Webpal Networks, founded by Jason Vu, an investor and entrepreneur based in Vietnam, is officially in operation this week. Webpal Networks is probably the first international digital marketing firm in Vietnam provides digital marketing services including SEO, SEM, Social Media Optimization, Online Reputation Management that help clients monitor and manage online brand identity.
According to Vietnam Internet Network Information Center, the local internet users has reach over 19 millions (23.5% population ) by May, 2008. The figure is still smaller than the one of Spain which has 22.8 millions Internet users (56.5% poplulation) and is the 6th largest Internet market in Europe, but it is getting close. It was also reported that Vietnamese government has set an ambitious goal of making Internet access available to 35 percent of its population by 2010. If you believe Asia web will play more and more important role in global industry, when you look into the market in China, Japan, India and Korea, I would suggest you should not forget those relatively smaller market, i.e. Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore etc which have huge potentials too.
Jason believes that millions of Vietnameses are using Internet today soon will become new influential media. He said, the mission of Webpal is to bring local and international companies to build relationship with online customers in a cost effective ways.
We don’t know yet how exactly the Webpal ads network will be running, Jason said more information will come out in next a few days. If you want to know more about Vietnam web, as a member of OpenWeb.Asia Workgroup, Jason’s blog nicely covers new media, web 2.0 startups, venture capital and other interesting stuffs in Vietnam.