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Social, Digital & Mobile in APAC in 2014

by Simon Kemp in News

Following on from We Are Social’s hugely popular Social, Digital and Mobile Worldwide in 2014 report from last week, we’re very pleased to share an even more detailed look at the online landscape around the Asia-Pacific region.

It also turns out that a week can make a big difference when it comes to online data; in the past 7 days, and with the help of some of the 200,000 people who’ve viewed our Global report, we’ve found some even fresher stats to the ones we published in last week’s report.

These new discoveries have had a particular impact on India’s stats, where figures for internet users have changed from 151 million to 213 million. Internet figures for Indonesia have also almost doubled, to 72.7 million.

These changes have had a significant impact on the regional and global totals too, so we’ll begin with a refreshed look at the stats from the very top.

The Global Picture

Following revisions to a number of countries, the number of worldwide internet users now exceeds 2.64 billion, representing global penetration of 37%:

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Following our report last week, we also received a number of queries regarding the difference between mobile subscriptions and actual mobile users, so we’re delighted to be able include a new chart comparing the two in this report.

We’ve teamed up with the wonderful team at GSMA Intelligence for this, and they’ve been kind enough to let us share this valuable data in the report – here’s the APAC picture:

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In order to understand the context in which people use mobile devices, it’s also important to understand how people pay for their subscriptions (contracts), and whether they have access to potentially faster mobile data connections.

The chart below offers more detail on both these areas, detailing how many people have pre- vs post-paid contracts, and using 3G as a proxy for the likelihood people could access faster internet if they chose to take out a relevant mobile data plan:

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Asia-Pacific In Context

APAC is home to almost 3.9 billion people, accounting for just under 55% of the total world population. The region hosts just under half the world’s Internet users, and 52.2% of the world’s active social media users:

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Although internet user data for a number of countries around the region hasn’t been updated as recently as we’d hoped, APAC has still shown impressive growth in recent months, with Asian countries alone adding more than 150 million new users since our previous report in October 2012 – many of which were in India and Indonesia:

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However, internet access is still far from a universal reality around APAC, and penetration rates in some countries remain surprisingly low:

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It’s interesting to see how the average number of hours spent on the internet varies around the region too, both in terms of desktop / laptop access, as well as the time spent on the mobile web:

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It’s important to note that the figures in the chart above are based on claimed time spent on the internet, rather than on actual traffic. This has two important consequences:

  • The data will, in part, reveal the story that people choose to tell about their internet use, rather than the exact number of minutes they spend connected
  • However, in a similar way, this ‘claimed’ data helps to avoid over-counting internet usage when someone is connected to the internet, but not actually making use of it (e.g. the browser is open in the background while someone works on another, non-internet related application).
  • There may also be some variations across cultures in what people consider ‘internet’ access. For example, someone who streams music through a service like Spotify for the whole day may not consider this ‘time spent on the internet’, even if we could argue the opposite is also true.

Social Media

2013 was an impressive year of growth across almost every aspect of the social media world in APAC, with chat apps in particular seeing stunning growth thanks to platforms like WeChat, LINE, and Kakaotalk.

We’ve chose to focus on social networks for this report’s data though, as they continue to offer the greater opportunity for marketers.

User figures and penetration rates for social networks still vary hugely around the region, but the overall trend is definitely upwards (note that MAU stands for Monthly Active Users):

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It’s worth highlighting that the figures for social media penetration often exceed those for internet penetration, especially in fast-evolving markets. There may be a number of reasons for this:

  • Social media stats are almost always more up to date than those for internet usage, largely because they are collected by a commercial entity on an on-going basis and published at least quarterly to help with advertising sales. In Facebook’s case, the monthly active user figures are available in almost real-time.
  • Many reports on internet usage and penetration omit mobile internet usage, meaning many mobile-only users aren’t included in the figures (partly because they’re more difficult to identify). In many emerging markets – particularly places like Indonesia or Myanmar – mobile-only use can account for a significant proportion of internet use. People accessing social media through mobile devices will be counted, however, meaning social media numbers are often a more accurate indication of actual internet use and penetration in these markets.
  • On the other hand, some people may have multiple social media accounts on the same platform, leading to a slight skew in the data, although we don’t anticipate this is the main cause for the difference between internet and social media usage numbers.

