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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #144

by Melissa Law in News

Line announces slew of new services 
After news last week that Line will offer a personal finance app by Spring 2015, the company’s COO has announced at the Line Conference Tokyo 2014 that it is offering even more services. Driven by the company’s vision to become “the smartphone gateway for your life”, Line is offering a new payment application (Line Pay), a taxi-booking service (Line Taxi) and a delivery service (Line Wow).

Line Pay will allow users to purchase items on their mobile devices or PCs, but also includes the ability to transfer cash to each other without providing their bank account information. Line Pay, Line Taxi and Line Wow will be rolled out in Japan first, with global rollout expected as early as next year.

In addition, the company also revealed that it currently has 170 million monthly active users, out of 560 million registered users. Based on the number of registered users, its top 5 regions are Japan (54M), Thailand (33M), Indonesia (30M), Spain (18M) and Taiwan (17M).

Luxury brands using WhatsApp to reach consumers in India
Cartier, Armani, Diesel and other luxury brands are now using WhatsApp to promote, sell and offer aftersales services to its consumers in India. The instant messaging app allows these brands to offer personalised services by sending pictures, videos and other promotional materials, resulting in conversion rates that reach as high as 80%. In August 2014, WhatsApp was reported to have 60 million monthly active users in India.
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We Are Social Asia Midweek Mashup #139

by Cyra Caparros in News

Singapore’s BCF encourages social media platforms to join their campaign
With the tagline “If only you checked your breasts as often,” the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore launched an online campaign to appeal to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to use their version of logos next month to support the Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. “Together we’re stronger,” this appeal hopefully will remind women to check their breasts regularly. Read more about the campaign in BCF’s website.

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Kakao launches KakaoPick and KakaoTopic
Following our report on Kakao’s announcement to launch its own local news services and weeks after launching a payment service, South Korea’s top chat app launches KakaoTopic and KakaoPick.

KakaoTopic  aggregates content that offers a personal touch based on user-selected interests as well as the most relevant social media content. Various content from a wide-range of sources are available. Users can also browse 13 categories including the Social sections that shows the most talked about content from social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Kakao story.

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KakaoPick is a mobile commerce that lets users earn savings by sharing shopping information with their friends who will also receive discounts on the same item. KakaoPick groups brands and products by theme which are all hand-picked by Kakao’s expert buyers.

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According to Kakao’s Blog, the Beta version is currently available to Android users but it has been announced that the iOS version will be released by the end of 2014.

Facebook adds stickers to comments but only to users in Japan
Facebook Stickers that are previously only available when sending messages are now the new addition to the Facebook main page. Facebook users in Japan noticed a new feature flooding their Newsfeeds- stickers are in the comments section of posts.

The feature is said to be only available to users in Japan but according to Tech in Asia, some of their staffs were able to comment with stickers on posts made by users who are located in Japan.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #141

by Haiyi Tang in News

Line has 30 million users in Indonesia
Line recently announced that it has topped 490 million registered users. As one of the biggest chat app giants in Asia, Line claims a strong fan base in Southeast Asia, along with some Spanish-speaking countries. Despite their size, the company had previously kept quiet about market-specific numbers in key markets like Taiwan, Thailand, and Japan. So now, our curiosity is finally satisfied as their announcement details the size of their registered user base in the key markets.

The country breakdowns are as follows:

Global: over 490 million registered users
Japan: over 52 million registered users
Indonesia: 30 million
Thailand: 27 million
India: 18 million
Spain: 18 million
Taiwan: 17 million
Mexico: 15 million
Korea: 14 million
Malaysia: 10 million
USA: 10 million
Colombia: 11 million

It is important to note that Indonesia’s Line penetration has led the country to become the second biggest in terms of Line users outside of its native Japan. The country has increased by 10 million registered users since April. This is followed by Thailand, which now has 27 million registered users.

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Brands in China on WeChat  
As WeChat continues to get more and more popular worldwide, more brands have started to think about how to use WeChat as a platform to engage with Chinese consumers.

As one of the global chat app giants, WeChat has 438 million active users, which illustrates significant potential for brands to reach consumers in China. This platform not only brings opportunity for Chinese brands, but also for foreign brands that want to reach out to Chinese customers. WeChat has been used by more than two million bloggers, media outlets, celebrities, small medium enterprises and major brands to reach out to people. In particular, fashion brands in China are doing extremely well in WeChat, as they have worked hard to cultivate a dedicated follower base on the platform.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #140

by Jolene Siow in News

LinkedIn considers tweaking its censorship policy in China
When it expanded into China this year, LinkedIn adopted the country’s censorship rules. As a result, when a user in China shares a post that is deemed to be in conflict with these rules, the post is blocked not only in China but globally as well. LinkedIn is said to be reconsidering this, so that content that is censored in China can still be viewed by its users worldwide.

Chat App Kakao has launched a mobile payments system
Makers of Korea’s top chat app Kakao Talk  has launched Kakao Pay, a mobile payments solution that’s integrated with its chat app. Kakao Pay lets users virtually store up to 20 credit or debit cards. This service, currently available in Korea on Android phones, will be made available for iOS users in November this year. This could provide a glimpse into how Facebook’s speculated mobile payments service could work.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday Tuneup #139

by Melissa Law in News

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.

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.

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