5 Questions with: Samantha Shum, Founder of Keiki

Parenting in China is a booming business – the rapid evolution of the modern, affluent Chinese parent and family unit has led to spicy mamas and wonder dads who see no reason why luxury shouldn’t extend to all of the family.

For any baby, child or family brand looking to conceive a China strategy and thrive here, competition is fierce. In last month’s CBME Shanghai alone, there were literally thousands of such brands all hopeful to eventually grow in China, but first simply access their target consumer and tell their own brand story. Continue reading “5 Questions with: Samantha Shum, Founder of Keiki”

Sex, Love & Marriage: Chinese Millennials Do It Their Own Way

Chinese Valentine’s Day, AKA Qixi, is this week, leading to a near infinite spread of ‘love-based’ brand campaigns. But just what does love – and marriage – mean for the affluent, urban Chinese consumer?

Once we start talking about ‘marriage in China’, we might end up with a chin-strokingly meaningful book on the issue. Trying to define any issue in China needs a targeted segment to discuss. While across regions and demographics the issue of marriage is certainly very complex, if we look at the affluent sector which pertains to luxury brands, marriage is still very much a core of both society and individual life.

What must brands know about the journey of the luxury Chinese consumer through marriage? Continue reading “Sex, Love & Marriage: Chinese Millennials Do It Their Own Way”

How Luxury Car Brands in China Show That Bigger is Better

China specialises in big numbers and the car market is no different, from 6.7 million passenger vehicle sales in 2008 to 24.7 million in 2017. While many articles about business in China tend to wring their hands over the ‘whys’, this topic doesn’t need much social pondering of why Chinese people like cars – people in all countries opt for car ownership when financially able, and you just may have read that the Chinese economy has grown somewhat in the last decade.

The more intriguing poser is how do car brands ignite passion for their marque in China’s competitive environment? Continue reading “How Luxury Car Brands in China Show That Bigger is Better”

5 Questions with: Jens Puttfarcken, President & CEO of Porsche China

Last month saw Shanghai as the location for the World Premiere of the new Macan. This was no coincidence, as China is now the largest individual market for Porsche for the third year in a row. Of the 350,000+ Macans sold since 2014, over 100,000 are in China.

China’s passion for Porsche began long ago and the feeling is clearly mutual, with bold new projects such as the Porsche Experience Centre in Shanghai, next to the F1 International Circuit, being the first in Asia. Continue reading “5 Questions with: Jens Puttfarcken, President & CEO of Porsche China”

5 Questions with: Bamboo Zhou, CEO of 8 Continents, Luxury Chinese Travel Agency

8 Continents Travel is one of the leading ‘ultra-luxury’ travel agencies in China. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Shanghai (with further offices in Beijing and Chengdu), 8 Continents provides customised travel for HNWI clients to all over the world, whether for honeymoons, world-tours or adventurous destinations such as Antarctica. Continue reading “5 Questions with: Bamboo Zhou, CEO of 8 Continents, Luxury Chinese Travel Agency”

China’s New ‘Wonder Dads’ Go Big on Luxury for All the Family

We’ve told you about China’s self-declared Spicy Mamas – and the face of modern fatherhood in China is also one that distinctly differs from past generations. Luxury brands and new media platforms in China are finding that China’s affluent, modern Dad is keen to be seen as part of the successful family unit. Continue reading “China’s New ‘Wonder Dads’ Go Big on Luxury for All the Family”

How Russia is Winning with the Affluent Chinese Traveller

With a rise that began a several years ago with state-approved ‘Red Tourism’, Russia has become a destination for affluent Chinese shoppers looking to combine national history with off-the-beaten-path luxury travel shopping.

Proximity and friendly relations have seen over 100,000 Chinese travellers confidently jetting off to Russia for the World Cup – even though their nation isn’t taking part. With 57% of those travelers being female (source: Ctrip), it’s a clear indication that Russia has now planted a flag on the international luxury map. Continue reading “How Russia is Winning with the Affluent Chinese Traveller”

5 Questions with: Barry Lin, VP of TuNiu Destination Marketing; China’s Travel Booking Giant

Founded in 2006, TuNiu is the leading online leisure travel company in China – the Nasdaq-listed platform has the largest market share (28.4%) in the online leisure and holiday market, and currently holds over 2 million holiday package SKUs. The Luxury Conversation met up with one of the most influential men in the China travel sphere, VP of TuNiu Destination Marketing Services Department, Barry Lin, during his recent visit to Shanghai. Continue reading “5 Questions with: Barry Lin, VP of TuNiu Destination Marketing; China’s Travel Booking Giant”

China’s ‘Hot Mamas’: Millennial Parents, The New Force in Luxury Spending

By Jiaqi Luo and Nick Withycombe

The development of China in the last decade is most easily visible through big numbers. But stats such as ‘Chinese travelling overseas increased by 1,380% from 2000 to 2017‘ don’t help to understand the intricate changes in society that have taken place. One of these enormous (seismic, tectonic, however far you want to go) changes is in the new parenting culture of China’s affluent Millennial generation. Continue reading “China’s ‘Hot Mamas’: Millennial Parents, The New Force in Luxury Spending”

Op-Ed: China’s KOL Bubble, and How Brands Can Prepare

By Nick Withycombe

Yes, I said it: China’s KOL bubble.

KOLs have become a solid part of any brand’s checklist when operating in China. To be frank, if that needs further explanation then you’re already a few years behind the curve: KOLs in China are examples of many aspects of modern society here – when a concept is taken from the west (influencers, in this case) and is super-charged into massive earning and income potential. You might even say ‘enhanced capitalism’, but now is not the time to go into that.

KOLs are more influential on both consumption behaviours and social trends than celebrity movie stars and singers. There are Chinese KOLs for any type of field you can imagine – not only fashion and sports, but there are travel KOLs, pet KOLs, even ‘park & garden KOLs‘. With a population this big and country this diverse, there’s something for everyone.

Yet, is there now over-reliance on the KOL as a silver bullet? More than that, are certain ‘China marketing/business experts’ guilty of reducing KOL marketing to mere advertising of budget = views theorem? Continue reading “Op-Ed: China’s KOL Bubble, and How Brands Can Prepare”