Facebook, which already has a physical presence in countires like Taiwan, India, South Korea, and Indonesia, has just announced a new office in Thailand – a country where Facebook use is incredibly high.
According to the company, Thailand has over 34 million Facebook users, and they are more involved than the average user. According to COO Sheryl Sandberg, Thais post three-times a much as the global average.
"Thailand is a country with a vibrant creative community and the people are entrepreneurial and highly connected – Thailand is one of the most engaged nations on Facebook across the world," says Facebook's Dan Neary.
"People in Thailand have been sharing their life moments and discovering brands on Facebook. 70% of Thai Facebook users are connected to an SMB Page, where they’re keen to learn more about products and communicate directly with sellers."
"Our team has been working closely with businesses to support their growth on Facebook and Instagram and we’re committed to investing more resources in Thailand in order to empower businesses to be successful. I’m excited about existing and new partnerships and the opportunity to grow together with Thai businesses."
Today we’re opening our first office in Thailand. Every month, 34 million Thais use Facebook to connect — and they post 3 times more than the global average. From local NGOs seeking donors to small businesses seeking customers, people across Thailand use Facebook to stay connected to the things that matter. Sureerat Sriphromkam is one of them. She owns a small business called JQ Seafood which delivers freshly cooked seafood to homes in Bangkok. She does everything through her Facebook Page – from talking to customers to filling orders. In less than four years, JQ Seafood has grown from 1 to 19 kitchens. Entrepreneurs like Sureerat are everywhere in Thailand – from the bustling street markets to the incredible malls – and we want to create more opportunities for them. We're grateful for the chance to partner with businesses like JQ Seafood – and help more people in Thailand connect to the people and things they love.
Posted by Sheryl Sandberg on Thursday, September 17, 2015
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