Well, China has 100+ Groupon clones and Malaysia is picking up as well on its own scale. Group buying sites are popping out lately in Malaysia. It's a bit of deja-vu like many were attempting to build a local social network site some years back...
It was the first time in history that a Malaysian company made headlines at TechCrunch last December. Friendster, the granddaddy of social networks has been acquired by MOL Global, a Malaysian e-commerce (payment) company...
Generally, Malaysians are skeptical or reluctant to shop online due to security concerns among many. We lack smart consumers, as suggested by Danny Foo. Air Asia did a great job in our e-commerce education. Desperately in need of bargain air tickets? Learn how to shop online and brace yourself by entering the credit card numbers...
Do you have the habit of shopping at foreign online store, especially those from the west? I do, like many others, looking for bargains, stuffs that are special or not easily available here. I do have an extra small habit though...
Well, this post is all about charts and figures. Read on to get a glimpse of e-commerce outlook in selected countries of Asia Pacific. Hopefully, you will get a rough idea on those markets that you are not particularly familiar with...
Blogshop seems to be an unique trend booming only in Singapore and Malaysia. Perhaps, many Singaporeans or Malaysians are accustomed to browse and navigate around blogshop but certainly not me (some might agree with me on this)...
I have read on rumours saying that Malaysia Today operated by Raja Petra Kamarudin has been censored by local authorities via TM Net.
I am quite sure that most of the Malaysia's netizens are awared of GutterUncensored.com especially after the Edison Chen's photo scandal in February 2008. What I am not sure is the origin of the blogger, it seems that he/she is from US but he/she is quite equipped with "premium contents" from Asia namely Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. You can even get Dr Chua's infamous act there.
This is the prove that Malaysians are very naughty, we are top of the list!
As the conclusion of this series, dare I say that we still do not have a very successful local (generic or vertical) SNS at this moment. But we do have decent special purpose SNS, like Blinklist, Nuffnang and Adverlets, as posted here.
Here, I would like to summarize three key success criteria of SNS:
- Marketing strategies - viral marketing, SEO and various online and offline marketing.
- Elegance of the service - localized, "killer app" to encourage return visits, first to market etc.
- MONETIZATION - advertisements, affiliate programs, subscription, revenue-share on mobile service etc.
Although Malaysia's netizens are very used to bulletin board based service, but I am not going to include those here as they are not "full-fledged" SNS services and also there are too many around.
What is "full-fledged" SNS? In my definition, there are 2 criteria:
- Encourage interactiveness between members.
- User generated content - blog, photo, video etc.
Malaysians are pretty familiar with Friendster, Facebook, MySpace. Generally, teens hang out in Friendster, colleague students and working adults in Facebook, Malays in MySpace.
But, I am not sure whether many heard of our very own local providers: