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  • Spencer Douglass & Spiriteca

    Monday, Apr 1, 2013 7:30PM / Standard Entry


    Spencer Douglass working for Spiriteca in The Landmark Hong Kong
    A few months ago, I was very lucky to come across a very interesting opportunity indeed. I was introduced to the head of Hong Kong's leading importer of rare and top-quality whiskey for a marketing and PR consulting job. Now, for anyone who knows me well you will definitely know that I am a HUGE fan of good whiskey and suddenly having the opportunity to work with and taste some of the best whiskies in the world was like a dream come true! 

    The job descrīption was pretty interesting too - they had recently been offered a space for a 3 month pop-up store in The Landmark, one of HK's oldest and most exclusive shopping malls, and they wanted to bring me on board to spread the word on this exciting first in Hong Kong. Needless to say I enthusiastically said "yes!". 

    The first thing we decided to get to work on was a launch party to welcome in existing and new customers, so we booked the date, sent out the invites and off we went! Here are a few snaps of the party so you can see how it went: 
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt
    Drinks were very popular!
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt
    Sniff and sip
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt
    Lots to choose from

    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt
    Golden liquid
    Tasty canapes
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt
    Discussing the drinks
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt, Spencer Douglass, Next Media
    Me & Next Media Crew
    Sean Fitzpatrick of Hong Kong Tatler
    Sean Fitzpatrick of Tatler Group
    As you can see from the pics the event was a great success and the final result of all this fun and merriment was a lot of empty bottles of whiskey, vintage rum, cognac and more, as you can see here:
    Speyside, Trinidad Rum, Jean Grosperrin Cognac, Big Peat Islay Vatted Malt

    After the success of the launch event, we still had a lot to do to make sure that the 3 months in prime retail space would be maximised. After a bit of thought we decided that we should orgnanise a special "Get in the Spirit Walk" to take place throughout the gentlemanly location of Landmark Men. In order to make sure it would be a great success we decided to reach out to a series of partners who could help make this a great experience for the modern gentleman. The partners who came on board were: Thomas Hardy, Tassels, Gentleman's Tonic, The Armoury, Kelly & Walsh, Vero and Thomas Pink. The idea was that the shops would open much later into the night than usual and you could follow a trail around Landmark Men, stopping in each of these sophisticated stores to enjoy a dram of a different spirit, whilst doing so you would also collect a stamp from each location and at the end could enter into a lucky draw to win quality prizes supplied by each partner - what's not to love about all that?

    Here is the final map that we put together for our Get in the Spirit Walk:

    Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top Quality

    As you can imagine we had great feedback from this event, but it still wasn't the end of all the fun things we had up our sleeves! 

    To keep the excitement and interest up throughout our whole tenure, we decided to set-up a free tutored tasting every Saturday and Sunday afternoon between 2pm & 5pm. This meant that every weekend we would open up a few really special bottles and you could just drop in any time after lunch to try several of the best whiskies you had ever tried in your life and get educated in their background, history and tasting notes. Lots of fun - I attended several of the sessions myself! 

    There were still several other things that we set-up during our time in the Landmark and all of them were very enjoyable for us and hopefully for everyone who visited us too. And to see how successful the whole project was, check out some of the flattering articles we got in the press below: 

    Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top Quality
    HK Magazine
    Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top Quality
    HK Tatler 
    Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top Quality
    Hip Hong Kong
    Rum, Whiskey, Vodka, Whisky, Cognac, Armagnac, Vintage, Top Quality
    The List
    And you'll be happy to know that the story hasn't come to an end just yet! I've been talking to the guys at Spiriteca again recently and seems they have the next exciting plan already in action behind the scenes. Keep your eyes peeled! 

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  • Spencer Douglass @MWC with ALCATEL ONE TOUCH

    Monday, Mar 18, 2013 2:05AM / Standard Entry

    MWC Logo

    Mobile World Congress or MWC as it is commonly known, is the world's largest mobile trade show held in March every year. In 2013 over 65,000 people flew in to take part in the event and over 1,500 mobile or mobile related companies exhibited at the event. As you can imagine it was quite a show and I was lucky enough to be flown over myself to help oversee the global PR campaign from mobile phone designer and producer ALCATEL. 

    The event was held at the striking modern Fira Gran Via building which you can see here: 


     In the incredible, historical and picturesque city of Barcelona in Spain:


    Lots of advantages of attending a conference in Barcelona - one being the incredible architecture and sights and another being the amazingly delicious food, which I've put a few examples of here: 

    Tomato Bread


    Paella con MariscoPulpitos
    Well enough about the wonderful food, incredible environment and vibrant history of Barcelona (I didn't even touch on the football team...) how about the event itself? Well it was an enormous success for ALCATEL ONE TOUCH. We launched 6 brand new smartphones, which added to those we had previously announced at CES brought the grand total to 13 smartphones launched since January 2013. This very impressive feat, as well as the high quality and beautiful design of the new phones caused a large stir in the press and in all we counted over 2,000 articles about us in the press over the course of MWC.

