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We Are Social Asia Midweek Mashup #175

by Zahirah Taha in News

From a dating app to a social network
Started in 2011, China’s Momo was a location-based dating app for young people to meet and chat with potential dates. Today, Momo has shifted its focus to brand itself as a social network for young people. What makes the social network different from the likes of Facebook is that it specially caters to young people as a platform for them to make meaningful connections.

Daily active users on Facebook in Asia up 25%
Following the release of its recent Q1 report, Facebook revealed that there are 470 million monthly active users (MAUs) in Asia Pacific alone. Out of these 470 million users, 270 million are reported to be daily active users (DAUs) – up 25% in the past year. While looking at monthly active users (MAUs) is useful, the number of DAUs gives a better understanding of how active Facebook users are.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #174

by Eunice Chan in News

Myanmar’s MySQUAR eyes Aim flotation in a fortnight

MySQUAR, Myanmar’s only social media platform in the local language, is raising about $2.5 million to build a local-language business of messaging applications and online games, and hopes to float on the Alternative Investment Market in a fortnight. Nearly 700,000 Burmese citizens already use its MyChat app, and that could be more than 1m by December if all goes to plan.


Blood4Life – One of Indonesia’s Longest Running Social Campaigns
In 2009, when her mother fell ill, Valencia Mieke Randa found herself spending a lot of time at the hospital. Randa’s mother desperately needed blood transfusions, and Randa recalls that it could sometimes take up to three days to find a donor.“There are millions of people who wish they could do good, but they don’t know how. At the hospital, they cry for help but don’t know who to turn to.”

That’s when Valencia started using her social media networks to campaign for blood donation and to find voluntary blood donors, who today has more than 80,000 followers on her Twitter account Blood4LifeID.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #173

by Tan Xing Long in News

WeChat’s movie ticketing app raises $105M in series B funding
WeChat’s movie ticketing app, WePiao, has announced the completion of a US$105 million series B round of funding from investors such as real estate giant Wanda Group, Chinese film investment fund Wenzi Huasha, etc. Besides purchasing tickets, users can choose their seats and order drinks and popcorns via the app. With Alibaba’s recent acquisition of Yueke Software Engineering, this move appears to be a reaction to capture the burgeoning online movie ticket sales that has risen from 8% to 30% from 2013-2014 in China.

Facebook users in Asia still resistant to online and in-app purchases
Even though Facebook has reported a healthy growth in revenue and users across Asia, much of its revenue is still very much dependent on Facebook advertising. In Q1 2015, 96.7 percent of Facebook’s Asia revenue was from ads, up from 89.3 percent in Q1 2013. Compounding on this problem is the fact that rival messaging apps such as LINE and KakaoTalk,  where in-app purchases generally happen, are dominating the Asian market compared to Facebook’s chat app. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Social Midweek Mashup #172

by Nurfarah Mattar in News

Meet Present, the anti-Snapchat social video app
Present, a Singaporean startup by Peter Zhuo, is challenging the shift toward shorter videos and fleeting images. Aspiring to be a video memory bank, it is useful for chronicling “first experiences” and “last memories”. New mothers can relive the day-to-day progress of toddlers, and grandparents can record video messages for future grandchildren.

Present allows videos that are up to two minutes in length and organises them by timeline, location, friends and topics. Users can also retrieve videos recorded in the vicinity to view the memories of others. Congratulations Harry Potter, you can finally ditch the Pensieve.

Walking #withoutshoes on Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram
US shoe brand, Toms, is collaborating with social media giants Weibo, WeChat, Mogujie and Instagram. Between May 5 and 21, users in China are encouraged to caption their barefoot photos with the hashtag #withoutshoes. As part of its “One for One” pledge, Toms will donate a pair of shoes for every photo uploaded.

Online platforms Shangpin, Mogujie and Alibaba will also seed the movement among niche communities, while Weibo and Wechat will leverage on social influencers. Toms China announced that “This is the first philanthropic campaign of its kind, leveraging digital technologies to solicit global awareness, with zero time nor monetary commitment.”

Off you go then – take a moderately large amount of feet photos and we promise you will not be judged.

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We Are Social Asia Midweek Mashup #171

by Tobias Cragg in News
Uber unveiled #UberChopper in Shanghai to grow its profile in China
With the partnership of the aviation company Kaijet, consumers could book a helicopter ride through the Uber app. This is one in a string of Uber’s on-demand stunts to generate buzz around its car service. Between 9 a.m. and 10.30 am on the 25th April, one-click to the UberChopper app enabled users to buy a RMB 2,999 (US$484) four-hour sightseeing flight across the city.
Uber has operated in China since 2013. They now boast a presence in nine Chinese cities. Uber has been effective, too, in partnerships with major players in the market: leveraging Baidu’s search and mobile capabilities, and Alibaba’s e-payment system.

Twitter Self-Serve Ads now available to Indonesia SMBs
Indonesia’s SMBs can now run their own advertising initiatives and campaigns on the platform. Until now, only large companies with a direct working relationship with Twitter could launch campaigns and buy ad products.
Indonesia is the 5th market in the Asia-Pacific region to gain SMB access to ads. The others are Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan. The move is an important one for both Twitter and Indonesia. The country is one of Twitter’s largest markets worldwide. Small businesses are a key pillar in Indonesia’s economy, with an estimated 50 million in the country.
In the purchase of ad products for SMBs, there is no minimum spend, and billing is by engagement.

Social Media Platforms lend support to Nepal earthquake relief/rescue effort
Facebook has created a message which will appear at the top of users news feeds encouraging them to donate to the International Medical Corps whose emergency response teams are operating in the region’s hardest hit areas. In addition, Facebook’s Safety Check function provides persons in and around affected areas to let friends and loved ones know they are alright through the platform.
Line, the communications app, has released special edition stickers the proceeds of which will go to the Japanese Red Cross relief fund. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Line raised nearly half a million USD for victims.

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