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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #136

by Ji Eun Kim in News

Weibo adds new feature for video records and uploads
Weibo app added a new feature that allows video recording, uploading and playing directly in Weibo. Although embedded videos have been there for a while, it’s meaningful that this is the first time Weibo ever built video function directly without involving third party sites. However, the new function doesn’t seem to be a threat to existing local video sharing apps like Tencent’s Weishi and Sina’s Miaopai at the moment as it doesn’t have video editing ability. But the new feature might add more burdens on Sina for the responsibility to censor inappropriate video content.

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WhatsApp might no longer be free in India
Free messaging or call apps like WhatsApp and Skype might not be free anymore in India. The issue all comes down to the conflict between Telecom companies and OTT (over-the-top) service providers. (OTT refers to text, audio or video sent over the internet.) With rising smartphone usage and data access in India, increasingly fewer people are using SMS or phone calls, which are more profitable than data plans for Telecom companies. In order for revenue to bounce back, Telecom companies have requested the Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI) to approve a so-called ‘connectivity charge’ for free messaging and calls. But it is not clear whether this ‘connectivity charge’ will be applied to consumers in addition to data usage. However, the Internet and Mobile Association of India argues that TRAI should not be involved in this matter. It remains to be seen how the issue will pan out.

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All chat apps in China to verify users with real identities
In an effort to “clean up” all instant messaging services, the Chinese government has ruled that all public account owners on any chat apps in China have to register with their true identities and get permission to publish. Although some chat apps like Weixin already has started real-name verification processes last year, this is the first time that the government has issued a formal regulation on this matter.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #127

by Ji Eun Kim in News

Twitter used for presidential election campaigns in Indonesia 
According to Twitter, Indonesia has nearly 20 million active users and Jakarta is the number one city in terms of the number of tweets generated (2.4% of all tweets come from Jakarta). Most of these Indonesian Twitter users are first time voters aged between 16 and 20. This demographic accounts for over one-third of 187 million eligible voters in 2014 elections. The youth population are always connected online and active on social media. In this election year alone, 42.1 million tweets related to the election were generated, up 36 percent compared to last year. Seeing an opportunity to tap into Twitter for presidential elections in July 9th, Peter Greenberger, director of political advertising for Twitter visited Indonesia to meet presidential candidates to talk about how they could use Twitter more effectively in their campaigns. Presidential contenders, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto have 1.5 million followers and 808,000 Twitter followers respectively. We will wait to see how Twitter plays a role to shape the political landscape in Indonesia.

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Line to remove 20 gaming apps to focus on what’s working 
With 400 million registered users, Line is one of the largest messaging apps in the market. The app has indicated plans to remove one-third of gaming apps (20) from its platform. This move is geared towards focusing its resources on apps that are achieving greater success, with hopes to “further propel the service as a global gaming platform.” Gaming revenue was $143 million for its most recent quarter, through 300 million downloads worldwide. This constitutes more than 60 percent of Line’s total revenue. Therefore, it seems reasonable to halt those apps that are losing popularity. Line has promised a refund for users who have purchased the games that will cease operations. However, Line has yet to decide whether to roll out replacement gaming apps or continue with its remaining gaming apps.

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Facebook responds to organic reach questions
Facebook has released a statement explaining its decreasing organic reach, offering two key reasons: the huge volume of content on the network (a user could potentially be shown up to 1,500 stories per log in) and an attempt to increase News Feed relevance. The piece argues that they are not trying to make more money from paid ads and that fans still have a function – social context (i.e. seeing that your friend ‘likes’ an advertised page) reportedly drives 50% more recall and 35% higher online sales lift. For information on how to combat the changes, have a look at our full article on the subject.

Search ads have no measurable effect
Research conducted in the US by eBay, in conjunction with Berkeley and Chicago universities, has concluded that search ads have ‘no measurable benefit’. eBay customers were ‘unaffected by the presence of paid search advertising’, leading to questions about the medium’s future.

Facebook adds interactive video components
Facebook has added new interactive components to its standard video ads to increase their efficiency for lower-budget advertisers. The offering now includes a ‘video views’ option, allowing a company to serve ads to users more likely to watch them, such as those who have watched similar content before. It’s also now possible to add a call-to-action to a video, such as encouraging users to click through to a brand’s website.