We’ve also changed the way we report user numbers in this year’s report compared to our previous report in 2012, and we now only report monthly active user numbers (MAUs) for any given platform. This ensures a more reliable and actionable data set, and ensures organisations using the data have the most up-to-date picture of people’s preferences and behaviour throughout the region.

Facebook’s MAUs continued to grow across the region over the past year, adding 54 million by January 2014 in Asian countries alone (excluding countries in Oceania like Australia and New Zealand).

China’s Qzone added 25 million MAUs too, meaning that overall growth around the region is somewhere in the region of 80 million new active users – almost 10% growth year-on-year.

We opted not to include chat apps like WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE and Kakaotalk in this year’s analysis for a couple of reasons:

  • The way that people use these platforms remains largely one-to-one, so they offer less of an obvious mass engagement channel for brands compared to platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Weibo (although we recongise that this is changing, especially with tweaks to WeChat’s platform);
  • The companies who operate these platforms tend not to publish monthly active user figures, and where they do, they aren’t broken down by country, making it very difficult for us to attribute usage by country.

However, for handy reference, the global user figures for each of the region’s largest chat apps are as follows:

  • WhatsApp: 400 million monthly active users worldwide
  • WeChat (Weixin): 270 million monthly active users worldwide
  • LINE: 300 million total registered users worldwide
  • Kakaotalk: 130 million total registered users worldwide

We’re  pleased to offer time spent on social media for many of the region’s larger economies too, thanks to some great data from GlobalWebIndex’s Active Usage: Time Spent study, which they’ve kindly allowed us to share. You can find out more about this study here.

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As with the time spent on the internet chart above, this data is based on claimed usage rather than actual traffic information. This again means that data may be coloured by the story people wish to tell about themselves, but at the same time, it also helps to avoid over-counting time where people have social media open in the background.

Based on our qualitative research, many people keep social networks open throughout the day in a distinct browser tab or tool like Tweetdeck, but do not necessarily spend all that time actively engaging with the platform itself, so the data above should be used in conjunction with traffic-based numbers (where available) to paint a multi-dimensional picture of people’s behaviour.

It’s interesting to explore the above chart in the context of the societal norms of each country too; it appears that the time spent on social media is determined as much by a nation’s culture as it is by the speed or ease of internet access. In many countries where fast internet access is still a luxury, people still spend many hours engaging with social media, highlighting once again that social media are playing a huge part in the growth and evolution of the online landscape in APAC.

However, to enrich this story, it’s worth looking at the infrastructural elements too. Mobile devices play a huge role in Asia’s social media scene, so we’ve added an extra data set to this report to illustrate mobile social access in more detail:

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The number of mobile subscriptions in APAC continue to grow steadily in the past 15 months, with Asian countries alone adding more than 200 million new subscriptions since our previous report in October 2012.

Although it’s likely that some of these new subscriptions constitute second subscriptions (e.g. an additional contract for work or personal use), the importance of mobile devices even in the region’s less developed nations highlights the critical role mobile plays in people’s daily lives in APAC.

While it can be tricky to identify the exact number of people accessing the internet through mobile devices, we have identified reliable data for two important indicators that offer valuable insights: mobile broadband subscriptions, and people accessing social media through mobile devices:

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It’s particularly interesting to note that the proportion of the population accessing social media through a mobile device is much higher than the penetration of mobile broadband, suggesting that many people continue to access social media through slower mobile connections.

You’ll find this data broken down for each country around the region in the full report.

The Individual Country Story

We’re delighted to announce that we now have social media and mobile data for every Asian country, as well as 4 key nations in Oceania.

Major additions to this year’s report are North Korea and Myanmar, and although the numbers aren’t likely to challenge China’s position as the dominant digital player in the region, it’s very exciting to see how online media are helping to open up some of the world’s most secretive nations.

