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8. Clean the drain plug area and the drain plug itself. Take note of any debris that may be stuck to the magnet of the drain plug. Some swarf is okay but anything else stuck to it may be an indicator of future problems in your engine. 9. Install the cleaned drain plug. The torque setting can be obtained from your car’s manual. 10. Pour the required amount of oil in to the filler. Use a funnel if necessary. Replace the oil filler cap and remove the jack stands

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‘Full’ line. Wait 5-10 minutes between each check. 15. Go for a test drive around your neighbourhood, then check the oil level one last time (after 5 to 10 minutes). If the oil is still at the Full level, you’re done!

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Light bite at The Verte; Up for a hot spicy Tom Yam at Crow’s Nest and The Galley Lounge; Tempting dish at Crow’s Nest and The Galley Lounge; The water villas are definitely guest’s favourite!; Petting Zoo is open every morning!; In love with the couple treatment room at aVi Spa.

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20 AND BEYOND…. MAKING HISTORY MOVING FORWARD. Yes, that’s right. This seminal moment reflects more than the age of the magazine. It mirrors my journey for the past 20 years which I never imagined would get us this far. More than 1.5 million printed copies and more than a million words plus countless editorials and campaigns later, we have chronicled the industry from the dotcom days to today’s digital zeitgeist. As you breeze though the pages of this issue, remember you are probably holding a blueprint of Malaysian advertising, media and marketing history in your hands. More than any varsity textbook on communications will ever reveal...

The burning question was obvious: how do you capitalise on a 172-year-old brand name and at the same time, face the growing challenges of technology? The answer, the New Straits Times team believes, lies in a total overhaul of both its print and digital offerings. A revamp plan was formulated after a series of brainstorming from May 2016. Carefully designed, it is wary of the need to retain NST’s position as an institution, a premium and credible read and a “thinking” newspaper... ONLINE FLUX

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Ham was the first to start an independent industry magazine in the region 15 years ago but has since folded the business in Singapore (citing boredom), and in Jakarta gave it all away to his staff. In 2009, in a fit of psychotropic exuberance, Ham created and hosted the Youth Engagement Summit, inspired by Obama’s victory on the theme of Change. Featuring Donald Trump, Twitter Founder Biz Stone, Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg, etc.

On the quiet, Ham has led media missions for MERCY Malaysia to Nepal and Syrian refugee camps in the Beqaa Valley. In a sanitised world of political correctness and derivative thinking, he does not suffer fools. Ham wears many hats, but only one turban.

Ham has founded industry events like the Malaysian Creative Circle Awards (MC2), Malaysian Media Conference, Malaysian CMO Conference, APPIES Malaysia, Product of the Year, Creative All-Stars Conference…  

For 11 years, he was a weekly columnist with The Star and New Sunday Times writing about stuff people wanted to read but did not have the cojones to speak up about.

He had his own Advertising School once and collaborated on a Bachelor degree programme on Social Comms for local university UPSI.

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///THAM FOOK WAI 360 Designer

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20 AND BEYOND…. MAKING HISTORY MOVING FORWARD.

By Harmandar Singh, ham@adoimagazine.com

Yes, that’s right. This seminal moment reflects more than the age of the magazine. It mirrors my journey for the past 20 years which I never imagined would get us this far. More than 1.5 million printed copies and more than a million words plus countless editorials and campaigns later, we have chronicled the industry from the dotcom days to today’s digital zeitgeist. As you breeze though the pages of this issue, remember you are probably holding a blueprint of Malaysian advertising, media and marketing history in your hands. More than any varsity textbook on communications will ever reveal.

PUBLISHING HISTORY.

For this edition, we printed more than 3,000 personalised copies with the recipient/reader on the cover. Nowhere in the world has this piece of publishing

and also ENTROPIA for persistently pushing us to triumph over all obstacles. Eventually, we created history!

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ingenuity been done on this scale before. The reader received his copy with his/her face/ name on the cover and a customised personal message inside. A world first in publishing history! This has been made possible by Etika Holdings who backed this effort, more specifically my friend Santharuban, Group

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Marketing Manager at Etika Holdings. When Ruban first approached me with this idea, I though he was mad. But after exhaustive research, we finally found a way to make it happen. And what more fortuitous time to do this than for our 20th Anniversary issue. I need to thank my team (I’m blessed with the best in the business)

Call it what you will, but short of sounding cliched, we were also the first independent trade publisher in our industry to launch a dedicated magazine in Singapore many moons back and did so for 8 years. This is well before the likes of today’s trade titles on that island. Those were the days when I shuttled between two countries writing two monthly editions, for each market, with only one DTP designer in tow! Indonesia was much different: we were there for almost 11 years and even ran the ADOI Advertising Awards (AAA) for five years. When I finally gave our business over to our staff, we had already displaced the long running magazine there called Cakram and set a new creative standard with AAA, making the annual

Citrapariwara awards recoil into retrospection. Back in Malaysia, our Malaysian Creative Circle (MC2) Awards did the same for the industry. That was the year we won our first and only Grand Prix at Cannes Lions and became Asia’s most awarded creative nation the year after. Perhaps none the wiser after all these years, I have only one thing to say as we move forward to keep doing what we do best: the world has changed, the industry has changed, and the people in it also need to change. On that note, I salute the next generation. Respectfully,

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if you had used them. Don’t forget the wheel chocks. 11. Check the oil level using the dipstick. It should be near the top or Full line. 12. Start the engine for 20-30 seconds and check for any oil leaks from the oil drain plug and filter. Redo if necessary. 13. If all is well, wait for 5 to 10 minutes then check the oil level again using the dipstick. 14. Add more oil (a little at a time) if necessary up to the top or

‘Full’ line. Wait 5-10 minutes between each check. 15. Go for a test drive around your neighbourhood, then check the oil level one last time (after 5 to 10 minutes). If the oil is still at the Full level, you’re done!

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Light bite at The Verte; Up for a hot spicy Tom Yam at Crow’s Nest and The Galley Lounge; Tempting dish at Crow’s Nest and The Galley Lounge; The water villas are definitely guest’s favourite!; Petting Zoo is open every morning!; In love with the couple treatment room at aVi Spa.

