Category Archives: AI

Alibaba: well positioned to enter Russia – Ashley Dudarenok

China internet giant Alibaba struck a major deal last week with Russia’s  Mail.ru – one of Russia’s leading tech and media conglomerates that is already called Russia’s Alibaba. A smart move says Russian Ashley Dudarenok, a veteran marketer on China’s e-commerce and author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market: A Guide To Selling on Chinese Social Media in the China Economic Review.

Behind the success of Douyin (Tik Tok) – Ashley Dudarenok

E-commerce platform Douyin or Tik Tok has added new functions for both users and brands, explains e-commerce expert Ashley Dudarenok at AskleyTalks. Users can link up directly to Taobao, making it tighter linked to e-commerce leaders. And brands can get their verified accounts, more data on their visitors and more other insights.

How QQ gets a second life – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s QQ has been the granddaddy of the Chinese internet and seemed on the way out, but is making a comeback, says Tencent expert Matthew Brennan at the South China Morning Post. With a slew of new features QQ has become attractive for the younger internet users.

Mobile only: getting to the next 4 billion users – William Bao Bean

A market of four billion users is waiting to be tapped into and William Bao Bean, managing director of the Shanghai-based SOSV, explains how his MOX is helping startups to do so. With a solid background in banking, telecom and the internet, William saw how mobile applications disrupted traditional industries, and offer new possibilities for companies to enter developing markets.

Controlling the internet tougher when it grows – Shaun Rein

China passed this week the threshold of 802 million users and with less than 60% of citizens online, growth is not stalling. And while China’s government has a reputation of controlling the internet, that growth can jeopardize control, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to the South China Morning Post.

WeChat: huge and still growing – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat has become the largest national platform in China. But despite its one billion monthly active users, the platform is only starting to grow and monetize its base, for example by using its mini-WeChats, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to the South China Morning Post.

What do Chinese companies do differently in India – William Bao Bean

Chinese companies have been gaining market share in India on a large scale, but in a different way than other foreign companies. William Bao Bean, managing director of the Chinacellerator, looks at their strategies and how they gained market share, for US News. William Bao Bean has a solid business background in both China and India.

Can Luckin beat Starbucks? – Ben Cavender

Competition is a key feature in China’s industries, but coffee retailer Starbucks never faced those challenges. Now Luckin emerges, and Starbucks has no longer a free ride, tells business analyst Ben Cavender to the New York Times.

Why mobile commerce does not equal e-commerce – Ashley Dudarenok

Selling online in China needs a completely different approach compared to the rest of the world. Marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-Market: A Guide to Selling on Chinese Social Media explains to CER what the difference is between e-commerce and mobile commerce, and why mobile is dominant in China.

European companies need to act fast to catch up with China – Mark Greeven

European companies are running behind in defining a good strategy in catching up with China, writes Mark Greeven, professor at the Zhejiang University,  in the LSE Business Review. “The reality is that Chinese companies have no choice but to innovate and upgrade in global value chains.”