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ShopBack taps BeLive Technology to bolster video-first commerce capabilities

Singapore – Shopping and rewards platform ShopBack has partnered with BeLive Technology, a Singapore-based live streaming solutions provider, to power its video-first commerce efforts. This marks a significant step forward for the live commerce industry in Singapore and Southeast Asia. 

The new solution allows ShopBack live viewers to access exclusive promotions, creative video content, and interactive video features powered by BeLive Technology. It aims to maximise interaction between its hosts and the community, to deliver an entertaining shopping experience.

BeLive Technology said that the first live stream saw its vouchers sold out within minutes of going live. Merchant partners will get access to ShopBack’s live campaigns which are curated specially for them. The immersive experience and interaction between merchant partners and viewers will help build customer loyalty and a stronger community.

Currently, the collaboration is only available to ShopBack’s Singapore users however plans are in place to expand into all of ShopBack’s territories across Asia in the near future. It also marks BeLive Technology’s expansion across Asia as well as the opportunity to explore additional Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) markets.

Kenneth Tan, CEO and co-founder of BeLive Technology, commented that they are delighted to partner with ShopBack and power video-first commerce for one of Asia’s most loved brands. 

“Live video’s authenticity and descriptive nature have great alignment with ShopBack’s ability to help shoppers make smarter purchase decisions. We are incredibly excited to allow help ShopBack’s users discover, research and shop better with our interactive video solutions,” said Tan.

Meanwhile, Fern Nannaphat, country manager of ShopBack Singapore, noted, “We will continue adopting new solutions to win our users over with the best deals and most engaging content. This live stream feature has proven to be a vital addition to the ShopBack ecosystem, where we deepen the engagement with our users and offer our merchants an immersive way to promote their products.”

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Marketing Featured APAC

ShopBack appoints ex-ZALORA Alessio Romeni as MD for Commercial

Singapore – Shopping and rewards platform ShopBack has appointed Alessio Romeni as managing director of commercial for the Group. Based in the ShopBack Group headquarters in Singapore, Romeni will be responsible for spearheading merchant-solutions, revenue-generation, and pricing initiatives in the Group’s Online Affiliates space regionally. 

Romeni brings with him a highly successful track record in driving high-growth organisations. In his previous role as chief revenue officer at Asia’s leading online fashion and lifestyle destination ZALORA Group, he led the launch and scaling of the regional revenue function, and was pivotal in leading key priorities across revenue-related functions, increasing regional sales performance, and contributing significantly to customer satisfaction and retention.

In his latest tenure at ZALORA Group, Romeni took on the role of GM for Special Projects in ZALORA’s parent organisation, Frankfurt Stock Exchange-listed Global Fashion Group.

“Alessio’s track record speaks for itself. With ZALORA, he has spent many years helping thousands of brands to scale in the APAC region. I’m confident his experience and expertise will help us to create better solutions for our partnering brands, allowing them to tap on ShopBack’s ecosystem to scale to greater heights,” said Joel Leong, Co-founder of the ShopBack Group.

Romeni’s appointment comes hot on the heels of the ShopBack Group’s launch of new Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) payment option ShopBack PayLater, coupled with its first global brand refresh across its 10 markets in the Asia-Pacific earlier this year.

“I have been following ShopBack since its inception in 2014, both as a customer and as a passionate builder of teams in the digital space. What Henry, Joel, Candice, and the rest of the team have achieved is special – definitely unique in this part of the world. Analytical curiosity, quick iteration, constructive feedback, and authenticity are some of the values that resonate the most with me, and the best part is that you don’t find them only in the HR manual, but in daily interaction with any team member,” said Romeni. 

He added, “The vision of bringing together different business models into a unified experience paired with unmatched execution skills will open untapped markets and potential. Joining was a very easy decision.”

In 2022 alone, the Group has appointed ex-Slack VP of Engineering San Wai Oo as chief technology officer, ex-Zip executive Hamish Moline as managing director for financial services and ex-Fave executive Aik-Phong Ng as managing director for in-Store and payments.

