Asahi Broadcasting Group's ABC HORIZON PTE.LTD. (Location: Singapore Representative: Osamu Nara, hereinafter ABC Horizon) and Quan Co.Ltd. (Location, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo: President and Representative Director: Kazuhiro Mizuno (hereafter Quon) formed a business alliance as of August 18 2020.
Through the strategic utilization of the popular character of Quan, this alliance aims to support the marketing activities of companies with remarkable economic growth in Southeast Asia such as Thailand and Vietnam, which have entered or are considering expanding into Japan.
Background of the Business Alliance
Originating from the Asahi Broadcasting Group, ABC Horizon is a team geared with knowledge and competence in both the domestic and international business arena, situated in Singapore. ABC Horizon has been active in supporting Japanese companies entering the Southeast Asian market, and businesses expanding into Japan, contributing to the overall advancement of the Japanese market.
Quan on the other hand, possesses well-recognized characters in both Japan and Southeast Asian countries, developing “stickers” on chat services such as LINE, and distributing video content on SNS, to support its clients’ marketing activities involving the employment of its characters. Notably in Vietnam, downloads of Quan’s original character “stickers” across Facebook Messenger and local chat service “Zalo”, has exceeded 450 million as of May 2020.
Brought together with the common goal of supporting the expansion of local services by Japanese companies and administrative agencies in Southeast Asian countries, capabilities were pooled together and a business alliance between the 2 companies was formed.
Details of the Business Alliance
(1) Marketing support of local corporation
“Zalo” – a chat application developed by Vietnamese IT company VNG, is used by over 70% of Vietnamese, and has become an indispensable tool for communication in the local community. To effectively communicate and build relationships with users (consumers) , "Zalo" has quickly seen itself transition into an essential tool in corporate marketing activities. In this social space, ABC Horizon and Quan support businesses' SNS marketing efforts by activating communication between the brands and users through continuously transmitting "stickers" and content that uses its characters.
(2) Support of Content Marketing through SNS
As the usage rates and popularity of Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube soar across Southeast Asian countries, we recognise the need and are able to support the content marketing activities on these SNS platforms.
(3) Marketing Support through Offline Measures
In the event that an on-site event is hosted, we will support offline marketing of the brand through the usage of Quan's original characters' mascots where needed.
For more information on this recent partnership and to learn more about Quan's proven effectiveness in its character employment as a marketing tool, please view the official press release below.