Everything you didn’t know Douyin could do

Douyin

Douyin is one of the most popular social media platforms in China. Owned by the Chinese tech company Bytedance, this APP allows users to upload and share videos under one minute long, but what makes it so special is its ability to tailor content recommendations on members’ interests and tastes through its sophisticate algorithm. According […]

The LGBT Market in China | A rising pink economy

pink economy in China

The Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in China has been getting their voices heard since the 1980’s. This is resulting from engaging dialogue about the queer identity in the public domain. However, in 2021, the LGBT culture in China still stays largely underground. Despite being underground, there has been significant progress over the […]

5 Chinese companies you didn’t know were using private traffic

5 Chinese brands using private traffic

The phenomenal success of Perfect Diary through leveraging private traffic highlighted this concept as key in marketing to the Chinese market. This is especially in the context of how e-commerce in China is predicted to comprise 57% of total retail sales in 2022, thus highlighting the importance of online customer engagement. What is private traffic […]

China’s consumer generated video economy: Outsourcing marketing to your own users

China's consumer generated video CGV economy

China’s consumer generated video (CGV) economy refers to economic activities- such as brand sales- fuelled by videos created by Chinese consumers. These videos can be in recorded form, or livestreams. According to McKinsey research, 11% of Chinese consumers’ time on social media is spent watching, sharing, and creating short videos.  In 2018, the Chinese short […]

The success of Sexy Tea 茶颜悦色 and queuing culture in China

Sexy Tea modern China tea shop

Since 2018, China’s new-style tea market has ushered in explosive growth, with an annual growth rate of about 74%. According to the data of the new tea report released by CBNDATA, as of 2019, China’s new-style tea market has reached nearly 100 billion Yuan. It seems every month we hear about a new viral tea brand […]

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 […]

Influencer marketing in the West: What Chinese brands should know

influencer marketing in the west

This article sharing strategies for influencer marketing in the west is a part of our 7 Continents initiative where we use market research and consulting to help Chinese brands western market strategies. Learn more about our services for Chinese brands on our 7 Continents page. According to the State of Influencer Marketing 2021 report from […]

Guide to e-commerce platforms in China: which platform is the best for your brands

guide to e-commerce platforms in China

Over the past three decades, the Chinese economy has experienced unprecedentedly rapid growth. Social progress, technological innovations, and increasing disposable personal incomes have shaped new shopping habits. A variety of e-commerce modes, like live-streaming e-commerce, social e-commerce, and cross-border e-commerce, have emerged in the market. Large e-commerce platforms in China, like Alibaba’s Taobao and JD.com, […]