May 13

Kingdom Digital bids farewell to client LANEIGE MY through social post

LANEIGE Malaysia and Kingdom Digital have parted ways after four years as the retainer contract came to an end. The agency also bade farewell to LANEIGE in a heartfelt Facebook post, showing appreciation for how much both parties have grown together and accomplished more than 50 campaigns.

The South Korean skincare and make up brand first approached the agency back in 2016, head of strategy Edmund Lou and digital account director Lim Tan Ting told A+M in a joint statement. They added that it took Kingdom Digital two campaign pitches before the agency was permanently brought on board for digital duties.

“We are proud of the growth we’ve achieved throughout the partnership and we wish LANEIGE a continued success in the future,” Lou and Lim added. LANEIGE declined to comment on A+M’s queries.

Having produced numerous campaigns for the South Korean brand over the past few years, Lou and Lim looked back on some of the memorable work the team has done for LANEIGE.

One of the first gamification campaigns Kingdom Digital conceptualised was Mission Dew-able 1 and 2, which were designed to launch LANEIGE’s White Dew collection. The game requires consumers to match a minimum of three monsters together to kill them. Bonus points were awarded when consumers matched the monsters in a square.

According to Lou and Lim, the campaign was so successful that the LANEIGE whitening range became the best-selling product range in the first half of 2017. “We then continued to push creative boundaries by launching the first Facebook AR make up filter and the webAR game LANEIGE Cica Hunt.

The Facebook AR make up filter promoted LANEIGE’s Sparkle My Way limited edition collection, which aimed to celebrate all women who stay true to themselves and to embrace their uniqueness. Meanwhile, the LANEIGE Cica Hunt was created to drum up awareness of its Cica Sleeping Mask and turns Cica into a cute character.

“It has been such a great journey working with LANEIGE to tell its brand story and interact with its customers through different platforms and executions,” Lou and Lim said.

Other memorable work Kingdom Digital has done for LANEIGE include an on-ground event Dance on Air for the launch of its cream skin refiner, a pre-wedding photoshoot in collaboration with Weddings Malaysia, and a series of creative video content.

Apr 29

Tohtonku Goes Live To Stay Connected Throughout MCO

In light of these unprecedented times, leading skincare and personal care player Tohtonku Sdn Bhd has put together a series of exciting livestream sessions under a selection of its brands. These initiatives have been conceptualised in collaboration with digital agency Kingdom Digital.

Ubermen x Nanowhite Men. Realising that people will be unable to get haircuts during this period, Ubermen and Nanowhite Men presented the #ZeroToStyloAtHome live grooming sessions to ease the frustrations.

Led by renowned stylist Shakirin Razik of Barber by Servus, this virtual grooming session saw selected participants given personalised grooming tips and guidance on the proper way to cut and style hair based on their preferred Ubermen looks.

Aside from merely promoting at-home grooming techniques, Tohtonku views this as a viable form of bonding session for family members, spouses or couples. There are a total of 10 sessions via Zoom which kicked off on April 25. Those that missed out can still take part in the upcoming sessions happening on May 2 (11.00 a.m. & 2.00 p.m.), May 3 (2.00 p.m. & 5.00 p.m.), and May 9 (11.00 a.m. & 5.00 p.m.). Stay tuned to Ubermen’s Facebook page for the announcement on the final two sessions.

To register, simply complete this form. Selected participants will be contacted in advance to be briefed on the time and items needed for the session.

#BeWellwithNutox is a series of themed self-healing sessions designed especially for frontliners to recuperate and relax. These sessions, taking place at 7.30 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. daily from April 30 to May 4 on Facebook live, are led by established wellness instructors, Intan and Siu Lim. They will be guiding the participants through feel-good stretches, mindfulness and breathing exercises.

