Traveloka: Caught in a boycott of logic

Deliberate misunderstandings and righteous piety seems to be the order of the day in Indonesia’s poisoned and acrimonious political setting.

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The latest flap involves a call to boycott travel site Traveloka and uninstall their mobile app following a walkout by detractors when newly installed Governor Anies Baswedan delivered the keynote speech at Canisius College’s 90th anniversary on November 11. Read More

Did Jokowi say the P word as reported by CNN?

These are sensitive times. Since newly installed Jakarta Governor made his Protect Pribumis speech at his inauguration the P word has gained new political impetus.

One thing about the internet is that what is old can be made new again, with a new twist. Responding to the widespread criticism against their leader, Anies Baswedan’s supporters trotted out CNN Indonesia’s report on 22 June saying that he was not the only Pribumi champion and the cue was actually set by Jokowi.
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What will fill in the vacuum left by a once respected media?

Newspapers are folding by the day. Readers are abandoning print and going online. Today we read, online of course, of Singapore Press Holdings’ valuation falling below the New York Times in 12 years. At the same time we read of the Wall Street Journal stopping their print editions in Singapore and Hong Kong. Sadly they are part of a trend that has also hit Indonesia media hard.

The Wall Street Journal is to stop its publications in Singapore and Hong Kong. The media are getting creamed by digital disruption

Many news outlets have tried to follow their readers by going online. The strategy, however, hasn’t paid off for most of them as online advertising is going more to Facebook and Google than to these outlets.

What should companies that have been relying on engagement with newspapers and news outlets do, now that these traditional outlets are closing down? Read More

Public Relations lessons from Bell Pottinger collapse

As a young man cutting my teeth in journalism during the Thatcher years, I was in awe of the people behind the company, Bell Pottinger, that helped ensure her electoral victories. I remember they were touted as one of the first public relations firms to use behavioral psychology to good effect.

Now, after being in Public Relations for about 18 years and seeing the Bell Pottinger name reappear into prominence,and with it the man who founded the firm, I must say that it is a letdown. The man at the helm of that once powerful public relations firm turns out to be a doddering shadow of his former image in the interview below:

He was combative and defensive, he was in denial and he could not even switch off his mobile for an interview- twice.

What lessons can we PR people learn from this? Read More

Corporations need rethink amid Indonesian media closures

At least 33 magazines and tabloids closed since December

If there’s any doubt that disruption is at hand in the communications industry just look at the sheer number of closures of Indonesian media. At least 33 newspapers and magazines have closed down since December last year.

Even racy men's magazine Maxim had to shut down
Maxim no more – the racy men’s magazine stopped publishing in July

This raises interesting questions on how corporations can still reach their customers and other audiences that matter. After all, the news outlets they’ve relied on as a medium of communicating with their consumers is failing than a line of dominoes. Read More