Has Asian Century arrives? Guiding from the innovative spirit of Asia’s media industry took centre stage at the first day of the Festival of Media Asia Pacific 2015 at the Capella Singapore, I will believe so.
The Festival of Media has invited industry players and promising startups to share their views on the use of media and technology to market their products. See the video for the Day 1 Highlights.
Omnicom Media Group APAC chief executive Cheuk Chiang led the charge in the morning, arguing that western breakthroughs over the past 15 years – such as Google, Facebook and YouTube – will soon be emulated by triumphs in the East.
Vivian Zhu, managing director, Starcom Media Group China, discussed the impact of Chinese consumers’ obsessive use of mobile devices, including the fact that the average WeChat user checks their account every six minutes.
Arthur Policarpio, head of Havas Media-owned mobile specialist Mobext, encouraged agencies to treat advertisers like venture capitalists in the pursuit of innovation.
Brands such as McDonald’s, Microsoft and Google discussed the innovative potential of APAC, and how marketing is evolving in light of changes in consumer behaviour.
Google Singapore managing director Joanna Flint took it one step further, celebrating the rise of Asia and rise of the ‘selfie-stick’ by inviting delegates on to the stage for an Oscars-style mass selfie (see below!).
A more emotional tone was struck by Malaysia Airlines’ senior vice-president, head of marketing and products, Dean Dacko, who revealed how the brand has coped with the twin-disaster of two lost aircraft in 2014.
Delivering his first speech outside of China with the aid of an interpreter, Huawei’s chief marketing officer Jeffrey Yang offered a fascinating insight into how he believes marketers should nurture the “soul” of their brands.
Nestle’s head of digital marketing and social media for Greater China, Hannelore Grams, said brands must be adaptable when marketing to younger, “Post-90s” consumers in China.
She also revealed why the brand continues to invest in its social media “command centre” in China.
Unilever Philippine’s chief executive and chairman Rohit Jawa told delegates cutting through to teenage consumers is the biggest challenge facing brands in the region today.
And Diageo’s South East Asia marketing director Siew-Ting Foo spoke about the importance of engaging local influencers to drive advocacy in Asia.
The Festival continue today with speakers including PepsiCo India chairman and chief executive Shiv Shivakumar, ZipDial founder Valerie Wagoner and Kiip founder and chief executive Brian Wong.
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