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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #145

by Haiyi Tang in News

Line has reached 30 million users in India
Line has been growing rapidly in Asia recently. According to the Japan-based company that runs the popular service, Line has just reached 30 million users in India. This is compared to the 10 million it reached in October of last year. In order to increase its fan base on a ongoing basis, Line has recently partnered with Groupon and Japong, the messaging app is now able to offer deals and discounts to its Indian users. However, Line is still facing strong competition from Whatsapp and Facebook massager in India. According to Whatsapp, it announced that it reached 60 million active users in the nation in August.

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Social media celebrates inauguration of president Jokowi 
Social media is playing a dominating role in the Indonesia’s election this year. A successful example is that the election campaign of Mr. Widodo, during which the new president leveraged the major impact of social media to garner great support from a network of tech-savvy youth. There are millions of Indonesians who frequently access social media platforms, and so it comes as no surprise that more than one million tweets between Sunday afternoon and Monday were related to the presidential inauguration of Indonesia’s Joko Widodo. The president of Indonesia currently has 4.8 million “likes” on Facebook and 2.45 million followers on Twitter, and President Jokowi was the top trending term on Twitter on the day of his inauguration. According to Twitter, there were nearly 95 million election-related tweets from Indonesia between July’s election and the start of the year.
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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #144

by Melissa Law in News

Line announces slew of new services 
After news last week that Line will offer a personal finance app by Spring 2015, the company’s COO has announced at the Line Conference Tokyo 2014 that it is offering even more services. Driven by the company’s vision to become “the smartphone gateway for your life”, Line is offering a new payment application (Line Pay), a taxi-booking service (Line Taxi) and a delivery service (Line Wow).

Line Pay will allow users to purchase items on their mobile devices or PCs, but also includes the ability to transfer cash to each other without providing their bank account information. Line Pay, Line Taxi and Line Wow will be rolled out in Japan first, with global rollout expected as early as next year.

In addition, the company also revealed that it currently has 170 million monthly active users, out of 560 million registered users. Based on the number of registered users, its top 5 regions are Japan (54M), Thailand (33M), Indonesia (30M), Spain (18M) and Taiwan (17M).

Luxury brands using WhatsApp to reach consumers in India
Cartier, Armani, Diesel and other luxury brands are now using WhatsApp to promote, sell and offer aftersales services to its consumers in India. The instant messaging app allows these brands to offer personalised services by sending pictures, videos and other promotional materials, resulting in conversion rates that reach as high as 80%. In August 2014, WhatsApp was reported to have 60 million monthly active users in India.
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Social Media in APAC, Oct 2014

by Simon Kemp in News

About this time of year, many marketers will be staring to put together their plans for 2015.

To help demonstrate the business case for social media investments amongst your Finance peers, we thought you might like to show them the latest figures for social adoption around APAC.

So, here are the latest numbers for social networking penetration by country, mobile social networking penetration by country, and the percentage of social networking users accessing via mobile devices, for every country in APAC.

Note that these numbers are specifically for ‘public’ social networks – i.e. they do not include one-to-one chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE or Kakaotalk ( if you need chat app numbers, we covered them a couple of days ago in this post)

And if you’d like help putting these numbers to use to generate meaningful ROI, just drop us an email.

Good luck with the planning!

APAC Social Network Penetration

The latest figures for the number of accounts logging in to the largest active social network in each country in the past 30 days:

We Are Social 20141014 - APAC Social Penetration

APAC Mobile Social Network Penetration

The latest figures for accounts logging in to the most active social network in each country using a mobile device in the past 30 days:

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Mobile’s Share Of Social Access

Active mobile accounts as a percentage of total active accounts on each country’s most active social network:

We Are Social 20141014 - APAC Mobile vs Total Social

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Global Digital Statshot 001

by Simon Kemp in News

[UPDATE: we've revised the data in the SlideShare above to include new data on LINE's Monthly Active User (MAU) numbers]

We’ve been publishing snapshots of key digital data for some time now, but we thought it might make sense to bring these numbers together in a regular series of PDF reports, which we’re calling ‘Digital Statshots’.

These Statshot reports are designed to supplement our more in-depth Social, Digital and Mobile reports, which contain individual data points for more than 100 countries around the world. You’ll find all those in-depth reports by clicking here.

Read on for some of the highlights from Statshot 001…

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #143

by Jolene Siow in News

Messaging app Line to launch a personal finance tracking service
Japanese messaging app, Line, is reportedly launching a new service that would help their users track their personal finances by spring 2015. Users will be able to add their bank’s official account to the friend list and verify a bank account. They will then receive notices from their bank when money is deposited or withdrawn. The service will only be available in Japan when it launches.

Daum and Kakao merge, putting them head-to-head with Naver-Line
Following an initial announcement back in May, two of Korean’s strongest players in the mobile space, Daum Communications and Kakao, have completed their merger. The new entity is valued at close to 10 trillion won (SGD 12 billion). The newly merged firm, called Daum Kakao, will work towards a vision where they “Connect Everything”.

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