Category Archives: consumers

Pinduoduo just a ‘flash in the pan’? – Shaun Rein

The successful IPO of Pinduoduo,  the third e-commerce platform in China after Alibaba and JD.com, took many by surprise. But it does not mean Pinduoduo will be equally successful in the future, warns business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at the South China Morning Post. Just days later, it was accused of hosting counterfeit goods.

Why China does not use its consumer power in the trade war, yet – Victor Shih

The developing trade war between China and the US focuses on tariffs for commodities, while China could hurt the US really nasty by deploying its consumer power by boycotting products, tourism and US-related education. Political analyst Victor Shih, author of Factions and Finance in China: Elite Conflict and Inflation, explains in Bloomberg why China has not done so.

What made Pinduoduo so big? – Ben Cavender

For many outside China the successful IPO on Nasdaq of group purchasing platform Pinduoduo, mildly comparable to the less successful Groupon, came as a surprise. Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender tries to explain the success at Inkstone. It uses the popular Tencent platforms WeChat and QQ.

Why the tariffs are not here to stay – Shaun Rein

The trade war between the US and China has been heating up, but – says business analyst Shaun Rein and author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order – they are basically negotiation tools, not here to stay. Where Donald Trump is right, and where he is wrong, tells Rein in an interview at Marketplace.

How the World Cup turned mobile in China – Andy Mok

The past World Cup not only gathered a massive audience in China but also marked a switch from classic TV to mobile, says China analyst Andy Mok at CGTN. Content creation has become a major industry in this traditional sport.

How marketers can address challenges of China’s affluent – Tom Doctoroff

China’s affluent class is growing fast, but matching the newly found wealth with traditional roots offers them major challenges, writes marketing veteran Tom Doctoroff at AdAge. He offers marketers five tips to deal with those growing challenges.

Next in the trade war, the consumers? – Shaun Rein/Victor Shih

China has been reluctantly been shooting back with tariffs at US imports up to now in the Donald Trump trade war. It might be even more reluctant to use the powerful tool of its consumers in the trade war, says political analyst Victor Shih in the Financial Post. But it could, and Apple and Starbucks should prepare, says business analyst Shaun Rein on Fox News.

Real fallout of trade war can still be avoided – Wang Haiyan

First shots have been fired on tariffs in the trade war between the US and China, but the impact has been limited up to now, tells economist Wang Haiyan to CGTN, as the affected numbers are still relatively small. Escalating the effects can be avoided, but to need a compromise by the end of the summer, she says.

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.