Here are all of the posts tagged ‘asia’.
WhastApp doubles its subscribers in India in the past 6 months
While Facebook hit a major milestone of having 100 million active users in India on March 31st, WhatsApp just doubled its subscribers in the country in the past 6 months as the nation ‘s smartphone market continue to grow. WhatsApp now has 48 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India and according to its blog, the app has grown the fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia. The app is leading in India but other messaging apps that are catching up with its growth are WeChat, Line and Viber. Here’s WhatsApp’s growth in MAUs in India as reported by TechInAsia.
WeChat TV ad stars Mark Zuckerberg
WeChat now has TV ads to win over users around the world. A new ad created by WeChat South Africa features Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He’s visiting his psychotherapist because his online buddies are unfriending him. His therapist then recommends him to check out the ‘Friend Radar’ function on the app to find people who use the messaging app. WeChat maker, Tencent, pushes hard to promote the app in countries with a lot of young, mobile-first consumers, such as in India Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa.
Ask.fm suddenly popular in Thailand
Ask.fm is similar to Q&A sites like Quora where people primarily ask questions to a community. According to Ask.fm, Asia is the fastest growing region for the platform and the top countries by registered users are Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Philippines. While the interest in the platform surged gradually globally, it has suddenly become popular in Thailand in April. Thai internet idols like DJ Tan Tanarat and Guszanova are among the early adopters.
Facebook grows to 390 million active users in Asia
Facebook remains unstoppable with now 390 million active users in Asia, from a grand total of 1.276 billion around the world. The social network made $354 million revenue from Asia out of its total of $2.5 billion in Q1.
Most social referrals come from Facebook
Facebook leads its rivals for social referrals, according to the Shareaholic Social Media Traffic Report for Q1 2014. In March, over 20% of all referrals to Shareaholic’s 300,000 sites came through Facebook; closest rival, Pinterest, saw just 7.1%. Almost all major social platforms grew their share of overall referrals during the study period, with only LinkedIn and YouTube witnessing a decline.
Facebook in review: Q1 2014
Facebook has announced its figures for the first quarter of this year. The platform now has 1.28 billion monthly active users and 802 million daily active users, up from 1.23 billion and 757 million in the last quarter of 2013.
A large proportion of new users came from mobile. Over 1 billion people now access Facebook via mobile at least once a month, compared with 945 million in the previous quarter. Mobile-only users have grown from 296 million to 341 million in the same period.
Revenue grew 72% year-on-year to $2.5bn. Ad revenue accounted for $2.27bn, a year-on-year increase of 82%, while 59% of all ad revenue came from mobile. That’s up from 53% in the previous quarter and just 30% in Q1 2013.
Facebook launches Newswire
Facebook has announced the launch of Newswire, a resource that looks to provide content from the platform for journalists and newsrooms to embed in their own stories. The system is powered by Storyful, a social discovery and verification tool.
Facebook acquires Moves
Another week, another acquisition by Facebook. This time it’s ‘Moves’, an app that tracks fitness and activities - you can see how it looks in the image below. For now, the impact of the acquisition will be minimal, with the founders of Moves assuring users that it will continue to act as a standalone app, independent of its parent company.
Video ads are coming to Instagram
Instagram will soon introduce video advertising, according to AdWeek. The platform, which is notoriously meticulous when it comes to vetting advertising, will continue to work with only a few select partners.
Instagram personalises the Explore tab
Instagram has updated its ‘Explore’ tab. It now features not just top content from across the network, but also the photos and videos that have been liked by those you follow.
WhatsApp reaches 500m users
WhatsApp now has 500 million active users, having added another 70 million since its acquisition by Facebook in February. Jan Koum, the company’s chief executive, stated that these users are now posting 700m photos and 100m videos every single day. He also implied that its rivals were “shitty”. The potty mouth.
New Twitter profiles are open to all
No more staring in envy at those brand pages with their big headers and pinned tweets – the new Twitter profiles are now available for everybody. If you’re still deciding how to decorate your new online space, never fear – the new profiles aren’t compulsory just yet.
Twitter introduces ‘website preview’ ad card
Twitter is adding another type of ad to its list of cards. Soon enough, you’ll start seeing tweets like the below, which preview company websites. This is the latest in a host of such moves, and The Wall Street Journal believes that there may be a dozen more to come this year alone.
LinkedIn improves ad offering
LinkedIn has bulked up its ad offering with two new releases: a Sponsored Updates API and Content Partners. The API will allow selected ad tech partners to sell sponsored updates across the platform, with five partners initially signed up. With Content Partners, LinkedIn will let companies sponsor content from popular publishers such as The Atlantic, CBS Interactive and Bloomberg. According to LinkedIn, posts from the aforementioned organisations receive 30% more engagement than the average marketer update.
Vic Gundotra leaves Google
Vic Gundotra, the founding father of Google+, has left Google. This has led to big questions about the future of the social network. TechCrunch reports rumours that the 1,000-strong team in charge of the social network is being reshuffled – it also questions if this may be the end for Google+ as a rival to the likes of Facebook and Twitter. A spokesperson from Google has denied the claims:
Today’s news has no impact on our Google+ strategy — we have an incredibly talented team that will continue to build great user experiences across Google+, Hangouts and Photos.
Tumblr better for social TV than Twitter?
Tumblr has argued that it hosts more conversation about television than its rival, Twitter. In a study published last week, the platform accepts that more live mentions happen on Twitter, but only marginally so – and the figure is easily made up for in the following days on Tumblr.
Pinterest previews Guided Search
Pinterest has created a new tool, named ‘Guided Search’, for its Android and iPhone/iPad apps. With each query unique to the user, it aims to aid exploration of its vast swathes of content. CEO Ben Silbermann explained the tool’s goals very succinctly:
Let’s build a search engine that’s more about exploration and discovery and teaching you about your tastes.
Cinema tickets through Twitter
Fandango, the ticketing service, is allowing people to buy cinema tickets through Twitter. Tweets about certain films that link to the Fandango site will now appear with the poster, information and a purchase button.
Peugeot races against Twitter followers
Peugeot is offering Twitter followers a chance to win a driving experience for two in Germany, in order to promote its new model, the RCZ R. Entrants have to complete a 140-character tweet more quickly than the car can accelerate from 0-90mph on a track.
We Are Social asks Volvic fans if they’ve #GotTheBottle
Water brand Volvic has announced a partnership with Tough Mudder, aiming to drive awareness around ‘Volcanicity’. As part of the move, We Are Social has created a bespoke #GotTheBottle app, which will source fans’ best moments from Tough Mudder – and photo submissions will be entered for the chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.
JCDecaux partners with Hachette UK
JCDecaux has announced a partnership with publisher Hachette UK, in order tofurther promote its commuter book club. The campaign sources book reviews from Twitter and broadcasts them on digital screens in train stations around the UK.
Ronald McDonald gets new look
Nightmare inhabitant Ronald McDonald now has a new look, especially for social media. Mentions of #ronaldmcdonald and #lovinit have increased since launch, but so have tweets containing #notlovinit. We’ll let you decide for yourself.
#myNYPD Twitter fail
The New York Police Department created a classic Twitter fail last week by asking people to tweet their pictures of the force using the hashtag #myNYPD. It quickly saw many people posting images and tales of police brutality.
My fondest #MyNYPD memories: watching officers beat up peaceful protesters and arrest my journo friends for doing their jobs.
— allisonkilkenny (@allisonkilkenny) April 22, 2014
— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallStNYC) April 22, 2014
Brandwatch analysis showed that sentiment was not exclusively negative. With 5% positive, 15% negative and the rest neutral, the figures could be worse for the police department (though they could also be a whole lot better).
The social, digital and mobile ecosystem in China is unlike anywhere else on earth.
With a wide variety of home-grown platforms, technologies and behaviours, understanding the Chinese digital landscape can be both daunting and difficult.
Fortunately, We Are Social‘s new report will help to demystify things.
Continuing our series of studies into digital trends and developments around the world, our new China report profiles a variety of critical data points, including the penetration rates of different technologies, the top-ranking social platforms, and a wealth of interesting facts and figures on Chinese netizens’ behaviour.
China’s population exceeds 1.36 billion people, with urban areas accounting for more than half of the country’s residents. 51% of the country’s population is male.
China’s 618 million Internet users represent 45% of the country’s population, and account for almost a quarter of the world’s internet users – for reference, here are the latest global stats:
The majority of China’s internet users live in urban areas, with fewer than 1 in 3 living in rural parts of the country.
Beijing (75%), Shanghai (71%) and Guangdong (66%) have the highest Internet penetration of the country’s administrative regions:
Instant messaging (IM) is the most popular online activity in China, with CNNIC quoting in excess of 530 million active users across platforms.
Although QZone claims to have the highest number of active social networking users at 625 million, Weixin (WeChat) and Sina Weibo are the current ‘darlings’ of Chinese social media, with 355 million and 129 million monthly active users respectively:
Brands continue to be highly active on Sina Weibo, contributing to a reported 153% year-on-year growth of Sina Weibo’s advertising revenue in Q4 2013.
