The 2014 Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong Young PR Professionals Competition is now open for entries.
This is a great opportunity for students and young public relations professionals to showcase their talent to Hong Kong’s PR leaders and accelerate their careers. Competition forms can be downloaded from the http://www.cprfhk.org/.
Founder and Director at CRED Communications Ltd is the programmes chair of the Council.
It has been an amazing year for us at CRED Communications. As we reflect on some of our notable achievements throughout the year, we would like to first and foremost thank our valuable clients, whose continued patronage and trust in our public relations and social media marketing expertise, has made 2013 a roaring success.
We launched CRED Communications three years ago and we are growing by leaps and bounds, setting the trends here in Asia –– and have made a name for ourselves as one of the top independent PR agencies in Hong Kong for exhibitions, conferences and trade shows, and the food and beverage industry.
The CRED in CRED Communications not only stands for our desire to get clients CREDibility, but also Creativity, Results-Focused, Engaging and Dynamic. It’s what has attracted and kept big name clients, garnered respect from our peers, and afforded us longevity in the PR industry.
With this in mind, it is our pleasure to share with you some of the highlights from 2013.
The year got off to a flying start with our exclusive press preview for CARTES Secure Conexions Asia, the leading smart technologies event in Asia Pacific. We were chosen to represent the high-level conference and exhibition for a third consecutive year. Building long-term relationships with our clients and gaining their utmost trust and confidence is truly rewarding for us.
The Hong Kong media event for CARTES took place in the middle of January, which was followed by another press conference in Singapore at One Raffles Place, the city’s highest rooftop bar.
The beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year was marked by landing another campaign for RDI (Resource Development International) Management Learning, the world’s largest independent provider of UK University qualifications programmes by distance learning. Proving our PR and social media marketing prowess, we doubled its number of social media account followers from 10,000 to 20,000 within a year.
We launched Heichinrou Restaurant’s new Cantonese menu in Hong Kong. Heichinrou Group, the owner of Japan’s oldest Chinese restaurant, has been our loyal client for more than two years.
Our winning streak of securing bids for top clients continued when we were selected to represent Vienna-based emarsys, one of the fastest growing companies in cloud marketing. Covering Hong Kong and Singapore, CRED Communications put its Regional Managing Director, Ohad Hecht, on the pages of publications such as The Economic Times, The Standard and E-Zone.
The CRED Communications team provided on-site PR support for CARTES Asia, which resulted in 300 articles being published across Asia Pacific about the event.
We officially joined The Council of Public Relation Firms in Hong Kong (cPRfHK), which promotes best practice among member public relations consultancies and key stakeholders –– and is revered by the local industry.
As a Hong Kong-based company and one that takes corporate social responsibility (CRS) seriously, we always make a big effort to give back to our local community. For the third year running, CRED Communications supported City University/Edinburgh Napier University’s BA (Hons) Marketing Management Live Project by taking another Hong Kong student of the course under its wing. Being part of the programme involves mentoring budding PR and marketing executives and giving them real projects to work on.
We flew over to Bangkok, Thailand, to support the 25th Annual FIRST Conference, a forum for computer security incident response teams from around the world. It drew big name sponsors such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft –– and representatives from more than 240 corporations, government bodies and institutions.
VIP guests and journalists sailed away with us on Elite Charters’ 86-foot motor yacht Mahala Lin for its bespoke luxury getaways and corporate events launch.
Mandy Queen, our founder and director, was appointed as a board member of the cPRfHK and elected as the programmes chair. The latter puts her in charge of all council events where she is responsible for everything from sourcing venues and securing sponsors and speakers.
More mega-events came our way, this time we won the contract for HIMSS AsiaPac13 Greater China eHealth Forum, which is aimed at providing global leadership to utilise IT and management systems to improve healthcare. It was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and we secured wide television and radio coverage for the prestigious function. The president of e-Health Consortium of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and the secretary for the Food & Health Bureau Hong Kong gave opening addresses.
CRED Communications was approached again by DiningCity to reprise our partnership with them for Hong Kong Restaurant Week. The event was sponsored by American Express and had more than 80 participating restaurants.
We organised our first event for the cPRfHK on the trade descriptions act at Coast in Soho. Deemed a great success, the event saw many new faces from the PR industry mingle with existing members.
Mandy Queen was featured in an important video by Edinburgh Napier University. She discuses her participation and role as mentor in its Live Project programme for marketing management students in Hong Kong.
Our company also expanded to Singapore by joining up with PRrecious Communications.
