Tag Archives: Business

Coke, Huiyuan and the audiences that matter

Nothing as timely as the blogs, I tell you. As everyone on the planet now knows, the Coke-Huiyuan deal has fallen through. It retrospect, it wasn’t particularly surprising. It broke new ground in size, and public sentiment was never behind … Continue reading

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Sanlu melamine milk powder crisis becomes a national issue

Like on the top-forty radio show Imagethief used to listen to as a thirteen-year old, the hits keep coming in the Sanlu milk powder crisis. Over the past thirty-six hours the situation has evolved from a company-specific Sanlu crisis to … Continue reading

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Melamine in Sanlu milk powder? Now that’s a crisis!

If you want to get people mad –I mean fired-up, torch-and-pitchfork enraged– screw with their pets or their babies. That’s what we’ve learned over the past year thanks to the unfortunate tendency of the plastic melamine to pop up in … Continue reading

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China problems create rewards (and disasters) for PR risk takers

Note: This was originally two posts, published within a few days of each other. Part 1: China problems create rewards for PR risk takers (July 30, 2007) All PR has an element of risk to it. That’s one of the … Continue reading

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How to work with interpreters

I spend a lot of time working with interpreters, which can be trying. Interpretation is one of those things that it seems no one is ever entirely happy with. Someone always feels like some essential point or nuance didn’t make … Continue reading

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How to turn one terrible scandal into two

Note: This includes two posts originally published on back-to-back days. Part 1: How to turn one terrible scandal into two Imagethief loves watching companies hang themselves. Unless they are his clients, in which case he has fits watching them hang … Continue reading

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Fly the feces-free skies of China Southern

Few things have provided more grist for Imagethief’s gripemill than Chinese airlines. A simple search of this website for various permutations of China+Airline+Travel will make that abundantly clear. In part this hostility is unfair. Chinese airlines are every bit as … Continue reading

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Foxconn shoots themselves, Apple in foot

Note: This post consolidates three original posts on this topic that were published on consecutive days. It was also cross-posted on my CNET blog, published in 2006 and 2007. Part One: Foxconn shoots themselves, Apple in foot You may recall … Continue reading

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The trouble with English teachers

AP ran an interesting article (via Peking Duck and Paper Tiger) on the perils of being an English teacher in China. I found it a fascinating read both because it strengthened my own reservations about the seedy Chinese black market … Continue reading

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Electro-sphere and other photo-opps

I know what I am good at and what I am not good at. For example, I consider myself a pretty good writer and PR strategist. Both of those convictions are regularly reinforced by the fact that I get invited … Continue reading

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