Release

 

15th September 2017, Hong Kong – For the first time, nine local celebrities came together in one video to show their support to this year’s Cancer Fund’s Pink Revolution by making a simple gesture – a pinky promise – showing their commitment in raising breast health awareness in the community and supporting women with breast cancer. The premiere screening of the video took place today at the Pink Revolution launch event held at The ONE, Tsim Sha Tsui. Local celebrities Joyce Cheng, Kathy Chow and film director Kearen Pang shared the stage with 15 breast cancer survivors to make their pinky promise to advocate breast cancer awareness.

The video launched today includes messages from actress Fala Chen, singer Gigi Leung, mother-to-be May Kwong, actresses Joyce Cheng, Chrissie Chau, Isabel Chan, film director Kearen Pang, news anchor Akina Fong and DJ Josephine Chu (Chufun). The video will be available on Cancer Fund’s social media platforms for viewing and sharing. International model and celebrity Kathy Chow also shared for the first time her personal experience of being touched by cancer when her best friend was diagnosed.

“The number of women being diagnosed is growing, and so is the Cancer Fund; so there is an increasing need for early detection and support for our free services,” said Sally Lo, Founder & CEO of Hong Kong Cancer Fund. “Making a ‘Pinky Promise’ is a simple gesture, used to encourage women in Hong Kong to check their breasts regularly, and for everyone to support families living with breast cancer.”

At the launch event, breast cancer survivor Bondie shared how she faced breast cancer and her worry for her family, especially her then 5-year-old son. Her family turned to Cancer Fund’s free support services, where she received practical support in managing treatment side effects, and participated in programmes that brought the family closer together on the cancer journey. “I understand feeling scared and alone by a breast cancer diagnosis, but don’t be. There are free resources in the community like those the Cancer Fund provides, and remember, your family is your strongest backup,” said Bondie.

Medical advisor of the Cancer Fund and Director of the Radiotherapy & Oncology Centre at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital Dr. William Foo shared his professional view at the launch event: “When breast cancer strikes, it will create a shock wave: not only for the patient herself, but also her loved ones, who are all affected. Almost 90% of breast cancer patients can attain a cure. However the cancer journey is very demanding both physically and psychosocially. Close family, especially the spouse, bears the impact. They often do not know how to cope. A well-supported and adjusted family will provide the best environment for the patient to make their way to recovery.”

Everyone can help to raise breast cancer awareness this year by sharing the ‘Pinky Promise’ video available on Cancer Fund’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hongkongcancerfund and YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/hongkongcancerfund, sharing it with the hashtags #pinkypromisehk, #checksupportshare, #hkcancerfund and #shopforpink, and making a donation online http://pink.cancer-fund.org/donate.

Cancer Fund’s Pink Revolution also includes Shop for Pink; the city’s largest ‘shop for a good cause’ event. Thirty retails,restaurants and hotels brands are offering new Pink items this October to make shopping more fun, with part of the proceeds to be donated to Cancer Fund’s free breast cancer services. Everyone is also encouraged to dress pink by joining Dress Pink Day on 27 October to show your care to people affected by breast cancer. To register and window-shop Shop for Pink items, visit http://pink.cancer-fund.org/en/.

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Editor’s Note

About Hong Kong Cancer Fund

Hong Kong Cancer Fund is the city’s largest cancer support organisation, providing free information and professional support to anyone living with or affected by cancer. Established in 1987, our vision is to better the quality of cancer support in Hong Kong and ensure that no one faces cancer alone. We began by offering free information and support, and have slowly expanded over time to address all aspects of cancer care. Our work now encompasses public education, cancer research, home care, peer support, complementary therapies, the funding of hospital equipment and much more. We fill the gaps in cancer care to improve the quality of life for people touched by cancer.

Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s services are all FREE. Receiving no money from the government or the Community Chest, we rely solely on public generosity to sustain our ongoing cancer support services. For more information, please visit cancer-fund.org

About Cancer Fund Pink Revolution

Pink Revolution is Hong Kong’s biggest and most comprehensive breast cancer education and fundraising campaign, running every October in line with international breast cancer awareness month. Each year, Pink Revolution reminds women about the importance of regular breast checks and empowers them to take charge of their own breast health with the message that early detection and treatment saves lives. The campaign also raises funds through initiatives such as Shop For Pink and Dress Pink Day, with all funds raised going towards Cancer Fund’s FREE breast cancer care services to support women with breast cancer.

www.cancer-fund.org/pink

 

A confidence boosting yet homey internship experience at Cred Communications


 

We like to invite our interns to write a letter about their internship experiences at our PR agency – Cred Communications. Our interns provide a fantastic support to our team and we are always grateful for applicants.

The letter below is from our recent intern Pinki Wong:

“Greetings, everyone! I am currently doing my exchange study in Journalism and Reporting in Haaga Helia University in Helsinki, Finland, I major in Corporate Communication back in Hong Kong. I had to step into the field and explore the industry before graduating to test myself whether or not this will be my future career. My internship at Cred was like an intensive guide to understand what it’s like to be a PR.

Prior to being in the Cred team, I had another internship experience at another local PR agency but I had less opportunities to participate in what my team were doing. On the contrary, the Cred team treated me as one of them rather than just an intern helping them with coverage reports, I got invited to take up challenging work like to research for projects and to compile analysis report in no time. Everyone at Cred were all very understanding and friendly, I got to gain more insight of the field in the process of participating in a project from start to finish.

Going to work at Cred is like going from my own home to another home, the office of Cred feels like home, and what makes such feeling is the people. All teammates were extremely friendly, not to say, our managing director, Mandy was more like a leader than a boss, I felt so welcomed and they were all there to guide and teach me the bits and pieces about the PR industry. I would not forget how they were willing to let me take up responsibilities I thought I would not be able to handle, their confidence and faith in me pushed me to achieve what I thought impossible.

All in all, I had such a blast and a memorable time at Cred, this opportunity has given me a glimpse of how diverse and exciting the Public Relation industry could be, getting my hands on the actual field of Public Relation lured me to learn more from it. The experience enabled me to gain practical skills and knowledge from books to life and from theories to actions. One of the duties that presented what Public Relation was was helping with client media gifting, wrapping gifts and writing a handwritten note is an act of engagement and sociability. This process of communication, from choosing a gift wrapping carrier, to personalising each gift and sending them out presents the essence of connecting with people in the PR industry.

I would like to do an enormous shoutout to the Cred team for being my teammates, my mentors and my friends!

Love,
Pinki “

We are always looking for great interns – please send your resume and cover letter to hire@credcommunications.com.

Job Vacancy – Account Executive


Are you passionate about public relations and helping clients reach their sales and marketing goals? Do you have a desire to make an impact? Do you enjoy inspiring others with your creativity and have the determination to excel? Then we would love to meet you! Consumer brand agency, Cred Communications is looking for an ambitious Account Executive with excellent digital, social and traditional media skills to join their collaborative and friendly team. As we’re an independent up and coming agency, you will have lots of responsibility combined with the brilliant opportunity to make an impact and progress quickly through the agency.

Requirements

  • Self starter and team player
  • Curious and passionate about the world with sound judgement
  • Resilient and self-confident
  • Can participate well in team and client meetings
  • Able to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Ability to build relationships with clients, key opinion leaders, media and other stakeholders.
  • Excellent strategy and creative campaign development skills
  • Degree holder in communications, journalism or related disciplines
  • Able to analyze data to find insight and adapt performance
  • Excellent traditional Chinese and English writing and verbal skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Able to handle all administrative aspects of the job to ensure campaigns run smoothly

Must have at least one year’s experience in a communications agency with 2 x references. Consumer Brand PR experience would be ideal. If you think you fit the description, please send us your resume together with a cover letter and references to hire@credcommunications.com.

