Launched in 1999, Malaysiakini is a Malaysian online news site published in four languages – English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil – reaching over 2.5 million readers every month.
Malaysiakini wanted to increase engagement with its readers and subscribers. To achieve this, it launched ‘Kini Community’ in collaboration with the Google News Initiative (GNI). The platform introduces a points and awards-based subscription loyalty scheme to drive subscriptions and incentivize its readers to engage productively with the website’s content.
The first job for Malaysiakini was to define the scope and goals of the project, determining the user experience interface and features required. Then, they could build prototypes and mockups of these features.
Based on these, a team of engineers started the process of building and refining details of the Kini Community platform. Meanwhile, the marketing team prepared materials for the launch that were distributed to readers via the website, social media channels, and newsletters. All this meant Kini Community was set up for success.