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28 February 2022

Digital Marketing Malaysia is Gaining Surge in Searches Recently and Here’s Why

Digital marketing, contrary to popular belief, has been around for decades. In fact, when the World Wide Web was first introduced in 1991, it was not until Netscape launched a mass-market browser did people start going online. 

Since then, the internet has grown to become a crucial tool for marketers, where its importance was further amplified by the creation of new jobs such as social media managers, and digital marketing executives, among other titles. Moreover, the usage of the web, made agencies expand their portfolio to include digital marketing, while many digital-specific agencies and digital marketing companies in Malaysia were birthed to accommodate the change of the marketing landscape. 

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Why is Digital Marketing in Malaysia So Popular?

The World Wide Web has gone from a tool to disseminate information to a key platform for brands - this move is because, simply, so many people are logging into the internet for hours a day. In fact, as of January 2021, according to Statista, there were a whopping total of 4.66billion active internet users worldwide, accounting for 59.5 percent of the global population. On top of that, Statista also revealed that in 2020, 28.4million people were accessing the internet in Malaysia, while that figure is expected to increase to more than 30million by 2025 - three years from now.  Hence, brands need to implement a sustainable digital marketing strategy with the right tactics to reach online target audiences and also have data to build long-term value. 

The internet has become a tool of information for the masses - social media has become a way to connect with others, search engines hold major power in what we read or view, online news platforms deliver us news in real-time, and so on and so forth. It is undoubtedly a sea of information, and all from the touch of our fingertips. Now, gaining information has become so easy as we no longer have to solely rely on traditional outlets like physical flyers, newspapers, billboards - which are accessible to only a certain point - to reach our audience.

With this, you can reach the masses faster, target locations far from your reach, filter out your audience, change your assets, drive awareness on multiple platforms, and more. The internet has undoubtedly propelled brands and marketing into a realm of possibilities, especially with the ever-changing algorithms.

So, Is Digital Marketing a Necessity?

Yes. Here’s why:

  • Connect with online consumers at every stage: At every stage of the customer funnel, you can tailor your ads accordingly. You can use the power of social media to teach them about your brand or product, while also using digital marketing ads to further reach your audience. 
  • You can analyse results and data: With traditional marketing tactics such as billboards, flyers and so forth, you are unable to pinpoint how many people it has reached, their interests, behaviour, and more. But with digital marketing, you are able to track different metrics, depending on your goals. For example, Facebook Business allows you to track ads by looking at the number of link clinks, engagement, impressions, and more. By looking at these results, you can better understand your audience and tailor your future strategies more accurately, to communicate your campaigns and reach your business goals better. 
  • Target your audience and reach people with high intent: With almost everyone logging online, you are able to segment your market where platforms such as Facebook and Google allow audience targeting based on criteria such as interests, and habits, among others. 
  • Additional sales channel for brands: Of course, digital marketing is not meant to replace other ways of marketing - instead, it works hand in hand. It can be another channel that allows you to reach out to potential customers by retargeting those who have shown interest in your brand. Additionally, digital marketing also allows lead generation for potential customers. 
  • Drive traffic to your website: Many brands and products have websites that state crucial information to drive consumer interest - but what good is it if there is no traffic? This is where digital marketing comes in, with ads, or organic strategies, you can drive people to visit your website. 

Photo by Lilly Rum on Unsplash 

The Importance of Digital Marketing Strategies and Finding a Digital Agency in Malaysia

Of course, you cannot move forward with digital marketing without a strategy - it involves money, and when you invest, you should expect some sort of return.

But with digital marketing, returns, or the ever-popular Return on Investment (ROI), don't always have to be conversions. It allows you to become a marketer on a larger scale, you can market your product with different intent, to drive brand awareness, generate leads, drive traffic to the website and more. 

Some digital marketing strategies include search engine optimization (SEO), paid search, display advertising, social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, influencer marketing, affiliate marketing and many more. 

Digital marketing in Malaysia is a vast concept, which is why we at Lion & Lion are ready to help you achieve your brand goals through digital marketing. We are a creatively driven, digital-first agency that offers tailor-made solutions with a combination of brand marketing and media strategy. 

We are a digital agency in Malaysia that has worked with many brands across different industries by the likes of Emborg, Tropicana, Petronas, Taco Bell, OCBC Bank, and Magnolia, among others, with proven strategies that work. Reach out to us and we will work out the best digital strategy for your brand. 

Interested? Contact us here today.

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Privacy Policy

INTRODUCTION
Lion & Lion needs to gather and use certain information about individuals.

