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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,000 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Neon surfing

Check out great idea and nicely executed: Strongbow Neon Night Surfing Bondi.

Does the European crisis mean the end of democracy?

The facts: Greece calls for a referendum on the European crisis deal while they’re rapidly running out of money. Europe is holding series of crisis meetings over a period of a year amidst one of the worst crises ever. There is a total lack of leadership.

Democracy in Europe currently is obviously the biggest obstacle in dealing with one of the biggest crises in history. Europe made impressive steps forward after the Second World War, but is now standing still and moving backwards from an international perspective.

While other more centrally led countries (US, China, Singapore) are either recovering or growing fast, it seems that (mulit-party) democracies are experiencing their biggest test in history. India’s democracy had some challenges along the way as well, but will without any doubt do pretty well in the long term, because of the huge population number.

Does the European crisis mean the end of democracy? I’m not sure, but if European politicians don’t implement changes to their decision making processes along the road, they might be forced to by (future) stakeholder like the US and China.

1st Marketing Cocktail Hong Kong great success

On Tuesday October 25th C-People organized the 1st Marketing Cocktail Hong Kong in Club Fly on Icehouse Street. Marketing Cocktail Hong Kong is the first and only recurring networking platform for marketing, communications and PR professionals in Hong Kong.

At this first edition 35 professionals showed up, which made us very happy!

Special guest was Patrick van Hees, member of the C-People Advisory Board, financial marketing guru in the Netherlands and writer of ‘De Geluksprofessor’. Especially for this occasion he flew to HK and brought signed books for all Dutch present at the event.

Next week we’ll come up with a date for the 2nd edition. We expect at least 50 people!

New group on LinkedIn: Marketing Asia

Started Marketing Asia on LinkedIn two days ago. It’s a networking and knowledge sharing platform for professionals in marketing, communications, media and PR, based in Asia.

I hope it will bring on lots of discussions on challenges, issues, successes and experiences and new networks, so the group can help bringing marketing in Asia to the next level!

Will GBU kick McDonalds’ ass in Asia?

Like in any big city, new concepts are popping up everywhere in Hong Kong. The latest newcomer is Gourmet Burger Union (GBU), a hamburger chain, also serving salads and hot dogs.

Claimed to be more healthy and natural (natural reared, grass fed, free-range), the chain now has four places in the city and will without any doubt expanding quickly in the regio. The quality of the meat and the fresh salad on top do give the burgers a healthy taste to them. Still with the unhealthy look to it, it’s a burger after all.

All places are in the center or close to the nightlife areas of Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. Some of them have a bar-like outdoor area, so you’re sort of eating your burger on the street.

The concept still needs some improvements. Especially the smaller places, quite often are sold out in some products. Also, their pay-off is ‘Build your own burger’, but I bet most people order straight from the menu; there are already like ten on there.

Enough talking, just try it!

China doesn’t slow down

The news wasn’t being picked up that big, because we’re getting used to it. But I think it’s worth to stand still just a second at the unstoppable Chinese machine. Simply because we are witnessing a revolution here.

China’s GDP grew another 9.7% in the first quarter of 2011. Look at the amazing figures in the graph below, especially during the crisis and make a comparison with European figures: Q2-2009 China +6.2%, eurozone -4.6% = 10.8% difference in growth pace. And 9 or 10% every year, means a larger absolute growth every year. On the side, China announced last week that foreign-exchange reserves exceeded $3 trillion!