To participate, just visit Nutox’s Facebook event page and click on the button indicating your interest in attending the event. There will be a prompt when the session is live. Once the livestreams have ended, these sessions will be added into a Facebook library that can be easily accessed via a QR code. Frontliners will receive a media alert along with the QR code to enable them to participate even if they have missed the live therapy session.

Through this, the company aims to provide an online platform for frontliners to ease their mental stress to ensure good emotional wellbeing in this difficult time, while simultaneously showing gratitude for their hard work. That said, these sessions are also extended to members of the public who require extra support during this period.

#LiveTogetherwithNanowhite. In a bid to help people make the most out of this MCO and acquire new skills, Nanowhite has partnered up with influencers to present Instagram live sessions on a series of engaging topics.

The first session will be kicking off on April 29 at 8.30 p.m. with Erissa Puteri Hashim leading the #StayHomeTikTok where the influencer will be sharing tips on making viral TikToks.

Meanwhile, the second and third sessions will be taking place on May 1 (8.30 p.m.) and May 3 (8.30 p.m.) featuring Nurin Afiqah on #StayHomeBeauty and Syed Syafiq on #StayHomeOppa. The former will be sharing tips on getting Raya ready while the latter will dive into the captivating world of K-trends and K-dramas.

According to Vicky Lim, Head of Marketing at Tohtonku Sdn Bhd, the company decided to present these interactive initiatives in the hopes of inspiring their audience and combating the hard-hitting news that are currently populating the digital sphere.

“Our livestream sessions are put in place to help folks beat the lockdown blues. We also hope that these will provide some form of recuperation for our hardworking frontliners throughout this trying time,” explained Lim.

Lui Xiao Yee, Head of Account Servicing at Kingdom Digital, shared that, “People are experiencing a whole whirlwind of emotions during this MCO period. It’s important that brands use their platform to provide connection, education, and a sense of community virtually. This will also enhance brand affinity in the long run and get consumers to engage directly with them.”

For more information, please visit Ubermen Facebook, Nutox Facebook and Nanowhite Instagram.

Apr 23

Kingdom Digital Solutions Malaysia, Mccann India, Ensemble Worldwide Initiative Malaysia, Mindshare China + Bbdo China shortlisted in Warc’s Effective Content Strategy Awards

The Effective Content Strategy shortlist is now released for the WARC Awards, a global search for next-generation marketing effectiveness. Asia has scored five finalists ione each from Kingdom Digital Solutions Malaysia, McCann Worldgroup India, ensemble worldwide Initiative Malaysia, Mindshare China and BBDO China.

A total of 21 campaigns have been shortlisted in the Effective Content Strategy category, which rewards content strategies that can demonstrate a business outcome.

Covering a range of product categories, such as automotive, finance, FMCG, retail and telecommunications, across different markets, the shortlist has been selected by a panel of industry experts.

Ash Tailor – global brand and marketing director, LEGOLAND and chair of the jury said, “This year’s shortlist shows that brands are interpreting content in its broadest sense. Featuring smart media partnerships, movies and podcasts, it’s a rich collection of case studies from all over the world that will educate and inspire practitioners.”

