Tag Archives: Public Relations

Could better PR have prevented Groupon’s China gaffe?

Unless you live on Pluto and you’re just in town for the temple fairs you probably know the situation with Groupon and their notorious Tibet ad. From within the China echo chamber it can be tricky to calibrate your reaction … Continue reading

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The Nobel situation

I am not in a position to comment upon this at length, but a few quick thoughts. First, one of the best reads on the Nobel situation is a short post from former China-resident and Atlantic Monthly journalist James Fallows. … Continue reading

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PR slime – in color! Imagethief talks PR scandals on BonLive

Last month I appeared on Blue Ocean Network’s “Chinalogue” program along with Alistair Nicholas of AC Capital Consulting to discuss…PR slime! By which the producers of the show meant the recent Mengniu vs. Yili vs. Synutra PR sockpuppet slagfest. The … Continue reading

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Russians show how brush off a sensitive situation

Unless you live in refrigerator box behind Longtan Amusement Park and get all your news by cranial signal from space aliens in orbit around Jupiter (admittedly, a possible part of the Imagethief demographic), you’ve probably heard about the latest batch … Continue reading

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Capital M Trialogues: On “brand China” and soft power

On Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in an excellent discussion at the Capital-M Trialogue alongside my good friends David Wolf, of Wolf Group Asia, and Kaiser Kuo, of Baidu but probably better known to Imagethief readers as the … Continue reading

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Sinica: The most harmonious general plus Li Gang and more

An omnibus installment of Sinica this week as guest host Jeremy Goldkorn, Gady Epstein, David Moser and I dig into virtually every significant (by which I mean, “entertaining”) bit of China news from the last week, including the “Li Gang … Continue reading

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Sinica podcast: China as bogeyman plus scandalous PR

This week’s Sinica is now live. After a long absence I was back on the podcast this week, which was great fun as both topics played to my interests pretty solidly. We talked about the current cycle of China as … Continue reading

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Further to the dairy industry and naughty PR in China

I’ve always wanted to use the words “naughty” and “dairy” in the same sentence. But more on that some other time. I put a link to Gady Epstein’s excellent post on the recent dairy industry PR meltdown in my own earlier … Continue reading

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Congratulations! China milk industry assumes bogeyman status

Continuing the reputational implosion of the Chinese milk industry, I was interested to see this pithy remark in a People’s Daily (English) article about inaccurate school textbooks in Shanghai: Ye Kai, a writer, denounced that reading such textbooks is like … Continue reading

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And you thought the milk business was so wholesome…

The milk business in China just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. A couple of months ago baby formula maker Synutra found itself the victim of allegations that its product was linked to early puberty in girls. Its shares … Continue reading

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