GroupM has formed media partnership for Asia Pacific with LINE Corporation of Japan. LINE is a free call and messaging app that currently with a global user base of 212 million monthly active users, mostly in the Asia Pacific market in countries and regions such as Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Because LINE is a closed social networking service where users communicate mostly with personal acquaintances, it also serves as an intimate source of reliable information for the user and a trustworthy environment for brands. Advertisers on LINE additionally benefit from strict policies around user eligibility which ensure no fake accounts exist.
“Today, it is a worldwide trend to utilize messenger apps for consumer communications and customer relationship management, connecting brands with their audiences. Through this partnership with GroupM, we will connect even more brands with consumers,” said Sintaro Tabata, Senior Vice President, Head of Corporate Sales, LINE Corp.
“Through our LINE Training Sessions, we’ll also help instruct the most effective marketing solutions for LINE’s unique communication environment and establish market-leading benchmarks.”
“LINE is one of the fastest-growing natively developed social media platforms in Asia and is undeniably an important new vehicle for consumer engagement,”said Mark Patterson, CEO, GroupM Asia Pacific. “Our agencies are already helping clients to leverage the platform within media plans, and we engineered this partnership to make LINE’s digital products work harder for their brands.”
“Online consumers around the world – including those in APAC – have shown a marked preference for platforms and services they find trustworthy. LINE’s closed nature appeals to consumers who favor a more private social networking experience, and by connecting reliable brands with users in this implicitly trusted setting, GroupM and LINE will help our clients reach users in a fun, yet unobtrusive manner,” said Nick Bins, Deputy Head of Trading, GroupM Asia Pacific.