In terms of the users themselves, and reflecting a behaviour pattern we see on other social platforms across Asia, China’s micro-bloggers can’t seem to resist checking Weibo immediately after food:
Weixin (WeChat) users are actively using the platform’s various chat features like text and voice voice messaging , as well as its social networking features like ‘Moments’:
It’s worth pointing out that WeChat is now the world’s second biggest active chat app service, and is still growing at a staggering rate:
Roughly half of China’s population now owns a mobile phone, with each user maintaining an average of nearly 2 active SIM subscriptions.
The ubiquity of mobile devices makes them China’s internet tools of choice, with 81% of the country’s netizens accessing the Internet via mobile handsets:
In line with this, mobile shopping and mobile payment services experienced significant growth during 2013:
Online shopping as a whole is hugely important to China’s economy, contributing almost US$300 million in 2013 alone.
Group buying is particularly popular, and was the fastest growing online activity in China, with a robust growth rate of 69% in 2013.
If you need more numbers, be sure to check our full 95-page report on SlideShare for loads more useful and interesting stats.
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Weibo chooses NASDAQ, sets price range for IPO
Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has chosen to go public on NASDAQ with the ticker symbol NASDAQ:WB. The social network has also set its IPO price range between US$17 and US$19 per share, which will raise up to US$437 million for the company.
HootSuite adds features for Chinese microblogging apps
Since adding Weibo and Tencent Weibo to its list of apps in 2012 and 2013, social media management platform HootSuite has now relaunched these apps with added functions and features. These updated apps now allows users to schedule posts and are available in simplified and traditional Chinese. Other added features include managing scheduled posts, news ways to organise users they follow, emoticons and hashtags, as well as the ability to share content from the two microblogging sites onto other social networks.
China’s top 10 social sharing platforms in 2013
According to iiMedia Research, WeChat friends, WeChat Moment and Weibo were China’s top 3 mobile sharing platforms in 2013. The proportion of these top 3 platforms added to a total of 60%, while Facebook only took up 1%. The top social sharing app types in the nation included book & reading apps, news apps, mobile social and e-commerce.
Employees in Asia are strong social media activists
A study conducted by Weber Shandwick across 8 markets in Asia Pacific reveals that employees are becoming increasingly important advocates for companies. The study found that 45% of the 1,075 employees surveyed have shared praise or positive comments online about their employers on social media, while 54% have also defended their employer from criticism.
Facebook dominating social on mobile
The average US smartphone user spends 2 hours and 42 minutes per day on their mobile device. Of that time, 28% is taken up by social apps, up from 24% in the previous year. Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook owns) accounted for most of that – 17% of all smartphone hours went to one of the two social networks.
Social and email are equal for conversation volume
The latest IPA TouchPoints5 data has been released, concluding that we now have as many conversations through social media as via email; 12% of all daily conversations occur through each medium. The research also found that 49% of all adults use mobile phones for activities other than texting or talking, doing so on average for 1 hour 30 minutes per day. Unsurprisingly, younger users were more mobile: 78% of 18-24s use their phone for activities other than texting/talking; they do so for an average of 1 hour 52 minutes a day.
YouTube drives the best quality web traffic
YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn drive the richest traffic on the web, with Reddit and Stumbleupon at the other end of the spectrum. YouTube, in first place, produced an average of 227.82 seconds spent on the site, 2.99 pages per visit and a relatively low bounce rate of 43.19%.
Twitter looks to expand TV links through acquisitions
Twitter has made two acquisitions that should help expand its relationship with television in Europe: France’s Mesagraph and the UK’s SecondSync. The former works with the likes of Canal+, France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, some of France’s biggest TV channels, while the latter has used its social analytics tools to show the value of Twitter for clients in broadcasting and advertising.
Vine adds private messaging capability
Vine has introduced private messaging, allowing users to share videos and text with one another, away from the view of the public eye.
The cost of Instagram ads
Instagram ads are being touted at a premium price tag, according to an article in AdAge last week. Discussions with several ad execs found that a month’s worth of advertising on the network could cost anywhere between $350k and $1m.
Time to look again at Google+
There have been a couple of pieces in the last week that suggest marketers should look again at Google+. First of all, a Forrester blog post revealed that, in a survey of 60,000 US adults, 22% claimed to use G+ at least once per month, the same percentage as Twitter. Also, in terms of engagement per follower, Google+ far outdoes Twitter, and is closer to Facebook, as you can see here:
We Are Social’s Cristina Forlani also argued in favour of the network. She pointed out its value as an analytics tool and looked to rebut unhelpful comparisons with Facebook. She also mentioned the huge SEO benefits of a platform linked to the world’s most popular search engine.
