China’s Digital Marketing Ecosystem in 2021

China's digital marketing ecosystem in 2021

This article on China’s digital marketing ecosystem in 2021 was published in the 2021 spring edition of the German Chamber Ticker, download the Ticker Magazine here! The events of 2020 did not change the trajectory of Chinese e-commerce, but rather accelerated the country’s consumption to a digital future that was, sooner or later, inevitable. As we […]

Five China market strategies that domestic brands do better than foreign brands

China marketing strategies that domestic brands do better than foreign brands

Foreign brands have enjoyed positive reputations in the Chinese market for years, but as China shifts to a consumption-driven economy, domestic brands are uncovering their home-field advantage. As the nation’s digital ecosystem becomes increasingly more complex and further diverges from what’s familiar to the west, Chinese companies are better able to navigate the digital world […]

Guide to social media platforms in China: Choosing the right platforms for your brand

social media platforms in China

Social media platforms in China are vastly different from the west. Strong censorship in the country blocks most large international social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, which forces China to create their own social media ecosystem shared with no other countries. Understanding the various social media platforms in China is crucial to engage […]

Market Tidbits transcript #6: Nostalgia marketing in China

brands doing nostalgia marketing in China

Allison Malmsten, media manager at daxue consulting, is talking with Grace Yu, project manager at daxue consulting, about nostalgia marketing in China. Our full findings are available for you to download! What is nostalgia marketing? Grace Yu: Nostalgia marketing is appealing to the emotions people felt between the ages of 12 and 22. During this […]

The 10 most epic China marketing campaigns of 2020

most epic China marketing campaigns of 2020

2020 was an all-around difficult year. But during the turmoil of a global pandemic and a global economic crisis, there were brands who still insisted in spreading the messages of hope and empowerment. There were also brands that uplifted us with their creativity and adaptability, and provided new products that resonated with Chinese culture on […]

Double 12 2020: Winners and a dying trend?

Double 12 2020

Behind Double 11 and 618, Double 12 is the third largest shopping festival in China. Taobao started the first Double 12 on December 12, 2012, with the purpose to promote small and medium C2C and O2O Taobao sellers. Like all of China’s online promotion festivals, Double 12 now includes most Chinese e-commerce platforms, such as […]

Second-hand e-commerce in China reaches demand from a new generation of consumers

second-hand e-commerce market in China

Under the Chinese context, the word “Second-hand” (二手货) does not have a positive perception, as the previous generation of consumers do not take pride in consuming used product. It is a stereotype from the last consumer era in China when people were looking for “brand-new”, “luxury” and “possessions”. However, as the economy has matured, growth […]

The inbound and domestic M&A market in China

The M&A market in China report

The number of deals has dropped since 2016 In 2019, the value and volume of M&A in China dropped by 14% and 13% respectively from 2018. Both domestic and outbound deals declined especially large deals. Both the volume and value of deals in first half of 2020 drastically dropped while the world was battling COVID-19. […]

Xiaohongshu is becoming a giant in both social media and e-commerce | Daxue Consulting

Little Red Book app

Latest facts and insights about Xiaohongshu (Little Red Book) 2020. Social media platforms like WeChat and Sina Weibo, as well as e-commerce marketplaces like Taobao,  are no strangers to foreign marketers. Compared to these well-known names, Xiaohongshu (小红书, also known as Little Red Book or RED) is relatively less talked about. In this insights report, […]