Category Archives: advertising

“Star Wars” lacks cult following in China – Ben Cavender

While many movie watchers even get fussy feelings when they hear the words “Star War”, China is lacking such a cult following, explains branding expert Ben Cavender to CNBC. Movies that would be a hit elsewhere in the world, are just not working in China, he says.

The golden rules of marketing in China – Tom Doctoroff

Brand expert, Prophet senior partner and ex-JWT veteran Tom Doctoroff unveiled “three golden rules for marketing in China” at Mumbrella360 Asia.  Doctoroff said brands need to understand the Confucian “tension” between climbing social hierarchy and protecting oneself from social or economic failure.

Brands should stress individuality – Ben Cavender

Gone are the days when China’s consumers formed herds for their purchases. Whether is is for jewelry or trips abroad stressing individuality of consumers if key to be successful as a brand, says branding expert Ben Cavender to the China Daily.

The upcoming cold war in the Internet – William Bao Bean

Key players in the US and China have profoundly different ways to expand, says William Bao Bean, managing director of Chinaccelerator to the Harbinger China. Those major player changed the playing field profoundly, also for startups.

Baidu has been attacked unfairly – Kaiser Kuo

Internet giant Baidu has been under attack by Chinese internet users for medical ads. Former Baidu communication director Kaiser Kuo, defends his former company and says criticism has been unfair. Main Baidu problem: failing sales, he tells TechNode.

Does Alibaba’s merchandise deal with Pokemon makes sense? – Shaun Rein/Jeffrey Towson

Alibaba Pictures has expanded its merchandise market with a new deal for the successful Japanese Pokemon. But experts differ on the question such a more makes sense for Alibaba Pictures. A diversion from its core business, says business analyst Shaun Rein. But Beidu business professor Jeffrey Towson lauds the effort for a comprehensive approach of the total value chain, he tells the 6th Tone.

Why advertising does not work in China – Tom Doctoroff

China’s consumers have always been very suspicious of any top-down broadcasting, says marketing guru Tom Doctoroff. Anything that looks like spoon-fed propaganda does not work. Advertising can work, but it is a trick country, and easy to get it wrong, he says.

Chinese brands: no price premium – Tom Doctoroff

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.

Coca-Cola is on the wrong track selling a tin of water for US$9 – Tom Doctoroff

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.

Branding experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

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.

At the China Speakers Bureau, we can help you in developing the right strategy, by offering leading experts on branding in China. Here we offer four or them, but we have more to offer.