SCMP Group Launches EsquireHK.com

First and Only International Men’s Fashion & Lifestyle Media Brand to Kick-start Multimedia Website in HK

HONG KONG, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SCMP Group Ltd (SEHK: 583), Asia’s leading media holding company, today announced that it will launch EsquireHK.com on 1 September, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong. This follows the publication of Esquire’s Chinese version in January after SCMP Hearst Magazines Limited, a joint venture between SCMP Group and Hearst Magazines International, acquired its publication rights in Hong Kong.

Leveraging the resonance of the print edition’s lifestyle and fashion content, EsquireHK.com will enrich readers’ experience with a host of multimedia daily-refreshed channels on Style, Lifestyle, Watches, Food & Drinks, Machines, People and Esquire TV. The new website shares the signature brand essence and motif of its US counterpart esquire.com, while infusing Hong Kong and international editorial directions with local flair.  EsquireHK.com is powered by multi-talented online editorial specialists that create daily lifestyle & fashion news, reviews, tips, how-to guides and interviews using lively language, videos, photos, infographics and images.

SCMP Group announced that EsquireHK.com will be launched on 1 Sep, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong.

SCMP Group announced that EsquireHK.com will be launched on 1 Sep, establishing Esquire as the first and only international men’s fashion & lifestyle media brand with a localized multimedia online presence in Hong Kong.

Ms. Josephine Chan, Managing Director, SCMP Magazines Publishing Ltd said, “Through research and focus groups, we confirmed our belief that there is a dearth of men’s fashion and lifestyle websites with quality and original content in sync with what Hong Kong readers are looking for. EsquireHK.com helps us bridge this important market void, while strengthening our connection with readers, and importantly, building on the success that Esquire print has attained since the January launch.”

Ms. Chan added, “With daily updated content, EsquireHK.com will become indispensable to marketers and advertisers looking for an integrated men-focused advertising and promotion platform. In Esquire magazine and Esquirehk.com, they will be able to direct their promotional efforts to a high-value group of target audience that cares about style and substance.”

An online campaign titled “Are you THE MAN?” has preempted the website launch and introduced readers to Esquire HK’s brand essence – modern, sophisticated, confident and detailed.  Created by the EsquireHK.com team, the campaign is making a splash with visitors, some of whom heard about it from Esquire’s HK Facebook page. The campaign challenges site visitors to test their understanding of “Lifestyle, Style, Workplace and Party”. Registered participants who submit outstanding answers will win special prizes. The campaign www.esquireHK.com/areyoutheman will end on September 7.

About SCMP Group Ltd and South China Morning Post

SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 583) is a leading newspaper and magazine publisher in Asia. Its flagship publication, South China Morning Post, is Hong Kong’s internationally recognised English language newspaper and has the city’s most affluent and influential readership.

First published in 1903, the newspaper has developed an enviable reputation for authoritative, influential and independent reporting on Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of Asia. Available in print, mobile, tablets and online through scmp.com and e-reader editions, South China Morning Post reaches a global audience with daily breaking news, analysis and opinion, multimedia articles and interactive forums. The South China Morning Post received over 160 awards in 2013-14 for excellence in editorial, marketing and technical capability.  Other titles in the Group include the Sunday Morning Post, Nanzao.com, Nanzaozhinan.com, STYLE, Destination Macau, The PEAK, HK Magazine, The List, Where Hong Kong, and Where Chinese.

Through the joint venture partnership with Hearst, SCMP Hearst publishes the Chinese editions of Cosmopolitan, CosmoBride, Harper’s BAZAAR, Harper’s BAZAAR Art, Harper’s BAZAAR Bride, Esquire, ELLE, ELLE Men, ELLE Wedding, ELLE Decoration, and ELLE Accessories; and operates Cosmopolitan.com.hk, Cosmogirl.com.hk, Harpersbazaar.com.hk, ELLE.com and EsquireHK.com in Hong Kong.

For further information please contact:              

+852-2680-8888
communications@scmp.com

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Millward Brown AdReaction: Brands Need Greater Cross-screen Integration of Marketing Strategies

32 Country Study Identifies Multiscreening Opportunity for Marketers

HONG KONG, Aug. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong consumers who have mobile devices such as a smartphone and tablet spend an average of seven and a half hours each day viewing screens including TV and laptops, according to the AdReaction 2014 research report released by Millward Brown. The report examined multiscreen use and behavior across 32 countries and explored consumer receptivity to advertising on TV, smartphones, laptops and tablets. Marketers can use the research results to plan and integrate their media plans in order to leverage the advantages of each platform and drive brand growth.

“Although we intuitively know that people are spending more and more time on different screens and devices, there is still the need to better understand consumer behaviors to provide marketing decision-makers with the best advice on media investment optimization,” said Sonia Liang, Millward Brown Media and Digital Director for Hong Kong and Taiwan. “One of the most interesting findings of this research is that among this group of consumers with mobile devices such as smartphone and tablet, the smartphone has become the screen on which they spend the longest time on, every day, and in every country in the world.”

