Weber Shandwick appoints Farah Zuber as APAC Head of Communications

Weber Shandwick, a leading global communications agency, has appointed Farah Nurili Zuber as Vice President, Head of Communications for Asia-Pacific (APAC). In this newly created role, Zuber will oversee the firm's integrated communications efforts across the region, focusing on a broad range of stakeholders.Zuber brings over 14 years of experience in marketing and communications, having worked with renowned agencies such as Ogilvy Public Relations, ARC Worldwide, Edelman, SPAG FINN Partners, and Redhill. She boasts a specialization in corporate communications and reputation management within the technology, finance, and governance sectors. “Farah’s extensive regional experience in reputation management and her deep understanding of the business landscape are instrumental in driving our next growth phase. Her appointment demonstrates our commitment to delivering greater value to our employees, clients, and partners in the region. We are thrilled to have her with us,” said Tyler Kim, APAC CEO at Weber Shandwick. Farah said: “It is exciting and an honour to be part of Weber Shandwick, an agency renowned for delivering value-driven, earned-first work for decades. Additionally, the agency’s culture, which deeply embraces diversity and well-being, is truly refreshing. I strongly believe these two elements - the commitment to the work and to people - are what makes a brand successful and meaningful. I look forward to contributing to the agency’s growth moving forward.” Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group.

SPAG FINN Partners lists top 50 influential Indian doctors on social media 2024

SPAG FINN Partners, a leading health communication and integrated marketing agency, unveils its list of "Top 50 Influential Doctors on Social Media - India 2024" under its ChangeMakers series. This initiative on Doctor's Day celebrates the remarkable impact of Indian doctors who are driving significant change through their digital presence on platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.  Our ChangeMakers' series, underscores our commitment to highlighting the transformative power of digital health communicators. By advancing health literacy and fostering a culture of wellness, these exceptional doctors are not only reshaping how medical information is shared but also significantly contributing to public health improvement," said Aman Gupta, Managing Partner at SPAG FINN Partners.  SPAG FINN Partners' Influencer Marketing offering spans diverse health niches, ensuring brands find the perfect match for their communication and marketing campaigns.  With a robust network of over 1,000+ active health influencers and Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) across major platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn, this list ensures brand connects with influencers who resonate with their target audiences. Selected for their expertise, engaging content, and community impact, the top 50 doctors on this list on each platform are pivotal in shaping conversations around health and well-being in India and beyond.  Mahesh Devrani, Partner at SPAG FINN Partners, emphasized the agency's unique approach to influencer marketing and said, “As a health specialised marketing agency we release this list to promote and celebrate a culture of transparency, trust, and evidence-based wellness, empowering our community with credible, impactful information. By showcasing the top 50 influential doctors on social media, we aim to emphasize the critical role of health information in the AI age. This initiative is designed to inspire a collaborative environment where individuals are empowered to take control of their health, guided by trusted and knowledgeable voices in the medical community  “In the evolving landscape of health and healthcare, influencers have become pivotal in shaping how people perceive and access health information. A collaborative, guided and ethical approach that brings together influencers, health experts, communicators, and the public is crucial to harnessing this trend’s full potential.”added Aman Gupta.  The purpose of recognizing these influential doctors is to highlight their contributions to public health education and advocacy. This list also aims to facilitate meaningful partnerships that amplify the voices of health experts and drive tangible impact. These, in turn, can bridge gaps between medical professionals, innovation and the general public, enhancing the reach and effectiveness of health-related information.

What PR professionals will be focussing on the most in 2024

The start of a new year is seen as bringing in new operational efficiencies, stronger strategies, and a far greater emphasis on building deep bonds with various stakeholders and consumers. In keeping with the current market ecosystem, technology and a human approach are seen as going hand in hand. As 2024 kicks off, Adgully reached out to some leading names in the Public Relations & Corporate Communication industry to Crystal Gaze into 2024 and speak about what will keep them busy in the year ahead.Focus Areas for PR Professionals in 2024Artificial Intelligence, Digital, Sustainability, and Innovation are some of the key focus areas that the Public Relations industry leaders will intensify their attention on this year.Dr Sarvesh Tiwari, Founder and Managing Director, PR ProfessionalsDr Sarvesh Tiwari, Founder and Managing Director, PR Professionals, listed the following focus areas for his agency:Digital Innovation and Integration: At PR Professionals, we're working on integrating AI, VR, and AR to revolutionise storytelling this year. Our focus is on seamlessly blending these technologies into our PR and content creation processes. By harnessing digital tools and data analytics, we aim to elevate our clients’ digital presence, ensuring our strategies are as innovative as they are effective.Sustainability and Social Impact: Sustainability and CSR are more than buzzwords for us; they’re a commitment. We're integrating sustainability into our client campaigns, highlighting their eco-friendly practices and social initiatives. This approach isn't just about building a positive brand image; it's about genuine responsibility towards our planet and society.Cultural Sensitivity and Diversity: As someone who grew up amidst the vibrant diversity of Bihar, I understand the importance of cultural sensitivity and equity. At PR Professionals, we're dedicated to ensuring our campaigns are inclusive and culturally nuanced. Internally, we're cultivating a diverse team to bring a plethora of perspectives, enhancing our creativity and connection with varied demographics.Archana Jain, CEO, PR Pundit Havas Red Archana Jain, CEO, PR Pundit Havas Red, stressed, “Trying to be a force for good and becoming more meaningful is something more businesses need to do. This is not just because our planet needs it, but because consumers and employees wish to support brands and organisations that are committed to people, planet and purpose. These subjects will enjoy a clear PR advantage in 2024 and beyond.”Continuing further, Jain said, “Social media is only going to get bigger in 2024 and beyond as more and more people access and get hooked on to it. It’s paramount, therefore, that we are adept at publishing original content; sharing insights; showing up in the comments; building thought leadership and employer branding on X, LinkedIn, etc. Influencer marketing and KOL collaborations are going to continue to be a critical part of the communications toolbox to tap new cohorts and amplify messages.”“The creative sector has always been driven by our unique human voices and imaginations, and that’s not going to change in 2024. But we need to harness artificial intelligence more productively. It is already helping PR professionals in terms of data analysis, consumer and industry insights, content generation and more. But in 2024, we will have to learn to steer this machine-generated intelligence more to our advantage. I believe we can overcome the shortfall in available talent and multi-task with smarter use of AI!” she added.Tarunjeet Rattan, Managing Partner, Nucleus PRContinuing to develop a deeper understanding of the interplay of AI with consumer sentiment and helping brands stay ahead of the curve top the agenda for Tarunjeet Rattan, Managing Partner, Nucleus PR.Rattan added, “We will continue to integrate technology into our work processes, which will allow us to automate grunt work, freeing up time to devote to research and upskilling.”She also intends to continue to develop editing chops, because relevance will rule the roost among all the content being churned out by AI. “The best editors will win!” she exclaimed.Aman Gupta, Managing Partner, SPAG FINN PartnersAman Gupta, Managing Partner, SPAG FINN Partners, said, “Our primary focus at SPAG FINN Partners revolves around innovation, strategic storytelling, and data-driven audience profiling for campaigns that deliver business impact. We are dedicating resources to staying ahead of emerging technologies, refining our storytelling techniques to resonate with evolving audience preferences, and leveraging data analytics to optimise campaign performance.”