These can include customers, suppliers, business contacts, employees and other people the organisation has a relationship with or may need to contact.

This policy describes how personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet the company’s data protection standards — and to comply with the laws.

Lion & Lion may change, revise and/or amend this policy from time to time in accordance with the relevant laws. The updated version of such changes will be effective starting from the date that it is published.

WHY THIS POLICY EXISTS
This data protection policy ensures Lion & Lion:

• Complies with data protection laws and follows good practice
• Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
• Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
• Protects itself from the risks of a data breach

DATA PROTECTION LAW
Data Protection Law, in general, governs how organisations, including Lion & Lion, must collect, handle and store personal information.

Data Protection Law applies regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed unlawfully.

Each of the entities under the Lion & Lion Group adheres to its local data protection law (if any); namely;
• Malaysia – Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA)
• HK – Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486)
• Singapore – Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (No. 26 of 2012)
• Vietnam – Law on Cyber-Information Security (LCIS)
• Taiwan – Personal Data Protection Law (‘PDPL’)

In addition, Lion & Lion Group will also adhere to the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) when applicable (ie. when personal data is processed for activities and transactions occur within the European Union).

The General Data Protection Regulations are underpinned by six important principles. These say that personal data must:
• Be processed fairly and lawfully and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals;
• Be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes;
• Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
• Be accurate and kept up to date
• Not be held for any longer than necessary
• Be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects and in a manner ensuring appropriate security of the personal data

PEOPLE, RISKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

POLICY SCOPE
This policy applies to:
• All staff of Lion & Lion
• All authorised agents, contractors, suppliers, third party service providers and other people working on behalf of Lion & Lion where they are required to use personal data collected by Lion & Lion (including but not limited to its external professional advisors and auditors)
• Any related and affiliated companies of Lion & Lion (including Lion & Lion’s intermediate owners and ultimate beneficial owner)

It applies to all data that the company holds relating to identifiable individuals. This can include:
• Names of individuals
• Postal addresses
• Email addresses
• Telephone numbers
• Any other information relating to individuals and relevant to customer surveys and/or offers
• IP addresses and cookie strings
• Sensitive data (if any)

DATA PROTECTION RISKS
This policy helps to protect Lion & Lion from some data security risks, including:
• Breaches of confidentiality. For instance, information being given out inappropriately.
• Failing to offer choice. For instance, all individuals should be free to choose how the company uses data relating to them.
• Reputational damage. For instance, the company could suffer if hackers successfully gained access to sensitive data.
• Lion & Lion will also conduct a Risk Management Plan to assess risk and mitigate harm to the data that is collected and stored. This Risk Management Plan, created by the Project Manager of any project, defines how risks associated with any project will be identified, analyzed and managed and such plan will outline how risk management activities will be performed, recorded and monitored throughout the lifecycle of the project.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Everyone who works for or with Lion & Lion has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately.
Each team that handles personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles.

However, these people have key areas of responsibility:
• Lion & Lion’s Board of Directors are ultimately responsible for ensuring that Lion & Lion meets its legal obligations.

• The Data Protection Officer is responsible for:
- Keeping management updated about data protection responsibilities, risks and issues.
- Reviewing all data protection procedures and related policies, in line with an agreed schedule.
- Arranging data protection training and advice for the people covered by this policy.
- Handling data protection questions from staff and anyone else covered by this policy.
- Dealing with requests from individuals to see the data Lion & Lion holds about them (also called ‘subject access requests’).
- Checking and approving any contracts or agreements with third parties that may handle the company’s sensitive data.

• The Head of Operations and appointed IT Manager is responsible for:
- Ensuring all systems, services and equipment used for storing data meet acceptable security standards.
- Performing regular checks and scans to ensure security hardware and software is functioning properly.
- Evaluating any third-party services the company is considering using to store or process data. For instance, cloud computing services.

• The marketing execution teams are responsible for:
- Approving any data protection statements attached to communications such as emails and letters.
- Where necessary, working with other staff to ensure marketing initiatives abide by data protection principles.