In Hong Kong, local consumers are leading the world in multiscreen use, spending an average of more than seven and a half hours on screens including TV, smartphone, laptop and tablet, half an hour longer than the global average, according to the report. Smartphone, as the primary screen, takes up more than two and a half hours daily, and is actively used in the evenings as well as in the daytime, whilst laptop and TV take center stage in the evenings.

Liang continued “Hong Kong continues to sophisticate at break-neck speeds, punctuated by the ever-changing media consumption landscape.  It really comes as no surprise that consumers here utilize multiple screens more than anywhere else in the world.”

A proportion of consumers utilize their smart phones and tablets while watching TV, “to fill time during ad breaks” (37%) and “to have some background sound at home” (34%). A number also say they “go online for TV-show-related searches” (16%). Interestingly, more in Hong Kong (32%) cite “TV programming is not interesting enough to hold attention” compared with the rest of the world (29%).

The results from AdReaction highlight the increasing opportunities to speak to consumers and to build communications in the manner that provides the best opportunity and environment to have the conversation.  Liang added, “We know from our CrossMedia Research™ that integrated marketing communications synergize channels to enhance brand impact. The key for marketers is leveraging the right moments for each channel and, critically, leveraging the channel cross-over to maximize brand experience.”  

Liang warns that managing consistency with focus is critical to build successful marketing communications. “A more cluttered media environment today means marketers have to pay ever more attention to the balance of the opportunities for conversation, yet remain strong and consistent in focus,” she says. Our choice of communication channels must reflect the aim of the marketing objective. A multi-channel “spray-and-pray” strategy, without message consistency, simply won’t work well, especially with the growing number of distractions faced by the consumer today.”

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About AdReaction 2014

For AdReaction 2014 Millward Brown surveyed, via smartphone or tablet, more than 12,000 16-44 year old multiscreen users across 32 countries. Multiscreen users were defined as people who own, or have access to, a TV and a smartphone and/or a tablet. 

Countries and regions in the study across Asia-Pacific include Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The research in Hong Kong and Taiwan was commissioned by Yahoo!

The study addresses key questions facing marketers, including:

  1. What is the marketing opportunity in the multiscreen world?
  2. What role does each screen play in a media plan and how receptive are consumers to advertising by screen? 
  3. What are the best practices for deploying multiscreen advertising to drive brand growth?

If you are interested in more detailed findings, please contact your local Millward Brown Office

AdReaction studies have been conducted since 2001, delivering insights on consumers’ perceptions of advertising, particularly digital formats.

About Millward Brown

Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specializing in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research. Millward Brown helps clients grow great brands through comprehensive research-based qualitative and quantitative solutions. Specialist global practices include Millward Brown Digital (a leader in digital effectiveness and intelligence), Firefly Millward Brown (our global qualitative network), a Neuroscience Practice (using neuroscience to optimize the value of traditional research techniques), and Millward Brown Vermeer(a strategy consultancy helping companies maximize financial returns on brand and marketing investments). Millward Brown operates in more than 55 countries and is part of Kantar, WPP’s data investment management division. Learn more at www.millwardbrown.com  

MediaMath Enables Advertisers to Access FBX’s API through the TerminalOne Platform API

– Expands advertisers’ abilities to customize and build atop the TerminalOne Marketing Operating System

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — MediaMath, the creator of the TerminalOne Marketing Operating System™ (T1) for digital marketers, now enables advertisers to access FBX inventory through the T1 Platform API, further enhancing the platform’s capability.

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MediaMath is one of the few select demand-side technology partners that have direct integration with FBX, providing easy access to FBX Right Hand Side and Page Post Ad inventory. The release of theT1 FBX API adds additional functionality to T1 Platform API, empowering clients to build custom tools to optimize and scale their T1 FBX workflow.

“We’ve built our platform on the premise of openness, and this integration is a significant step towards building the most modular and flexible operating system for marketers,” said Wil Schobeiri, senior vice president, technology, MediaMath. “No two advertisers are exactly alike – and therefore need technology solutions that can be customized to their unique needs.”

MediaMath will guide clients through the integration process, providing easy-to-follow documentation, expert service, and support.

Launched in 2012, Facebook Exchange (FBX) enables real-time bidding (RTB) and cross-channel marketing, delivering specific impressions that allow advertisers to target audiences. MediaMath has been among the select DSP partners from the beginning of FBX, enabling advertisers to expand their reach and target to Facebook’s vast user base.  

For more information, visit mediamath.com or the Facebook Exchange OPEN partner profile on the OPEN Partner Marketplace.

About MediaMath

MediaMath (mediamath.com) is a global technology company that’s leading the movement to revolutionize traditional marketing and drive transformative results for marketers through its TerminalOne Marketing Operating System™. A pioneer in the industry introducing the first Demand-Side Platform (DSP) with the company’s founding in 2007, MediaMath is the only company of its kind to empower marketers with an extensible, open platform to unleash the power of goal-based marketing at scale, transparently across the enterprise. TerminalOne activates data, automates execution, and optimizes interactions across all addressable media, delivering superior performance, transparency, and control to all marketers and better, more individualized experiences for consumers. MediaMath has delivered triple-digit year-over-year growth since inception. It has a seasoned management team leading 13 global locations across five continents. Key clients include every major agency holding company, operating agency, and top brands across verticals.

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