Chinese brands might be improving, but they can still not offer a price premium, says marketing guru Tom Doctoroff and author of What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer at Campaign Asia. They are lacking long-term concepts and are mostly sales-driven, he adds.
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Coca-Cola surprised many branding experts by launching a tin of sparkling water called ‘Valser’ to Chinese consumers for US$9. It is not impossible, says branding guru Tom Doctoroff to the South China Morning Post, but then they have to change their marketing dramatically. “Turn it into a social currency,” Doctoroff says.
Getting your branding right in China remains a challenge. Consumers react different from those in your home markets. Their media consumption is different, and their online tools – where most Western ones are blocked – are very different indeed.
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Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff left China after two decades. For Mumbrella Asia he explains how doing business with China and the Chinese is different. “China marches to the beat of a very different drum,” he says.
Kweichow Moutai, China’s favorite booze, passed on Friday with US$71.5 billion Johnny Walker owner Diageo as the world’s most valuable drink despite its dependency on the China market. They have made all the right moves, tells business analyst Shaun Rein to CNN, despite president Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive.
Superinvestor Warren Buffett made a surprise appearance on CoCa-Cola’s Cherry Coke’s can during their China launch. A good move, says business analyst Shaun Rein to AP. Business leaders like him are more popular than sport starts.
Western values do not match with Confucian values, but what does Confucian countries like China, Vietnam and Korea tick. Marketing expert Tom Doctoroff lived for two decades in China, and defines on his LinkedIn page what makes the consumers in those countries different.
Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff explores his insights in the different generations he saw in China, born in both the 1980s and 1990s, in a lecture for the Asia Society, just before leaving China after 18 years. “They want a free mind, but within a framework,” he tells his audience.
WeChat has been for long the golden grail for marketing to China´s consumers. But those days are over, says innovation expert William Bao Bean, director of the Shanghai-based ChinaAccelerator to TechNode. Marketing needs more platforms than WeChat, although the Tencent tool is still an important center piece.