In particular, Myanmar – or Burma, if you prefer – has surprised us with the sheer speed of growth, particularly when it comes to social media. From a country where Facebook was technically blocked barely 12 months ago, this Southeast Asian country now boasts well over 1 million Facebook users, and is still growing at an impressive rate:

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Despite these impressive numbers though, this still represents a social media penetration of just 2% in Myanmar, so there’s clearly plenty more potential for growth as the country continues its journey towards a fully open approach to the internet.

Even mobile subscriptions struggle to reach double-digit penetration, while the internet – albeit based mostly on fixed-line figures – languishes at just 1%.

However, 2014 looks like a promising year for Myanmar’s online landscape, and we’re looking forward to plenty more good news from them in the months to come.

The story in North Korea remains less clear; with the internet still officially blocked in the world’s most reclusive nation, it’s difficult to get a clear picture of what’s going on. However, Facebook themselves state that they now have 8,200 users within the North Asian state, 4,600 of whom access through mobile devices:

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It’s unclear how many of these users are actually North Korean citizens though, and we suspect that a significant proportion may be foreign nationals based in the country.

However, the fact that it is even possible for these people to access Facebook from within North Korea represents a step forward compared to the situation this time last year, so we’ll take that as a glimmer of hope for 2014.

We’ve also included data for Timor-Leste, which, although still small in absolute numbers, represents another reason for optimism, given the young country’s recent history.

East Timor’s social media population in particular is growing steadily, with 6% of the population – or 76,000 people – using Facebook at least once in the past month:

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As with many emerging economies, the numbers for internet usage in Timor-Leste are far lower than those for social media, mainly because it’s harder to measure the exact number of people accessing the internet.

Many people still access from shared devices in internet cafés or in places of work, and data is often collected by surveys that have taken quite some time to gather, analyse and publish.

Social media figures such as those made available by Facebook are almost real-time though, offering a more up-to-date and accurate picture of the online landscape within these fast-evolving digital ecosystems.

Excitingly, mobile phone subscriptions have already surpassed 50% penetration in Timor-Leste too, meaning many more people now have the opportunity to connect to the internet as soon as affordable mobile data plans become available.

Alongside figures for Australia and New Zealand, we’re also pleased to present some initial figures for Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Both nations play an important role in understanding the broader picture across Pacific nations, and the stories their data snapshots tell reveal some interesting insights:

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Fiji already demonstrates relatively strong internet and social media penetration figures, surpassing the regional average in both areas.

Meanwhile, Papua New Guinea still has plenty of potential for growth, with barely 4% of the population using Facebook in the past month. However, with mobile subscription penetration of 42%, it’s clear that Papuans have an increasing digital opportunity, and we’re confident these figures will all grow considerably during 2014.

We’re also pleased to share statistics on mobile social behaviour for all 30 countries in this study, ensuring marketers have a solid understanding of the opportunities to engage their audiences in a variety of settings and contexts – here are some example stats for Indonesia:

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As mobile increasingly becomes our predominant means of accessing online services and content, it’s likely that Asia-Pacific will continue to lead the world in defining the future of the online landscape.

The India Changes

Finally, given the major changes in internet user numbers since last week’s report, here’s how the individual country situation looks today:

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So there you have it – another week, another bumper collection of stats. Do get in touch if you’d like some help making sense of these numbers, or turning them into part of an actionable strategy.

Be sure to check back  to our blog for more updates in the coming weeks too – given how quickly the data seems to be changing, it’s clear 2014 is going to be another vintage year for online growth. We’re already looking forward to next year’s APAC report!

Sources for all the above data are listed in the full report. We’d especially like to thank GlobalWebIndex and GSMA Intelligence for their help in providing data for these reports, and for allowing us to publish their valuable data.

