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Hill+Knowlton Strategies China Bolsters Digital Practice with Brand New Offering - Social PR Lab

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hill+Knowlton Strategies China Bolsters Digital Practice with Brand New Offering - Social PR Lab

14:38 EDT Thursday, June 27, 2013

SHANGHAI (Business Wire) -- As one of Hill+Knowlton Strategies' efforts in expanding their digital practice in China, digital global lead Andrew Bleeker has introduced its brand new offering, Social PR Lab in China today. This is part of the firm's continual innovative development strategy to bolster its thought leadership platform for its digital practice.

“Globally, digital landscapes are evolving rapidly, but in China it really is moving very fast. Through our experience and what we have observed, there is a shift in the way brands, companies and authorities communicate. No longer are traditional and digital communication platforms working as silo units, we are experiencing a convergence between on and offline spaces. We term it the ‘social' way of communications”, Andrew Bleeker, H+K Strategies' global digital lead and new media director for the US Presidential Inaugural Committee said. “At Hill+Knowlton Strategies, we are always constantly pushing ourselves to stay ahead of the curve and coming up with new and innovative ways to provide our clients effective communications, with the best strategic counsel, best execution and best resources that will meet their business needs. And this is why our digital capabilities in China are so important to us.”

In response to the evolving digital landscape in China, H+K Strategies China established its new methodology, Social PR Lab.

Aimed at advising clients on how to fully maximize outreach and impact in both the on and offline spaces, the Social PR Lab creates a directional PR conversation for clients by utilizing a 360 degree approach towards communication channels. It builds on the ‘social' way of communicating by implementing creative ideas and experiences to communicate a brand's key messages and story through the most relevant channels in the modern Chinese media landscape. Whether it is consumer brands or authorities, Social PR Lab helps them to understand and integrate traditional and digital channels with the right messages to maximize their reach.

Clients would also be guided through a three step exploration process, Discover, Create and Connect, providing them with a complete understanding of the environment, a creative direction, and ultimately, helping their brand develop and implement effective communications strategies. It also ensures all strategic formulation and communication methodologies are created from a point of view that sees digital and traditional media as one layer - the ‘social' layer of communication.

Ivy Soonthornsima, co-president of Hill+Knowlton Strategies China said, “We have seen, especially over the last year, brands running to try and acquire as much media space as possible through social channels, Weibo and WeChat in particular. But now, given the maturity of the market and the dominance of a number of players in the social media space, we expect a real return to basics, a rediscovery of branding. With Social PR Lab, it gives clients the ability to easily understand, finesse and transmit their brand messages across all channels in a way that is not bias to new technologies and at the same time, reaches out its various stakeholders in a tailored and effective manner. Social PR Lab is an exciting tool that further cements our thought leadership in China's communications industry.”

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies China

The first international communications agency to enter China in 1984, Hill+Knowlton Strategies maintains offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as well as has presences across pan-China including Chengdu and Nanjing. We have been providing communications strategies and public relations services to a range of national and international brands, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. Our services span across sectors such as automotive, government, technology, fashion and luxury, tourism and leisure, manufacturing, chemicals, and consumer goods and services.

About Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 90 offices in 52 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world's largest communications services groups.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Andrea Ang / Nathan Baran
+86 21 5109 7070
ext 518 / 281

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