Jenny Chan 陳詠欣
Nov 5, 2013

Fender hires Ruder Finn to hit higher digital note in China

BEIJING - Fender has appointed Ruder Finn Innovation Studios (RFI) to manage all of the musical-instrument brand's Chinese social-media platforms, as well as provide digital communication strategies to increase Fender’s brand awareness in China.

Fender hires Ruder Finn to hit higher digital note in China

The manufacturer of guitars, amplifiers and related musical equipment already has a strong presence in China against competitors such as Gibson and Yamaha.

However, Fender wants to build deeper connections with local artists and engage with music educators to target musicians and music fans alike, said Jonathan Heeter, Fender's marketing manager for China.

"We've reached the point where serious music brands need to be committed to China," Heeter told Campaign Asia-Pacific. "Our mission in China is to be an integral part of the music culture and community." 

Fender's Twitter account has 252,248 followers, and the brand wants to get to a higher level in China, he added. The brand's official Sina Weibo account, set up around one month ago, has 10,566 fans.

This is the first time Fender has formally hired an agency for its digital communications campaigns, which will "fully leverage the different multimedia channels in China to make a difference", according to Elan Shou, managing director and senior vice president, Ruder Finn Asia.

China’s music scene has come a long way, with major cities seeing a recent surge of live music events such as the Wood+Wires Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival and Midi Festival. In August 2013, metal legend Metallica also performed in China for the first time in its 31-year musical career.

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