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ShopBack brings back 4-month ShopFest this year with the theme ‘Like a VVIP’

Singapore – ShopBack is returning with ShopFest 2022, the shopping festival it dubs its ‘largest’, having it slated for a 4-month run. September marks the countdown to the year-end holiday season and ShopBack’s festival comprises the biggest sales events – 9.9, 10.10, 11.11, Black Friday-Cyber Monday (BFCM) and 12.12.

ShopFest 2022 is a global initiative across all of ShopBack’s 10 markets and is actually now in its 5th year running. The massive shopping event seeks to achieve the same – continue driving sales for businesses across the island in the year-end shopping season.

As ShopFest launches this year, it will be the first time users will be able to run their shopping experience in the presence of two new ShopBack features launched earlier this year – ShopBack Pay and ShopBack PayLater. In line with ShopBack’s new brand tagline – ‘For The Wins’ – this year’s ShopFest is themed around the concept of ‘Like a VVIP’, which promises ‘to go above and beyond’ to deliver the best deals to ShopBack’s users.

“Our goal is for shoppers to feel a sense of personal victory every time they shop with us. With ShopFest 2022, we are going above and beyond to serve our fellow shoppers – our VIPs – with the best experiences and deals. At the same time, we want to encourage users to explore and experience the benefits of our recently launched ShopBack Pay and PayLater features, for a complete and integrated shopping journey,” says Fern Nannaphat, country manager of ShopBack Singapore.

According to ShopBack, last year’s ShopFest saw a 7x increase in merchants’ e-commerce sales on mega shopping days. This year, ShopBack is expecting to surpass its previous year’s performance with an average of 11x increase in sales generated for merchant partners during each of the 5 mega sale days.

Nannaphat also shares, “Looking back at ShopFest last year, the top performing shopping categories other than general marketplaces were in beauty, fashion (especially athleisure & cross border merchants) and health supplements such as vitamins and protein. However, we believe this year’s rendition will be vastly different. With the prevalence of ‘revenge travel’, the trend is likely to change with travel expenditure expected to top the charts, followed by the fashion category through athleisure brands like lululemon, Nike and Uniqlo as some of the fastest growing e-commerce brands since the start of the year.”

To kick-start the festival, this coming 9.9 mega sale day, ShopBack users may shop to get 10 extra chances to win S$100,000 worth of Tesla shares. The top spending VVIPs will also win up to S$50,000 worth of exclusive experiences at each mega sales day. This includes experiences such as a pair of F1 Singapore Grand Prix Padang grandstand Tickets worth S$1,200, a luxury yacht experience for eight worth S$1,200, and a pair of 2-Day VVIP pass to ZoukOut worth S$1,100. 

In addition, top five VVIPs will be selected to participate in ShopBack’s first-ever game show, The VVIP Circle, where they will stand a chance to win up to S$2,000 in cash. The show will be aired on the ShopBack app one day before each mega event on – 9 October, 10 November, 24 November, and 11 December, from 8 pm to 9 pm. 

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ShopBack announces Hong Kong expansion

Hong Kong – Singapore-based shopping and rewards platform, ShopBack, has announced its upcoming market entry into Hong Kong. On its soft launch, which is set to take place on 8 August 2022, shoppers can expect heightened access to discount codes and coupons to earn cashback on online purchases.

With the market primed for more rewarding shopping experiences, ShopBack has already onboarded over 250 merchants in the country. These merchants range from local to global players, including Watsons, Disney+, Apple, KFC, Booking.com, Farfetch, Taobao, and Sasa, as well as ParkNShop, and iHerb, amongst others.

According to ShopBack, its entry into the market comes at an opportune time, where e-commerce in Hong Kong is poised to rise at a rapid rate of over 11%, potentially reaching revenues of HK$226 billion by 2024. In efforts to turbocharge this sector and boost its overall retail industry, Hong Kong is implementing the 2022 Compensation Voucher Scheme, where shoppers can experience greater financial access to their shopping experience.