Remember to dispose of the old oil and oil filter at your nearest recycling centre or friendly mechanic. They usually have an oil drum for recycling oil. Don’t throw it down the drain!

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strategy, from what to write to when to publish it.” The team decided to build its revamp plan around 4Es; Exclusive, Examine, Educate and Entertain. The new print version took off on Jan 1, 2017, riding on its core strengths that earned the paper the country’s highest journalism accolade; the Kajai awards in 2014 and 2015. Since its launch, the print version has been consistently churning out exclusive reports throughout its general news, politics, business, hyperlocal, regional news, lifestyle,

Among the new features that will enable advertisers to reach their targeted audience by segment of interest or hobby

entertainment and sports segments. Compartmentalised according to topics for easy navigation, editors focus on major stories of the day affecting the masses on the ground, giving them a more indepth treatment and play. “Though business models and news reading habits are changing, large audiences still trust traditional news brands such as NST, especially when they look for in-depth content and analysis. Credibility, reliability and authoritative content providers are also the

considerations when people turn for breaking news,” added Yushaimi. The revamp doesn’t stop at print. From March 1, NST had gone big with its digital revamp. The digital revamp focuses heavily on video offerings as well as speedy, breaking news items on its website, social media platforms as well as its array of apps. It is part of the NST’s internal “80/20” Initiative in 2017 that will see the print product sourcing the content from the web offering, and not vice-versa, and adding value in the process. WHAT’S NEW Significant changes were made to offer more distinctive content, with additional offerings such as a daily entertainment page, the reintroduction of the hugely popular pro-consumer Actionline, high-profile columnists such as Tengku Mahkota of Johor and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin; while the popular Letters to the Editor segment has been value added with a page featuring online views from the masses. The regular features of “Probes” and “The Big Interview” have been


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CONTENT NSTP’s CEO, Datuk Abdul Jalil Jamid who was then Group Managing Editor, NSTP checking copies of the new NST on Jan 1, 2017 with Yushaimi and senior NST editors

retained but the general news section has taken a massive makeover. There is even an ala-Lat editorial cartoon to boot. Regional pages have also been introduced to serve news items relevant to readers in different states. The BUSINESS section has been given a facelift with interviews with high profile captains of industry, breaking corporate and markets news, as well as analyses and focus on specific areas of interest. A new 12-page pull-out named Property, covering property issues, trends, new launches and features on related industries comes out every

Thursday. Major changes were also made to the SPORTS pages, offering sports product reviews, sports happenings in universities and schools, opinions from readers every Thursday as well as on popular activities like bowling, MMA, rugby and golf. It also offers the hard-hitting Sunday Chat interviews with sports newsmakers. THE LIFE & TIMES segments have

also been further strengthened. On Monday, the pull-out section focuses on technology with BOTs focusing on everything from the latest gadgets and gaming to tutorials on how to take pictures. HEAL is on Tuesday, focusing on health and wellness. SCHOOL TIMES, also on Tuesday, focuses on English for schools with English Worksheets for IGCSE, PT3 and SPM.

FLAIR on Wednesday focuses on fashion; with attention given to local brands and fashion designers. It is also complemented by the HIGHER ED that provides in-depth insight and analysis, issues and current topics on tertiary education. On Thursday JOM covers everything related to travel with more reader-centric stories, giving readers reading pleasure as well as inspiration and ideas for their next travels. GROOVE on Friday focuses on entertainment goingson, while PULSE on Saturday focuses on people, living, lifestyle, family and pets. The NEW SUNDAY TIMES has also been given a new makeover, with the focus being on issues affecting the masses, thus the People DNA. It comes with a 32-page lifestyle pull-out called VIBES, featuring a section on personalities with stories of accomplishments, Living that covers home designing, furnishing, landscaping, food and weekend indulgences, art reviews and highlights on heritage. It also offers Techie gizmo guide, fashion, comics and entertainment.

“We didn’t want just another makeover; one that is just cosmetic appealing. The print and digital versions have to be a different read; and with that as the guiding principles, the team decided that the best plan is to give more than the standard fare,” Yushaimi Yahaya.

Yushaimi Yahaya Group Editor, NST

The CARS, BIKES and TRUCKS, now has household names in the industry as reviewers and new columns such as a Mr Foreman on car maintenance and Classic Chatter.

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SC JOHNSON

SINGAPORE

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GLOBE TELECOM INC.(POSTPAID)

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SENTOSA (DIGITAL & SOCIAL)

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HT MEDIA

INDIA

FCB

PEODUA PROJECT

MALAYSIA

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STARCOM

MARS (MEDIA BUYING)

ASIA (8 MARKETS)

DCCC

COCA-COLA

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STARCOM

FCA

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WYETH (PLANNING)

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VIETNAM

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by Josh Sklar, President of Heresy, Author of “Digital Doesn’t Matter (and other advertising heresies)” josh@heresy.co, @ chiefheretic, http:// heresy.co, http:// digitaldoesntmatter.com

I spend a lot of my time these days talking people out of paying me to design and build mobile apps for their companies. Perhaps that’s the reason I can’t afford to travel first class. I’ve really got to work on being better at “business.” No, it’s not because it’s too hard to craft and maintain a decent branded user experience for a variety of screen sizes from tiny phones to large “pro”

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tablets. It’s not even the pain of having to figure out which operating system the majority of their customers use or whether to forgo developing a native app to take advantage of the device’s features and to embrace an agnostic development platform such as PhoneGap that can be built once and work on just about any mobile OS. Hint: native is almost always the better choice even

though it’s more pricey. The reason I have these difficult conversations and stop clients from putting my son through college can be summed up in two words: app fatigue. Take a look at your phone or tablet. How many screens worth of app icons do you have on there? Are any grouped into folders? Do you ever look in those folders once you stuff something in there?