DATA USE AND COLLECTION
Personal data is of no value to Lion & Lion unless the business can make use of it. However, it is when personal data is accessed and used that it can be at the greatest risk of loss, corruption or theft. The following guidelines will govern how Lion & Lion collects and uses personal data:

• Personal data will only be used for the purposes for which they were collected.
• The purposes for which personal data are being collected will be explained to individuals. These purposes may include the following; Contractual Necessity and Compliance with Legal Obligations
• Consent should always be obtained from the individual to use this personal data for a secondary purpose.
• Individuals will be provided with the opportunity to decline to provide personal data and the consequences of refusing to provide personal data will be clearly explained to individuals.
• A visible and easy to use mechanism will always be provided to individuals to withdraw their consent for processing their personal data.
• When working with personal data, employees should ensure the screens of their computers are always locked when left unattended.
• Personal data should not be shared informally. Data must be encrypted before being transferred
• All data stores and laptops that hold or process personal data will be equipped with encryption software.
• Personal data processed within the EU (if any) should never be transferred to a country or territory outside of the European Economic Area unless the country or territory ensures adequate level of security and unless there is a written consent.
• Employees should not save copies of personal data to their own computers. Always access and update the central copy of any data.
• Privacy / data protection compliance should always be taken into consideration in the:
- design of new and/or redevelopment of existing systems or business processes.
- specification, procurement and testing of new items of hardware used to support business processes
- specification, design and testing of new items of software used to support business processes.

DATA STORAGE
These rules describe how and where data should be safely stored. When data is stored on paper, it should be kept in a secure place where unauthorised people cannot see it.

These guidelines also apply to data that is usually stored electronically but has been printed out for some reason:

• When not required, the paper or files should be kept in a locked drawer or filing cabinet.
• Employees should make sure paper and printouts are not left where unauthorised people could see them, like on a printer.
• Data printouts should be shredded and disposed of securely when no longer required.

When data is stored electronically, it must be protected from unauthorised access, accidental deletion and malicious hacking attempts:
• Data should be protected by strong passwords that are changed regularly and never shared between employees.
• If data is stored on removable media (like a CD or DVD), these should be kept locked away securely when not being used.
• Data should only be stored on designated drives and servers, and should only be uploaded to an approved cloud computing services.
• Servers containing personal data should be sited in a secure location, away from general office space.
• Data should be backed up frequently. Those backups should be tested regularly, in line with the company’s standard backup procedures.
• Data should never be saved directly to laptops or other mobile devices like tablets or smartphones.
• All servers and computers containing data should be protected by approved security software and a firewall.

Personal data will only be retained for as long as necessary for the purpose(s) for which they were collected. The following controls in place to ensure that personal data are destroyed of or transferred back to another party in a manner that prevents improper access:

Data deletion or transfer requests should be made by email, addressed to the data controller at gdpr@lionandlion.com. The data controller will supply a standard request form and will aim to address the request within 14 days.
The data controller will always verify the identity of anyone making a request before handing over any information.

DATA ACCURACY
The applicable laws require Lion & Lion to take reasonable steps to ensure data is kept accurate and up to date.

The more important it is that the personal data is accurate, the greater the effort Lion & Lion should put into ensuring its accuracy.

It is the responsibility of all employees who work with data to take reasonable steps to ensure it is kept as accurate and up to date as possible.
• Data will be held in as few places as necessary. Staff should not create any unnecessary additional data sets.
• Staff should take every opportunity to ensure data is updated. For instance, by confirming a customer’s details when they call.
• Data should be updated as inaccuracies are discovered. For instance, if a customer can no longer be reached on their stored telephone number, it should be removed from the database.
• It is the marketing manager’s responsibility to ensure marketing databases are checked against industry suppression files every six months and to record the status after each check.

SUBJECT ACCESS REQUESTS
All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by Lion & Lion are entitled to:
• Ask what information the company holds about them and why.
• Ask how to gain access to it, request for transfer, updates or amendments of data
• Be informed how to keep it up to date.
• Be informed how the company is meeting its data protection obligations.
• Raise complaints or report any breach of data protection law
• Request for erasure of data

Subject access requests from individuals should be made by email, addressed to the data controller at gdpr@lionandlion.com. The data controller will supply a standard request form and will aim to provide the relevant data within 14 days.

The Data Protection Officer will always verify the identity of anyone making a subject access request before handing over any information.

All requests (including but not limited to data breach notification and complaints) shall be free of charge and will be recorded in the Company’s system.

DATA BREACH, COMPLAINTS AND INQUIRIES
Detailed information and guidance on data breach, complaints and inquiries procedures, can be found here.

DISCLOSING DATA FOR OTHER REASONS
In certain circumstances, Personal Data may be required to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies or authorities without the consent of the data subject.
Under these circumstances, Lion & Lion will disclose the requested data. However, Lion & Lion will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the company’s legal advisers where necessary.

PRIVACY CONTROL MANAGEMENT
The Data Protection Officer will conduct annual Privacy/ Data Protection Compliance Audits at a designated time between the month of July and August. Staff of Lion & Lion are required take the annual privacy and data protection training with an assessment to acknowledge the policy.