Working with the Stars: 5 Things to Consider when Choosing a Celebrity Endorser


Source: Gwyneth Paltrow

 

Working with celebrities has the potential to increase brand awareness, social media impact, and get your business or product more column inches. Celebrities create buzz and can influence consumer buying habits to the point where something that was virtually unknown becomes the talk of the town. Look at what happened to kale after Gwyneth Paltrow started using it. Despite the many benefits, working with celebrities can also bring challenges.  So it’s important that you are well prepared in advance to get the best out of this very important relationship.

Here are our top 5 tips to consider when working with celebrities:

  1. Choose someone relevant

It’s important to choose someone relevant and whose personality matches your brand.  Are you a sports brand or a brand that wants to be associated with athletes? Find a sports celebrity to work with or someone associated with your brand ethos who is a big fan of your sport. Different celebrities attract different quality of coverage. If you hire a soap star to represent your brand at an event, tabloids and dailies are more likely to cover them than luxury magazines.

  1. Do your research

Look into websites, news, interviews, and social media pages of the celebrities you’d like to work with. Check that they are the right fit for your brand. Make sure that they don’t have any scandals that would impact your brand image. Before you sign the contract with the agents, make sure that they aren’t representing any competitors.

  1. Know that budget is no limitation

If the budget is tight, consider someone up-and-coming instead of an established celebrity. Up-and-coming celebrities might grab at the chance to build their own profile, have less brand partners and be able to do a lot more for your budget. Well-established celebrities could overshadow your brand if your campaign isn’t well executed.

  1. State everything in the contract

Make sure everything you need the celebrity endorser to do before, during, and after your event/activity is agreed in the contract even hashtags that you want them to use on social media. Also ensure that the celebrity doesn’t work with your brand’s competitors during a specified period.

  1. Prep your celebrity into becoming the endorser of your brand’s dreams

If you need your celebrity endorser to be interviewed by the media, make sure that they are able to speak confidently to journalists on the brand’s behalf. Give them media training if needed. Provide them with key points and make sure that they don’t exploit the opportunity for self-promotion. When at photoshoots and interviews, ensure that your branding is prominent either as a backdrop or on the endorser’s clothing.

Looking to work with a celebrity? Contact us at hello@credcommunications.com and allow us to share with you our expertise in picking the right one!

Summer news from Cred Communications


The U.K’s leading retailer; Hong Kong’s fastest-growing non-profit; our city’s first ever bike-sharing system. We’ve got exciting PR news to share with you today!

honestbee

 

After successful PR activities in 2016, honestbee renewed their contract with Cred Communications for a Spring- Summer campaign. Honestbee is Hong Kong’s premier grocery concierge delivery service and hired Cred to facilitate the announcement of their partnership with TESCO, the U.K’s leading retailer and seven other leading supermarket chains. With over 30,000 products available from 25 partners including 8 major supermarkets, honestbee has grown from a Singaporean tech startup to a well-known service successfully operating in 8 great cities in Asia.

Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association

This February marked the second year of our work with the Hong Kong Wireless Technology Industry Association (WTIA). Organized annually since 2012, WTIA’s exciting Asia Smart App Awards brings together key experts in the mobile app industry across Asia to reward innovative smart app developers. After last year’s success, Cred was hired again to organize a promotional seminar and press conference as well as to handle on-site and off-site media relations for the Asia Smart App Summit and Awards Presentation Ceremony. With 111 entries from 13 Asian countries including newcomers such as Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, the awards continues to become a bigger success every year.

GoBee.Bike

In December 2016, over 1000 cities worldwide had bike-sharing options, yet Hong Kong – Asia’s World City – was not one of them. Now, Hong Kong can count itself amongst the long list of forward-thinking places striving for a greener, more collaborative and more active way of living. Gobee.bike is Hong Kong’s first bike-sharing system, and in April we helped launch the scheme with its first 1000 bikes. After a successful media briefing event during which Gobee.bike’s CEO Raphael Cohen (former COO of HotelQuickly) was interviewed and gave a demonstration on one of the signature neon green bikes, the company has decided to extend their contract with Cred Communications.

At Cred, we are extremely proud when clients extend or renew their contracts with us – our clients are our no.1 priority, and this comes through in everything we do.

 

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