How many times, if any, have you opened up the programs? Do you remember they even exist? Forrester reported that hundreds of billions of them are downloaded annually with the average number installed on a mobile device currently approaching 100, but the average number of mobile apps used in any given week is between 1-5. Certainly, around 89% of mobile


online FLUX

... HOW MANY SCREENS WORTH OF APP ICONS DO YOU HAVE ON THERE? ARE ANY GROUPED INTO FOLDERS? DO YOU EVER LOOK IN THOSE FOLDERS ONCE YOU STUFF SOMETHING IN THERE?...

usage is spent within an app instead of a web browser, but that’s mostly email, Facebook, Instagram, games, perhaps your bank and then core features like weather and maps. The many dozens of hopefuls that brands sweat over, spend big money to produce and continue to develop content for are largely passed over by swiping fingers. The moving finger swipes; and having swiped, moves on. Unless your audience needs to access functionality like the built-in camera or GPS or you work for Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, or some other multi-billion dollar behemoth whose entire business proposition is centered squarely on mobile, then your best bet is to create a highly functional responsive web site. People start their mobile research 48% of the time through web-based search engines and 33% do so

on a branded web site. Only 26% of folks begin with an app. Considering that the entire world is addicted to their portable screens, brands are required to have mobile-friendly web sites and if you’re going to need to invest in a brilliant web experience anyway, then why not go the extra mile and integrate all of the features and dreams you had for your app into the site? Web technology is mighty sophisticated, flexible, and powerful these days (note: please stop rolling your eyes if you’re reading this in 2020 or beyond). Apart from a few key areas mentioned above, you could do most of what an app can do aside from having an icon on the desktop that people will have a hard time finding or remembering. Stop being an apphole, trying to force your marketing budget into something no one really wants and instead invest in giving them a seamless, optimized, content rich and useful site that has everything integrated in one place and one UX. I even used several buzzwords to help convince you. ISSUE209MAR-APRMARKETING 17


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ASTRO’S ADITYA AIMA JOINS CULTURE MACHINE

Culture Machine, India’s most watched digital media network has made its way into the local market by hiring Aditya Aima the former Vice President – Head of Marketing, Business Strategies and Revenues at Astro. Aditya joins as the company’s new Business Head – ASEAN, operating out of Malaysia. He will overlook the expansion of Culture Machine’s Intelligence Machine and Video Machine offerings to its brand and advertisers. Aditya’s extensive experience includes strategic roles with established news and entertainment channels. The New Year has sparked new changes for the network having reorganized its sales team.

Siddharth Narula, who served as the President – Revenue has been promoted to Chief Revenue Officer, overlooking the expansion of the firm’s technology sales footprint in International Markets, starting with South East Asia and North America. Minal Sharma, has joined as the National Sales Head, overlooking all sales for Culture Machine’s Studios and Media Brands. Minal joins the Culture Machine team with over 16 years of experience across leading media and entertainment brands. Siddharth Narula will continue to report into Sameer Pitalwalla, CEO & Co-Founder, Culture Machine while Aditya & Minal will report into Siddharth Narula. Sameer Pitalwalla, CEO & Co-Founder, Culture Machine, said “Our Indian media brands

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lead the charts in each of their verticals, and the core technology platforms that have helped scale them are already in use by Fortune 500 clients globally, with large demand the world over. We are excited about growing this opportunity, while continuing to focus on our domestic Media business.” Siddharth Narula, Chief Revenue Officer, Culture Machine, said “2016 has been one of the most active years for Culture Machine in terms of revenue escalation and content creation. We created trendsetting videos which have led to hundreds of global and local brands to collaborate with us, resulting in award winning campaigns. In the embryonic days of digital entertainment and technology, the addition of Minal and Aditya will help catalyse the process.”

CELEBRITY FITNESS AND FITNESS FIRST TO MERGE

Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First Asia today announced a merger that will create one of the largest fitness club networks in Asia. The combined entity, Evolution Wellness Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“Evolution Wellness”) will comprise of 152 wholly-owned fitness clubs across Asia. The new brand will serve both company’s 400,000 members and with a combined staff strength of approaching 7,000. Simon Flint, CEO, Evolution Wellness, commented, “We’re turning the page and beginning an exciting new chapter for Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First. Over the years, both brands have established themselves as pioneering and trusted names in the health and fitness sector, leading in their markets and delivering excellence

and innovation for their members.” Asia remains an important focus for Evolution Wellness with a presence in key countries – Indonesia with 46 clubs; Malaysia with 35 clubs; Thailand with 28 clubs; and Singapore with 21 clubs, Evolution Wellness plans to increase its presence in the region. Martin Darby, CEO, Celebrity Fitness, added: “Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First complement each other in their distinctive brand identities and market positioning. This merger will enable both brands to expand faster and move into new Asian countries. I look forward to assisting Evolution Wellness with this strategic expansion.” Celebrity Fitness and Fitness First Asia recorded revenues of US$76 million and US$219 million respectively for the 2016 financial year.


NEWS

HAVAS MAKES BIG SHIFT TO BRIDGE DIVIDE BETWEEN MEDIA AND CREATIVE

ENTROPIA LAUNCHES BIG DATA ARM HEADED BY FORMER SAP PROFESSIONAL

Understanding the growing importance data, marketing consultancy Entropia announced today the launch of its new big data offering – ENTROPIA SENTIENT. The new unit will be headed by Sonny Dey, Entropia’s new Chief Data Strategist. He was previously the head of big data at SAP Hybris in the United States. Sonny, after his MBA from Graduate Business School of Columbia University, USA, spent 6 years with PepsiCo in India and New York, followed by 4 years at Accenture in New York. Sonny is supported by a team of data scientists, technology architects and category strategists. Eleven members will

lend their expertise at Sentient and the unit’s key members include Teoh WK who leads marketing commerce and Taher Chhabrawala, the new lead for technology and platforms. “Data is the new premium,” Prashant Kumar, Senior Partner at Entropia shared. “In a world where automated supply chains get seamlessly married to programmatic demand engine, well harnessed actionable data will be a key source of competitive advantage,” he added. “SENTIENT is where Big data meets Big ideas. We are all living breathing data trails, and to know the footprints we left behind – individual or aggregated, is to know what could lie ahead, and is to help us know what we may like, offering huge opportunities in designing

product proposition, pricing, access and communication,” he added. Commenting on the launch, Sonny Dey said, “In the online world, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell where the marketing stops and where the sales begin. The lines between the media and the shop are really blurred. At Entropia we feel the need to weave together what people talk, with what people see or hear, to how they experience the brand to what people transact, and how that is delivered.” Entropia could not share Sentient’s new clients however in its release mentioned that since its beta launch six months ago the agency has picked up assignments in the F&B, semi-durables and retail categories.

