Welcome to Leadership Talks, our insightful podcast series delving into the dynamics of the Vietnamese industry and the strategic approaches industry leaders adopt for a successful future. In this episode, Lars Voedisch delves into the dynamic gaming industry in Vietnam with Kelly Wong, Vice President of Game Entertainment at VNG Corporation.
Read this article to understand how PR and Marketing teams can authentically enhance the gaming experience through brand integration.
VNG: More Than Vietnam’s First Unicorn
VNG, often considered Vietnam’s pioneering unicorn, is more than a familiar name. Beyond the unicorn status, it boasts a diversified portfolio spanning online games, communications and media, fintech and digital business.
The core elements of VNG’s business include:
Authentic Integration of Brands in Gaming
In the dynamic gaming industry, the crux of success lies in authentic advertising. PR and Marketing teams face the crucial task of seamlessly enhancing the gaming experience within the Vietnamese market through ads. Their challenge is to create brand placements that feel genuine and resonate with gamers. Whether it’s subtle product integrations, well-designed promotional campaigns, or creative in-game advertising, the objective remains the same: preserving the authenticity gamers cherish.
Cultural sensitivity is paramount in this endeavour. Crafting PR and marketing campaigns that align with Vietnamese culture is both an ethical imperative and a strategic necessity. Any misstep in this realm can lead to backlash, impacting brand image and financial outcomes. Thus, a profound respect for Vietnamese culture should underpin all communication efforts, guarding against cultural insensitivity while reinforcing the authenticity that builds trust among gamers.
Expanding Globally and Breaking Geographic Barriers
VNG’s global expansion journey underscores the critical role of effective communication in connecting with diverse audiences across different markets and transcending geographical boundaries. This dual challenge exemplifies the complexity of cross-cultural communication and the need for adaptability, patience, and a deep understanding of local nuances. Whether entering international markets or reaching players worldwide, VNG relies on effective PR and communication to bridge the cultural divide and resonate with new audiences.
The global nature of the gaming industry presents a unique opportunity to break through geographic barriers. Games can appeal to a broad spectrum of players across multiple markets. With the proliferation of mobile devices and app stores, companies like VNG can reach audiences worldwide more efficiently than ever before. This transformation underscores the significance of effective cross-border communication, enabling VNG to navigate the complexities of diverse cultures while connecting with gamers around the globe.
Communicating Effectively to Meet Different Stakeholder Preferences
In a fast-paced industry like gaming, staying ahead means continuously adapting to evolving consumer preferences. The gaming industry is inherently consumer-driven, requiring deeper engagement and communication with players and consumers. This digital landscape, comprising 90% online mobile gaming, highlights the significance of tailored and versatile communication strategies. What might be a hit today can quickly become obsolete tomorrow. This ever-changing landscape necessitates staying attuned to innovation trends, consumer demographics, and early adopter behaviours. Effective communication is pivotal in understanding these dynamics and aligning products with market demands.
On the other hand, building patience among stakeholders, including investors, is crucial. A long-term vision combined with patience-building messaging can lead to more sustainable growth. VNG’s global expansion has brought diverse perspectives into play. Effective communication within this worldwide network requires a comprehensive understanding of each market’s hierarchy, decision-making processes, and cultural dynamics. VNG’s approach to leadership across different regions emphasises communication that transcends language barriers, enabling a harmonious exchange of ideas and fostering inclusivity.
In conclusion, expanding into Vietnam’s thriving tech market requires a comprehensive understanding of the local landscape and a strategic approach. PR and Marketing are at the forefront of this effort, ensuring effective communication, cultural sensitivity, and patience-building messaging.
PRecious Communications can help your PR and Marketing teams to expand in Southeast Asia through authentic brand integration, cultural sensitivity, and cross-border communication. Contact us today at PReciousVN@preciouscomms.com or visit PRecious Communications Vietnam.
Disclaimer: This blog post is based on an episode of the Leadership Talks podcast series featuring Kelly Wong, Vice President of Game Entertainment at VNG Corporation, in conversation with Lars Voedisch, Founder and Principal Consultant of PRecious Communications.