GENERAL STAFF GUIDELINES
• The only people able to access data covered by this policy should be those who need it for their work.
• Data should not be shared informally. When access to confidential information is required, employees can request it from their line managers.
• Lion & Lion will provide training to all employees to help them understand their responsibilities when handling data.
• Employees should keep all data secure, by taking sensible precautions and following the guidelines below.
• In particular, strong passwords must be used and they should never be shared.
• Personal data should not be disclosed to unauthorised people, either within the company or externally.
• Data should be regularly reviewed and updated if it is found to be out of date. If no longer required, it should be deleted and disposed of.
• Employees should request help from their line manager or the data protection officer if they are unsure about any aspect of data protection.

Code Of Conduct

Lion & Lion - Code of Conduct

Scope and Objective

This Lion & Lion Code of Conduct (“Code”) embodies the guidelines and policies applicable to all employees (including but not limited to the directors, etc) of the Lion & Lion Group of Companies, in relation to the standards, ethical conduct, integrity and the highest standards of professionalism that all employees (at all levels) under the Lion & Lion Group of Companies are expected to comply with, at work and any external engagements with third parties. This Code aims to regulate and maintain order, structure and discipline among all employees to advocate industrial harmony at the workplace and during any external engagements, as well as to ensure that all applicable laws are adhered to. It is every employee’s responsibility to comply with the guidelines and policies stipulated in this Code as well as any updates or amendments issued by Lion & Lion from time to time.

This Code is not a comprehensive guide that covers every ethical situation or issue employees may face in their course of work. From time to time, Lion & Lion is entitled to update or amend this Code upon any changes in applicable laws, any changes to Lion & Lion’s internal policies, or any other relevant factors. Employees are expected to regularly visit this Code to ensure that they are properly updated and informed as to any amendments to the Code. It is also the employees’ continuous obligation to familiarise themselves with all applicable laws relating to their work responsibilities and Lion & Lion’s policies and regulations.

Employees shall refer to Lion & Lion’s People & Culture Department for clarification or guidance in any situation or circumstances not covered by this Code, or in case of any doubt. 

In relation to any violation or suspected violation of this Code, employees shall report such violation or suspected violation to the People & Culture team/Department.

The employees acknowledge that non-compliance with this Code is a grave offence and will result in disciplinary action. Non-compliance with this Code may also result in the suspension or termination of the employee, and if warranted, legal proceedings against the employee, in addition to any disciplinary action.

This Code is to be read and applied together with all other related or applicable policies and guidelines issued and may be issued by Lion & Lion.

Standards of Conduct

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace

Lion & Lion believes that a safe, clean and healthy work environment plays a major role in contributing to the happiness of the employees, and Lion & Lion is committed to providing a conducive workplace/work environment to achieve this goal. In return, employees are expected to play their role in also making sure that the workplace is safe, clean and healthy.

 

  • Treatment and Fair Practices in the Workplace

In Lion & Lion, our workplace consists of a diversified workforce and we promote equal opportunity, non-discrimination and fair treatment in all aspects of employment. We strongly believe in recruiting, developing and retaining employees based on their abilities, competency and merit. Together with Lion & Lion, the employees work together to uphold a working environment and culture where everyone is treated fairly and equally, regardless of age, religion, race, sex, ethnic origin, colour, marital status, disability, veteran status or sexual preference.

 

  • Threat, Harassment, and Violent Conduct

Lion & Lion strongly opposes any form of disrespect, harassment, threat, intimidation, violence or any other inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. It is every employee’s responsibility to report to the People & Culture team/Department any harassment, discrimination, threat, violence, and offensive or inappropriate behaviour an employee may face during his or her course of work. All complaints will be treated in the strictest confidence and shall be investigated. Upon the completion of the investigation, an appropriate action will be taken to stop and prevent such conduct. A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

 

  • Sexual Harassment 

Sexual harassment in the workplace is any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause humiliation or offense. It can be any conduct of a verbal, non-verbal or physical nature, including written and electronic communications, and may occur between persons of the same or different genders. Any employee that believes an incident or incidents of sexual harassment has taken place in the office, the employee should report this to the People & Culture team/Department. Such complaint(s) shall be taken seriously and shall be investigated swiftly and without prejudice. A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

 

  • Abuse of Power

The abuse of power/authority is defined as the misappropriation or the improper use of a position of power, influence or authority by a person towards others. Abuse of power can include a one-time incident or a continuous incident. Abuse of power may consist of conducts that create an abusive or a hostile work environment. Employees are requested to report any abuse of power incidents (or if they suspect that abuse of power has occurred in the workplace) to the People & Culture team/Department.

