Category Archives: WeChat

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.

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.

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.

What Tencent does better than Apple – Matthew Brennan

Zhang Xiaolong, the founder of Tencent’s WeChat, delivered a speech on how the future of the company looks like. Tencent watcher Matthew Brennan looks at the way Tencent is doing things different than Apple, and why their mini-programs might be a winner, in Technode.

WeChat starts to tell stories, at last – Matthew Brennan

China’s most popular short-messages platform WeChat has at last included Snapchat/Instagram style stories. Long overdue, says Tencent and WeChat specialist Matthew Brennan at his website. He tells how it works, and why – if very late – this is a smart move.

Cyber celebrities redefine marketing – Ashley Dudarenok

Self-made cyber celebrities take over positions of established Key Opinion Leaders (KOL’s) and redefine marketing, says vlogger and China-veteran Ashley Dudarenok to the China Daily. Brands are discovering the new trend.

How Tencent moves into the cloud – Matthew Brennan

Tencent is moving its business model from mainly WeChat and B2C to the cloud. Tencent expert Matthew Brennan looks at the China Channel to the results he sees at the 2018 3Q results. It was the first time Tencent disclosed figures on their cloud activities.

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.”

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.