E-Commerce in Japan

Japan is currently one of the world’s fastest growing e-commerce markets. Some of the factors that attributed to this rapid growth include the single language culture, developed economy, and highly urbanized population.

There are three major players in the Japanese e-commerce market: Amazon, Rakuten and Yahoo! Shopping (Lohaco). Meanwhile, a continued rise of m-commerce, transactions completed via mobile device apps, brings more options and expands on the C2C environment. Coupled with a developed distribution infrastructure and small country size for convenient and expedient delivery, this ensures Japan’s rate of e-commerce growth will only continue.

From 2018 to 2022, it is expected that the annual growth rate for revenue will be 6.2% and that Japan will remain one of the top 5 largest e-commerce markets in the world.

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Top Lifestyle Influencers in Japan

Marketing in Japan could drive even the most reputable entrepreneurs up the wall. The branding, language, and cultural differences are the biggest hurdles for foreign companies to succeed in the country. Moreover, the Japanese consumer values reputation and quality before purchasing anything in the market. So how can a new product or brand become a household name in the country?

The Japanese use social media apps and sites every day. In fact, there are approximately 82.6 million social media users in 2019. Most of them signed up on popular social media platforms like LINE, Twitter, and Instagram to connect with their friends and favorite celebrities. Digital marketers see these frequent engagements as an opportunity to tap into Japan’s online consumers. Every recommendation or endorsement uploaded on celebrity accounts influences their followers’ buying behavior.

Nowadays, the influencer marketing arena is not only limited to celebrities as social media influencers entered the scene. Discover the most relevant lifestyle personalities and growing stars essential in today’s Japan’s digital marketing landscape.

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Video Marketing in Japan

Video Marketing in Japan is not something new, but the way it has been advertised is.

In recent years, video has shown great success at engaging users to a brand.

According to Wyzowl, 85% of businesses today use video as a marketing tool. About 92% of marketers who use video marketing report it as an essential part of their digital advertising strategy.

The millennial era has left us with many lessons. One of them is the continuous preference users have for all visual content when transmitting a brand message, especially when doing it through social media.

If you are managing a brand that is trying to succeed in the digital world, you cannot overlook the importance of using video in your online strategies. 

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How to Approach Influencer Marketing in Asia

In Asia, influencers can’t be ignored

In our previous post, “Is it Time to Start Thinking about Influencer Marketing?”, we talked about how influencers are often used in marketing campaigns in modern countries like the U.S.

However, in Asia too, bloggers, Youtubers, and other influencers are becoming more and more common.

While nearly every country in Asia is seeing a rise in influencer marketing, in this article we are only looking at the countries of China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.

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The Cosmetics Industry in Asia: A Comparison of the Hair Care Product Market per Country

Cosmetics sales in Asia are on the rise

In recent years, exported Japanese cosmetics sales have continued to increase, and in 2016, it exceeded that of imports to Japan for the very first time.

Japanese cosmetics are highly popular in Asia (the region accounts for roughly 90% of Japanese exports) and many domestic manufacturers, such as Shiseido and Kao, have been increasing production to meet demand.

For that reason, we will be talking about the cosmetic industry in Asia, covering such topics as the demand for hair care products and the present state of exports and imports of cosmetics to and from major countries in Asia.

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The State of Programmatic Advertising in Japan

Successfully catching the consumer’s attention in today’s digital world is no easy job. A solution to this problem is programmatic advertising. Programmatic ad buying has been a game-changer in online advertising and can help you in this daunting task.

Programmatic advertising is the use of software and algorithms to purchase digital display space. As new digital technology is being introduced and embraced by the customers, the rules of brand engagement are changing.

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Japanese Millennials and the Growth of the Digital Market in Japan

When it comes to marketing, millennials are a generation that should definitely not be ignored. As one of the largest generations worldwide, they overtook the baby boomers in numbers by mid-2019.

In Japan, the ‘Yutori’ (millennial) generation is considered to be those born after 1987 and before 1997 give or take. In 2020 alone, millennials globally were estimated to spend more than $1.4 trillion and they are expected to spend approximately $10 trillion in their lifetimes.

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The social media evolution and prediction for Japan

The social media landscape in Japan is extremely diverse, ranging from business-orientated apps to recreational and socializing applications that facilitate vast audiences globally.

Japanese social media has somewhat changed over the past couple of years and continues to do so.

This dynamic movement in technological advances has led to the rise of the digital era, also understood to be ‘The Chaos Theory’.

This theory emphasizes the evolution, unpredictability and nonlinear nature of the digital world we live in.

In order to acclimatize and adapt to this digital evolution, we need to consider the various platforms that these applications operate on.

The most utilized social media platforms in the Japanese industry are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Line.

In order to utilize these platforms effectively, you need to understand the nature thereof.

Thus when one considers the relevancy and effectiveness of these online spaces in the industry, their statistics indicated their reason for being.

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Omnichannel Marketing in Japan

The late but rapid rise of e-commerce has caused many to predict the slow decline of traditional bricks and mortar stores across Japan.

This rise of ecommerce is set to continue, with JapanConsuming, an online publication devoted to the Japanese retail industry, predicting that the percentage of retail sales will rise from 9% to 23% by 2023.

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Japanese SEO in 2021

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 how to do Japanese SEO in 2021, guide you through the potential obstacles and what to think about.

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