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Continuing our ongoing series of studies into digital usage around the world, today we’re delighted to bring you our latest report: Digital, Social & Mobile in APAC in 2015.
In much the same way as we saw in our recent Global Report, 2014 was an impressive year for all things digital in Asia-Pacific too, with all aspects of internet, social media and mobile use showing impressive growth.
To help marketers keep track of these impressive numbers – and understand what they mean for their brands – We Are Social has teamed up with the IAB in Singapore to bring you an in-depth study of digital in the world’s most populous region, including deep-dive analyses for 30 of the region’s key markets.
So what do the report’s 323 pages reveal? Read the rest of this entry »
Twitter acquires Indian startup Zipdial
In a move that indicates greater emphasis on emerging markets, Twitter has bought over Zipdial, an Indian startup that allows users to subscribe to brands’ content without having to connect to the Internet. In order to do so, all users have to do is to give a missed call to a specific number belonging to a brand or service, and they will receive updates. This offline component of the service will be beneficial for Twitter to pursue users in emerging markets, where smartphone penetration and mobile data usage are still low.
Major brands in Indonesia find success on social media
While major brands like Coca-Cola have traditionally been focusing efforts on TV to launch products in Indonesia, marketers are increasingly citing issues like saturation and clutter on TV as reasons to look to Facebook first when planning campaigns. With 37 million daily active users and 71 million monthly active users, Indonesia has one of the largest Facebook users in the world.
WeChat is testing ads
WeChat has started testing ads in ‘Moments’, its (rough) equivalent to Facebook’s News Feed. So far, the network has been reluctant to include advertising; with 468.1 million monthly active users, this could be a big business. Sponsored posts will be marked as ‘promoted’.
Transfer money via Twitter
Indian bank, ICICI, has launched a ‘tweet to pay’ function. Users simply need to follow @icicibank and send a DM containing the recipient’s username and amount to be transferred. The recipient doesn’t need to be an ICICI customer either.
While Facebook continues to rule social networking with over 1.35 billion active monthly users, its growth is actually failing to keep pace with a number of other networks, according to statistics recently released by Global Web Index.
As reported by GWI, Yahoo-owned Tumblr has demonstrated the largest jump in active users over the last six months with a growth rate of 120%, outstripping Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook, with Mark Zuckerberg’s platform itself growing by only 2%.
Tumblr’s penetration in Asia still lags behind the big four social networks, although Uttam Chopra, Senior Product Manager for Yahoo APAC, says the platform is continuing to make inroads.
We recently sat down with Chopra, who oversees custom branded experiences and monetization of Flickr, Tumblr and Yahoo Groups, to get his perspective on the Tumblr’s growth in the region, and how brands may seek to leverage it in their marketing plans.
What demographic is Tumblr typically best suited to?
Tumblr is best suited to the millennial generation. It’s basically people who are around their teens all the way up to their early 20s. That’s true of Tumblr, not only in Asia, but globally. These are people who have a lot of opinions, are not afraid to share them, and they want a platform that is completely unrestricted, and you will find a lot of that on Tumblr.
What’s unique about storytelling on Tumblr, as opposed to other platforms? And how does this kind of storytelling affect brands, in the way they approach creating Tumblr content?
Tumblr is not restricted to one media type. You can put up videos, photos, write articles and include user-generated content. There are a lot of different avenues for you on Tumblr as opposed to any other social networks. It is a completely open blank canvas. As an advertiser you can actually go and customize Tumblr exactly to your requirements.
Does the fact that “it’s not about you” on Tumblr – whereas it’s all self-centric on Facebook, Instagram, etc – affect the potential for cross-platform integration, when it comes to branded content?
That’s a really interesting question. Tumblr is actually made for sharing content that you value with other people. Social networks in general, if you look at Facebook, are meant to be on what I like. That’s the different way of how to look at Tumblr – it’s supposed to be “here’s what I have to share, and here’s what I value.” And I do believe that certain brands can actually include that and use along with the other social networks.
What is Tumblr’s plan for Asia?
Without doing any promotion, Tumblr does have a pretty big following in certain Asian countries. Singapore has a large number of people on Tumblr and a lot of communities. The same is the case with Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. We just want to get the conversations going about Tumblr, understand what people expect from it and see where it goes from there.
What’s your perspective on the future of online content?
I would actually take it a level further and not say online content. Let’s look at it as digital content, and content marketing for digital.
Currently all platforms use algorithms to define you as a person. What’s going to happen over a period of time is those algorithms are going to become a lot more sophisticated and you will find content streams which are tailored just for you. And that is something that we are doing at Yahoo right now, which is having a home page that understands you and gives you content that you like.
Brands’ advertising is changing – it’s about adding value and making you have a real connection with my product instead of telling you what my product does. It’s about telling you what my product means to you. That’s what we can look forward to with content marketing.
Twitter confirms upcoming office in Indonesia
Following Facebook’s and Apple’s moves to open offices in Indonesia, Twitter has revealed that it will also be setting up an office there within the next six months. Adam Bain, Twitter’s global president for revenue and partnerships tweeted from Jakarta last week, confirming this announcement.
Terima kasih for welcoming us, Indonesia! I’m in Jakarta today to say that Twitter will open an office here soon! pic.twitter.com/MTXRXkBovR
— adam bain (@adambain) August 29, 2014
Indonesia has 20 million active Twitter users and 69 million active Facebook users, proving to be a strong market for social media.
China’s Renren sees drop in active users
The social network once known as ‘China’s Facebook’ recently released its Q2 2014 earnings report, revealing that it now has fewer monthly active users than it had two years ago. Renren‘s drop in active users could be attributed to the rise of Sina Weibo and WeChat in China, which offers a vast array of services including news-reading, online payments, gaming, messaging and more.
‘Ice bucket challenge’ hits Asia
Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s an ‘ice bucket challenge’ thing happening on Facebook right about now. It looks like it’s going to be the biggest online charity campaign ever, as our data in the Huffington Post shows. The hashtag #icebucketchallenge has received over 4.48m mentions, over 20 times the number seen by #nomakeupselfie. There have been over 2m videos on YouTube, too, including videos from a number of participating brands.
In an infographic by Social Samosa, research shows that India, Thailand and Singapore are the next highest contributors to online buzz around the charity initiative, behind the US and UK. These three Asian countries contributed to a total of 14.7% of online buzz.
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).