Josephine Chow, head of expansion and co-founder at ShopBack, shared that entering Hong Kong is an exciting prospect for them at ShopBack, as the market’s massive potential for e-commerce and the government’s focus on growing the sector illustrates a clear market demand for financial flexibility and convenience in shopping activities.

“With ShopBack’s vast array of Cashback rewards and financial services, we are excited to see even more shoppers enjoy a seamless shopping experience following our official hard launch in Hong Kong later this year,” said Chow.

Just recently, ShopBack has also launched its first global brand refresh across all its 10 markets in APAC. Underscored by its new tagline – ‘For the Wins’, the brand refresh seeks to translate the small wins on ShopBack’s platform into an elevated shopping experience for its users.

Henry Chan, CEO and co-founder at ShopBack, noted that the platform believes in the power of small wins, applied consistently and continuously, and they work relentlessly to deliver smarter ways to shop and pay, and they hope that the rebrand brings out this message more strongly to their shoppers.

“As we continue to grow our network of partners and brands in Hong Kong, we will continue to engage shoppers across multiple touchpoints, and help partners gain visibility and sales while supporting them in achieving their own victories through small wins,” said Chan.

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Marketing Featured Southeast Asia

ShopBack secures new funding to deepen its presence across APAC

Singapore – ShopBack, a Singapore-based shopping and rewards platform, has announced that it has raised US$80 million of new capital in a funding round led by Asia Partners. The funds will will be used to support the Group’s vision to build the shopping and rewards platform across the Asia-Pacific region. Existing investor January Capital also participated in the round.

In addition, the capital will be invested into developing new and innovative products for users and merchant partners, deepening its presence across the Asia Pacific, and building capabilities for public market readiness.

Henry Chan, co-founder and CEO of ShopBack Group, shared, “We want to help our users to shop and save smarter, particularly in this inflationary economy with recession looming on the horizon. Each day, we send more than one million shopping journeys to over 10,000 partner merchants, where consumers can discover deals, compare products, get rewarded and pay for their purchases.” 

“To merchants, we remain a trusted partner, delivering cost-effective marketing solutions to support their growth aspirations,” Chan added.

The announcement comes on the heels of the launch of ShopBack Pay, where over two million users in Singapore and Australia can now check out conveniently with ShopBack Pay at more than 3,000 merchant outlets. Last December, ShopBack acquired hoolah, a “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) player in Southeast Asia, as part of its foray into financial services.

Meanwhile, Nick Nash, managing partner at Asia Partners, commented, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Henry, Joel, and the ShopBack team to accelerate the growth of one of Asia’s leading internet companies. ShopBack personifies the ideal of a compelling and practical consumer value proposition, being one of the most effective ways for brands to delight their customers and at the same time quantify the value of their marketing budget.”

”This is the perfect time to back winners, to consolidate their position, and gain share,” Nash adds.

ShopBack also recently strengthened its management bench to spearhead its growth efforts, bringing on board Chief Technology Officer San Oo from communications giant Slack Technologies; and Managing Director for Financial Services Hamish Moline, formerly Chief Commercial Officer of ASX-listed Zip Co Limited.

Chan further said, “The journey ahead with Nick, Oliver and Brook to build an enduring and independent company is going to be a tremendously exciting one. I feel privileged to be able to leverage their experiences as astute operators and world-class investors to shape a stronger ShopBack,” said Chan.

This new funding brings the total capital raised by ShopBack to over US$230M. 

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Top Stories for April: New payment feature in SG nabs top spot

This April, we have a new payments feature, a fresh creative leadership as well as an empowering campaign on gender inclusivity coming out as our top stories.

For the first time, a story from New Zealand enters the list – a web code developed by a telco and shared through a moving creative campaign. 

A rewards and discovery platform in Singapore has also launched a new payment feature that offers something new through its fresh payment process. 

Meanwhile, the Indian arm of a global communications network has named a new creative leader.