The shortlisted entries are:
Clásico Dogs · SNIFF · TBWARAAD · United Arab Emirates
Relentless Moves · Century 21 · MullenLowe US · United States
Rerank the Rich · Nuveen · MullenLowe US · United States
I’m Drinking It For You · DB Export · DB Breweries · Colenso BBDO · New Zealand
Top End Wedding · Northern Territory · Tourism Northern Territory · Atomic Media · Australia
Invest In Me · Whitelion · Ogilvy Australia, Wavemaker · Australia
Engineering Reimagined · Aurecon · Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd · in-house · Asia Pacific & Middle East
Gaming the telco ecosystem · ookyo · Maxis Broadband Malaysia · Kingdom Digital Solutions Malaysia · Malaysia
Cash is no more king in India · Mastercard · McCann Worldgroup · India
A moisturizer for those who never stop · Neutrogena · Johnson & Johnson · UM · Argentina
Anything is Pause-able · OldTown White Coffee · White Café Sdn Bhd · ensemble worldwide, Initiative · Malaysia
It’s Good To Be Home · du · du Telecommunications · TBWARAAD · United Arab Emirates
Pop Up Books · WHSmith · FP7 McCann Dubai · United Arab Emirates
Making mealtime fun time · Puck · Arla Foods · FP7 McCann Dubai · United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia
Unseen Potential · Al Tayer Motors · FP7 McCann Dubai · United Arab Emirates
Inspire What’s Next · Emirates NBD · FP7 McCann Dubai · United Arab Emirates
Lost Votes · The Times of India · The Times Group · Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. · India
Next% · Nike Running · Nike · Mindshare China · China
The Open Diaries · The Open University · RAPP · United Kingdom
The Pleasure is Mine · K-Y · Reckitt Benckiser · Havas New York, Havas Formula · North America
Chinese New Year Transfiguration · McDonald’s · McDonald’s China · BBDO China · China

The shortlisted papers in the Effective Content Strategy category can be viewed here alongside the shortlists for the Effective Use of Brand Purpose and Effective Innovation categories.

The final shortlist for the Effective Social Strategy category will be announced next week.

The WARC Awards are currently being judged by international senior figures from both brands and agencies. More information on the WARC Awards is available here.

Mar 03

PropertyGuru chooses Kingdom Digital for social media duties

Asia’s largest property portal PropertyGuru has selected Kingdom Digital as its social media agency for Malaysia following a pitch that concluded in February.

This was a first for the brand, as the social duties were previously managed
in-house. Kingdom Digital will be responsible for PropertyGuru Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, with the aim to help them inspire and empower Malaysians in their home buying journey through social engagements and to build a strong, active, and engaged community online for the brand.

The scope of work includes social content strategy and planning, creative development, social engagement contests, and reporting. Ryan Thoo, Head of Consumer Marketing at PropertyGuru says: “Kingdom Digital was selected because they showed an understanding of what we wanted to accomplish with our social and community strategies in driving our vision to be the trusted property advisor to aspiring homeowners.”

“Our brand mission is to help property seekers make confident property decisions.

Tapping on Kingdom Digital’s social marketing expertise, we hope to elevate our social content and online presence to further enhance various initiatives including building engaged communities that will enable more Malaysians to own their dream homes,” Ryan added.

Elaine Ewe, Senior Strategic Planner at Kingdom Digital says: “When it comes to buying or renting a property, different groups of audience have different needs and concerns, which require specific solutions. So, our strategy is to turn PropertyGuru’s social platforms into an engaging community whereby both aspiring and experienced homeowners can come together to share tips and knowledge, instead of just telling them what to do.”

“We will also leverage on the abundance of content PropertyGuru already have on their website, such as property guides, honest project reviews, #AskGuru, and more; and turn them into educational social content to empower Malaysians to own a home like an expert,” Elaine explained.

PropertyGuru is currently running a “Property Prodigy’ social media engagement contest from March 6 – 27 to give back to its followers on Facebook and Instagram. Participants that share a piece of advice according to the weekly theme in the comment section and tag three friends will stand a chance to win RM100 prize money each week. For more information, check out PropertyGuru’s Facebook page and Instagram account.

The appointment is the latest in a series of social account wins for Kingdom Digital, which include German professional appliances brand Karcher, cosmetic brand Silkygirl, coffee brand Oldtown White Coffee, as well as Turkish personal care brand XO.

Feb 26

SILKYGIRL names social media agency for Malaysia and Singapore market

Cosmetic brand SILKYGIRL has appointed Kingdom Digital to handle social media duties in Malaysia and Singapore for a year, following a pitch held in the fourth quarter of 2019. The agency is responsible for developing and executing social strategy, creative content, and community management for SILKYGIRL Malaysia’s Facebook and Instagram, as well as SILKYGIRL Singapore’s Facebook. SILKYGIRL declined to comment on A+M‘s queries regarding the incumbent.