Heichinrou Restaurant Group, which has become a long-term client, entrusted us again with its latest account. This time we launched its reservation-only, Cantonese private seafood kitchen called Club Heichinrou in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
Another PR triumph for us, was booking television and radio interviews with CNBC and RTHK respectively for Gillem Tulloch, group leader of Asianomics Group, one of the regions most trusted researchers on Asian economies and Asian companies. Gillem spoke to the media about his company’s huge rebranding strategy carried out by Unison Creative.
We also lent a strong PR hand to StartupHK’s Mobilliance event, which emarsys sponsored.
Mandy Queen appeared in All Leaders Magazine to reveal some of her secrets to success in PR and social media marketing, and advised readers on how to create lasting relationships with clients.
The governmental body Korean Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation came to us to promote and organise Hong Kong’s first and largest K-Food Fair. We took care of celebrity participation, press conferences, social media marketing, VIP invitations and on-site interviews for the three-day extravaganza achieving over 100 pieces of media in record-breaking time.
We also drove media attendance to the BroadGroup’s finance and investment forum in Hong Kong.
It felt like a grand finale to an exciting year when we spread the news of our latest client Sushi Shikon’s three Michelin star win to the press. We immediately arranged four exclusive events at the award-winning restaurant for high-profile guests and prominent members of the media.
Our celebrations continued when our loyal client French trade show company Comexposium, the group behind CARTES Asia, signed us on for the fourth year in a row.
Mandy Queen wrapped up the year by organising the cPRfHK’s Double Happiness Awards for in-house PR professionals and the cPRfHK’s Xmas party at mamoz. It was a labour of love for our founder and director who organised the special event, which attracted generous sponsors, engaging speakers and ensured 50 per cent of the profits went to charity while promoting best practices within the local PR industry.
Happy New Year!
The CRED Communications team is truly grateful to all our wonderful clients for choosing us for their PR and social media marketing. We wish you all a fantastic New Year and look forward to working with you in 2014.
The Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong (CPRFHK), an organization dedicated to best practices in public relations, today announced the winners of the ‘Double Happiness’ awards.
As the business of communications continues to change and evolve at a rapid pace, the most successful in-house marketers are those who have a true ‘extension of the team’ approach to their PR firms. The ‘Double Happiness ‘awards provide a platform to identify those professionals who demonstrate best practice agency management. Building on the success of the 2012 awards, the CPRFHK added an additional ‘Digital’ category, reflecting the industry skill set evolvement.
The competition, which was open to all in-house PR professionals in Hong Kong and their agencies, attracted a wide range of entries from agencies and their private sector clients. The winners of the CPRFHK 2013 ‘Double Happiness’ awards were:
Corporate Industry Leader: Greg Brutus, AT&T and Helen Cheung, McDonald’s
Brand Marketing Industry Leader: Jennifer Lam, Hong Kong Land
Brand PR Manager: Flora Chan, P&G
Best Use of Digital PR: Valerie Kurniawan, Flextronics
“The ‘Double Happiness’ awards recognize that the best public relations work occurs when there is a solid partnership between agencies and their clients,” said Rachel Catanach, Chairman of the CPRFHK. “This year we revisited the criteria to truly reflect the changing communications landscape. Emphasis was placed on facilitating integration amongst agency teams alongside robust briefing, creativity, strategic direction and measurement. It’s these factors that contribute to not only a successful partnership, but also successful business.’
The judging panel included Jeremy Walker, Managing Director of Golin Harris, Alastair Hetherington, CEO Asia of RLM Finsbury and Marlene Guernsey, Associate Partner of RLM Finsbury.
Alastair Hetherington commented, “It was inspiring to see the number of entries we received this year and the firm commitment that in-house practitioners are making to their agencies, to their mutual advantage. The winning industry leaders all stood out for their ability to understand the importance of strong, trusting relationships with not only their PR agency, but all agencies, as integration becomes ever-more important.”
Flora Chan, PR Manager P&G and winner of the Brand PR Manager category commented: ‘It’s an honour to win this award for something I do every day without thinking! Having trust in the professional advice your agency gives you is of upmost importance – it’s what you hire them for. In this super digital ‘always on’ world, decisions need to be made quickly. I trust the Ketchum team to assist me in making those decisions and also to support me as and when I need them. We work together to make sure our messages, strategic direction and measurement are robust, aligned and linked back to business performance.’
About the cPRfHK
The Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong (CPRFHK) promotes best practice among member public relations consultancies and key stakeholders. The Council serves as a voice and as a forum for the Hong Kong public relations consultancy practice and promotes public confidence in the industry. The Council represents the majority of consultancies in Hong Kong and currently numbers some 33 members including CRED Communications Ltd.