Facebook rolls out new page design worldwide
Facebook has launched its new page design worldwide, which increases the similarity between pages and personal profiles. Admins will see a prompt to ‘take a tour’ of the changes and can then choose whether or not to make the switch. Regardless of their choice, the change will happen automatically two weeks after the tour is taken.

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Instagram adds new photo-editing features
Instagram has added ten new features and updated seven, aimed at increasing the scope for photo-editing in-app. The new options include ‘Adjust, Brightness, Contrast, Warmth, Saturation, Highlights, Shadows, Vignette and Sharpen’.

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LinkedIn updates paid profiles
LinkedIn has created a brand new image-centric profile layout, as you can see below. It’s only available to paid users for now, though – we’ll see if it’s enough to entice people currently using the service for free.

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Pinterest creates self-serve ad auction
Pinterest is following its initial ad launch by creating a self-serve auction, aimed at small-to-medium businesses. Payment will be taken on a cost-per-click basis. Don Faul, Pinterest’s head of operations, explained how the auction works:

The ultimate price over time will be determined, as all auctions are, by how much competition and demand there is.

Tinder looks to increase interactions with ‘Moments’
Tinder has launched ‘Moments’, which it hopes will enrich interactions within the app. Users can share a picture, or ‘Moment’, with all their matches, who will be given the option to ‘like’ it or not, based on the normal left/right swipe mechanic. Once someone likes your photo, you can start chatting about it. Photos will disappear after 24 hours, which we’re sure nobody on Tinder will take advantage of in any way whatsoever.

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Microsoft adds new apps to Xbox
Microsoft has announced that 45 new apps will be coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360before the end of the year. These include Vine and Twitter, the latter of which will be integrated into the console, such that users have the option to see tweets about TV content they’re watching or trending shows.

Foursquare brings ads to Swarm
Foursquare is integrating adverts into its new app, Swarm, to be served to users after they check in. So far, the ads (shown below) are set to be used by a number of brands, including Pepsi, P&G, Hennessy, Volvo and Shell.

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Hellmann’s teaches cookery through WhatsApp
Mayonnaise brand, Hellmann’s, has created an app for its Brazilian consumers named WhatsCook, a live recipe service that allows users to speak to experts or professional chefs using WhatsApp. The feature takes full advantage of the ability to send images and videos through the platform.

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Listerine is creating a World Cup newsroom
Mouthwash brand, Listerine, is sponsoring the World Cup for the first time this year, creating a campaign dubbed “Power To Your Mouth”. This will see a newsroom set up for the tournament, wherein the brand will create content for Facebook and Twitter based on events, and then bid for ads in real-time, based on which posts receive the most engagement.

World No Smoking Day Vines
Anti-smoking charity, Quit, created a campaign for World No Tobacco Day, with three different looping Vines, each displaying a different demographic group of smoker. Each one ends with the simple line “before this video starts again, another smoker will die”.

Lego embraces social video Lego has made its first foray into the world of social video, producing a Vine and an Instagram video. Each focusses around a shy ‘mixel’ named Seismo.

IHG and Coca-Cola launch Instagram competition InterContinental Hotel Group and Coca-Cola have teamed up to produce a summer campaign, which asks entrants to pitch their most creative story ideas in a 15-second Instagram video for the chance to meet Hollywood actor, Josh Lucas. IHG will support the campaign with a set of video kiosks, explained in the below video by Adweek.

Jack Daniel’s creates smartphone photo competition Jack Daniel’s is asking customers to post pictures of their summer experiences through various social sites, in fitting with a set of weekly challenges. Two prizes will be dished out each week, one chosen by judges and the other by a public vote. The campaign looks to promote Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, aimed at a younger audience than its core product. Asos celebrates an #EpicSummer with Mastercard Asos and Mastercard have joined forces to create a campaign dubbed #EpicSummer, which asks twenty-somethings to share pictures on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag. Prizes include concert tickets and an Asos shopping spree.

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Newcastle Brown Ale paying for followers Newcastle Brown Ale is continuing its ‘No Bollocks’ attitude with a campaign that offers $1 to the first 50,000 people to follow the brand on Twitter. Why? Well, why “endure the unsolicited marketing of other beer brands for free when you can endure Newcastle’s unsolicited marketing and get paid?”

Ben & Jerry’s offers ice cream for tweets Ben & Jerry’s, the ice cream brand, went ‘cruising’ around the streets of Washington D.C. last week, offering free ice cream. All residents had to do was tweet the brand, telling them where they’d like the truck to stop.


Bashar Al-Assad promotes Facebook posts
Promoted posts from Syria’s president, Bashar Al-Assad, were spotted on Facebook last week. A number of people objected, including The Syria Campaign, which has demanded the network donate any money it received from the posts to Syrian children. The organisation has created the below replica of Facebook to direct people to a petition.

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The CIA launches on social
In a story that may or may not be linked to the above, the CIA has launched accounts on Facebook and Twitter. It’s taken a humorous approach, causing something of a Twitter frenzy – the account has amassed almost 600,000 followers already.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #107

by Ji Eun Kim in News

1.7 billion tweets made in Thai language in 2013, 45% up from the past year 
Twitter in Thailand has not been talked about as much as it should be due to the highlight on Facebook and Instagram. But data from ThaiTrend suggests that Twitter is still worth watching. According to ThaiTrend, there were more than 1.7 billion tweets made in the Thai language in 2013 from 1.7 million users. ThaiTrend also claims that Twitter usage and user base in 2013 has shown 45 % and 35% growth respectively as compared to the past year. The day that marked highest number of tweets in Thai was on December 1st with a total 7.5 million tweets talking about huge political protests in Bangkok, which shows that Thailand is no exception from Twitter’s major role of being a platform to exchange real time updates and opinion on social issues. It will be interesting to see how Twitter will continue to impact on how Thai people communicate online.

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800K posts made within the first minute of 2014 on Sina Weibo 
China’s largest micro-blogging site, Sina Weibo welcomed 2014 with record breaking number of posts. According to an official Sina account, the first minute of 2014 gained a total of 808,298 posts which beats last year’s record of 729,521 as well as Chinese New Year record of 731,102. The surge of posts seem to be attributed by the New Year’s programme broadcasted by CCTV in partnership with Sina Weibo. We will wait to see if the record will again outstrip the record of upcoming Chinese New Year’s posts end of this month.

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Fashion brands have same-y new year
Happy New Year! Of course, it means a lot coming from us, but when four different fashion brands post the same update at roughly the same time, it ends up having little marketing value. Four indistinguishable posts were uploaded to Instagram on New Year’s Day by Forever 21, Victoria’s Secret, Gucci and Free People.

Happy New Year on Twitter
Fashion brands weren’t the only ones looking to send the same message. Twitter has produced a blog post on how people wished each other a Happy New Year all over the world, with this colourful visualisation showing the time lapse.

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“Pay-for-Prayer” scheme gets criticism on Twitter in Indonesia
Will you be offended if someone is asking for money in exchange for praying? You might be and could be because the religion teaches that praying should be voluntary and unmeasurable by monetary value. Interestingly, the first viral story of 2014 in Indonesia is related to the concept of “pay-for-prayer”. The incident started from social media post made by Ahmad Gozali (@AhmadGozali), advisor of social corporation Sedekah Harian. The post seek for minimum IDR 100,000 ($8.3) in exchange for pray during his visit to Mekkah. Indonesian movie producer and director Joko Anwar (@JokoAnwar) with 540,000 followers made a tweet criticizing his scheme and the story went viral. After the surge of criticism on social media toward Gozali’s scheme, Sedekah Harian’s website published apologies with clarification that the money will be used for social projects. It also claimed that Gozali has now stopped the program. Although followers seem quite acceptive to their apologies, it’s clear that they do not accept the concept of monetizing praying.

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Vine launches for web browsers
Twitter’s video sharing platform, Vine, has launched its web version. This includes everything you’d expect: a home screen, plus the functionality to like, comment and share, as well as a new feature: TV mode. This allows users to view all videos in one, continuous stream.

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Social ad spending per user rises around the world
Social network ad spending is set to continue growing until at least 2015, according to eMarketer research. In 2012, advertisers were spending an average of $5.14 per user, up to $6.18 in 2013 and forecast to continue to $6.97 this year, then $7.98 in 2015. Growth is slowing, however: compared to a 38.8% change in 2012, 2015 will see an increase of just 25.4%.

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Over three quarters of US online adults use social networks
Research by Pew Internet has found that 73% of online US adults now use social networking in some form. Facebook is the predominant platform, with 71% of all online adults having a presence in 2013, up from 67% in 2012. Interestingly, Pinterest (21%) was more popular than Instagram (17%) and Twitter (18%), while 42% of adults are active on multiple networks.

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There were some findings on individual demographics, too: for example, women are four times more likely than men to use Pinterest, while 45% of those aged over 65 are on Facebook. In terms of crossover, Facebook sees the most user crossover: 80% of the users of all other sites spend time on Facebook as well, while Pinterest and LinkedIn have the least crossover of all.

4G moblie subscribers spending more time online
According to research by UK mobile provider EE, 4G moblie subscribers are using their mobiles for online activities more and more. Of those surveyed, 50% reported an increase amount of time spent web browsing, 36% in streaming video content and 34% in the use of social media.

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We Are Social and evian launch #liveyoungjanuary
We Are Social has produced a campaign for evian that looks to keep the ‘Live Young’ spirit alive and well throughout the month of January. Launching on Facebook and Twitter, there will be a new message each day under the hashtag #liveyoungjanuary, encouraging adults to take part in different activities, such as playing sleeping lions at work.

Ben & Jerry’s react to marijuana legalisation
Ben & Jerry’s last week produced a terrific piece of reactive content after recreational marijuana became legal in the US state of Colorado. At the time of writing, it’s received almost 10,000 RTs and over 5,000 favourites.

Target use Pinterest for ‘awesome shop’
Clothes retailer Target has created an online ‘awesome shop’, with content curated via Pinterest. The most pinned items from the company’s boards will appear at the top of the shop’s site, allowing users to easily browse the items their peers love.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #103

by Farah Sidek in News

Social media aiding in Typhoon Haiyan aftermath

In the wake of the disastrous Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, social media and online mapping tools have been useful in disaster response efforts. For example, the Standby Task Force, a volunteer organisation, has tapped more than one million tweets, text messages and other social media objects to track the unfolding disaster, and to map damage, infrastructure and user needs. Apps are available to enable volunteers to tag tweets or photos to indicate infrastructure damage or population displacements. Filipinos in Manila have also been using social media to rally relief efforts. These social media efforts are in some ways emblematic of the country’s population, just over half of whom are under 25.

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WeChat the fasting growing app among teens

We may have read how Facebook is losing out on the teenage audience as baby boomers (their parents) join the platform. A study by Global Web Index suggests that teens are going to other platforms – revealing that Chinese messaging app WeChat is the fastest growing social app used by youths worldwide, followed by Vine and Flickr.

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India’s answer to Snapchat: Candidly

Amidst the massively growing popularity of instant messaging apps, an Indian start-up has created an app Candidly, with similar features to Snapchat. Candidly lets users share photos, doodle on them, and send voice messages or brief video clips. There are options allowing the shared content to self-destruct after 10 seconds. Aside from Snapchat, Candidly is up against more conventional messaging apps that are popular in India, such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Nimbuzz, and Viber.

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Worldwide social users reach 1.61 billion
According to eMarketer, there are now 1.61 billion monthly users of social networks worldwide – up 14.2% from 2012. This is set to increase to 2.33 billion by 2017, though growth will gradually slow to 7.6%. The highest penetration still exists in the West, with 63.5% in the Netherlands, but the highest growth is in India, with 37.4%.

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Facebook trials autoplay videos
Facebook has been trialling new ways to display video in the newsfeed, with ‘autoplay’ features limited to native Facebook videos – other clips, from the likes of YouTube and Vimeo, will still appear as a thumbnail with a play button. Those selected for autoplay will do so when a user scrolls over them – if clicked, they will then expand and unmute.

Facebook simplifies scheduling, allows drag and drop photos for pages
Facebook has introduced two features to make life easier for page admins. First of all, post scheduling has been simplified, with a calendar appearing when the user needs to select a date, along with easier time selection. Additionally, admins can now add photos using the ‘drag and drop’ system already available to other Facebook users.

Instagram launches for Windows Phone, experiments with messaging
Instagram has launched a beta version of its app for Windows Phone – which can take photos, contrary to certain reports. You’ll need to use your native camera app, rather than the Instagram app itself, but it can be done. The app is still lacking video, however. This comes amidst news that the network is planning to expand its offering by introducing private messaging and even experimenting with group messages.

Five countries account for half Twitter’s MAUs
Half of Twitter’s monthly active users come from just five countries – the USA, Japan, Indonesia, UK and Brazil. 24.3% come from the USA, followed by 9.3% in Japan and 6.5% in Indonesia. The UK and Brazil follow with 5.6% and 4.3% respectively.

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Twitter introduces TV conversation targeting
Twitter has introduced a new form of ad targeting, which allows brands to show ads to people tweeting about a particular programme. The system is available through Twitter’s self-serve ad tool, meaning it’s not limited to just big brands. The move seems to make sense, and the network produced two pieces of research last week to support it. One study showed that the cost per incremental acquisition is 36% lower for TV and Twitter advertising than in TV alone.

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Moreover, TV ads and Twitter paid media produce 8-16% more sales than TV advertising alone, according to analysis of 30 US Consumer Package Good brands.

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Vine adds 19 new languages
Vine is looking to expand into new markets with 19 additional languages. There’s Filipino and Polish for Android, while both Android and iOS receive (deep breath): Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Thai and Turkish. And exhale.

LinkedIn has two new features
LinkedIn has introduced two new features: Showcase Pages and Talent Updates. The former essentially allows brands to segment and display content for specific audiences in addition to their main brand pages. The latter is a recruitment tool; when brands share talent updates to their followers, these will appear in users’ feeds – those who engage can then be contacted by the company with a view to being hired.

Pinterest create ‘Place pins’
Pinterest has released a new feature: Place pins. These allow users to add a location to every item pinned, which allows for the production of maps that function as guides to cities or other locations. People have already started doing some interesting stuff with the feature, such as Time Out’s guide to Christmas in London or the below map of Hong Kong.

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All go in the world of Snapchat
Snapchat is reportedly seeing more images uploaded each day than Facebook. The disposable photo-sharing app now sees 400 million ‘snaps’ a day, according to CEO Evan Spiegel, up from 350 million in September and 200 million in June – that in comparison to Facebook’s 350 million photos uploaded globally each day. Spiegel also revealed some demographic information on the network: 70% of its users are women. All this information could come in useful to those looking to invest, with chinese web giant Tencent rumoured to be interested; in fact, it has emerged in the last week that it has already got in there, as an unnamed minority participant in Snapchat’s last $60 million round of funding.

Foursquare opens ad space for brands without a location
Foursquare is welcoming advertising from brands without a location, with Mastercard set to become the first. The move sees the network look to expand its ad revenue and could well be successful, given the whole new realm of brands opened up to advertising on the platform.

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Google updates Hangouts and iOS7 G+ app
Google has made some alterations to Hangouts, rendering them more suitable for the workplace. The feature now supports a global address list, as well as settings that allow privacy to be limited by country. Finally, there is 24/7 support available, just as with Google’s Talk product. Meanwhile, the new Google+ app for iOS7 has an interesting new feautre: the ability to upload Camera Roll photos and videos to the cloud, allowing the app to function as a cloud storage device.
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KLM’s socially-inspired in-flight gift service
Dutch airline KLM has created a gift service named Wannagives, which allows people to select and purchase in flight gifts online. Nick Botter, KLM social technology manager, has stated that the system was inspired by a huge number of requests via social media for something of its ilk.

Birds Eye allow consumers to trace their food’s origin
Food manufacturer Birds Eye has created a Facebook app that allows users to trace the origin of their frozen peas. Traceable packs will include a unique code that allows users to see where their peas came from, along with video content about the process from farm to freezer.
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Jaguar and We Are Social launch F-TYPE Coupé with #FromTheShadows
The new Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé was unveiled last week in Los Angeles, with We Are Social providing a social media campaign to celebrate. In the build up to the event, a hidden code could be entered into the website to display exclusive content around the car; since its release, a Tumblr has been created to exploit the hashtag #FromTheShadows.