Havas group has merged its media and creative business units under one P&L. The move according to the company is in line with the group’s strategy of moving to a more client-centric and regionbased organisation. The Group’s two divisions, Havas Creative Group and Havas Media Group, will no longer exist. Its creative and media businesses, alongside the healthcare and wellness business, will now be business units, under one regional P&L. The new changes also marked a more centralised management for four of its largest markets. Some of the key leadership changes within the organisation include: Global Changes: Dominique Delport, Global Managing Director and Chief Client Officer for the Havas Group, where he will oversee global clients relationships, marketing initiatives and New Business. The new group chairman for each of Havas key markets include Chris Hirst (UK),

Alfonso Rodés (Spain), Yannick Bolloré (France & North America) Jorge Percovich, has been appointed to CEO of Havas LATAM Group across the creative and media businesses. APAC Changes: Mike Amour, currently the CEO APAC of Havas Creative Group, will now hold the title of CEO Havas APAC Group across the creative and media businesses. He will be responsible for overseeing all of the Havas Group agencies in the region,79 offices in 17 countries, with +2,400 people. Vishnu Mohan, currently CEO Havas Media Group APAC, will become CEO, Havas Group India & South East Asia, responsible for all media and creative group agencies across those markets. Levent Guenes, currently CEO Havas Creative Group South East Asia, will become Chief Growth Officer, Havas Group APAC, with a primary focus on driving new ventures, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. Both Mohan and Guenes will report to Mike.

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‘ALTERNATE FACTS’

Paul Loosley is an English person who has been in Asia 39 years, 12 as a Creative Director, 20 making TV commercials. And in recent years, a brand consultant. And still, for some strange reason, he can’t shutup about advertising. Any feedback; mail p.loosley@gmail.com (please keep it Alternate)

In January, Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said on TV, that Trump’s estimate of 1½ million people attending his inauguration was totally correct when all official statistics put the number of people there at more like half a million tops. And that the sun suddenly shone down, biblically, on Trump as he began his acceptance speech, when it could clearly be seen that it tiddled down with rain the whole time. Then, to make matters even more comical, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s advisor, when confronted with these obvious, blatant and untruthful whoppers, went on to describe them as ‘alternative facts’. ‘Alternative facts?’ That’s like saying that the population of China consists of six people and a dog called

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‘ALTERNATIVE FACT’ #1.

Nigel and that the sun rises in the west, but only on Tuesdays, are ‘alternative facts’. But let’s face it folks, Trump’s team are simply sad, blundering, bull-shitting, rank amateurs when it comes to ‘alternative facts’. For the ‘fountainhead of falsehoods’ visit the boys and girls of advertising; those potentates of pretence, doctors of deceit, virtuosi of invention, maestros of mock, who have all been belting them out for decades, and proud of it too. Here’s just a few examples of the best ‘alternative facts’ adland can offer.

Allegedly, the formula that eventually became Listerine was first positioned as an industrial cleanser. Some say to scrub garage floors. This did not work. Then some bright spark said, ‘hey guys, how about making it a mouthwash?’ ‘What! Have people gargle something made to get the grease off of a few square yards of concrete? That’s brilliant! But how to make people believe you can’t live without it, or worse, make you a screaming and total social outcast if you don’t get it in your mouth this instant? So another


Shut up about advertising!

bright spark discovered a rare and almost unknown cause of bad breath called ‘Halitosis’. And of course the only sure cure is ‘Listerine’. The fact that ‘Halitosis’ might be caused by stomach and other internal complaints has been swept aside.

‘ALTERNATIVE FACT’ #2.

For many years people believed, incorrectly, that Halitosis was actually a marketing invention. Probably because of its blanket use in advertising. But no, it really does exist. So much so that it’s estimated that Americans now spend over US$1billion a year on mouthwash!

‘ALTERNATIVE FACT’ #3.

I may have mentioned this before. It’s one of the great ad stories of all time. In the UK in the 70s people liked big fat green garden peas; round, sweet, yummy and juicy! But one year the pea harvest of Birds Eye, makers of frozen peas, failed. The peas were not fat and juicy, they were small and puny. In fairness they still tasted the same, they were just tiny. And so panic ensued; marketing execs running around screaming as if their hair was on fire. But then, the ad agency

... AMERICANS NOW SPEND OVER US$1BILLION A YEAR ON MOUTHWASH!... stepped in. ‘Hey!’ said the sultans of spin, ‘can you add a little extra sugar to sweeten them up a bit?’ ‘I guess so’, said Captain Birds Eye. So they did and they ran a campaign themed ‘Picked sooner to taste sweeter’. The ads featured animated, knuckle-headed, fat peas being out-smarted by small, cute, sweet peas. It was a runaway success. But that’s not the end. Finally the campaign was so successful that Birds Eye, from that day on, had to really pick the peas earlier when they were smaller. Because it’s not the size, it’s what you do with it! (Another ‘alternative fact’ eh! ladies?)

‘ALTERNATIVE FACT’ #4.

