City aim to be big in Japan with partners MLJ Inc
- 10 February 2012 10:35
- Posted by Paul Mulholland
City have signed a unique partnership deal with MLJ Inc to develop our official Japanese mobile website in the Club’s latest move to expand mobile and digital offering to fans outside the UK.
The deal is the first of its kind targeted specifically at the Club’s growing fanbase in East Asia.
Under the partnership, MLJ Inc have exclusive rights to develop City’s official Japanese mobile website for non-smartphone handheld mobile devices until May 2014.
The website will host daily news content and downloadable team photography, as well as giving City’s Japanese fans easy access to official MCFC merchandise, memorabilia and match-day tickets.
The deal signals a new chapter in City’s plans to expand our international fanbase, with similar partnership arrangements likely to follow in other major markets in Asia
Ian Cafferky, Chief Brand & Commercial Officer for Manchester City, said: “We’re extremely excited to be entering into the Asia market with partners MLJ Inc, who already help some of the biggest names in world football reach out to a host of new fans, from across Japan.
“This deal marks another chapter in the Club’s digital strategy to engage with our international fan base, bringing supporters as close as possible to the match-day experience, through greater interaction online and on mobile.”
Teruhisa Abe, CEO of MLJ Inc, said: “We are extremely happy to enter into a partnership with Manchester City Football Club who are not only extremely ambitious, but also play in the most competitive professional football league in the world.
"Through this new service, Japanese supporters will be able to experience the club’s success, closer than ever before.”