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10 KOL Marketing Trends in China for 2020

With 2019 rapidly drawing to a close, brands and marketers should be looking ahead to 2020 and formulating plans for getting ahead of the curve. Here are ten KOL marketing trends we’re keeping tabs on in China for the coming year.   1. Influencer marketing will be more popular—and more

What Marketers Need to Know about China’s Live Commerce

Live commerce, the fusion of shopping and live streaming, is transforming the retail industry. It's no secret that live commerce is hot right now. Actress Li Xiang's recent Weibo sale success story is one case in point: Li recently used her own air conditioner to help Suning sell 30,000 air

E-Commerce Content Marketing: A 2020 China Trend

Weibo recently announced that its native live streaming platform, Yizhibo, will be rolling out Taobao integration. While the development is big news in its own right, it also underscores the momentum driving e-commerce content marketing and what is going to define media, marketing, and retail trends for China in 2020.

What is Tmall & Taobao Influencer Marketing?

If there's one event of the year that makes marketing on Tmall and Taobao a no-brainer, it's Singles' Day. Brands that participated in the Singles' Day Global Shopping Festival under Alibaba Group last year were in for a treat—the annual discount holiday reached a whopping 213.5 billion RMB in total

The Truth About KOLs’ Impact on China E-commerce Sales

Brands want to see results when they embark on working with KOLs, which is why it can be disheartening when expensive marketing efforts result in low sales generation—at least, at first glance. The statistics are gloomy: when a KOL with 1 million followers on Weibo posts about a product, they,

Weitao KOLs Reinvent Taobao & Tmall Social Commerce

Social commerce refers to the integration of social media and e-commerce, which is a growing trend in China. Alibaba, with their popular e-commerce live-streaming platforms Taobao Live, Tmall Live, and recent investment in popular cross-border commerce platform Little Red Book (Xiaohongshu), is at the forefront of social commerce. And now

What is Retailtainment & Why has Amazon fallen behind China?

As ad-supported media content declines globally, media companies and brands scramble to find solutions to make up lost profits. Chinese companies have found theirs, and it blurs the line between content and commerce. It’s called retailtainment. In the West, platforms like Instagram and Snapchat are actually starting to follow China's lead by

Can Daigou Accelerate Your China E-commerce Sales?

When it comes to China e-commerce sales, the topic of daigou is controversial. Some brands, especially those in the luxury industry, consider daigou to be a detriment. In other industries, companies have a more positive view. In fact, many companies that are new to China e-commerce sales have begun proactively

Top 8 China Influencer Marketing Campaigns of 2017

2017 was a massive growth year for China influencer marketing campaigns. The industry matured, the quality of content rose, and influencer marketing has become mainstream. Influencers are slowly but surely gaining respect and being treated as professional content creators instead of just another distribution channel. Brands are giving influencers more

Daigou: Real Influencers of China Cross-border E-commerce

Chinese consumers love them, brands hate them. But as much as brands hate daigou, can they survive without these influencers of China cross-border e-commerce? Recently, brands have attempted to sidestep daigou by selling directly to consumers. However they rapidly discovered that consumers’ loyalty often lay with these overseas purchasing agents.

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