Top 3: Spark to make the internet more inclusive with launch of web code campaign

Spark releases new web code to urge all websites to ‘see all genders’

To kick off this month’s Top Stories is a unique proposition to ‘see all genders’ online: a web code released by New Zealand telco Spark, with creative campaign done by Colenso BBDO. 

With our society being more open and inclusive, there is stronger call for every part of our daily lives to align with this inclusivity. One of those areas is the gender selection on forms online, where traditionally, they are fixated on the choices of male and female. 

Speaking about the campaign, Frith Wilson-Hughes, brand lead partner at Spark New Zealand, said that their campaign direction has been inspired by their company’s motive to use data in a much more healthy way, which will benefit New Zealanders in general, including promoting diversity and inclusion.

“It does seem to be like a simple thing, but one of the things that we have made clear on our [campaign] site is that it’s not just about changing the code, it’s about looking at how you treat people with different genders holistically,” she said.

She also noted that their campaign site featured resources that companies and organisations can use to integrate the code into their website. This is aimed at educating them on the importance of diversity and inclusion and not overwhelming them.

Top 2: dentsu India names new creative leaders for Isobar and Taproot Dentsu

Dentsu India unveils two new appointments in creative leadership

Coming out on our top stories is the fresh appointment of Aalap Desai and Titus Upputuru as its new chief creative officer and national creative director respectively for Taproot Dentsu. Desai, who will carry the role for both Taproot Dentsu and Isobar, sat down with MARKETECH APAC and shared what he thinks has been the biggest change in brands over the pandemic. 

Without a doubt, Desai said it’s them going digital. 

“In the past 2 years, I think COVID has expedited the interaction element in every brand. Because everyone is at home, we had to shift to digital, and that’s the biggest change in the brand narrative that I’ve seen,” said Desai. 

He shared that the good thing is, over at dentsu, ‘digital’ has been an ongoing conversation. Brands are now more open to exploring, however, Desai points that their understanding can be limited. 

“We’ve also started upselling things, and brands have also started buying them. For example, [something] like a legacy Indian brand getting into a metaverse conversation,” he shared. 

Top 1: ShopBack launches new ShopBack Pay

ShopBack unveils new payment feature in Singapore

Landing on the Top 1 is the recent launch of ShopBack’s cashless payment feature Shopback Pay, which at its core, eliminates the process of topping up funds, instead enables to directly pay in the ShopBack app with only the linked payment method.

In an interview with Julian Foo, head of payments at ShopBack, he shared that the main idea behind Shopback Pay is primarily overcoming the adversities that consumers and merchants faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“I think in terms of what we saw, in our user base and surveys, it was that consumers actually had quite a fair bit of cashback, right, in the shop bank account. On average, we see about like, $200 worth of cash in every customer’s account, which is actually not doing anything at this point in time. So then we ask ourselves, hey, what can we do to help the users actually use their cashback? And for us, it was quite simple. What if we developed a payment method that allowed users to burn the cashback that they had earned online,” Foo said.

He added, “With this product innovation, I think it really allowed users to see an additional use case of earning cashback on shopping, where they can now use their cashback to burn at the merchants.”

Foo also shared that their primary goal has always been making the consumer experience convenient and rewarding.

Watch our exclusive interviews with the brands themselves on the latest episode of MARKETECH APAC Top Stories, now live on our YouTube channel.

Rankings are based on Google Analytics from the period of 16 March to 15 April.

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ShopBack unveils new payment feature in Singapore

Singapore – Singapore-based shopping and rewards platform ShopBack, has launched ShopBack Pay, a cashless payment feature to make payments more convenient and rewarding for consumers.

In a single app, consumers can now pay it their way by linking their favourite payment methods and making their in-store purchases easily, as well as stack additional cashback on top of rewards from their preferred payment method.

The new feature excludes the need for users to top up funds on ShopBack Pay, instead allowing them to simply link their preferred payment method (Mastercard, Visa, or GrabPay) available on the ShopBack app, and in-store payments will be directly debited from the linked payment method in real-time.

