Category Archives: branding

Didi needs to go international – Shaun Rein

After beating Uber, Didi Chuxing is now preparing to go international. And they have to, says business analyst Shaun Rein to Digital Trends, because at home they face growing governmental limits in expanding their business.

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 tourists prefer Europe and SE-Asia – Rupert Hoogewerf

Luxury outbound travel by Chinese tourists keeps on booming, with Europe and SE-Asia as their favorite destinations, says the latest report by the Hurun or China Rich List, tells its chief researcher Rupert Hoogewerf to the Shanghai Daily.

Japan’s IKEA might not sell in China – Shaun Rein

Japan’s discount-furniture king, Akio Nitori, dubbed the country’s IKEA, now wants to export its success into the region’s largest market: China. Business analyst Shaun Rein doubts whether their Japan success can be copied into China, he tells Bloomberg.

Chinese: the world’s smartest shoppers – Tom Doctoroff

Chinese belong to the smartest shoppers of this planet, says branding guru Tom Doctoroff. They do not mind to pay a premium, as long as there is a good value proposition. “They seek both reassurance and inspiration” from brands, he says. And if a brand like Apple does not offer a new phone this year, they will just wait, hurting Apple in its revenue.

One Belt, One Road initiative needs a more positive take – Kaiser Kuo

Western analysts have been criticizing China’s One Belt, One Road initiative with loads of negative comments. Time to take a more positive approach, says China veteran and rock star Kaiser Kuo, after discussing the issue with many former US leaders, at SupChina.

Condoms: not volume but quality is the issue – Shaun Rein

Attitudes towards the usage of condoms are changing fast in China, says business analyst Shaun Rein to CNBC. While condoms have always been available, their quality was often doubtful. That opens opportunities for high-end condoms with a good – read: international – reputation.

Who will be the Disney of China? – Jeffrey Towson

Entertainment parks are becoming big business in China, but there are at least three players trying to come the Disney of China, including Disney itself. Who will be the real Disney of China, wonders Beida business professor Jeffrey Towson on his weblog.

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.