Daniel Chin, MD at Alliance Cosmetics Group International, said Kingdom Digital was chosen because of its solid track record in the industry.

“Kingdom Digital has demonstrated that they have a firm understanding of the SILKYGIRL brand and our audiences. We are confident that their social media expertise will build meaningful consumer connections for the brand and boost our online presence in Malaysia and Singapore,” Chin said.

Ryan Ong, CEO at Kingdom Digital, explained that winning the account is an important milestone as the agency looks to further build its social media portfolio in both countries.

“We are incredibly excited to partner with SILKYGIRL as it is such a fun, youthful, and trendy brand. We look forward to delivering equally fun and compelling brand stories to its followers on social media, at the same time building a stronger brand affinity and desire,” Ong added.

Kingdom Digital broke into Singapore last July, marking its first international office outside of Malaysia. Led by business development director TS Sanjay, the agency is currently working on clients including Mediacorp, Tohtonku, and supplement brand Sangobion under P&G. The latest SILKYGIRL win adds on to the slew of clients the agency has bagged recently – OLDTOWN White Coffee, cleaning tools supplier Kärcher Malaysia, and Turkish-based cosmetics and care company Kopaş Cosmetic.

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Feb 05

Cleaning tools supplier Kärcher MY hands Kingdom Digital social duties

Kärcher Malaysia, a resource-conserving cleaning systems provider, has appointed Kingdom Digital as its first social media agency for a year. The duties were previously handled in-house.

Kingdom Digital will be handling Kärcher Home & Garden’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, and supporting Kärcher on ideation and execution of strategic campaigns to drive customer engagement. The agency is tasked to carry out social strategy and planning, content creation, creative development, reporting, and more. Kärcher Malaysia was established in 1998 and currently has five centres nationwide.

In a statement to A+M, Kingdom Digital’s spokesperson said it is currently focused on driving participation for Kärcher’s Chinese New Year spend-to-win contest via social postings. The agency has also lined up a series of social content based on the big idea of “oddly satisfying feeling”. The content will cover three big pillars: providing more informational content about Kärcher, telling inspirational stories revolving around real-life stories with Kärcher, and educating the public about Kärcher products.

According to her, the agency will be targeting working adults and families with middle to high household income, and aims to showcase Kärcher as a “leading knowledgeable brand” that customers can rely on for valuable insights on cleaning and innovations.

“Besides functionalities, we also want to portray Kärcher as the constantly trustworthy friend that one can depend on for good advice on cleaning. Our tone and manner will be witty, as the world of cleaning can be fun with the right tools,” the spokesperson  said.

Meanwhile, Joey Christo Tang, assistant marketing manager at Kärcher Malaysia told A+M that the company hopes to emphasise more on digital marketing to capture its target audience and increase brand awareness with the Millennials.

Tang said said the company chose Kingdom Digital because the agency “put in a lot of effort” when it comes to researching for ideation and direction. The agency also gained its trust and confidence having worked with many blue-chip accounts and winning several awards, Tang added.

Edmund Lou, head of strategy at Kingdom Digital, said Kärcher wanted to connect with its consumers in a more relevant manner to be more human, as it is perceived as a very functional brand. “So, we took Kärcher’s famed cleaning prowess and combined it with the human satisfaction after cleaning to produce a rather unconventional yet relevant big idea – oddly satisfying feeling,” he added.

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Feb 05

Turkish beauty firm Kopaş Cosmetics names digital agency ahead of MY entry

Turkish-based cosmetics and care company Kopaş Cosmetics has appointed Kingdom Digital to manage digital duties for a period of 10 months ahead of the launch of its perfume deodorant brand XO in Malaysia this March. This follows a pitch held from October to December 2019.