UPDATE: We’ve amended this post, and some slides in the original report, due to a request from one of our data partners.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #101

by Ji Eun Kim in News

Line’s $194 million revenue, twice that of the previous quarter
According to report from TechInAsia, one of fastest growing messaging app Line recorded $194 million revenue for Q3 2013. This is a 48 percent increase from the previous quarter. The significant growth in revenue seems largely attributed by gaming which accounts for 60 percent of its’ revenue, followed by stickers which saw a 20 percent sales. Its’ gaming driven revenue model follows through its’ counterpart KakaoTalk which dominates the top 10 of Google Play’s chart in South Korea. With 280 million registered users worldwide, Line is expanding its ground beyond Japan and Taiwan and seeing growth in India, targeting to reach 20 million users by the end of the year. In addition, Turkey, Italy, and Latin America are becoming its’ new markets for expansion. In the competitive world of messaging apps, will Line continue to grow and maintain high profitability or will other chat apps come up with compelling offerings and convert Line’s users?

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WhatsApp leads the chat app competition in India with 25 million MAU
According to report from Medianama, one of leading messaging apps WhatsApp reached 25 million monthly active users in India. This marks 25 percent increase as compared to three months ago. Although many other chat apps like Line try to garner share in the market with heavy advertising push, their number of registered users are not even close with WhatsApp’s number of monthly active users. It proves not only that WhatsApp is far ahead in the competition but the first-to-market advantage is not easy to break. However, it’s too early to conclude that WhatsApp will be the dominant force for chat apps given that smartphone adoption rates is still growing in the market.

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Twitter, a critical communication tool for the devastating Typhoon Yolanda
Since Typhoon Yolanda hit Philippines on Friday, November 8, thousands of people have lost contact with their family. In a situation where communication lines are broke down, internet is playing a significant role in helping people connect, share information and collect aid. Google provides a crisis response map for people to find information on evacuation centers and hospitals nearby affected areas as well as a person finder to locate lost ones. As it did for other disasters, Twitter is also playing a part for  individual and organization to share information and call for helps. For example, Philippines government’s Twitter account @GovPH, has been actively tweeting to recruit volunteers. Moreover, #YolandaPH hashtag has been widely used to share information. People are also using #RescuePH to call for helps for themselves and their family.

YouTube outdoes Facebook as favourite site for teens
It’s not just messenger apps that are eating into the social habits of teens. A survey of over 4,000 teenagers aged 12-15 found that 50% of them called YouTube their favourite site, followed by 45.2% for Facebook. The story is different for those in their twenties, though: Facebook came top with 55%, followed by Amazon with 37.5%.

More Facebook likes may not increase fan sentiment
A fictional brand called Ashwood Furnishings may have provided some insight into consumer behaviour. A Facebook page was set up for the brand for the purpose of a study, which examined how viewers of the page felt about the brand, based solely on the number of likes. As fan figures increased from zero (low) to 2,000 (medium), page viewers felt more positive about the brand; however, this trailed off as the page approached a high figure (10,000+).

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New Facebook ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons
Facebook has updated its ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons. Look, look at them:

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Good, now you’ve seen them. You’ll see them even more over the coming weeks, as they start getting rolled out gradually.

Facebook testing star ratings for pages
Facebook is testing a star rating (out of five) for pages, which will allow users to rate their favourite (or least favourite) businesses and thus produce a more accurate rating system than the number of likes. Naturally, this has consequences for both users and brands – for whom it isn’t yet clear if the system will be optional or mandatory.

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Instagram is the fastest growing social network among marketers
Instagram’s uptake among marketers of the world’s 100 largest brands has rendered it the fastest growing social network amongst said group. Accounts are now held by 71% and active accounts by 65%, compared with 42% in the same quarter in 2012. Growth is also shown in the number of pages posting 1+ photo per week and those reaching the milestones of 10,000, 20,000 and 100,000 fans.

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Instagram CEO says 5% of ad views lead to likes
Kevin Systrom, CEO of Instagram, has claimed that over 5% of ad views on the network lead to likes:

Over 5 per cent of the impression led to likes on these ads that we’ve run. That’s pretty tremendous considering most of the ads we see on the internet we ignore.

If the figures are true, his opinion is probably correct. However, figures from a Michael Kors post, the first ever advertised on Instagram, suggest that he may not be: according to analytics company Nitrogram, the update reached 6.15 million people and received over 218,000 likes – a like percentage of 3.57%.