CRED Communications’ Director and Founder Mandy Queen is the Programmes Chair for the cPRfHK.
As organiser of the 2013/14 programme of events for the Council of PR Firms of Hong Kong, CRED Communications Ltd is pleased to share information about this year’s Double Happiness Awards and a special Xmas party at mamoz bar in Causeway Bay on 3 December 2013 for PR practitioners all over Hong Kong. More information about the Double Happiness Awards can be found here.
Joint communications services across Greater China and South East Asia already taken up by multiple clients
26 August 2013 – CRED Communications, a public relations and marketing communications company based out of Hong Kong, and Singapore-based strategic communications firm PRecious Communications have joined forces as strategic partners to expand their offering to now cover Greater China and Southeast Asia. The two agencies have recently worked together on global clients Comexposium and HIMSS to publicise two high level technology events and conferences across the region – CARTES Asia at AsiaWorld Expo (March 2013) and HIMSS AsiaPac13 Greater China eHealth Forum at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (August 2013). The agencies have also just signed a retainer contract with emarsys – a global market leader of all-in-one email, mobile and social marketing automation applications.
“Greater China and South East Asia are very important markets to us as that’s where our clients see growth. Therefore, we need trusted Public Relations partners who can advise and execute impactful communications strategies together with us,” said Ohad Hecht, Managing Director, APAC of emarsys. “We have a successful working relationship with CRED Communications and were very happy when they introduced PRecious Communications to us. Now we benefit from the best of both worlds working with independent PR agencies to get the right senior council and at the same time spread over various geographies.”
Mandy Queen Managing Director of CRED Communications said: “As a young dynamic agency we are always looking for ways to give the best possible service to our local and international clients. We have been looking to expand our offering across Asia Pacific, especially in Singapore, for the past year and we have found a great partner in PRecious Communications who have a similar work ethic to us and proven results of implementing PR campaigns in Singapore and South East Asia. Teaming up with PRecious Communications means that we can now provide our technology clients with people on the ground in Greater China and Singapore adding even more value to our existing offering.”
Added Lars Voedisch, Principal Consultant of PRecious Communications: “One of the factors of PRecious Communications’ success has been a clear focus on adding value and creating impact, ensuring that all communications efforts are clearly linked to our clients’ business objectives. And we know from experience that working with Mandy and her team at CRED Communications, our clients will get the same can-do attitude and professional service across South East Asia and Greater China.”
CRED Communications will be able to tap into PRecious Communications’ resources and insights to Southeast Asia. PRecious would similarly be able to gain from CRED Communications’ experiences and deep knowledge of the Greater China area in addition to combining both firm’s existing PR networks reaching across the whole of Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
Current clients of PRecious Communications include AccessData, Evernote, McAfee, and PlayMoolah, amongst others.
Currently, CRED Communications is working with clients including DiningCity – Restaurant Week, Heichinrou, mamoz, Kerry Logistics and RDI Management Learning.
About CRED Communications
CRED Communications was founded in 2010 by Mandy Queen who has over 16 years of delivering PR and Marketing Communications campaigns in Asia Pacific and Europe. The agency is dedicated to the conference and exhibitions industry and lifestyle and technology sectors and provides a range of services including media relations, social media marketing and event management to clients across the world. The agency is a member of the Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong and Mandy has recently been appointed Programmes Chair of the Council. www.credcommunications.com
About PRecious Communications
Our focus is on Corporate Communications, Crisis Management, Reputation Management and Social Media. Combining a clear business-oriented approach with a focus on measurable results, our network of experts helps brands tell their story and tie directly into their overall communications objectives.
We are run out of Singapore and serve clients in Asia Pacific and beyond through our strong links to Europe and North America.
PRecious Communications was a finalist for the 2013 Asia Pacific New Consultancy of the Year Award of the Holmes Report. www.preciouscomms.com
CRED Communications is a Creative, Results-focused, Engaging and Dynamic independent public relations agency and we’re looking for an ambitious senior account executive with at least three years agency experience in Hong Kong.
You will have a passion for PR, especially media relations and social media marketing, and the drive to keep on learning about your profession. We are looking for an exceptional person who wants to deliver first class campaigns for our global and local clients. Fluent in Cantonese and English with excellent traditional Chinese writing skills is a must. Mandarin is a bonus.
You will get the opportunity to progress your career quickly if you’re willing to work hard!
As Senior Account Executive your duties will include:
– Organising media events and photo opportunities
– Setting up media opportunities, interviews and meetings
– Writing features, social media updates, online copy and press releases
– Liaising with journalists and proactively identifying media opportunities
– Visiting networking events to support clients and meet journalists.
You will need to have:
– Minimum of three year’s PR agency experience and ideally a degree in communications or journalism
– Consumer/trade press experience – we are looking for proven results
– An interest in technology and lifestyle products
– A proactive and determined attitude
– Confidence to deal with the media.
Interested? Then please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the volume of emails only applicants that satisfy the above criteria will receive a reply.
Across all industries, engaging the services of any company for the first time, big or small, can often be a leap of faith. Will their quality be good enough, are they responsible and transparent, will they deliver on time and will there be any hidden charges are the types of consideration usually made but often difficult to ascertain.
It’s no different when selecting a public relations agency and, naturally, here at CRED Communications I am always happy to assure new clients that this is not something they need to be worried about! To prove the point, I’m pleased to announce that CRED Communications has just become a member of the Council of Public Relations Firms of Hong Kong (cPRf).
cPRf is a professional PR organisation that promotes best practice among PR firms in Hong Kong and CRED Communications are one of around 30 members. The Council serves as a voice and as a forum for the Hong Kong public relations consultancy practice and promotes public confidence in our industry.
In addition, I am an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). CIPR is based in the UK and its mission is to enhance the reputation and understanding of the public relations profession and the professionalism of its members. It does this through the provision of world-class structures for the practice of public relations and I regularly use their resources – webinars, white papers, guidelines and case studies – to stay informed of latest developments and best practices in the PR industry.
All of this helps ensure CRED Communications has the necessary credentials to deliver work of the highest quality. You can trust in us!
Although CRED Communications is a multi-lingual public relations agency serving clients across the Asia Pacific region, we’re very proud to be Hong Kong based and always strive to be a responsible corporate citizen. Corporate responsibility, or CSR, means aligning our core values and behaviour with the expectations and needs of not just our customers, investors and employees but also society as a whole. It’s all about how we can make a positive impact in the local environment.
One way we do this is by helping local students from Edinburgh Napier University’s BA (Hons) Marketing Management course develop real-life project skills via a “Live Project” module. This excellent course is offered through City University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE).
Over the past three years, students from the university have worked with us on a diverse range of “Live Projects” from optimising our website design to researching and recommending an appropriate CRM system. Apart from giving Hong Kong students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working on a project with a local company, it also gives us an opportunity to talent-spot. Indeed, we are always impressed by the quality of Edinburgh Napier University students and have hired several as interns.
In addition, our most recent full-time hire, Andico Tsui, is a graduate of Napier. Andico worked with us during 2012’s Live Project and stood-out as being someone very intelligent and dynamic. So when he approached us looking for a job after graduation, I quickly interviewed him for the post of Assistant Account Executive, a post he now holds. Congratulations Andico!
Please click here for more information on Edinburgh Napier University’s BA (Hons) Marketing Management course.
Hong Kong, 25 October 2012, Hong Kong’s favourite brands will be revealed on Tuesday 6 November 2012 at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce in Admiralty. At the event, companies will find out which of Hong Kong’s brands have been deemed “Superbrands” by the general public. Fifteen hundred consumers across Hong Kong were asked to identify their favourite brands in terms of quality, prestige and trust – the top ten brands will be revealed on the 6th. The research was carried out by BDRC Asia in Hong Kong in this month.
Since 1994, Superbrands has been rewarding and showcasing the world’s best brands in more than 80 countries across the world. Recognised the world over, the distinctive Superbrands logo is seen as a mark of excellence. In fact, The Neilson Company found that 70% of consumers are more likely to consider buying a brand associated with Superbrands because they associate the brand with superior products or services.
Mark Pointer, CEO of Superbrands Hong Kong says: “In this day and age when competition is fierce it’s important for businesses to have a competitive edge. They need to differentiate themselves from other brands in the same category and show that they are a brand that the public can trust. Superbrands pays tribute to the strongest and most valuable brands in Hong Kong. Consumers recognise and associate the Superbrands logo with excellence, a good reputation and superior quality. What’s more these awards are voted by consumers – so it is strong praise indeed.”
The event will take place on Tuesday 6 November 2012 at Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, 22/F United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong:
Registration: 10:00am (by invitation only)
All qualified brands can choose to participate in the Superbrands reference book detailing Hong Kong’s best brands as well as receive marketing material to promote their Superbrands Status. For more information about Superbrands go to www.superbrands.com/hk.
For more information, obtain photographs or to arrange interviews with Superbrands CEO and team please contact Julie Diamond at CRED Communications (English media) on +852 94971372 or email email@example.com and contact Jane Ho (Chinese media) on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +852 90987280.