During an interview with Bizceed/Sogyotecho, we asked him more about Twitter’s growth, SNS marketing and tips for using Twitter.
On Career Path
I: What kind of career did you have so far?
I: What was the basis for your career path
Sasamoto: It was actually influenced by “Information and Media,” which some people might think is not related to my career.
When I was in charge of MTV, it was a good opportunity to work for delivery of movie at the same time of spreading broadband. And when I worked for Microsoft company, I was the manager for Asia Pacific region for 2 years in Singapore.
I joined Twitter JAPAN after I established a company in the business of crowdfunding.
Yu Sasamoto’s career revolved around “Information and Media”. Born in Bangkok, Thailand, he worked in Recruit Co.,Ltd and was put in charge of “My network of house information;住宅情報マイネットワーク” etc. He was also COO of “Creative Link Corporation”,and started up “Restaurant Guide”. In 2000, he became COO of MTV Japan. In 2007, he joined Microsoft and managed the Asia Pacific region as well as their online services. In 2014, he finally became COO of Twitter Japan. His intensive background helped him in making Twitter grow.
I: Managing “Asia Pacific Area” sounds so broad, how did you cope?
On Japanese culture and Twitter Japan’s growth
I: What do you think Twitter’s business in Japan?
I: Do you mean the nature of Japanese people is more comfortable with Twitter compared to other countries?
Sasamoto: Exactly. Though, it is already 9 years since Twitter was established. However, there are still many possibilities if we compare with other countries.
I guess Japanese and Twitter are compatible because the number of users is increasing even after Twitter has already many users. The young generation especially, they use Twitter a lot so far. However twitter users from 30~ 40 years old are also increasing. So I am confident that this 30~40 years demographic will grow more and more.
I: Has the long commute helped increase Twitter users?
As I mentioned, many people have become accustomed to using Twitter while commuting. I think we can conclude the ratio of active users is higher and that the average Twitter user uses Twitter more than 7 hours per month.
I: Do smartphones also boost Twitter usage?
On growing demand for advertising
I: How do you plan to monetize Twitter and benefit both user and the company?
I: So does this matter affect twitter’s reach and engagement in the results?
On the importance of online conversations
I: Can you give entrepreneurs ideas of how they can take advantage of Twitter?
I: Is Twitter good for o2o?
Sasamoto: Exactly. There was a case wherein one drink product was sold out, which trended on twitter. This case showed there is a correlation between twitter and sales.
So I think “Promo Tweets” is an effective way to advertise services and products to appropriate customers.
I: What is “Promo Tweets”?
Sasamoto: “Promo Tweets” can send tweet to appropriate users via targeting strategy.
Many people often misunderstand that users should get followers to send tweets. However “Promo Tweets” is more effective to expand your reach beyond your own followers. Users can send appropriate tweets based on the interests of customers. You can research more on other ways it can be useful for the entrepreneur.