Twitter’s redesign may have increased engagement
Twitter’s more visual redesign looks to have increased engagement across the network, according to some key sources. Klout’s head of marketing, Jon Dick, has said that:

Looking at some of our high-level volume numbers, we’ve seen as much as a 10% increase in engagement among Twitter users.

This is backed up by the founder of Twitter tracking service Favstar.fm, Tim Haines, who says:

It looks like favs and RTs have jumped 10–15%-ish amongst my users.

It’s worth noting that these are, of course, very early figures and not necessarily illustrative of long-term change.

Google link YouTube comments to G+
Google has linked YouTube comments to Google+, in a move that has caused controversy among users of the network. The new comments allow certain social aspects, such as mentioning your G+ contacts in a YouTube comment and are explained further in the following video.

However, many people were hugely unhappy with the changes – not least YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, who posted the below, his first update for eight years. Eek.

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Google+ introduces ‘restricted communities’
Google+ has announced the launch of ‘restricted communities’, a feature that prevents users who are not members of a given organisation from joining. The system is aimed at allowing businesses to create private or invite-only communities, as an extra layer of security.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #89

by Ji Eun Kim in News

KakaoTalk joins the race for market share in the Philippines
The main chat app contenders in the Philippines have long been Wechat, Line, Whatsapp, and Viber. But an additional option is now available in the Philippines as KakaoTalk launches their first TV ad. The Philippines spot features Filipino singer Sarah Geronimo, together with Korean boy band Big Bang. This is KakaoTalk’s first push for the competitive chat app market in the Philippines and its first bid to gain traction in the fastest-growing internet audience in southeast Asia, according to a recent ComScore study. KakaoTalk’s launch of TV ads in the Philippines is similar to the promotions run across the region to increase it’s share in and around the region. As of last June, KakaoTalk has 100 million registered users. That number is only half the number of registered users of Line, which is perhaps the leader in the Philippines on both Android and iOS, according to App Annie’s rankings. How will KakaoTalk fare in the Philippines in the coming months is something that we will monitor closely.

Singapore’s Mig33 rebrands as a microblogging platform
As reported by Tech In Asia, Mig33 is revealing today that it’s heading towards a different direction by becoming a social “mini-blogging platform”, making it available on more platforms such as smartphones. How does Mig33 plan to stand out against its competitors such as Twitter? Firstly, a higher word count for posts – 300 characters, just over twice the amount of Twitter’s 140 characters per tweet. Secondly, by leveraging the fun and playful side of its user experience with the recent rebranding of its logo and the experience it provides. The Mig33 experience includes chats, emoticons, levels, the unlocking of badges, different site layouts and a gaming platform. Currently there are over 70 million registered users on Mig33, do you think they will be able to grow bigger in the region with their new direction?

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WhatsApp leads the chat app market in India With Over 20 Million Active Users
Whatsapp has revealed that it has over 20 million active users in India right now. While it’s a ballpark figure given by WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum  – it is clear that WhatsApp; despite the assault from other chat services like Line and WeChat, leads the chat app market in India. With more chat app contenders battling out in India, will Whatsapp’s introduction of walkie-talkie style voice messaging suffice to maintain its user base? Bearing in mind that competitors such as China based WeChat have incorporated this feature well over a year ago and are also actively penetrating into the India market through TV ads. Other contenders include Line with over five million registered users in India, Nimbuzz, Viber, BBM and local challengers such as GupShup. Will Whatsapp be able to hold off its competitors, only time will tell.

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Changes to Facebook’s Newsfeed
As we reported last week, Facebook has made three new updates to its Newsfeed: story bumping, last actor and chronological by actor, each affecting the order in which stories appear. Story bumping means that, if a user misses any story from a friend or page, it is eligible to be bumped to the top of their feed. Facebook’s initial test into 7,000 users of the feature has shown that it leads to a 57-70% increase in the numbers of stories read, raising interactions by 5% for stories from friends and 8% from pages. Last Actor takes note of the most recent 50 people/pages with which a user interacted, giving the stories from each a slight bump in relevance, while Chronological By Actor allows users to see all the stories from any person/page in chronological order, useful for following live events and the like. It’s interesting to note that these aren’t major changes, but do seem to be aimed at an increase in engagement, as We Are Social’s Global MD, Robin Grant, told Ad Age:

Is this a sign that Facebook is so worried about decreasing user engagement that they’re changing how the news feed works to try and stem the tide?