On top of the cashback offered by ShopBack Pay merchants, users will also receive rewards from their preferred payment methods, such as credit card benefits and the ability to earn GrabRewards points. ShopBack Pay’s QR scan and pay feature, which is available on its app, will allow users to make payments at physical stores as well. 

Julian Foo, head of payments at ShopBack, shared, “Our goal at ShopBack has always been to add value to and shape one’s shopping experience with ShopBack Pay, right from the start when users easily discover merchants on the app to making their payments with cashback as a loyalty scheme.” 

Kanika Maheshwari, head of consumer segment at Grab Financial Group Singapore, commented, “We want to provide the most rewarding and convenient payment experience to our GrabPay users by enabling the widest range of online and offline payment methods, as well as helping them maximise the value out of every dollar they spend. Through this collaboration, GrabPay users can not only earn GrabRewards points from their transactions, but also gain additional cashback incentives via ShopBack Pay.”

The ShopBack Pay feature, which has onboarded over 3,000 merchants since its pilot launch on January 17, will be available to ShopBack’s 2 million users. In addition, ShopBack has partnered Grab to drive the use of GrabPay on ShopBack Pay so users can maximise the cashback benefits and rewards from both platforms. 

Furthermore, ShopBack Pay users will receive a $2 incentive reward on their first ShopBack Pay transaction linked to GrabPay from March 8 until May 31, 2022. During the same time period, first-time ShopBack Pay members will receive 100% cashback on their first transaction, with a $5 minimum expenditure and a $5 maximum cashback. Existing ShopBack users are also eligible for this offer.

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Technology Featured APAC

Ex-Shopback marketing head Imran Mohamad joins Aimazing as head of marketing

Singapore – Local-based retail technology company Aimazing has announced the appointment of former Shopback’s head of marketing Imran Mohamad as its new head of marketing, where he will be responsible for overseeing the overall brand and marketing objectives of the group, including shaping the brand’s positioning and market strategy.

Mohamad brings in more than nine years of marketing experience in marketing strategy and general management. During his time at Shopback, he was responsible for customer acquisition and revenue maximization for the platform. Furthermore, he also served as a director at the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SMCCI) which represents more than 900 business members, as well as overseeing an Enterprise Singapore-supported incubation program, Protege Kita.

For Jun Ting, chief executive officer at Aimazing, Mohamad brings into the company a perfect mix of organizational leadership, marketing experience and digital expertise that they are looking for to significantly increase the effectiveness of their communication efforts, partnerships and channels.

He added that Mohamad’s appointment comes at a time when the company is ready to scale their solutions into multiple markets in the world, entering as the best player in the market for malls to understand all real-time sales data happening every day.

“Our ability to communicate our unique value proposition to leading and boutique retail mall managers, and co-create the ultimate retail experience with partners, while building long-term and strong relationships will be key to anchor the company as the leading real-time retail sales data analytics player. Imran has the right experience and capabilities to lead the work on the marketing-front,” Ting stated.

Speaking about his appointment, Mohamad commented that joining the company at this time is an incredibly exciting one as Aimazing is changing the game in retail with a patented solution that will transform how data within shopping malls is acquired, unified, and analyzed to create a trifecta of wins – for the consumers, for the malls, and for the retail merchants.

“With our most recent project successes and progress with leading market players and cities around the world, it’s exciting to grow the team and projects to truly be the ‘Google Analytics’ of physical and omnichannel retail. I am delighted to be able to take this success story forward and we are already planning various digital and communication strategies for the coming year,” said Mohamad.

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November’s Top 5: Stories that hooked you for the month

Holidays are truly around the corner and Christmas-related news has already peeped in to make its way to the top stories, where a global household production name warms hearts with its latest Christmas ad.

Another year-end special also entered the list for the month, with a rewards platform in Singapore announcing a new face for its brand on the 11.11 sale event. 

