On May 16th and 17th, Weibo and WeChat released their financial reports for Q1 2017 respectively, revealing the platforms’ latest statistics. Weibo By the end of March this year, the number of monthly active users (MAU) on Weibo reached 340 million, which has surpassed Twitter whose number of mon...
WeChat Pay is an in-app payment feature that allows all WeChat users to pay for transactions quickly on their mobile phones. It’s fully optimized for online and offline businesses and aims to offer more opportunities soon. WeChat Pay is now available in Mainland China, Hong Kong, the U.S., South A...
Short videos are an industry in China. And they’re an industry that has witnessed rapid development thanks to the popularity of smartphones and upgraded communication networks. In March this year, Kuaishou, a popular short video app, was on the receiving end of a 350 million USD investment from Te...
Although the global personal luxury market is stuck in a holding pattern for the foreseeable future, China is likely to continue to make up for weaker demand elsewhere. China’s Domestic Luxury Market Expands Data published by global management consulting company Bain & Company in 2016 shows t...
On April 26th, WeChat launched a new Mini Program feature called the “Store Mini Program” which shows users basic information about an offline store, similar to a virtual business card. How does the “Store Mini Program” feature work? Firstly, despite its name, it’s not currently a mini pr...
Live streaming in China is becoming the most popular video format with more than 325 million online viewers in total, or 45.8% of Chinese netizens, according to The Chinese Live Streaming Report 2016. The revenue in live streaming is increasing along with its popularity and it’s predicted to be a...
This April, WeChat successfully added several new functions and features to their mini programs and official accounts. What are they? What effect are they having? Let’s have a look. Tencent officially launched WeChat Mini Programs in January 2017. They’re apps that can be accessed and used withi...
There’s growing interest in Chinese social media from all corners and more and more mid-sized businesses are looking for agencies that can help them connect with Chinese consumers. It’s hard to find an overview of the key players so we’ve compiled a list of major agencies focusing on CSM. Thei...
On April 19th, Weibo officially launched Weibo Story (微博故事). A beta version is now available on the latest version of the iOS app (version 7.4.0) but it’s only open to some users (iOS app users and those verified ones with personal ID card or Alipay account information) after application....
889 million MAUs, millions of official accounts and hundreds of thousands of third-party developers. In the past 7 years, WeChat has established an extensive ecosystem centering this mega messenger application, and becomes a vital part of China’s mobile internet today. To understand this multi-tri...
Ranging from influential celebrities and bloggers to featured communities and interest pages, Weibo KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) are sophisticated enough to amass a large number of followers thanks to their content creation talent. For emergent brands and products, a Weibo KOLs’ follower base and pu...
Chinese consumer behavior seems to change faster than in other markets. Increasing exposure to and integration of social media in daily life play a significant role in this rapid change. The market can also be quite complex as different groups and regions have different needs and may experience diff...
Online video-sharing platforms shaped the way we consume videos since more than 15 years now. Viewers use these platforms to watch news and entertainment, express opinions or buy what they see. Even though YouTube and Youku are similar, Youku does a better job catering to brands’ needs. Difference...
With more than 889 million monthly active users and 200 million of them linking their WeChat account to bank cards, there’s no doubt that WeChat is a major player in Chinese social media and e-commerce. WeChat Pay has made the platform more than just an instant messaging app. WeChat users buy movi...
Douban is an interest-based social networking platform. It’s seen as a combination of Goodreads, IMDb, Blogger, Facebook, Pandora, Spotify, Ello and Fancy.com. So what is Douban like? How do people use it? Read on. 1. User and Content Characteristics Douban has over 60 million registered users an...
WeChat officially launched its Mini Program platform in January this year and in March, Tencent added tons of new functions to it. The new functions are meant to strengthen the mini program platform and expand its applications. On March 27th, WeChat announced the first six new functions. 1. Individ...
WeChat and Line are both global leaders among instant messaging apps. Compared with other apps of the same type, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, WeChat and Line are much more similar in terms of functions and features. However, WeChat has been outperforming Line in many aspects. For example, r...
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