YouTube pushing stars with TV adverts
YouTube is planning a TV ad campaign to promote some of its biggest stars, after agencies requested a further push to merit their clients’ ad spend. The adverts will feature three YouTube celebrities with over one million subscribers each: make-up artist Michelle Phan, beauty/fashion vlogger Bethany Mota and baker Rosanna Pansino. The below ads will be seen on New York Subway trains.
Line surpasses 400 million users
Line, the Japanese messaging app, has surpassed 400 million users, meaning that it’s added 100 million in roughly five months, as shown in the graph below. Not only that, but these new users seem to really be taking to the service; on 21st March, over 10bn messages were sent in a single day.
WhatsApp processes 64bn messages in one day
If you thought Line’s 10bn messages were impressive, WhatsApp can do even better, processing 64bn messages in one day. The figure accounts for 20bn messages sent and 44bn received; the disparity in the figures occurring as a result of group messaging.
new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 2, 2014
Skype growing among millennials
Skype now has 300 million users and is experiencing strong growth among younger demographics, according to the company’s advertising General Manager Lovina McMurchy, who claimed that the platform now reaches 24% of 18-24 year olds worldwide. She said:
While other companies have seen interactions with younger users decline, Skype has seen positive growth numbers in recent years.
Imgur receives $40m in funding
Tech venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has invested $40m in Imgur. The image sharing platform has traditionally rejected all outside funding while waiting for the ‘right fit’, as CEO and founder Alan Schaaf discussed.
We got along right off the bat. We were actually bouncing off interesting ideas in where to take the product. They actually made sense, which was out of left field.
adidas promotes World Cup with brazuca
adidas is promoting its World Cup sponsorship by creating online content from the point of view of the official competition ball, named brazuca. The product has its own blog and Twitter pages, while a set of video clips will look to produce a ‘ball’s eye view’ of the competition and involve some of football’s biggest names, including Xavi, Manuel Neuer and Dani Alves.
adidas offers free cleats to one US football team
Another adidas promotion in the last week will offer free American football cleats to one US high school team. The sportswear brand hopes that the teams will naturally spread the word about the competition by asking friends to vote, as it’s only other high school footballers who can do so. To ensure that this remains the case, the brand is using Chirpify, which will automatically respond to anybody using the hashtags #adizero and #vote, asking them to provide information that can prove their identity.
Zappos offers style advice through Instagram
Zappos, an online fashion retailer, is offering free style advice through Instagram. When someone posts a selfie with the hashtag #NextOOTD, a ‘professional image specialist’ will analyse their posting history and suggest a Zappos product that might suit.
Marc by Marc Jacobs seeks ad stars in social
Marc by Marc Jacobs is searching for the star of its latest advert on Twitter and Instagram. You can enter simply by posting a picture alongside the hashtag #CastMeMarc, as in the below examples.
— Josh Crews (@joshuacrews) April 2, 2014
— FiremansWomanKM (@firemanswomankm) April 3, 2014
The ‘Breakfast Wars’ go viral
If you’ve been reading the last few mashups, you’ll remember that Taco Bell has been promoting its breakfast menu pretty fervently. The latest addition to the campaign is a set of ads that poke fun at McDonald’s, in which real life Ronald McDonalds give rave reviews of the Taco Bell product. The main video has received over two million views on YouTube.
McDonald’s were quick to respond, though. The below Facebook post, at time of writing, has received over 8,000 likes and almost 2,000 shares.
KFC uses social celebrity endorsement in China
Fast food chain KFC is struggling in China, with sales falling 13% from 2012 to 2013. To address this, the brand has recruited five major celebrities, each of whom will represent a new menu offering in social and compete with one another for likes. Celebrity endorsement has long since been a staple of Chinese marketing – it will be interesting to see how this social version works out.
Presidential selfie was a publicity stunt by Samsung
A recent selfie with Barack Obama, posted by David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, was a planned publicity stunt by Samsung. The brand equipped its brand ambassador, known as Big Papi, with a Samsung phone, hoping that the opportunity might present itself, as it did.
— Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) April 1, 2014
However, the White House was unhappy with the above tweet, stating that it objected to the president’s image being used for commercial gain. Ortiz has since denied that he was paid for the photograph.
