Category Archives: Twitter

How Twitter, Facebook removed China’s fake accounts – Victor Shih

In a remarkable move Twitter and Facebook removed this week China-based accounts spreading fake news on Hong Kong. Political analyst Victor Shih looks in Politico at the effect of this new policy against Russian-style fake news.

Fighting fake followers: hard to do – Ashley Dudarenok

Your number of followers might be an important metric for popularity, but figuring out who are fake or not is tough, in China, even more than elsewhere, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. And at Weibo the problem is even tougher, she tells at Abacus News.

Can Facebook overtake WeChat? – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat has been a winner in China in terms of users but might even beat its Western competitors in terms of functionality, writes WeChat analyst Matthew Brennan at the China Channel. The bigger question is will the tech giants outside China ever be able to catch up?

Tencent’s Ma: the Don Corleone of China – Andy Mok

Tencent has become the major force in China, and refusing an offer by the giant is impossible for any startup, says internet expert Andy Mok to Bloomberg. Pony Ma, the CEO of Tencent, is almost like Don Corleone, he says. And it is going international too.

Uber did not lose in China, it was a draw – William Bao Bean

American internet companies have lost in the competitive China market one after another: Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Ebay, Twitter, YouTube. Compared to them Uber did an amazing job, says innovation expert William Bao Bean to LA Times. “It was a draw.”

New US internet companies succeed by complying with the government – Ben Cavender

China has seen a wave of new internet companies, actually succeeding. A surprise after Google, Facebook, Twitter saw them locked out. Business analyst Ben Cavender tells in Quartz what the trick is: complying with the Chinese government. Names? Evernote. LinkedIn. Uber.

Consumers still pay a premium for brands – Tom Doctoroff

Some branding experts have been suggesting brand loyalty among consumers is on the decline, as they get access to more information. Branding expert Tom Doctoroff disagrees with the interviewer of Knowledge CKGSB. “People are still willing to pay a premium for brands.”

Building brands with social media – Tom Doctoroff

Tom Doctoroff, APAC CEO of JWT, tries to close the abyss between social media and traditional branding in his latest book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing. In Thoughtful China he explains why branding on social media need the more traditional insights.

How protectionism helped China´s internet players – Shaun Rein

Author Shaun Rein has to defend his book The End of Copycat China: The Rise of Creativity, Innovation, and Individualism in Asia, against the blockade of internet companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter in an interview with Richard Heffner. This is how China´s protectionism has helped domestic firms.

Why Twitter – or WeChat – is not a strategy – Tom Doctoroff

Branding guru Tom Doctoroff takes on the social media hype in his latest book Twitter is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing. Digital tools and big data have taken over old-style marketing, and Tom Doctoroff pleads for a end to the schism.