Stories from marketing tech platforms also turned heads, where two – a global and an Asia-focused firm – announced recent expansions.

Meanwhile, marketing leaders never fail to entice readers, with a feature on a digital head from a leading integrated marketing communications agency in the Philippines making it to the top 5. 

Based on Google Analytics from 16 October to 15 November, these are the top newsmakers for the month.

Top 5: Disney UK’s global Christmas ad puts Filipino family culture in the spotlight

Disney in the UK has released its latest Christmas ad titled “From our family to yours,” and to much of Filipinos’ surprise, the production studios decided to forefront the Philippines’ family culture and Christmas traditions. 

The ad is about a “lola” or grandmother who misses spending time with her granddaughter who has grown mature and has less time for the family. In the video, Lola and her granddaughter bond over making a “parol” or the colorful Christmas lantern in the Philippines. 

Disney UK said the ad is also part of its celebration of the 40th partnership anniversary with children charity foundation Make A Wish, where a portion of the sales from the digital purchase of the video’s official soundtrack “Love Is A Compass” and a limited edition vintage Mickey Mouse soft doll is donated to the foundation.

Both Filipino and international viewers loved the ad, where the video has currently garnered 2.7 million views on YouTube.

Top 4: ShopBack Singapore taps local comic veteran as first ambassador

The headquarters of rewards and discovery platform ShopBack has announced its very first brand ambassador – comedy veteran Kumar.

Kumar is an Indian Singaporean comedian, television host, and drag queen, who made his name performing in the now-defunct cabaret nightclub Boom Boom Room during the late 1990s.

The partnership between ShopBack and Kumar is set to run for a year, which already began in the 11.11 sale event of the platform, and slated to continue through the year-end and next year.

Speaking to MARKETECH APAC, ShopBack Singapore’s Head of Marketing Imran Mohamad shared what makes Kumar perfect for the brand. 

“We believe that Kumar has the same values as us, he’s all about love, authenticity, [and] inclusivity, and we tend to speak the same language,” he said.

He added, “Together with Kumar, we believe that sky’s the limit, that we could really reach out to Singaporeans young and old, to tell them, you are not left behind, and you can shop smarter, [save] more, [earn] more with ShopBack.” 

Top 3: Executive Director of MullenLowe Treyna’s digital arm on #MARKETECHMondays

Last October, Raffy Bariso, the executive director of Philippine integrated marketing agency MullenLowe Treyna graced the #MARKETECHMondays interview, where he shared some meaningful advice about leadership and his insights on the digital landscape in the pandemic. 

As cliche as it may sound during this time, Raffy said “the pandemic is the biggest disruptor.”

“There’s so much innovation to do, and needed during the pandemic crisis, and I can just imagine how everything sped up in terms of the velocity when the pandemic hit us. I’m already doing a lot in terms of digital marketing, [but] imagine, all of my brands pivoting double time for this season,” he shared. 

As heads of digital arm TAPS or MullenLowe Treyna’s Technology and Platform Services, Raffy spearheads services which is mainly the use of creative technology to answer clients’ marketing challenges, coming up with products that leverage the firm’s expertise in strategic narrative, content and media, PR, activations, and production.

As a leader, he believes in the power of “vision.”

“I had to set [a] vision for my team. [This] sets the tone and direction for everybody, and [from them], I have to sell that vision, [so that] I can build that trust, and they can get behind my goals,” he said.

Top 2: Global experience analytics platform Contentsquare expands to APAC

International-wide experience analytics company Contentsquare has recently announced its APAC expansion; and with new offices in Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne, and Sydney, it has unveiled two key executives at the helm. 

Former senior head at Microsoft David Bochsler has been appointed as regional managing director for APAC, while former head of CRM Marketing for food delivery platform Deliveroo Frazer Adnam is tapped as country manager for ANZ.

Contentsquare’s platform captures every in-page interaction and micro-gesture to understand and analyze customer behavior. It provides teams a digital experience stack that supports the full cycle of digital improvement with available scores, visualizations, and recommendations. 