The agency is tasked to coordinate the official product launch of its perfume deodorant brand, XO, through a digital 360 strategic approach to reach the masses. Additionally, Kingdom Digital will also manage XO’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The scope includes social strategy and planning, content creation and creative development, community management, as well as reporting. It will also be supporting XO on the ideation and execution of strategic campaigns to drive brand awareness and engagement.

In a statement to A+M, Sibel Caglar, head of global marketing at Kopaş Cosmetics, said the agency was chosen as its pitch proposal was highly distinctive compared to the three other agencies vying for the account. Its proposed strategy and campaign idea were highly relevant and targeted at the younger demographic.

XO was crafted for women and its target audience are Millennials and Gen Zs. “We decided to break into the Malaysia market first as we saw an opportunity gap in the market – trendy fragrances, affordable price and our aluminium-free claim,” she said, adding that it is also eyeing Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Working closely with Kingdom Digital, XO will use social content to educate and engage with Malaysian consumers about the product range. It will also leverage influencer engagement to create brand awareness and talkability Caglar said, as influencers are deemed more relatable to its target audience than typical ads.

“We also chose to have XO sold exclusively in Watsons as of March because Gen Z and Millennials are also Watsons’ priority audience for 2020. Hence, there is a strategical fit for that partnership,” Caglar explained.

Similarities between Malaysian and Turkish consumers

Caglar said Turkish consumers are more aware of the importance of the “aluminium-free” claim in the deodorant category, which does not clog pores and enables healthy sweating. That said, the Millennials and Gen Zs in both markets are digitally-savvy and always on the look out for affordably priced products. “XO deodorant’s core benefit is affordable luxury, which means, it offers the most trendy perfume fragrances at an affordable price in deodorant format,” Caglar said.

One of the challenges faced by XO would be to create awareness of the perfume deodorant concept. Nonetheless, the team remains unfazed and sees it as an opportunity by focusing on lifestyles, trends, fashion and self expression. “XO will focus on emotions, not functional benefits such as perspiring,” Caglar explained. The brand also plans to encourage consumers to trial its eight products and find the best fit.

Elaine Ewe, senior strategic planner at Kingdom Digital said perfume deodorants are rather new to Malaysians.

“Here, we are familiar with deodorants and perfumes but not a perfume deodorant. Deodorants often have a similar smell across the category but with the perfume deodorant, XO is poised to disrupt the market with its uniqueness. We will leverage on the ‘young-ish’ social channels, influencers, and visual identities to engage with Malaysians,” she said.

Jan 24

Kingdom Digital highlights importance of sharing in Ip Man-inspired CNY spot

Kingdom Digital’s Ip Man 4 inspired Chinese New Year video features an intern who is left behind in the office while everyone leaves for the Chinese New Year holidays. Thinking he was alone, the intern reached out to grab a mandarin orange only to find that a senior colleague, who also stayed back, reached for the orange too.

The intern refused to share the mandarin orange and did not play nice to the senior. As such, the senior took this opportunity to teach him a lesson that relationships matter and the importance of sharing. It took Kingdom Digital a day to shoot and produce the video in-house.

In a statement to A+M, digital video director Orson Lew said the team was set on producing a lighthearted video from the get-go as they knew that content is king. Lew added that video is also the most versatile format as consumers can watch it on any device anytime.

“Over the past year, we have been bolstering our in-house video team and we have been making great video content for our clients. We thought this would be a good opportunity to showcase our video shooting and production capabilities, hence we pitched to the management team and they were sold on the story idea,” he said.

Since the video was inspired by the latest Ip Man 4 movie, Lew added that the team jokingly named it Ip Man 5. He explained that the Ip Man films are synonymous with Chinese New Year, as the reruns are commonly seen on TV during the festive season. As such, the team decided to weave some of the iconic wing chun moves and scenes into the video.