Facebook experiments with ‘trending topics’
Hot on the heels of verified accounts and hashtags, Facebook is experimenting with another Twitter-inspired feature: trending topics. The system will be tested with a limited number of US users on Facebook’s mobile website, displaying a trend from the day at the top of the page, as shown below. If users click on this, they will see everything that their friends are saying about it, followed by posts from strangers. Only time will tell if this is introduced to all users.

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Facebook to stop supporting rich media in ads
We’ve seen a lot of ad-simplifying by Facebook in recent months. This is now being taken a step further, with the removal of support for Adobe Flash and other rich mediain desktop ads, described in their updated regulations as “audio or flash animation that plays automatically without a user’s interaction or expands within Facebook after a user clicks on the ad”. Inside Facebook claim that there is a further move to do so on mobile, citing the ‘CEO of a Facebook PMD’ as their source.

Twitter partner with Datalogix to measure tweets’ effect on purchase
Twitter has recently entered into a partnership with Datalogix in order to measure the correlation between tweets and sales for consumer packaged goods marketers. This works as follows: Twitter provide the email addresses (scrambled for anonymity) of those who have been exposed to a brand’s tweets, compared with those who have not, to Datalogix, who match this information to their own purchase data. In a recent test of 35 brands across a variety of industries, it was found that those who interacted with a brand’s promoted tweets purchased 12% more of that brand’s products than the control group. Indeed, those who were simply exposed to the tweets, without even interacting, purchased 2% more, increasing to 8% for organic tweets. Users exposed to five or more organic tweets purchased three times as much of the relevant product.

Instagram 4.1
Instagram has announced the latest major update to its mobile app: Instagram 4.1, citing 3 major updates to the platform. The first of these is the introduction of video for Android 4.0 users, in line with its iOS version. There’s another update to video, too: the ability to import a film from your phone’s library, regardless of when it was recorded, and trim it to the correct length. This is good news for brands who want to upload pre-recorded adverts to the network (although that’s not necessarily a good idea!). Finally, the iOS version now features an ‘auto straighten’ function, which corrects crooked photos with the press of one button.

72% of Online US adults use social networks
The Pew Research Center has found that, of all US adult internet users, 72% are now using social networks. The study, which has been ongoing since 2005, has also found that triple the number of over-65s (43%) are using social networks than were in spring 2009 (13%). Currently, 18% of US internet users are on Twitter, with 30% of 18-29 year olds using the site, amounting to the highest Twitter penetration of any age group.

‘Liking’ content makes people more likely to do the same
According to research presented in the journal ‘Science’, if you ‘like’ an article, someone else who reads it is more likely to do the same. The study, involving numerous academics from different universities, took a list of comments on a website where users submit links to news articles and added fake up or down votes, to see how this would manipulate ongoing interactions. They found that, if a piece had already been given a fake positive score, the first person reading it was 32% more likely to up vote, though there was no impact on subsequent negative votes. Interestingly, adding a fake negative vote had no effect on future votes.

The top reasons for marketers to use social media
Consumer engagement and brand lift are the two top reasons for using social media, according to a US survey of marketing professionals. Both of these were given as reasons by 67% of participants, followed in third place by ‘influencing customer behaviour’ with 61%. In fourth place was ‘positive sentiment’, down from 1st in 2012, which figured in 59% of responses.

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Which brands get most Facebook engagement?
Recent analysis into the Facebook activity of the top 50 US retailers during the first half of 2013 has resulted in some interesting results. While half have seen an increase in the total volume of engagements over a six-month period, the other half saw a decrease, with only two of the top ten increasing overall. Image updates are still more prevalent than videos, amounting for 80% and 3% of posts respectively. For engagement, luxury brands are the most successful, receiving 19,469 fan actions for every post, while brands that depend on mass appeal appear at the other end of the spectrum, as shown by the graph below.