Sharing his insight on the state of user experience (UX), David said, “Increasingly, we are seeing a shift to brands wanting to deliver not just more sales, but a better online experience for their visitors, which in many cases is the only experience that the customer has with that brand. So UX is at the top of the priority list in 2020.” 

Meanwhile, new ANZ country manager Frazer said that what he likes about Contentsquare is its ability to locate revenue fast and at scale, and its ability to visualize data. 

“When I first saw the Contentsquare platform, I was just so excited about the technology. I was the decision-maker on the brand side that Contentsquare would have traditionally sold to. I thought, ‘this solves problems that I literally would have needed five people to solve,” he said.

Top 1: Ad-tech Adzymic enters Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan market

The top story for the month comes from the same field of marketing tech – Asia-focused ad-tech Adzymic’s further expansion to Asia, with new markets in Hong Kong, Thailand, and Japan. 

Prior to the expansion, Adzymic has already been operating in countries Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Its flagship solution is the Dynamic Creative Management Platform which functions as advertising transformation of physical to digital media, such as banners, carousel ads and social display ads, allowing advertisers to create ads without the need for coding experience. 

Co-founder and executive director Ken Wong shared to MARKETECH APAC what made the company reach out to the new markets. 

“Programmatic media has become increasingly important in these three markets. Before the pandemic, we saw that many Thai and Hong Kong companies have already adapted to the digital and programmatic media platforms, [and] during this pandemic, they have diversified their digital presence even more rapidly. We saw that they already had some quick traction with the local businesses,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Ken said the company entered Japan because it has “always been an appealing market, which is one of the world’s largest advertising markets of the US and China.”

Watch the MARKETECH APAC REPORTS of these top five stories, with exclusive appearance and commentary from the newsmakers themselves.

This is in collaboration with Malaysia-based media company The Full Frontal.

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ShopBack SG brings in football fans with new tie-up with LaLiga

Singapore – Rewards and discovery platform ShopBack in Singapore has tied up with Spain’s professional football league LaLiga for a joint marketing amplification, which will include giveaway contests within the platform.

At large, the partnership will see a release of an official campaign video of LaLiga, in-app and website pushes, social media engagement, and out-of-home advertisements. A video shoutout by LaLiga ambassador and former football player Gaizka Mendieta will also be released. 

Video, courtesy of ShopBack.

One of the main marketing initiatives within the partnership is a social media contest which will give away a football fan an all-expenses paid trip to Spain for two to catch a LaLiga match live. 

LaLiga spearheads Spain’s two national professional football competitions LaLiga Santander and LaLiga SmartBank, where both have already started its 2020-21 season on September 12.

In order to participate, ShopBack users must visit the LaLiga page on the platform starting 27 November and click on the “Submit Entry Now” button to be redirected to an Instagram post. In the post, users must comment on why they deserve to watch a Laliga game in Spain, share it to Instagram, and tag their intended travel buddy. Lastly, those interested must make a purchase on any ShopBack selected brands

The competition will run from 27 November to 31 December 2020, in line with ShopFest, ShopBack’s annual mega shopping festival that spans the entire year-end shopping season. 

In a press statement, ShopBack said that through the partnership with the sports association, it aims to “portray its value of togetherness just as football brings people together.”

ShopBack Co-founder Joel Leong said, “We are excited to kick off this partnership with LaLiga to bring football fans and shoppers together. With the sporting world still gradually being reinstated to normalcy, the upcoming football matches in Spain promise to be that rush of adrenaline and the perfect opportunity to bring people together.”

LaLiga’s Managing Director for SEA Ivan Codina commented, “Alongside our fans, we long for the time when we can return to the stadiums and celebrate the passion of live football action of LaLiga in person. In this situation, together with ShopBack, we wish to remind our consumers that we are ‘better together’ despite being physically apart. With the pent-up demand to travel and experience live sports continuing to build, the grand prize is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we know would excite fans.”