DDB’s famous VW beetle ads in the ‘50s created an ‘alternative fact’ mythology around the car that was groundbreaking. A beetle will float, it is 100% reliable, it’s ugly but it will get you there. Fabulous, counter-intuitive ads that stuck out and made history. But this was a car, built to be cheap, on Hitler’s instruction,

so every German could blitz along his beautiful ‘Neue Autobahnen’. It rusted so easily that it could break in half (there was no chassis). The wiring over the engine would bake, snap and short out against the boot lid. The double layer floor pan would, given the smallest hole, fill with water. And the heating ducts, direct from the engine, would corrode open and boil you balls off during the summer. There was no weight over the front wheels (the engine being in the back) so, on a wet road you could turn the steering wheel and nothing would happen, the car would just keep going straight. I know all this from bitter experience. I was one of those idiot student who fell for it all. My beetle was a panorama of rust. I could hear the water swishing around under the floor for days after it rained. All the electrics, headlights, tail lights, failed constantly. The heater vents were so bad that if I could close

them in the summer I couldn’t open them again in winter and so I then froze my arse off. And I once tried to make a turn on a wet road and went straight over a keep left bollard. Ralph Nader, the legendary consumer advocate, demonstrated that a VW Beetle was already contravening a whole mess of safety regulations, straight off the assembly line! God, I hated that car. But here, I’m running out of space. I’m sure you all could find a bunch more ‘alternative facts’ from the world of adverts. There are so many examples that listing them all would make War and Peace look like an instruction leaflet for a vacuum cleaner. So, Kellyanne, Donald and co; you might actually be talking to the wrong people. Take a leaf out of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s book. She hired a senior exec at Saatchi & Saatchi to write her speeches; words that swept her into power and kept her there for 11 years. Story has it that, in gratitude, she awarded Saatchi and Saatchi the massive British Airways account; and they never looked back. But that, of course, must surely be an ‘Alternative Fact’. ‘Are you lying?’ ‘Of course not’. ‘How do I know that’s not a lie?’ ‘You don’t’.

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online marketing THE EVOLUTION OF ONLINE ADVERTISING

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOCIAL INFLUENCER When college geek, Mark Zuckerberg cofounded the social networking site Facebook (FB) in his dorm room back in 2004, little did the tech entrepreneur envision the far-reaching impact of his creation. Fastforward 13 years the website, which was originally designed to connect Harvard student networks, now has a global reach of 1.86 BILLION active users. In 2007 Facebook Pages was introduced to the digital masses, with Zuckerberg proclaiming it as the New Era for Advertising. Business owners, from aviation giants to the modest ‘pisang goreng’ aunty, took advantage of this new rage using the social network to set up their company profiles for FREE. Imagine billions of potential clients, customers, buyers, sellers, promoters looking at YOUR business page without hurting your pocket. WHY ADVERTISERS ARE DITCHING THE HARD SELL ONLINE But is an FB Page in itself enough to

“All it takes is for ONE social influencer to share your article. The post appears on the newsfeed of their fan base who are looking at every update, picture and activity, eager to emulate and imitate whatever lifestyle choices their FB ‘friend’ makes.”

guarantee sales? Does it actually reach your target market amongst the millions of viewers? Let’s not forget how social media operates. With FB being essentially a social network, users are looking for personal gratification. They don’t want to be bombarded with advertising or promotions or, worse still, marketing gimmicks. No, thank you. One slightly annoying post and it’s an instant ‘Unlike’, losing you thousands of viewers in the process.

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Advertisers have copped on to this temperamental ‘habit’ of social media users, slowly but surely ditching their hard sell tactics and adapting their strategies to navigate the digital platform. Enter the social influencer. RISE OF THE SOCIAL INFLUENCER IN ADVERTISING Who or what is the social influencer? On FB (or even Twitter and Instagram) this would be the people or pages (not specifically

businesses) with a multitude of followers. Think celebrities like the Kardashian family (number of followers exceed the Malaysian population) or closer to home, entrepreneurs like Tony Fernandes, bloggers like Bangsar Babe and even local news portal SiakapKeli. HOW DOES IT WORK? By using social media influencers, you are building connections with people who can build relationships for you online. Instead of static graphic

advertising, your product or service is repurposed into a digital version of ‘word-of-mouth’ promotion, capitalising on one unique feature of social media – the ‘friends’ network. All it takes is for ONE social influencer to share your article. The post appears on the newsfeed of their fan base who are looking at every update, picture and activity, eager to emulate and imitate whatever lifestyle choices their FB ‘friend’ makes. If they relate to the post they will go on to ‘like and share’ with their social media networks generating thousands and quite possibly millions of impressions in a blink of an eye. ‘It’s gone viral!” With the power to sway consumers and the longevity of FB as a social media platform, the social influencer is gaining traction as a valuable ally for advertisers. Whether you have a presence on social media or not it’s best to form an allegiance with a social influencer - or risk becoming extinct in the advertising evolution.


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PUSHING THE RIGHT BUTTONS:

MARKETING AMONG LOCAL SME’S By Malati Siniah

The right tools for the right market?

Whitening soaps, slimming pills, health drinks and more these products have surely popped up in your line of vision be it on social media, billboards or TV.

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A classic hit: Zaitun's ad from 1984.

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Tongue-in-cheek or just plain vulgar? Dian Pixy reworked their ad to the one above when the public complained about their earlier one

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Like it or not these products are very much part of the local business scene and its interesting to look at the breakdown of how some of the more popular brand names, thanks to their extensive marketing, are making waves locally. This is of course includes Datuk Vida and her Qu Puteh brand and Dato’ Aliff Syukri of D’Herbs. In an interview with

MARKETING last year Dato’ Vida who recently took the stage at last year's Chief Marketing Officer's conference shared that the key to her success was being able to get into the hearts and minds of her consumers. Thanks to her savvy branding, it’s hard not to look at the colour pink and be reminded to her popular beauty brand ‘Qu Puteh’.

Many of today’s brands are taking a page off their predecessors. I don’t know if you remember this product but perhaps its tagline ‘Gunakan tanpa was was’ might ring a bell. Zaitun, which had everything from toothpaste to cosmeticspromoted items made from minyak zaitun or olive oil. Their “Gunakan tanpa was was” tagline was something constantly drilled in their advertising as the products came at a time where halal products


were still quite new, and it was important to ensure consumers of their products quality. Things however is much different then what it used to be. According to a recent report by Ogilvy Noor the Muslim brand consultancy arm by Ogilvy & Mather the global Muslim population is expected to increase by 73% an estimated 1.6 billion in 2010, and the Islamic economy is estimated to be worth US$2.6 trillion by 2020. To stand out from the crowd, the name of the game to them is to be more product focused and with the stiff competition, this is becoming more important than ever for entrepreneurs. Dato Vida shared in her interview that putting her brand name

front and centre in her tagline ‘Qu Puteh (3x) barulah puteh’ was important to her. “When I first launched my brand the tagline I choose was ‘Qu Puteh, Qu Puteh barulah putih’, but I felt that it was not enough, which is why in my second year I added a kiss at the end of the tagline. This was to touch the hearts of my consumers, it’s important to build an emotional bond with them” Dato Vida shared in our interview Same can be said for others such as D’herbs with its ‘Terlajak laris saying and more’.

