Category Archives: consumers

Australia follows US, France as top destination rich – Rupert Hoogewerf

Australia scores high among China’s rich, not only as travel destination, but also as place to live, notes China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf in The Sydney Morning Herald, after the release of a new report.

Why the New York Times heads for an internet block – Marc van der Chijs

The New York Times started an online edition in simplified Chinese to lure luxury good advertisers. A commendable move, writes serial entrepreneur Marc van der Chijs on his weblog, but also a receipt for disaster, as an internet block seems unavoidable.

Consumers continue to spend on home decoration – Shaun Rein

China’s consumers continue to spend, despite a small dip in growth, also for decorating their homes, argues business analyst Shaun Rein, and goes against JWT executive Tom Doctoroff, who says Chinese consumers go for cheaper products. Shaun Rein dismantles three consumers myths in Business Week.

Buying a mobile phone in China – Bill Dodson

China veteran Bill Dodson got his mobile stolen and took to opportunity to investigate China’s fast changing and competitive battle ground for mobile hardware. A report from the shopping mall in Suzhou on his weblog.

What is going wrong in localization – Ben Cavender Hangout

Localization is the mantra for foreign companies entering China, but many fail. Ben Cavender, senior analyst at the China Market Research Group (CMR) will address some famous cases during a Google+ Hangout on Thursday.

Apple is under-performing – Shaun Rein

Apple’s recent success in China might have gained it a lot of admirers. But the company could have done much better and could have turned China into its largest market, retail analyst Shaun Rein tells in the Pandodaily.

The End of Cheap China – Fortune review

More reviews and reactions on Shaun Rein’sbook “The End of Cheap China: Economic and Cultural Trends that Will Disrupt the World”, today with Fortune and the Wall Street Journal: What is China’s middle class buying?

Analyzing the Chinese psyche – Tom Doctoroff

The China Daily reviews Tom Doctoroff’s latest book “What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China’s Modern Consumer” and what is really takes to sell to the Chinese consumers. “The Chinese world view, not to mention its brandscape, differs profoundly from other markets,” he writes.

Why Google will not win back China – Tricia Wang

Some – including the company itself – are waiting for search giant Google to gain ground over Baidu, the market leader in China. Forget it, says sociologist Tricia Wang in Postnoon. “Google is clueless about the China market.”

Alibaba, the winner in China’s economy – Ben Cavender

Economists differ very much on the future of China’s short term economic direction, upwards or downwards. But in every case, e-commerce giant Alibaba is going to be a winner, predicts consumer analyst Ben Cavender in Bloomberg.