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More tweets leads to increased TV viewing and vice versa
Research by Nielsen has found that there is a correlation between an increase in thevolume of tweets about a TV show and its live viewing figures – the report even goes so far as to call it a causation. In a minute-by-minute examination of 221 primetime episodes, they looked into whether an increase in viewing figures had an effect on the volume of tweets for the next 5 minutes, finding that, 48% of the time, it did. They then examined the inverse, to see how a change in tweet numbers affected the next 5 minutes’ viewing figures, noting that the same was true 29% of the time.

Porsche’s Facebook fans create limited edition 911
As part of the celebrations for ’50 years of the Porsche 911′, the automotive brand allowed Facebook fans to create a limited edition, fully customised version of the carthrough a series of votes. Now, the results are in and the community have settled on Aqua Blue metallic paintwork, white 20 inch wheels and an Aerokit package; the fully built car is now being offered for test drives at the Porsche Experience Centre in Silverstone.

General Electronic’s #6SecondScience
GE is hosting a science fair on Vine, encouraging people to submit their own videos using the hashtag #6SecondScience and tweeting/blogging the best examples. The activity, a sample of which is shown below, will be supported by influencer outreach, as well as ads on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Mashable and Buzzfeed.

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HTC post Vine video teaser
Mobile manufacturer HTC has created a Vine video to tease a new product. The video shows a man, believed to be new brand ambassador Robert Downey Jr., getting out of a helicopter. Rumour has it that the clip is in reference to the upcoming HTC One Max, the next mobile handset to be released by HTC.

Domino’s Pizza celebrate innovation with #PoweredByPizza
Domino’s Pizza has created a campaign to celebrate innovation through crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Dubbed #PoweredByPizza, the brand is offering gift cards to people who pledge funds towards certain ideas that they consider ‘innovative’.

 

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Five Friday Facts #84

by Laura Picard in News

K-Pop YouTube views tripled thanks to ‘Gangnam Style’
According to a recent article by Mashable, K-Pop videos have become highly popular in the past year due to the staggering success of Psy’s video for “Gangnam Style”. YouTube announced that views of videos from Korean artists have tripled since last July, when Psy’s record-breaking video emerged on the video sharing platform. YouTube compiled data supporting this fact, as indicated by the sharp spike in K-pop video views indicated in the graph below. These views increase again, when Psy launched “Gentleman” a follow-up video earlier this year. “Gangnam Style” is the most-viewed YouTube video of all time, with over 1.7 billion views. “Gentleman” has seen incredible success as well, having accrued 483 million views in just over 3 months since its launch. YouTube notes that the year prior to ‘Gangnam Style’, K-pop videos had a viewership of 2.2 billion worldwide; in the year after the video’s launch, this number surged to 7 billion. The platform also notes that a majority of views prior to ‘Gangnam Style’ came from Asia Pacific. In the past year, however, 91% of the views came from outside of the region. Mashable notes that US views in particular had doubled in the year after “Gangnam Style” was released.

30M users, 300M subscriptions on KakaoTalk Games
Korean chat app KakaoTalk has seen considerable success on its gaming offshoot, KakaoTalk Games. The platform has grown to 30 million users and 300 million accumulated subscriptions in its first year since it launched. TechInAsia notes that this feat is particularly impressive given that it only offered ten games when it was introduced last year. The company reported that this increase in users is accompanied by a whopping increase of 194% in accumulated sales on the gaming platform.

6% of US netizens are on Reddit; mostly young males
TheNextWeb recently reported on the demographic breakdown of Reddit users in the US. Based on a study by the Pew Research Center, the findings indicated that 6 percent of the total internet population were active users on the social link sharing platform. TheNextWeb notes that the failure of its main competitor, Digg, is a factor that led to the rapid growth of Reddit. While the 6 percent is an overall internet user rate, it is interesting to note that 15 percent of male internet users in the 18-29 age bracket frequented the site. By contrast, female users in the same age bracket only came to 5 percent, and men aged 30-49 were at 8 percent.