THE VIRAL FACTOR

In many cases with these products having something that can go ‘Viral’ seems to be important. However despite the conversation generated most of the time these marketing efforts face plenty of backlash. Two years ago

D’herbs released a video on social media promoting its breast enhancement pills. The video deemed as sexist and vulgar by many showed a man day dreaming when looking at a pair of balloons and two melons and upon looking at his wife- who is shown as a cardboard- is disappointed. The video was taken down by the brand and the owner issued an apology, but this kind of ads are still being pushed out by other brands. Even recently an ad popped up on Facebook of a guy walking with his wife but checking out another girl who ended up being a transvestite – the video ad ended with a promotion of a beauty product. Wanting to stand out from the rest many of these brands ride on the ‘shock’ factor. Last year local beauty product distributor Dian Pixy angered locals

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sme marketing him one of the first procedures that needs to be implemented is that the visuals need to get the necessary approvals from both Dewan Bahasa and Pustaka as well as the local council. DBP would check on the language used and the local council on the visual’s appropriateness to local culture and norms. Advertisers Jeff mentioned should in the future, seek clarification and advice from established media companies that have good working relationships with the authorities and understand the local outdoor advertising industry through and through.

D'Herbs online promotion hilighting their latest products.

when launching their latest out-of-home advertisement on major highways. The ad which carried a tongue-in-cheek copy, ‘Hisap-Hisap Terus Cantik’ ran across 47 billboards on the PLUS highway. The backlash the brand received was not only online but some went as far as cutting three of their billboards in half which according to the brand resulted in millions of losses as they had to pay back the damages to the media owners.

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important following guidelines to avoid the potential backlash is key. When the news broke on Dian Pixy's billboard we spoke to Jeff Cheah, President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Malaysia (OAAM) and at the time he clarified how the outdoor media industry had established proper procedures and guidelines to avoid these unwarranted and potentially misleading ads. If the media owner had followed proper procedures he mentioned, this would not have happened.According to

Screenshot of the Malay Mail's report on D'Herbs viral video in 2015.

GETTING INTO THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS One thing Dato Vida and the other entreprenurs in arena this know is how to evoke a response from the public and keeping their hand on the pulse of the local market. However at the end of the day it’s important from them to see what’s suitable to their brand image. What you can learn from them though is how to evoke a reaction from your audiences and turn that into content for your brand, but make sure it's the right reaction.


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The Gunn Report, the global index of creative excellence in advertising, recently released its 2016 Report summarising the overall performance of the advertising industry in the year January to December 2016 based on the results of 45 global, regional and national creative award contests.

Highlights from the 2016 Gunn Report include the following rankings:

McWhopper

MOST AWARDED CAMPAIGNS ACROSS ALL GUNN REPORT MEDIA 2016

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Burger King, ‘McWhopper’, Y&R New Zealand (Auckland) Microsoft Xbox, ‘Tomb Raider Survival Board’, McCann (London) DB Export, ‘Brewtroleum’, Colenso BBDO (Auckland)

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MOST AWARDED FILM COMMERCIALS IN THE WORLD 2016

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Loterias y Apuestas del Estado, ‘Justino - Night Shift’, Leo Burnett (Madrid) Currys PC World, ‘Spare The Act - Laptop’, AMV BBDO (London) Harvey Nichols Loyalty App, ‘Shoplifters’, adam&eveDDB (London) John Lewis Home Insurance, ‘Tiny Dancer’, adam&eveDDB (London)

Tomb Raider Survival Board

MOST AWARDED PRINT / OUT OF HOME ADS AND CAMPAIGNS IN THE WORLD 2016

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Volvo Trucks, ‘Looks Who’s Driving Feat. 4-yr-old Sophie’, Forsman & Bodenfors (Gothenburg)

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Microsoft Xbox, ‘Tomb Raider Survival Board’, McCann (London) Burger King, ‘McWhopper’, Y&R New Zealand (Auckland) DB Export, ‘Brewtroleum’, Colenso BBDO (Auckland)


... we’ve seen some wonderfully creative ideas shining through in 2016 with brand purpose a strong theme... MOST AWARDED AGENCIES IN THE WORLD 2015

The Next Rembrandt

MOST AWARDED DIGITAL ADS IN THE WORLD 2016

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Burger King, ‘McWhopper’, Y&R New Zealand (Auckland) ING, ‘The Next Rembrandt’, J. Walter Thompson (Amsterdam) Lockheed Martin, ‘Field Trip To Mars’, McCann (New York)

1. adam&eveDDB (London) 2. Colenso BBDO (Auckland) 3. AlmapBBDO (São Paulo) 3. Y&R New Zealand (Auckland)

MOST AWARDED NETWORKS IN THE WORLD 2016 1. BBDO 2. McCann 3. Leo Burnett

MOST AWARDED COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD 2016 1. USA 2. UK 3. Australia Brewtroleum

MOST AWARDED ALL GUNNS BLAZING IN THE WORLD 2016

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Burger King, ‘McWhopper’, Y&R New Zealand (Auckland) DB Export, ‘Brewtroleum’, Colenso BBDO (Auckland) REI, ‘#OptOutside’, Venables Bell & Partners (San Francisco)

#OptOutside

MOST AWARDED ADVERTISERS IN THE WORLD 2016 1. Samsung 2. Burger King 3. Volkswagen

Emma Wilkie, Managing Director of The Gunn Report, shared, “The purpose of The Gunn Report is to give an objective overview of the best creative ideas, and who is behind them, based on the results of the most important creative awards from around the

world. Overall, we’ve seen some wonderfully creative ideas shining through in 2016 with brand purpose a strong theme. Whilst previous winners still exhibit their greatness, new stars are rising up the ranks.” The Gunn Report 2016 guest editor Kate Stanners, Chairwoman and Global Chief Creative Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi, who has contributed her own personal commentary to the report and awards tables, added, “This is what great work looks like. It never ceases to amaze me how hard it is to make any one of the ideas in this Report. Ideas are fragile; they can collapse at any point. Sometimes an idea is pure and simple, you can feel the power of it from its inception; others have been shaped and crafted into great. It takes passion, tenacity, it takes a team and a great client. None of it is easy, but greatness comes in not giving up.” The ranking tables, commentaries and the accompanying ads as well as country comparisons (population and ad market size/ranking) are now available to view online at www.gunnreport.com.

