Category Archives: consumers

Can the next generation take over Alibaba from Jack Ma? – Shaun Rein

Alibaba’s chairman Jack Ma announced he will turn over the reins of his company to the next generation of executives next year. But business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The End of Cheap China, Revised and Updated: Economic and Cultural Trends That Will Disrupt the World, wonders if the new generation takes over Ma’s magic spell over staff, users and investors, he tells to Inkstone News. 

China consumers have become more sophisticated in dealing with brands – Tom Doctoroff

Consumers in China have become more sophisticated over the years in the way they handle brands, says China veteran Tom Doctoroff, Chief Cultural Office or Prophet and author of the bestseller What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism, and China’s Modern Consumer, at the occasion of the 2018 Prophet China Brand Relevance Index(TM) at the Market Business Inside.

Personal branding: how to become a thought leader in social media – Ashley Dudarenok

China-vlogger Ashley Dudarenok explains at Malaysian TV how China changed her, and how she developed into a personal brand, working at social media. And of course: Much about the new retail, e-commerce and developing opportunities in China.

Fighting WeChat: a tough challenge – Matthew Brennan

Bullet Messenger profiled itself last week at a competitor of WeChat, and got a lot of interest, certainly from investors. But its mission might be very tough to achieve, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan at PYMNTS. “This is not a WeChat killer.”

Prices luxury goods in China rise – Rupert Hoogewerf

The luxury consumer price index (CPI) went up 4.1% in the first five months of 2018, the highest rise since 2012, says Rupert Hoogewerf, chairman and chief researcher of the Hurun Report, according to the Global Times. 

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.

China can outlast the US in an economic war – Arthur Kroeber

Media are looking for winners and losers in the trade war between China and the US, and while damage can be inflicted in the short run, China is going to outlast an economic war with the US, says renowned economist Arthur Kroeber, author of China’s Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know to Money Week.

Less bling, more consumption in China – Tom Doctoroff

Marketing guru Tom Doctoroff denies stories about a downgrade of consumption in China, as some assume. There is less bling in the bigger cities, but the rest of the country sees more consumption as people just get enough income to start consumers, he tells at CGTN.

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.

How the trade war can turn sour for American brands – Shaun Rein

McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC and Burger King are some of the American consumer brands in China who can get burned as the trade war heats up further, 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.