Located between China and Japan, South Korea is a country that has developed into a high-tech hub. With one of the fastest internet networks in the world, Koreans are also enticed with the possibilities offered by their cell phones. They principally use intelligent phones to surf the Web, send emails, conduct banking transactions and access social networks. A recent governmental study has incidentally revealed that there is practically the same number of cell phones in Korea as inhabitants.Read More
The division of social networks into sub-groups means that the networks connect the public more precisely. The people of Japan and their unique culture have enabled the hatching of networks that are, on the whole, only used by the Japanese. The major players, such as Facebook, are practically unused in the country and are disregarded in favour of sites such as Mixi, Gree and Mbga. Mixi, which allows a user to open an account by providing a Japanese cell phone number, currently has over 21 million users. Gree, which is aimed at the young, has recently become the most popular social network in Japan with 21.25 million registered users. The success of certain social media is linked to the considerable interest that the young Japanese have in video and online games. MGBA, the leading site in this regard, is one example of these social media that targets a very specific audience and that achieves success. In comparison, Facebook is used by less than 2 million Japanese.
The weak popularity of Facebook in Japan can be explained partly because Mixi and Gree have functions that are very similar to those offered by the American giant. The Japanese adaptation of Facebook however, is not enough to convince the young to use this network. Mixi and Gree, being Japanese products for the Japanese, understand more the tastes, customs and interests of its users. It is thus normal that these networks are more popular in Japan.
Several communities are created within these social networks based around a specific interest. Each network has its own audience that is often specifically targeted: white-collar workers, women, young people, fans of online gaming, etc. As a result, it is important for companies wishing to communicate with their customers to establish a presence on all major social networks. This allows them to further understand potential customers and to create loyalty among their current customers.Read More
The strong penetration of the Internet in Japan has resulted in a very sophisticated use of it by the Japanese. They use powerful online tools and are not hesitant to voice their opinions on them. The opinions of users are published on the Internet and are available to everyone around the world. User access to such efficient communication tools can cause a lot of damage to the brand image of a company. This thus aids to slacken the control companies have over their transmitted messages and increase the power of Internet users. This explains why more and more companies are setting up shop on social networks. Such an emergence on social networks allows users to communicate directly with companies, to put forward their opinions and to influence these companies.Read More
Social media on the Internet have exponentially grown in popularity across the world in recent years. One can find numerous social networks on the Internet, some of which have a very precise target audience. Japan is no exception to this phenomenon.Read More
Social networks in China
The internet is fast becoming the archetypal medium of choice for communication and business throughout the world. Over time, internet users have become fierce consumers for goods and cyber data. More and more online transactions are being made as people feel more secure using the Internet and China is far from an exception to this change. Its global strength is incontrovertible even on new platforms of communication.
Social networks in Asia, as in the West, are extremely popular and true to form, China does things its own way. There are numerous Chinese networking sites (which few outside China know about and have access to) that have experienced enormous success thanks to the size of the Chinese population. A good understanding of the Chinese Internet proves to be vital if one desires to achieve success there. The popularity of the Internet and its use around the world demands that we invest more effort in this. Chinese and Canadian cultures are very different, which is why it is important to adapt our message so that the image we wish to project is appropriately transmitted.Read More
With a total population that exceeds 1.4 billion people, it is not surprising that the number of Internet users in China alone surpasses the total sum of users from many Western countries. Statistics on Internet use in China could give readers a sense of vertigo. It is estimated that over 300 million Chinese are Internet users, which is more than the total population of the US. Statistical forecasts suggest there will be close to 500 million users in 2015 which represents dazzling growth. Up to 92% of Chinese Internet users use social media, which is often made by and for Chinese users, despite the success of Facebook and Twitter. In comparison, only 76% of American Internet users in the US use these social networks. We can see that the Chinese, like the Japanese, are very fond of the Internet. Considering that the culture is totally different, it is normal that sites which have achieved great success in the West, don’t fair as well in Asia. Asian social networks often offer similar options but are integrally different.
Furthermore there are over 100 million Internet users in the rural regions of China alone. 60% of Chinese Internet users use mobile Internet (through intelligent phones such as iPhones from Apple), a tool which is expanding year on year throughout the world. For the majority of Asians, the Internet is a medium primarily used on cell phones. Numerous social networks in Japan require a cell phone number in order to register. It is important to know that cell phones in Asia have many functions that have not yet been developed in North America. Among others, it is possible to access public transport and make purchases from a cell phone. The Chinese are increasingly using their cell phones to get online to the point where computer sales are lower than those of telephones. This shows the major difference that exists between North-American and Asian users. These statistics also make it possible to see the vast scale and the possibilities that are offered to those who wish to succeed on the Web in China.Read More