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 We will always love Yasmin Ahmad. She was brutally honest, and inspired us to launch the Malaysian Creative Circle Awards to help raise the bar on creativity.

 Remember our first cover with the sexy Jennifer Chan? She became CEO of BBDO Malaysia and shone like a star. Plus her swanky new offices started a trend among other ad agencies to hunt down celebrity interior designers for their shops too!

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 The one and only Neil French aka Godfather, who became the biggest kahuna in the ad world. We hosted his talk with O&M in KL. Today Neil lives in Majorca, Spain and drives his son Daniel to school every day. Finally, a life!

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 When Sonal Dabral arrived from India to be ECD of Ogilvy KL, he gave a lot of creative heads a run for their money, and some headaches too. Starting with a Golden Kancil for Panadol!

April/May 1998

 Any chance we had to crack a good joke or bring humour, we would jump at it. This ad done by us made Joe D Silva more than an ordinary Joe, even though I think his handsome face stole the limelight from the headline!

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 Ham as a baby, or some say Hamlet. We turned one and I turned on my stomach. One can never forget the early days.

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 We sent a rookie writer to interview Yasmin Ahmad, who was not fussy about it. The story turned out amazing: Yasmin is a story-a-second celebrity.

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When Tongkat Ali became a sex stimulant rave, some of our ad guys decided to take a poke at it. This is a poster spotted in a coffee shop, which says it all.

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 Getting advertisers to support our magazine was always a challenge. Here, we asked Sir Martin Sorrell to help out.

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Apart from the significance of this Kancil Awards night, we are particularly proud with the pictorial coverage which truly captured the energy and euphoria of the victories. Thanks to the tenacity and talent of Jen Hor Siow!

November 1999  When we tell Malaysians we published a Singapore edition for over 8 years, they never take us seriously. Malaysia Boleh can be a painful reality that only prides itself on our soil. Here’s our coverage of the prestigious Singapore Creative Circle Awards (CAA) across some glorious pages.

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When you run magazines, award shows and also an ad school, the students get to benefit the most from the networking and learning!

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I met Prof Dr Mohd Zin at USM and he was running the Mass Comms faculty. Together we conceived and launched their annual Ad Wave event that runs to this day.

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Our digital expert columnist from day one has been Josh Sklar. Here he pours his heart out about how his son’s life was saved.

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I was always a big fan of Outdoor and there’s no one greater in this space than David Bernstein. When the chance came to publish him, I jumped right in!

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 Our second intake graduation class; all of them are highly successful. One owns a 4As agency and another runs Indonesia’s most successful film production house.

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Advertising is a craft, this ad spells it out.

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Ogilvy’s Sonal Dabral really made a dent on Malaysia’s creative landscape when he was here. He then moved on to Singapore to head Ogilvy as ECD & MD, and it became the most awarded ad agency in the world at Cannes Lions! Here is his story…

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Never enough can be said about Yasmin Ahmad. Our love affair with her continues in this expansive piece, as she shares her trials, tribulations, heroes and more….

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 The late Dato Tony Lee who owned and ran Batey Ads was a fervent supporter of creative standards. We interviwewed him at a teh tarik stall: the former three-term 4As President authored and launched the Content Code in 2004. Dato Tony was also the Founding Chairman of Communications & Multimedia Content Forum (CMCF).

September 2001

Our tribute to this great man who helmed the Malaysian Advertisers Association and also founded the first advertising school in Malaysia - also known as IACT, now owned by BAC. We wonder if this would still be the case if he was alive…

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This story about Cannes Lions is one of my favourite pieces, hope you enjoy as much as I laboured over it…

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The very young Tan Sri Tony Fernandes beat all odds to make it big at AirAsia. We are also proud that one his first public speaking platforms in Malaysia was at one of our events. The man is a legend and capturing his early days was an honour for us.

June/July 2003 Another cheeky recruitment ad by advertising rebel and creative director Ben Hunt for Batey.

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We launched the Power Suits awards to applaud those often ignored in the industry - the tireless professionals in Account Management.

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The first winner of our Power Suit of the Year award was Ms Sulin Lau of Naga DDB. Today she is Head of Marketing Services at Maxis.

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It is amazing what can be achieved when a small group of people have the vision to take on the world - these graduates from my school remain my darlings forever!

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Rip-off Of The Century: but Neil managed to make an ad out of it!

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This ad for the Malaysian Creative Circle Awards captures the unbelievable joy and relief of winning. Dramatisation knows no bounds.

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Worldwide Creative Boss of DDB Bob Scarpelli was Jury President for the 2nd Malaysia Creative Awards. This man has won it all and was Jury Prez in Cannes. It was his first trip to Asia, let alone Malaysia! Remains a great friend of ours.

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The day Neil French saw “Death by Blog” after a ‘feminist’ statement he made in Toronto. The fall from grace as Global Creative Godfather of WPP, the world’s largest advertising network, was not funny. I suspect they paid him a lot to leave. Just as well...


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4As President Tan Sri Vincent Lee giving me a rare honour. Would have loved to say a few words on stage..

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A historic moment when the 4As launched their Pitch Fee guidelines: a show of solidarity and demand for a little respect.

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Say what you like about Henry Tan, but he belongs in our great books. The man has an opinion, which is more than we can say for a lot of others. During his time in Mindshare Malaysia, the office won the best Mindshare office in the world award.

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Neil French at home at the La Colombe d’Or, 20 mins from Cannes. He stays here as the devout beat a path to meet him. A rustic, family-run inn once favoured by the likes of Picasso and Matisse, La Colombe d’Or in Provence offers simple country pleasures amidst the world’s most iconic masterworks bestowed by its famous guests.