    The beautifully designed phones launched at MWC included the ONE TOUCH Star shown in Cranberry Pink here:


    In addition to all the press excitement around the impressive new range phones, I also got my own little press buzz when someone recognised me in the background of one of the product videos as one of the hosts of Crazy from Kong - my youtube show where we review crazy Asian snack foods like Wasabi Kit Kat and Self-Freezing Coke. 

    The video was a review of the Idol X by The Verge. I've put it below and if you go to the youtube page you will see the comments referring to me and my show: 

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  • Spencer Douglass at CES with ALCATEL ONE TOUCH

    Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 8:57PM / Standard Entry


    I get to do lots of fun things in my life and this was a pretty new one for me, as I recently got flown off to Vegas to attend CES (the world famous Consumer Electronics Show) by ALCATEL ONE TOUCH as their representative for global PR. The show is pretty awesome and a big deal in the world of gadgets as it is generally the place where everyone from TV to camera to computer to car companies come to launch their latest and greatest products.

    That is exactly what we were there for too - to launch a whole series of cutting-edge new smart phones. My job was to make sure that the message got out to the press and considering somewhere in the region of 400 articles appeared online, I believe the press did indeed receive the message and were very interested in the new line-up of ALCATEL ONE TOUCH smartphones!


    One of the showcase products we got to announce at CES was the world's slimmest smartphone - the ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra - measuring in at a mere 6.45mm thin. You can check out Engadget's review of the phone below:

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  • Ghost Style X Green Robot - Up Down Girl - Music Video is Out!!!

    Friday, Nov 12, 2010 9:45AM / Standard Entry

    You've read the blogs, you've seen the photos and now that much anticipated Music Video is out!!! 
    6 locations, 13 hot girls and 1 really great song! 
    Check it out: 

    Director: Arne Venema
    Cinematographer: Arne Venema
    Producers: Joe Fiorello / Spencer Douglass
    Editor: Arne Venema


    Music by Ghost Syle & Green Robot

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  • Ghost Style x Arne Venema HOT! MV - Day II @ Talent Asia Office

    Monday, Oct 4, 2010 5:44AM / Standard Entry

    Things really heated up on the 2nd day of our music video shoot and I mean REALLY heated up! 
    I was particularly happy with the location for the MV shoot this day, because the entire thing takes place in my office, mostly in my room and a fair amount right on my desk. 
    It basically features two members of staff in the office, a senior executive type, who is approached by a new junior member of staff, who gives her some "persuasive reasoning" as to why she should experience quick advancement in the company... 
    Behold: 






    This is MY DESK!!!


    In case any of you doubted that they were really going for it: 

    I was actually under the desk during these shots, as I had to help throw paper over the desk for one of the scenes and then hide under the table so the camera wouldn't catch me. The most enjoyable place I've ever had to hide in my life... 
    After the first series of shots, it was shoot again and again all day. 4 of the happiest hours of my life! 
    The girls (Diane Wu & Uny Chiu) were amazing and incredibly into it. There were several shots were we had to call cut 3 or 4 times before the action came to a finish.
    Here they are taking a break between shots: 
    And here's Uny with Max Lam, our make-up artist: 
    Then it was time to start up again. 
    Here is Arne giving the girls some direction: 
    I'll put up the full sequence of events here again in wide shots this time, so you can really see the action taking place: 
    Diane is so pretty!

    We all couldn't believe how awesome Uny was throughout the shoot. As a quiet and shy girl normally, we were initially worried and then later amazed at how confident and aggressive she was throughout the shoot! Her energy helped make the shoot really hot! Great work Uny!!!



    Diane taking control: 

    But not for long... 



    Here are a couple of shots of Arne capturing the action: 
    Somehow, he always ends up on the floor in every shoot we do: 
    Taking a break. Uny looks lovely. Arne looks incredibly smug! You can almost feel him patting himself on the back for coming up with the concept for this one ;-)
    I leave you with this photo, probably my favourite still shot from the full day's shoot in the Talent Asia office: 
    As you can probably imagine, I haven't really been able to work properly in the office since we completed this day's shooting. Everytime I look at my desk my mind drifts off to somewhere else... 
    Keep your eyes out for shooting days 3 - 6!!! 
    Lots more excitement to come! 

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