Category Archives: branding

Why the 11.11 shopping festival is more than Black Friday – Any Mok

In selling commodities, China’s 11.11 Single’s Day and the American Black Friday have much in common, says business analyst Andy Mok. But China’s shopping festival has developed much deeper than just a selling opportunity for retailers, he argues at the CGTN.

How Dolce&Gabbana messed up their China operation – Shaun Rein

Fashion brand Dolce&Gabbana got blamed for racism by its Chinese customers after using a promotional video, celebrities withdrew from a show planned for Wednesday in Shanghai and the brand withdrew its goods. The damage to the brand will be lasting, says branding expert Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to AP.

Cyber celebrities redefine marketing – Ashley Dudarenok

Self-made cyber celebrities take over positions of established Key Opinion Leaders (KOL’s) and redefine marketing, says vlogger and China-veteran Ashley Dudarenok to the China Daily. Brands are discovering the new trend.

The dubious quality of hotels in China – Shaun Rein

Videos of 5-star hotels in China showed unhygienic practices and went viral last week. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, did not see anything new here, apart from the Western media picking up the upheaval this time, he tells at the Bangkok Post.

Single’s day: consumers looking for a compelling experience – Ben Cavender

Marketing expert Ben Cavender discusses how China’s Single’s Day developed from a nondescript event ten years ago to a major shopping event at CGTN. “Consumers now want a more compelling experience, not just a product on display,” he says.

Comparing Alibaba and JD at Single’s Day – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok, co-author of Unlocking the World’s Largest E-market: A Guide To Selling on Chinese Social Media, looks back at the successful 11.11 Single’s day and compared Alibaba and competitor JD. She also noticed an emerging anti-consumerism movement at Weibo, where a growing number of people refuse to buy during this shopping festival.

Trade war might hit Single’s Day – Shaun Rein

China is in the middle of the 10th Single’s Day, a very successful shopping holiday. But both the US-China trade war and the drop in stock markets might hit the…

Working with Bloggers, Influencers and KOLs – Ashley Dudarenok

Marketing guru Ashley Dudarenok co-authored with Lauren Hallanan her latest book, Digital China: Working with Bloggers, Influencers and KOLs, a hands-on introduction into the tricky e-commerce market in China for foreign companies, for one week available at Amazon for only US$0.99.

Just one idea is not good enough for a startup – William Bao Bean

Earning back the investment to gain China users for your internet startup is tough because of the high costs, says Shanghai-based investment guru William Bao Bean to travel website TTG. Just a brilliant idea is no longer enough, you need a suite of services to survive.

Blue-collar workers: a hidden force in consumption – Shaun Rein

Blue-collar workers in China have started to make a lot of money, but are mostly ignored as a force in domestic consumption, says business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order to CGTN from Shanghai. The focus is on billionaires or youngsters, but the fast emerging wealthy blue-collar workers are forgotten, he argues.