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After 6 years of publishing in Jakarta, we decided to run this editorial in our Malaysian issue. BTW, we stayed on at our office in Jakarta Selatan for another 5 years!

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Putting together and later piecing apart the third edition of the Malaysian Creative Circle Awards was both pleasure and pain. Judging was to be done in London at the same place the D&AD was judged. The best in the world confirmed to judge led by advertising copywriter Hall of fame winner Adrian Holmes. But it was not to be. Anyway, read the notes from my travels.

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March 2008 Turning point in Malaysian elections, and I was proud to be part of it.

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Everybody knows about the Petronas Tan Hong Ming commercial. The world got to appreciate it too, when it won Gold at Cannes Lions in 2008, marking Malaysia’s first ever film Gold winner at the festival.

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 One of the most iconic covers we ever produced. It won lots of awards, as we boldly brandished the crow-tailed crusader of Malaysian journalism! Citizen Nades is a true legend, there’s nothing more we can add to this piece..

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We launch our second magazine, MARKETING, which eventually replaces ADOI because as the business landscape evolved with the times, the industry became more than just about advertising. Banana leaf lunches for all!

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Our magazine served Effie Malaysia from the day it was born. We gave generous support through all its early years.

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McCann Erickson was my first ad agency and I stayed for 12 years before leaving as Creative Director (there were no ECDs then). So when they opened their new office in PJ, I just had to write about it…

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A contentious issue then and now

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The topic of corruption or commission has a lots of twists and turns. Writing about it is a skill onto itself. Anything can happen, otherwise.

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My ex boss Bruce Bendrey was creative director at McCann Erickson Malaysia for almost 6 years. He was a great salesman and any agency facing him in a pitch situation was always in trouble. I learnt everything from him.

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We brought this unique global event to Malaysia where budding creative talent presented their portfolios to senior creative directors for advice. Great stuff!

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One of our most prolific Regional Editors Dean Johns writes a tribute to Yasmin.

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An irritating road sign made me furious one morning and this Editor’s Note is the result. Read with caution.

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Bala Pomaleh has done it all and is so cool about it. He always has a great story for us...

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Our maiden issue of MARKETING magazine played on the zeitgeist of the time, ie. lawyer VK Lingam in a scandalous judgefixing video clip muttering "Correct, correct, correct!"

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A very much younger group at Sledgehammer Communications, three of them are still with us. In fact, our current team has 40% returning staff.

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The launch of MARKETING marked the beginning of a larger content canvas for the magazine and completed the total communications overview of the industry for our 30,000 readers.

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MARKETING, together with market research company TNS, conducted and published the CREAM report annually for 3 years; ranking agencies in a robust survey among marketers. CREAM stands for Client Relationships & Experiences with Agencies in Malaysia.

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February 2009

Now you all know how Obamian I can become!

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An epic event for the magazine as we got up close with Obama’s campaign journey to the White House.

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The month we brought Obama’s National Director of Special Events, Roger Fisk, to Malaysia who shared his journey with our industry.

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July 2009

Continuing our Obama magic journey, we brought in Scott Goodstein, Obama’s Digital campaign director to Malaysia. Scott played the same role in Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year.

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Oct/Nov 2010

One of my ex students, Kelvin Long, who has come so far and done so well that I was proud to visit him and say Syabas!!

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Oct/Nov 2011

MARKETING magazine played a pivotal role in the success of Effie Malaysia, and continues to do so.

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February 2012

We decided to welcome the Year of the Dragon with this ‘for-no-goodreason’ poster.

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One for the lady on the stage!

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Brand warrior, marketing maven, strategy grandmaster, suave salesman, Dato Sri Shazalli Ramly captured the zeitgeist of great marketing for almost two decades.

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Because of a brave decision made more than 6 years ago, the home of the Dragons of Asia awards remains in Malaysia till this day.

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It doesn’t get better than New York-based Grammy award-winning graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister. We brought him in to a sellout crowd in Malaysia. Interestingly, he goes on a year-long sabbatical every seven years, where he does not take work from clients.

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A memorable infographic that plots Malaysia’s creative reputation over 30 years at the most prestigious advertising festival in the world - Cannes Lions!

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Unfortunately, after 2012 there was not much to celebrate regarding Malaysia’s performance at Cannes Lions.

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November 2012

A gallery of our magazine covers and event buttons. We have a button for every event.

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Our journey continues…

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February 2013

Another first for Malaysian marketing - a global awards show on our shores.

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April 2013

When M&C Saatchi celebrated their 10th Anniversary in Malaysia, they paraded more than just style and creativity….

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The only global advertising association in Malaysia which prides itself as the networking hub for the industry. And one where you can join as an Individual Member!

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October 2013

Four years ago, we invited ex students and teachers of Institut Sledgehammer for lunch and the afternoon was full of nothing but surprises!

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October 2013

Piyush Pandey, also known at the Lion of Jaipur, is a dear friend of this magazine. An advertising legend from India, he has been Cannes Lions Grand Jury President and last year published his advertising book “Pandeymonium”.

October 2013

We wonder what this gathering will look like 10 years from now….

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Jan/Feb 2014

In case, a media planner wants to know if we were ever audited by ABC, here you go… we were audited for more than 10 years…

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Sept/Oct 2014

Neil French visits us to talk about creativity, charge up the juices and upset a few people...

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Nov/Dec 2014

The Malaysian Media Conference chalked up its 10th Anniversary 3 years ago!

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Jan/Feb 2015

Another cover that won us many awards…

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This story won Gold for Best Editorial, wonder why….

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Sept/Oct 2015

The man who knows where the affluent consumers are.

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May/June 2016

Our rapid-fire columnist Paul J Loosely shoots straight and doesn’t let sleeping dogs lie.

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Paul was a regular columnist with us for almost 15 years. And still writes occasionally.

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 We bring the highly valued APPIES Awards to Malaysia, the first country outside Singapore to host it!

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Siva remains a rare type of media professional - a true blue fighter of good ideas and winner of the Malaysian Media Conference (MMC) Media Personality of the Year award. ISSUE209MAR-APRMARKETING 149


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Ray is a dear friend of mine, who was first my client, then became a fellow media owner and finally educationist.

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