Category Archives: branding

Why the investors did not buy Xiaomi’s valuation – Paul Gillis

The Hong Kong IPO of China’s success story Xiaomi disappointed greatly. Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis explains at Quartz why the investors did not buy the company’s valuation. “I think it is hard for investors to buy the valuation.”

How to deal with WeChat blocks – Ashley Dudarenok

Foreign brands know they need Tencent’s WeChat to sell their products to Chinese consumers, but working with WeChat mean dealing with blocks, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-Market: A Guide to Selling on Chinese Social Media at AshleyTalks. Not only they have to deal with official rules, also Tencent does not like links to its direct competitors like Alibaba. How to deal with them?

Why Alipay has a hard time cracking Hong Kong – Shaun Rein

Alibaba has been successful in cracking China’s financial markets, but going global, even to Hong Kong proves to be tough. The difference: innovating in China proved to be long overdue, while Hong Kong had already a well developed financial system, says financial analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, to the South China Morning Post.

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.

How to use WeChat for your marketing – Ashley Dudarenok

Many foreign companies get it wrong when they try to use WeChat to sell in China. Marketing veteran Ashley Dudarenok, author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-Market: A Guide to Selling on Chinese Social Media gives the main takeaways for using WeChat for reaching the Chinese consumers.

WeChat: an unavoidable magnitude – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s social platform WeChat is so huge, nobody can avoid the giant in China, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to Sixth Tone. Even Alibaba’s Jack Ma, Tencent’s largest competitor, has to use the platform.

Local messaging apps beat international competition – Matthew Brennan

In China, Tencent’s WeChat became the leading messaging apps, but  – unlike many think in the West – it is not government censorship that kept international competition at bay, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan in The National. Also in other countries, local messaging app prove to be stronger.

Getting China’s political aspirations right in marketing – Shaun Rein/Tom Doctoroff

International airlines, ignoring Taiwan is part of China, according to China, were the latest to get into hot water with their marketing. But China’s sensitivities are nothing new, say Tom Doctoroff and Shaun Rein to OZY. It makes sense to let your China marketing vet by some China veterans, says both.

Generation Z turns to domestic brands – Shaun Rein

Chinese consumers always had a preference for foreign brands, because of quality and status. But the wealthy Generation Z – the post-millennials – is turning the tables, warns branding analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order in the South China Morning Post.

Internet giants changed into investment vehicles – Shaun Rein

Internet giants Baidu, Tencent and Alibaba increasingly buy into innovative companies to stay ahead of the competition. They have become dominant investment vehicles, 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.