Japan’s highly developed economy is the 3rd largest in the world. Its wealthy population is good for the tourism industry and other luxury segments. Japan is a great market for B2B and B2C companies targeting:

  • Manufacturing, medical, energy, research and other industrial sectors.
  • A sophisticated, upwardly mobile population that interfaces using mobile phones—especially the Apple iPhone.

Japanese Digital Marketing is often overlooked:

  • Language Barrier: Japanese is not an easy language for Westerners. It is also harder to find people who know Japanese as opposed to other languages.
  • Population size: Although there are many Japanese, very few non-Japanese speak the language. Therefore when comparing to English, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese or
  • Chinese, the target population is smaller. However, the socio-economic level compensates for that in many segments.
  • Distance: Japan is harder to get to if you are in Europe, Israel, or the East Coast of the USA.

Why you should consider digital marketing in Japan

  • Since it is more difficult to mount a campaign in Japanese you will have less competition.
    Barriers of entry are low. There is no firewall, and Google and Yahoo are much easier to work with than Naver, Baidu, or Yandex.
  • Although the population is smaller than the number of people who speak Chinese or English, for many segments the number of clients is significant. Examples of this include software, B2B products, manufacturing instruments, medical devices, and mobile phone applications.
  • B2C products, like mobile phone apps, luxury items and products that target mature age groups have a great market in Japan.

Digital Marketing Strategy for Japan

Our native Japanese speakers will create your campaigns taking cultural sensibilities into account. Our services include:

  • PPC Advertising on Yahoo and Google. Japanese split their use between Google and Yahoo (not the same company as Yahoo in the USA). You also should use both search engines as each one has significant traffic.
  • SEO and Linking
  • Social Media: In addition to the international social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, Naver’s Line is also popular. The most important social media may be videos; in addition to Youtube, there are popular local video sites such as Nico Nico. Behavior on social media sites in Japan is significantly different than in the West.
  • Mobile: We thoroughly test your website on the iPhone And optimize for mobile since your mobile traffic may be more than desktop in Japan. However, for some B2B companies, mobile traffic may not be significant.