For the avoidance of doubt, decisions made through the proper use or process of managerial/supervisory responsibilities are not considered as an abuse of power/authority.

A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

 

  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Prohibited Substances

Lion & Lion expects its employees to perform their duties diligently and avoid any influence of any substance that could affect their job performance or pose unacceptable safety risk to themselves and others. In situations where the serving of alcoholic beverages is permitted (e.g. functions or company-sponsored activities or events), employees are expected to consume the alcoholic beverages responsibly. Employees are also expected to behave/act reasonably and responsibly as well as to comply with all relevant laws and regulations in regard to the serving and the consumption of alcoholic beverages (e.g. employees shall not drink and drive, etc).

 

  • Data Protection and Privacy Policy

Lion & Lion has put in place its privacy policy to govern and comply with the relevant and applicable data protection laws. Employees are expected to adhere to the privacy policy in the course of their work.

 

  • Confidentiality Obligations 

It is the employees’ duty to protect Lion & Lion’s confidential information from any unauthorised use or disclosure. It is also the employees’ responsibility to safeguard any confidential information of third parties that is in the employees’ possession and which the employees have access to in the course of their work. 

 

  • Records and Reporting Obligations

Lion & Lion keeps data and records collected for a duration that is in accordance with the relevant statutory and regulatory requirements. It is everyone’s responsibility to retain and store proper records of data, etc to ensure compliance with Lion & Lion’s policies, legal and regulatory requirements.

Lion & Lion believes in doing business in an appropriate way hence internal procedures and controls have been developed to ensure that. Lion & Lion has set up proper internal controls, among others, in terms of the execution of external agreements where only designated persons are authorised to execute external agreements.

 

  • Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists when two or more contradictory interests relate to an activity by an individual or an institution. It is the employees’ responsibility to act in the best interests of Lion & Lion at all times, and are prohibited from misappropriating their knowledge or position gained in the course of their work or employment for any personal or private gain/advantage.

Employees are expected to disclose any potential or actual conflict of interest promptly to the People & Culture team/Department. Together with the employees, Lion & Lion shall assess and determine the existence and seriousness of the potential or actual conflict. The employees are expected to adopt the highest standard of conduct in times of doubt.

A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

 

  • Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption

Lion & Lion prides itself on being a professional organisation and is committed to acting with integrity in all its business relationships and dealings. Lion & Lion strongly prohibits its employees from offering, giving, soliciting or accepting any bribes by anyone of any third party in order to achieve any business or personal gain. Lion & Lion upholds and is committed to being in compliance with all applicable anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws. Employees are urged to report any suspicious activities to the People & Culture team/Department. A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

For the avoidance of doubt, the limit for any cash/gift/vouchers that can be received by employees is capped at USD50 per gift and an annual limit of USD250. Any amount that is more than the allowed limit should be declared to the People & Culture team/Department.

 

  • Money Laundering

Money laundering can be defined as the process of concealing the proceeds of illegal activities or the act of converting or trying to make the sources of their illegal funds look legitimate (e.g. converting “dirty” money to a legitimate source of income or asset). 

Employees are expected to be aware of the applicable anti-money laundering laws and should ensure that they are adequately and appropriately informed of any developments in the laws with regard to money laundering. Employees should always ensure that business dealings are conducted for legitimate business purposes, with customers who/that are reputable, and with funds that are legitimate. It is the employees’ responsibility to be mindful of the risk of Lion & Lion’s business being used for any money laundering activities and to report any suspicious activities to the People & Culture team/Department.

A flow chart of the complaint, reporting and investigation process can be found here.

 

Whistleblower

Any employee who has any knowledge of, or suspects, any violation of this Code is encouraged to report his or her concerns through our holding company’s (Septeni) Whistleblower Hotline. Matters that may be the subject of whistleblowing and consultation using the Hotline include (but are not limited to); 

  • Conducts that violate any law;
  • Conducts that violate any internal rule of the Lion & Lion;
  • Conducts that violate corporate ethics, or any other corrupt practice.

Any complaints or disclosure shall be made to the following email address: septeni-hotline@jurists.co.jp

Further information on the process (ie. investigations, etc) can be seen in Septeni’s Hotline Handbook.

 

Review of the Code of Conduct

Compliance with this Code will be monitored closely by the management of Lion & Lion and it’s designated person(s). This Code will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it continues to remain relevant and up to date in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

 

This Code of Conduct is approved by;

 

Fredrik Baek Gumpel

CEO