Cole Haan gets in trouble with the FTC
Footwear brand Cole Haan, has got itself in trouble with the FTC after a Pinterest competition that asked users to post pictures of their favourite shoes with the hashtag #WanderingSole. According to the FTC, the competition hashtag was not sufficient disclosure, though it’s worth noting that the brand received a letter and not an enforcement action.
Indonesian startup brings back nostalgia of developing photos
Claiming it’s not a competitor of Printerous, this Indonesian startup called Pictalogi serves to bring back the novelty of printing photographs chosen across three photo sources. The site allows users to select their images from Facebook and Instagram and collect it into a pre-set photo album and print it.
An interesting and refreshing deviation from how we use real-time methods of sharing our photographs today, as opposed to how photography initially started out to be.
Facebook election tracker for upcoming Indian elections? Sounds social.
Facebook wants to be at the heart of the debate – a debate that involves 814 million eligible Indian citizens surrounding talks of the election candidates for the upcoming Indian national elections. Facebook rolled out its Indian election tracker along with a trend tracker that counts mentions on Facebook for each of the leading politicians and election candidates.
Definitely a good way to hear the voices of the people in light of a large national event.
Let’s quit all the social media rumor-mongering and just #prayforMH370
In light of the recent disappearance of a Malaysian airlines flight MH370 that was en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on Saturday, it is evident that social media has taken over newsfeeds by storm with a mix of both inappropriate and inaccurate reports of the incident. We all know how our friends on Facebook have turned into ‘investigators’, culling information that only to add on to the drama of the investigations. It’s time we stopped, took a step back and remember to socially mention with ethics. Tech in Asia said it well when they wrote on how the usage of social media has spread news of this incident in a way we hope to improve.
Facebook Page organic reach keeps falling
Further evidence has arrived of a decrease in the organic reach of posts from brand pages on Facebook. An analysis of 106 country-level brand pages found that average organic reach dipped from 12.05% in October 2013 to 6.15% in February this year; for the 23 pages analysed with 500,000 fans or more, the equivalent decrease was from 4.04% to 2.11%. If you’re concerned about this change, then read our recommended approach to dealing with the issue.
Facebook redesigns desktop News Feed
Facebook has made a number of changes to its desktop News Feed. After an unpopular dramatic overhaul around a year ago, the social network has played it fairly safe, with a new design that includes different iconography, larger photos, fresh fonts and the presence of story cards, along with a large search bar at the top of the page. The redesign is being pushed out gradually – if you haven’t got it yet, here’s what it looks like:
Facebook Messenger launches on Windows phone
Facebook has launched a version of its Messenger app for Windows phone. The service, which has been available on iPhone and Android for some time, has a 4.5 star rating from users.
Twitter ad revenue increases
Twitter’s ad revenue increased by 110% to $664.9m in 2013. The growth came as a result of a higher number of ads, although the cost of these ads actually fell throughout that time – by 18% in Q4 2013, or 67% for the whole of the year.
Foursquare location data being used to target ads
Foursquare is bulking up its ad offering by partnering with Turn, an ad targeting firm. This will allow the use of Foursquare’s location data in the serving of ads on mobile and desktop, by anonymously matching user email addresses with web cookies.
Getty allows images to be embedded for free
Stock image site, Getty, has added an embed feature, which renders around 35 million images free for non-commercial use. The move, which could radically alter the way in which stock images are used, looks to tackle illegal image use. When an image is embedded, it will automatically appear with full accreditation.
Mondelez partners with Facebook
Confectionery giant Mondelez has announed a ‘global strategic partnership’ with Facebook, amounting to a 52-country ad deal that includes the USA, UK, France, Brazil, India, Indonesia and the Gulf States. Mondelez’s VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement, Bonin Bough, commented:
For the first time, we’ll be able to incorporate Facebook at the core of our media investment plans. This isn’t just about having a social-media strategy; it’s about digitizing our entire approach to communications.
Airbnb comes to the help of SXSW
Airbnb got in on the action at SXSW by trawling Twitter for those in need of help at the festival and coming to their rescue with more than 100 ‘rewards’, ranging from providing a pair of cowboy boots to furnishing a whole apartment within two hours. This isn’t a new idea for Airbnb, which says it conducts this kind of social media listening and responding all year, usually dishing out five to 10 rewards a week. But it’s certainly put the company in the good books of SXSW attendees over the last few days.
As part of our on-going look at Social, Digital and Mobile around the world, the folks over at InternationalBusinessGuide.org shared this great infographic with us.
We were particularly interested to note that messaging is the most frequent activity on smartphones, even ahead of checking the time.
Added together, people are checking social media and messaging each other 32 times a day – that’s equivalent to twice every waking hour: