Japanese SEO in 2019

Do you have or are you planning to launch a website in Japanese? If you already have a website, did you make sure it’s optimized for search in Japan? If you’re planning to launch a website in Japanese, did you do all the preparations to make sure it’s optimized for the search engines in Japan before launch?

In this post I will tell you all about Japanese SEO in 2018, guide you through the potential obstacles and what to think about.

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Considering Paid Search in China? Read This First

Our current topic is paid search in China, which is a topic nowadays marketers cannot overlook. Every marketer knows that Baidu boasts an overwhelming 70% or higher search share in China. The remaining portion is held, in decreasing order, by Google, 360 Search, and Sogou. Continue reading “Considering Paid Search in China? Read This First”

Digital Marketing in Indonesia 2019

With a population of about 268.2 million people, Indonesia holds incredible opportunities for local startups and foreign enterprises aiming to penetrate the market.

The rate of internet and social media use are rapidly climbing, with one survey recording 150 million active internet users in 2018 – an increase of 4.70 percent from the previous year. Indonesia is dominated by the younger generation, side by side a growing middle-and-affluent-consumer class, who are tech-savvy and eager to spend their money on purchasing new products and services.

This article will discuss Indonesia’s digital marketing environment, its biggest channels, industry challenges and opportunities, as well as the best possible ways on how to reach the Indonesian audience.   Continue reading “Digital Marketing in Indonesia 2019”

Digital Marketing in Thailand 2019

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country that is well-known for its beautiful beaches, opulent palaces, and ancient Buddha temples. The people there mainly speak in Thai, with English rarely being used beyond the classrooms. Also, social media and other digital technologies are quickly becoming a part of the Thai people’s everyday lives.

As of the moment, Thailand is experiencing a huge growth of online consumers. Currently one of the leading countries in internet and mobile internet usage, a majority of Thailand’s youth and middle-aged people have access to the internet through their mobile devices. The country’s digital market is also expected to grow rapidly by the year 2020.  With Thailand’s high digital penetration rates and the prospective digital marketing industry, there are a lot of opportunities available for those who wish to make the most out of the country’s online market.

This article will discuss Thailand’s digital marketing environment, its biggest channels, industry trends and opportunities, successful campaigns, and the best possible ways on how to reach the Thai audience.

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Digital Marketing in Hong Kong 2019

Hong Kong, an astoundingly vibrant city that rarely sleeps, offers visitors a mix of the traditional and modern. With a population of 7.46 million, it is regarded as the world’s most vertical city. Hong Kong is an exceptional city-state that has developed into one of the top-ranked global cities in terms of per capita GDP, partly because of its strategic location in Southeast Asia.

Hong Kong has had the highest degree of economic freedom in the world since 1995 according to the Index of Economic Freedom. The city’s economy depends highly on international trade and finance and is governed under positive non-interventionism. Due to these conditions, it is considered as among the most favorable places to start a company.

Hong Kong holds a lot of potential when it comes to developing a digital marketing strategy due to its status as a multicultural hub in Asia and its proximity to China. However, there are various challenges as well. This article will discuss Hong Kong’s digital marketing environment, industry challenges and opportunities, successful campaigns, as well as the best possible ways on how to reach the audience.

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Digital Marketing in Taiwan 2019

Taiwan is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and over of the past few years, its e-commerce market has also solidified as an excellent site for investment. In 2017, the country was estimated to have a US$42. 69 billion market value, with an estimated 10-20% 5-year average growth rate. Its capitalist and export-driven economical approach has created a comprehensive foundation for the e-commerce realm, and the money flow and distribution service providers allow for smooth transactions. These place the country as one of the most dynamic trading powerhouses in the world today.

Taiwan has also taken the age of globalization in stride and hosted a sophisticated consumer market. While English is also used, messages will be more effective when carried out in their primary language, Mandarin Chinese, or a combination of Mandarin-English that must be simple and easy to understand. Other important facets of the Taiwanese market are that they are loyal to brands, respond well to a personalized approach, and give importance to environmental care, behaviors that will be further discussed in the article. To sum it up, brand identity should be a focal point of marketers in building their strategies to successfully connect with the Taiwanese audience.

Currently, the e-commerce market in Taiwan has expanded to strategies such as live broadcast promotion on social media and the use of big data and AI to merge traditional and modern platforms. However, Taiwan is currently at a conundrum regarding its economical state on the international scale. It currently faces problems with underdeveloped infrastructure, pollution, among other issues, places the country in the gap between developed and emerging countries.

This article will discuss Taiwan’s digital marketing environment, industry challenges and opportunities, successful campaigns, as well as the best possible ways on how to reach the Taiwanese audience.

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Digital Marketing in Korea 2019

South Korea is an East Asian country known for undergoing one of the fastest and most remarkable economic transformations in recent history. From being one of the poorest countries in the world during the 1960s, it has now risen to become the 5th largest economy in Asia and 11th internationally.

Technology is one of the key drivers behind South Korea’s rapid economic development. The country has one of the fastest internet connections and smartphone usage in the world. Recently, it has launched the first 5G network in Asia, which is expected to further propel its e-commerce market. Furthermore, South Korea has the highest government backing per capita for start-ups. Last year, the government pledged a $9 billion venture fund, supported by an initial $3 billion investment in 2015.

The other factor behind its economic success is the massive investment in “Hallyu” or The Korean Wave, one of the biggest cultural phenomena in Asia. In 2014, Hallyu had garnered over $11.6 billion to its economy, increasing to 13.4% since 2010.

Overall, South Korea holds offer many opportunities for digital to grow.

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A Global View of SEM

World Advertising Expenditure by Medium

According to a 2012 Nielsen study, there was a 12.1% change in online advertisement spending when compared to 2011, which made it the only advertising form that surpassed 10% growth.

Digging deeper and looking at the numbers by region, the Middle East and Africa increased by 35.2%, South America by 31.8%, and the European Union by 12.1%. While Africa and South America’s overall expenditure is still at a relatively small scale, the two regions saw significant increases in online advertising budgets.

This and other data shows that in almost every continent Internet marketing is becoming an ever more indispensable form of advertising. Continue reading “A Global View of SEM”

Multilingual Online Marketing Fundamentals

If you are thinking about starting a multilingual SEM campaign, you will need to prepare yourself much more than you would for any domestic marketing campaign you’ve done.

Everything from technical SEM to the process of keyword selection and copywriting needs to be considered within the framework of the new country in which you will be marketing.

In this chapter, I will go over the essential points to remember when conducting multilingual SEM so that you can start your venture off on the right path. Continue reading “Multilingual Online Marketing Fundamentals”