Lexus reveals two cars on Vine
Lexus has revealed two of its latest cars on Vine: the Lexus RC sports coupé and Lexus LF-NX turbo compact crossover SUV concept. After asking followers to tweet with the hashtag #LexusInTokyo, they chose two tweets to respond to with the images, becoming the first automotive brand to launch a model via Vine.

Pepsi Sweden get burnt by voodoo
Uh oh, Pepsi. When Sweden played Portugal last week for a place in the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo was highlighted as the latter’s danger man. As such, Pepsi Sweden created some posts showing a Ronaldo voodoo doll, which then had its head crushed by a can, amongst other things. There was an online backlash, particularly in (you guessed it) Portugal, with a Facebook page called Nunca mais vou beber Pepsi (never drink Pepsi again) receiving almost 200,000 likes. That’s all for this week, so I’ll leave you with one of the images that caused so much anger.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #102

by Haiyi Tang in News

Pinterest to launch Japanese version 
According to its company blog, Pinterest will launch a Japanese version of its pinboard-style photo-sharing site. Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten announced it would lead a $100 million funding round for Pinterest. The Japanese version will include exclusive localized features like a hair-styles sub-category, paper crafts, and more. According to Alexa, Pinterest is more popular in Canada and US, where it ranks 12th and 13th based on a combination of average daily visitors and page views, while it ranks 239th in Japan. Rakuten is likely to use Pinterest to drive traffic to its e-commerce site, which will be a new way for brand and consumer interaction. A study shows that Pinterest users have greater potential on spending money online than the average Facebook users. The official launch date of Pinterest’s Japanese version is announced, we will be keeping an eye on it.

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Sina Weibo has 60.2 million daily active users
In Sina’s recent Q3 earnings report, Weibo has 60.2 million daily active users, up 11.2 percent. This is a larger jump than the 8.3 percent growth in Q2. Modelling itself  after the huge popularity of chat apps, weibo is introducing its mobile-oriented subscriptions to brand/celebrity accounts, as reveal by Sina CEO, Charles Chao. According to Chao, it will be “an important experiment to convert Weibo from a social media platform to social media and a service platform.”

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WeChat has over 2 million global official accounts
Chinese social media giant Tencent, has over 2 million official accounts and 272 million monthly active users on WeChat. WeChat’s monthly active users has jumped from 15.3 percent to 124.3 percent as compared to the previous year. Tencent states that its main user-base as Mainland China, but has 100 million overseas registered users. QQ had been the most popular instant messaging app in China before WeChat’s growth in popularity.

Here are some takeaway points from Tencent’s Q3 2013 earning report:

  • QQ instant messenger has 815.6 million monthly active user accounts.
  • Peak number of simultaneous QQ users: 178.2 million.
  • Monthly active users on QZone – the Facebook-like network strongly inked to QQ – hit 623.3 million, up just 0.5 percent from Q2.

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US women are social shoppers
Research into the shopping habits of 1,005 US women has found that 28% consult a social platform before making a fashion purchase. The figure was higher among 18-24 year olds, of whom 83% use social for inspiration and advice. Fashion blogs and message boards were most popular among the younger segment and used by 63%, followed by Pinterest (58%), Facebook (54%) and Instagram (49%).

Facebook brings ‘contact via phone number’ to Messenger for iOS
Facebook has brought its ‘contact via phone number’ feature to its latest iOS Messenger app, as well as all Android phones – previously it was available to just a few Android users. The move sees the network target communication beyond people’s Facebook friends, putting it into further direct competition with other chat apps and SMS.

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Twitter releases self serve ads in UK, Ireland and Canada
Twitter has further rolled out its self serve ads by including availability for small and medium sized businesses in the UK, Ireland and Canada. The system allows users to bid on keywords/hashtags, promoting either an account or an individual tweet and being billed only when a Promoted Account receives a new follow, or someone performs an action on a Promoted Tweet. In the UK, the system is in partnership with mobile provider O2, which is providing benefits for those using the tool including a monitoring tool and a £50 ad credit.

Twitter improves mobile ad targeting
There’s another update to Twitter advertising, too: the company is allowing advertisers to target mobile users based on device, operating system or WiFi connectivity. Considering 76% of Twitter users access via mobile, the tool could well be a very useful one.

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GIFs on Twitter?
Huzzah, GIFs on Twitter! For the first time, GIFs can appear animated when embedded in tweets. You still can’t post them natively, but the network has partnered with Giphy, allowing you to share GIF files from Giphy’s website.

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Twitter brings alerts to UK and Ireland
Twitter is rolling out ‘alerts’, the system whereby users can subscribe to directly receive important information from emergency services, throughout the UK and Ireland. There are 57 different accounts that will have access to the feature, including all 47 UK police forces.

Pulse integration replaces LinkedIn Today
After purchasing Pulse for $90m in April, LinkedIn has announced increased integration that will replace the ‘LinkedIn Today’ feature. The new system will provide personalised stories for any user who logs in, which they can then share with the rest of their network. There are also updates to the Pulse mobile app, including the ability to log in using your LinkedIn account. This allows Pulse to take a user’s professional interests/who they follow on LinkedIn into account and display more relevant content as a result.

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Pinterest introduces APIs & new languages, each pin worth 78 cents
Pinterest introduced APIs last week, allowing a select number of partners to embed pins in their sites, which can then be pinned by users directly. Jason Costa, developer relations at Pinterest, said of the feature:

If someone’s looking for Thanksgiving recipes on AllRecipes.com, they’ll see the most Pinned recipes from the site on the homepage. Or, they could go to Zappos.com to see which shoes Pinners covet most. You could use these APIs to show popular products on your homepage or to curate your top articles and other content on Pinterest at any given time. The Pins will regularly update, so you can always see what’s trending.

Some pretty big names are already involved, including Nestle, Walmart and Disney. It could be good news for them, too, as research has come out that suggests each pin is worth on average 78 cents in sales, up 25% from Q4 2012. Each pin also produces two site visits, six page views and ten repins, making it more viral than Twitter. The network is looking to further capitalise by expanding into four new Scandinavian markets; it has introduced language compatibility for Danish, Swedish, Norwegian Bokmål and Finnish.

American Express and Foursquare offer $50 ads vouchers
American Express has partnered with Foursquare to offer $50 Foursquare ad vouchers to small businesses in the US. The offer is available to any small business running their first ad through the platform.

Can Snapchat bring in ad revenue?
There’s an interesting piece in AdAge this week, which discusses Snapchat’s ability to bring in ad revenue, having rejected a $3bn takeover bid from Facebook. It discusses the network’s reach, with 350m snaps sent daily, but also points to its lack of data, due to its inherent privacy element. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel mentions a couple of potential revenue streams, including in-app purchases and native advertising, while the article also looks at brands already using the platform, including Taco Bell and the New Orleans Saints.

Sony and Facebook making PlayStation social
Sony has announced a partnership with Facebook, which looks to make its latest PlayStation console, the PS4, more social. Users can log in to the system with their Facebook account, allowing use of profile pictures and real name, along with the ability to share achievements or records across Facebook’s network.

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O2 reward fans who ‘refer a friend’
Mobile provider O2 is launching its ‘refer a friend’ scheme in the UK, having already done so in Germany. The system offers £20 Amazon or M&S vouchers to people who recommend or share the company’s products on social networks, with a view to one day providing cash rewards.

#UncoverPhilips new logo through social
Technology brand Philips is asking fans to uncover its new logo through social media. For each user who ‘claims’ a pixel, more of the image becomes visible, until the new logo is available for all to see.

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Panasonic appoint We Are Social for campaign support
Tech firm Panasonic has appointed We Are Social for creative campaign ideas, including product launches and above-the-line support. We Are Social’s own Sarah Oliver said of the move:

Panasonic has a strong brand and huge social potential. It has big ambitions for its social media activity and we’re looking forward to working closely with their team to deliver some truly creative and effective campaigns.

Brands show how to do Twitter community management
A number of brands teamed up for a brilliant Twitter conversation last week, all kicked off by Tesco mobile. They received the following from a fan:

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They responded with the following, starting off a conversation:

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Yorkshire Tea then got involved:

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It ended up with plenty of other brands, including Jaffa Cakes, Cadbury and Phileas Fogg. The whole thing received a fair amount of press coverage, and shows the power of good community management.

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Sachin Tendulkar posts most ever RTed tweet in India
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar retired last week and ended up posting India’s most RTed tweet of all time. To date, it’s received over 16,000 RTs and 10,000 favourites.

 

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