Google Reveals That 96% of Hong Kongers Never Go Without their Smartphones and Browse the Internet Daily, Highest Rate in Asia


Startups always need good data to show to investors – so if you’re building a mobile app we have the newest stats from Google for you right here.

Google and Ipsos MediaCT jointly announced results of the “2013 Our Mobile Planet: Hong Kong” research, offering a detailed analysis of trends in local smartphone usage as well as statistics around the Internet, search, video, advertising and commercial activities in the mobile space. Aside from redefining the role smartphones play in our lives, the research aims to offer insights to advertisers on how they can use mobile ads to stay abreast of the latest trends in this multi-screen era.

So we thought we’d share that research with you here – the full release from Google Hong Kong below:

[Read more…]

Being a Data Driven Entrepreneur with Bridgette Bean at Cocoon


2013-06-13 16.37.11

With all of the data that is available nowadays, it becomes difficult to find the right niche for your product. Consumers are constantly discovering ways to browse the internet and its many services, making it the entrepreneur’s job to make their product stand out among the rest. Bridgette Bean, entrepreneurship manager for Google, shared her expansive knowledge on data at Cocoon, the largest co-working space in Hong Kong.  She talked about how certain aspects can really drive your business (or even hurt it.) Different levels of attention—whether macro or micro—influence revenue, popularity and overall success of the business you are trying to cultivate. Google offers a plethora of tools to help track trends, monitor markets, and understand customer needs. Google Public Data Explorer accumulates data from around the world, visually displaying it with line graphs and scatter plots. With this tool, you’ll be able to chart when it is the best to time advertise your product as well as where to sell it. For those of you who need to do market sizing, this tool is your friend. Google Trends keeps a record of what the popular searches are on the web, constantly keeping you up-to-date with your consumer’s interest. Because this data has a tendency to fluctuate, Bean recommends checking in on this information monthly. With the use of these tools. you’ll be able to predict what your customers want and need, probably before they even know it!

One aspect Bean stressed was to listen to your consumers and be open to new ideas. Nothing can stifle revenue more than a stubborn approach to an ever-changing atmosphere. Tiny details can also affect the outcome of a business, all the way down to the color of a button. It is surprising how much more popularity a certain picture can generate versus a similar one with a different layout. Guide the customer through your site so as not to get them confused or distracted. Paying attention to detail whether it is a global shift or tracking what a customer is searching for on your site will enable you to tailor your business to your target audience.

Bridgette (Sexton) Bean:


Google Plus:


Google+ Metrics and Asian Celebrity Brands Showcased in Hong Kong


Google+ celebrated its one year anniversary in Hong Kong at an event at Pacific Coffee Emporium in Causeway Bay – see the Google+ Events page for photos.

Global Director, Google+ for Brands, Gretchen Howard appeared via teleconference at Google’s Hong Kong office to share some news about how well Google+ is doing:

[Read more…]