APCO clinches job to make Najib et al look good

Interesting news about APCO winning the PA/PR contract with the Malaysian Government (see extract below). The question, raised here between Unspun and Kay Peng (who still hasn’t released my comment in his blog), is whether anything can be done to improve the image of Najib and the Malaysian government, regardless of how good, experienced or…

Foxy Obama-style New media campaign for SBY

What’s with the name Fox and politicians? When Malaysian politicians wanted some help with their communications they turned to a company called Fox Communications (that was set up by some ex-journalists under the patronage of other ex-journalists). Now, with the Indonesian Presidential elections around the corner, SBY has turned to Fox Indonesia. The mission of…

Physician heal thyself

All very well and good to extol the virtues of going online but Unspun seems to recall an episode when another speaker from a similar organization was trotting out exactly the same message at WordCamp recently, only to be asked if they practisced this wondrous solutions for themselves. Since you say that going online is…

One step forward for Post, one step back for Globe?

Happy New Year everyone as we knuckle down to brace our or embrace 2009. Therse are interesting times indeed. Unspun was out vacationing in Vietnam and Malaysia and came back to Jakarta last week to recuperate and to save up for the next vacation. While Unspun was away, however, there’s been a couple of interesting…

A Neumann to head new paper in Indonesia

Unspun sniffed it in the wind some time ago. But now, finally, word is out that the Lippo Group, euphoric from publishing its good news magazine Globe Asia, is now set to publish a new English-language business daily to take The Jakarta Post head on. Word is also out that James has appointed A. Lin…

How the WOM turns in PR

Something terribly wrong about using over 300,000 “incentivized volunteers” to practie Word of Mouth marketing. Wonder if the local Ogilvy PR office in Mandiri Tower is also in on this gig? clipped from strumpette.com Ogilvy Admits Ties to Nefarious International WOM Group By Sheryl Dickerhoof, APR Friday, January 11, 2008 This just in… Ogilvy Public…

Roy the Boy Strikes Again!

Our boy Roy is at it again. The very, very Talented Mr Roy is now an expert on verifying dirty pictures. The man is sooooo talented.Treespotter, who’s now back in Jakarta after gallivanting around Asia, pays homage to Roy the Boy below: clipped from treespotter.blogspot.com on Roy Soeryo and Elvis   The Honorable RDBMS Roy…

Spin City

Talk about Spin Doctors. In this Bisnis Indonesia article today, President SBY is being asked to take advantage of a gathering of Spin Doctors in Bali to overcome the negative international image of Indonesia as a result of the EU’s bank on Indonesian airlines. The occasion is a regional conference of the International PR Associations…

Monte spins swims yet again

Unspun must admit that he is flummoxed. How can a Californian breeze into Bali, persuade do gooders in the UN and the World Food Program to sponsor him to swim a Walk the World program, not once but twice in a row? You’d think that those do gooders would have cottoned on that swimming and…

The Dalai Lama has dirty little secrets?

Unspun keeps telling his clients that likeability is one of the essential skills they must develop as spokespersons for their companies. If people like you, usually because you’re so engaging, you can get away with a lot if you want to. Asia observer and author of several books on Asia Michael Backman’s latest article in…

The absence of real PR in Malaysia

A post by Rocky’s Bru about Malaysia’s investment arm, Khazanah Nasional, or any of its agents, appointing Fox Communications — a PR firm created by ex-senior journalists from The Star and The New Straits Times who are close to the powers that be — reminds Unspun of a time when the chairwoman of of the…

Adam Air whitewashing troubled plane?

Tempointeraktif.com today reports that the Administrator of Juanda airport in Surabaya, where the fuselage of Adam Air Flight KI 172 cracked after it had to come in for a hard landing, says that the carrier may be trying to destroy or mess with the evidence in their investigation into the mishap (Thanks reader Yodee for…