300M Enterprise Accounts on Sina Weibo
As Sina Weibo users continue to increase, brands are quickly taking to establishing their own presence on the microblogging platform. According to China Internet Watch, Sina Weibo had roughly 300 million Enterprise accounts in 2012. The platform itself has users accessing Weibo from multiple sources; desktop users hit 285 million, while mobile app users were at 88 million in March 2013. According to Sina, the top five brand categories for Enterprise accounts were online shopping, entertainment, consumer electronics, catering food and clothing. It is interesting to note that online shopping comes out on top with a significant margin of 6.4% in terms of most followed Enterprise Weibo Accounts. Receiving promotional information constituted the strongest reason for following Enterprise accounts, with nearly a quarter of the respondents agreeing that this was a factor (23.9%).

China Now Has 591M netizens, 460M on mobile web
According to a recent article by TechInAsia, internet users in China has grown to consist of 591 million users and 460 million mobile web users Based on new data from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), the findings illustrate considerable growth in the past three years, from the 420 million internet users reported in mid-2010. The number of mobile web users in particular has doubled since December 2009. TechInAsia notes that the increasing popularity of mobile web is related to the high penetration rate of mobile phones, with more than 1.1 billion subscriptions “at last count” and 300 million users with 3G. Mobile web is especially promising, given the fact that over 70 percent of new netizens accessed the internet via mobile phones in the first half of 2013.–roughly twice as much as new users who access the web through desktop PCs (35.4%).

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Five Friday Facts #82

by Laura Picard in News

KakaoTalk now has 100 million users
According to an article this week by TechInAsia, Korean chat app KakaoTalk has reached its most recent milestone: 100 million users. The chat app has continued to gain momentum since it first launched in 2010. As the graph below illustrates, their growth rate has become jaw-droppingly steep in recent months. KakaoTalk’s expansion goals for Southeast Asia have led to aggressive marketing tactics, such as TV commercials and celebrity endorsements in Indonesia. These strategies have clearly paid off, and are partly the impetus for the chat app’s recent success.

There are now 3 million company pages on LinkedIn
LinkedIn recently announced that they had recently hit a milestone on their platform: there are now over 3 million company pages on the network. The professional networking platform itself currently has over 225 million users. The company produced an infographic to celebrate this accomplishment on their blog post as well, with interesting factoids (such as the fact that there are over 1000 pages devoted to nanotechnology, and 490 pages with the word ‘ninja’, ‘pirate’ or ‘samurai in the company name). The infographic also suggests that a striking 500,000 of the 3 million company pages were added to LinkedIn in the last 12 months.

Vine shares drop as Instagram Video use rises
Mashable recently reported that Vine shares have dropped drastically as a result of Instagram’s new launch of a video feature. Based on a study by SimplyMeasured, the findings suggested that tweets containing Vine videos dropped by 40 percent on the day Instagram Video was introduced. Vine’s decline continued throughout Instagram Video’s first week; while 3 million Vines were tweeted on June 15, only 900,000 were shared on June 26. By contrast, Instagram video produced over 5 million videos on its first day (June 20). On the same day, TechCrunch noted that Instagram itself had accumulated 16 billion photos on the platform, with 130 million total users liking 1 billion photos on a daily basis.

WeChat has 70 million users overseas
A few weeks ago, we blogged about WeChat’s expansion outside of China. Unlike its Asian chat app counterparts, KakaoTalk and Line, WeChat’s user base had seen a large majority of its user base rooted firmly in China. The chat app saw some success in its drive to gain overseas users as they hit 40 million non China-based users during May. A more recent report by TechInAsia reveals that this number has climbed to a whopping 70 million users in six short weeks.

Zalo at 3M users, process 30M messages per day
In other chat app news, TechInAsia reports that Vietnam-based Zalo has reached 3 million users. Unlike WeChat, KakaoTalk and Line’s collective dominance over other markets across Asia, Vietnam remains “relatively untapped” in the region. Zalo, however, is succeeding in gaining users and currently processes over 30 million messages on a daily basis. As noted in a previous blog post, Zalo just hit 2 million in May, indicating that the app is gaining one million users every two months.

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