Category Archives: ecommerce

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.”

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.

Tencent’s investment strategy disclosed – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s investment strategy is mostly a black box, where observers try to find a red line by looking at what the internet giant is doing. Tencent analyst Matthew Brennan got the unique possibility to discuss those issues with Tencent Investment Partnership Manager, Li Zhaohui, and published a translation on China Channel.

How we help startups using big data – William Bao Bean

Enterprise accelerator MOX (mobile only accelerator) let six startups show-case in Singapore last week. William Bao Bean, partner at the Shanghai-based SOSV explains how his network helps to use big data to enhance their chances on a global market, he tells at E27.

How Alibaba became a success in China – Shaun Rein

When Alibaba emerged, it first had to face formidable competition from the US. Business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order explains in the South China Morning Post how the nimble operation from Hangzhou was able to beat EachNet and eBay.

Challenges at China’s markets for foreign brands – Ashley Dudarenok

The China market is of a magnitude brands cannot ignore, although some of the foreign brands still take this major consumer market not serious, says China veteran and marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok to Euromonitor. “It’s mostly European and American brands that have organizational challenges,” she adds.

WeChat: huge and still growing – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat has become the largest national platform in China. But despite its one billion monthly active users, the platform is only starting to grow and monetize its base, for example by using its mini-WeChats, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan to the South China Morning Post.

The China take on digital transformation

Digital transformation is key in the planning of companies, governments and individuals, as the world is changing beyond recognition. But for the world outside China it often remains unclear how the most innovative country is going to influence their digital future. 

Speakers at the China Speakers Bureau can help you to make sense out of this often disruptive change of the world. Here we bring together a group of leading experts on China and how its digital transformation is going to change the world outside China too.

E-commerce experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

If at any place the switch from brick-and-mortar is going fast, it is China. Permanent online consumers comment, exchange information, and buy 24/7. When you sit down in a restaurant, you first ask the code for the free wifi, before the menu. When you travel abroad, you constantly discuss with friends and family back how, what to buy, or what not to buy.

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.