Category Archives: WeChat

Alipay, WeChat at last opened for foreigners – Shaun Rein

Alipay and WeChat, China’s largest payment options, opened their services for foreign credit card holders, and it was about time too, says Shanghai-based business analyst Shaun Rein, author of the bestseller The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from New World Order to the South China Morning Post.

Fintech experts at the China Speakers Bureau (updated)

From a cash country, where transactions were done by moving plastic bags with money between bank branches, China has turned into a leading force in fintech or financiel technology. Mobile payment are standard. Bitcoins and blockchain technology found in China early adopters. Social media have – more than anywhere in the world – adopted payment systems to facilitate online trade.

WeChat: still expanding, despite its dominance – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat and its mini-programs are still very much in the expansion mode, says WeChat expert Matthew Brennan, even though two out of three Chinese use the tool, he tells the Asia Nikkei Review.

How digital change hits purchases in China – Jim Rogers

Investor Jim Rogers tried to buy an ice-cream in Beijing but discovered you cannot buy it for money, you need a mobile. Alibaba and Tencent have become giant technology firms that have changed day-to-day life.

Fighting fake followers: hard to do – Ashley Dudarenok

Your number of followers might be an important metric for popularity, but figuring out who are fake or not is tough, in China, even more than elsewhere, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok. And at Weibo the problem is even tougher, she tells at Abacus News.

Facebook Groups go private, copying WeChat – Ben Cavender

Facebook is struggling to remain relevant for its users and had a good look at China’s WeChat where group interactions are more private than the chaotic mess Facebook offers. But business analyst Ben Cavender wonders if the Chinese approach works at Facebook, he tells the South China Morning Post.

How WeChat is turning to e-commerce – Matthew Brennan

Fighting Alibaba on e-commerce is a tough struggle, but Tencent’s WeChat is clearly delivering on improving its shopping environment, even when it does not beat Alibaba, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan to TechNode.

Why US companies start to copy Chinese apps – Sara Hsu

Chinese apps like Tiktok and WeChat make inroads into the US, and American companies start to copy their features. Fintech analyst Sara Hsu says fierce domestic competition makes those apps better than what we know outside China, as younger generations like their lives through apps. So, if they do well, they can cater for much more than only chitchat, se tells at CGTN.

How Tencent became a winner with WeChat – Matthew Brennan

China’s internet giant Tencent has become a winner, first by copying US competitors, but now it has become their inspirator, says Tencent-watcher Matthew Brennan to Leadersleague. “WeChat does not monetize data, but it is a growth lever for other businesses in the Tencent group. It’s a bit like iOS or Android in that regard,” says Brennan.

How Tencent’s WeChat takes on Apple – Matthew Brennan

Tencent’s WeChat released last week to manage its successful mini-programs, moving ahead with an operating system, pushing against the already embattled competitor Apple, says Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan in CNBC.  The fight focuses on China, where mini-programs are most popular.