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Jan 21

Nutox Malaysia Launches “Let Youth Bloom” Chinese New Year Campaign

Nutox Malaysia has launched an interactive Chinese New Year campaign this year to promote its best-selling Nutox Advanced Serum Concentrate. At the same time, the brand hopes to leverage this opportunity to give back to its customers.

Partnering with its agency Kingdom Digital, this “Let Youth Bloom” campaign features a Nutox-themed digital board game adventure hosted on a microsite:

Utilising two randomisers in the development of the microsite, players can roll the dice for a different surprise every day based on the tiles they land on – whether it is skincare tips, zodiac forecasts, exclusive voucher codes, or even prizes worth up to RM8,888 including the Nutox Advanced Serum Concentrate, which firms and smoothens skin in just 7 days.

Each player is automatically entitled to three rolls of the dice daily and they may unlock more dice rolls by sharing the board game on Facebook. Each share will automatically unlock 1 extra dice roll. Players may claim a maximum of three additional dice rolls per day.

The campaign is now live and will end on the 8th February 2020. It is supported by postings on Nutox Facebook and Instagram, digital and social media ads, as well as influencer engagement to entice the audience to participate and drive traffic to the microsite. Crème Digital handles media planning and buying while Innity Malaysia is in charge of influencer engagement.

“We wanted to tap on the CNY festivity to increase brand awareness and to stay relevant with our target audience. Last year’s digital campaign was a hit among our customers, so we decided to get Kingdom Digital to develop another engaging campaign that ties in with the ‘let youth bloom’ campaign idea,” said Chua Su Fee, Group Brand Manager at Tohtonku Malaysia.

“Our task was to bring customers on a unique discovery journey about Nutox Advanced Serum Concentrate and its USP. Instead of just a standard informative microsite, we conceptualised this dice of youth board game that combines some of Malaysians’ favourite CNY elements such as game of chance and zodiac forecast, along with educational skincare tips to better engage with Nutox’ audience,” said Lui Xiao Yee, Head of Client Servicing at Kingdom Digital.

Jan 13

OLDTOWN White Coffee MY names social media agency

OLDTOWN White Coffee Malaysia has appointed Kingdom Digital to manage social media duties for a year. The incumbent on the account was Reprise Digital and Kingdom Digital’s spokesperson told A+M that the company sought to appoint a new agency without a pitch when the contract with the incumbent ended.

According to the company’s head of marketing communications Jay Chong, Kingdom Digital was selected because it demonstrated a creative approach to social media marketing that is grounded in human insights. Chong added that it looks forward to seeing more exciting and innovative ideas from Kingdom Digital that will take its relationships with customers to the next level. Meanwhile, the agency’s head of strategy Edmund Lou said that it did not rely entirely on data for the pitch. Rather, it dug deep into Malaysians and their coffee habits to form a tailored content strategy for OLDTOWN White Coffee.

To kick off the relationship, both parties recently launched a Chinese New Year social media contest to promote its festive Twin Pack White Coffee. Titled “鼠年吉祥语”, which loosely translates to auspicious greetings for the Year of the Rat, the campaign featured a series of Chinese New Year wishes created as Instagram GIF stickers but with a twist – the word “” (rat) has been creatively dubbed in various Chinese sayings and translated to phrases that the youngsters can relate to.

The campaign is supported by social media postings and ads on Facebook and Instagram to drive awareness and participation and ends on 8 February. Consumers interested in the contest can purchase an OLDTOWN White Coffee Chinese New Year Twin Pack, post an Instagram Story of them giving the pack to another person, include the quirky GIF stickers on the post and tag @oldtownwhitecoffee. The GIF stickers can be found by searching the keywords “oldtown white coffee” on Instagram. OLDTOWN White Coffee will reward the most creative posts with cash prizes and Shopee e-vouchers.

Lou explained that instead of trying to be creative with different adaptations of the rat, it ran with the human insight of how the Chinese language can be spun in different creative ways with humour at the heart of the messages.