Category: Trends

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”

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”

How a Curvy Butt is the New Luxury Status Symbol in China

We’ve all seen the carefully curated gym pics going out on social media. But more than just a chance to flash the flesh, fitness and exercise have a whole new meaning in China. Fitness is the new status symbol of luxury and wealth.

Bling is tuhao (nouveau-riche and lacking in class), Gucci is ‘something my Mum wears’, and a YSL lipstick is fine for entry-level luxury. But if you want something that says ‘I have plenty of free time, I am as up-to-date as can be with international trends, and I am a class above’ – you want a toned bod with a booty to boot.

A fine physique takes much more money, know-how, and time to build. Shapes and muscles speak of privilege, and are fast becoming a badge of social status itself. A growing segment of China’s young, wealthy class is shifting attention from obvious brand purchase to fitness and bodybuilding. Continue reading “How a Curvy Butt is the New Luxury Status Symbol in China”

5 of the Smartest WeChat Luxury Travel Campaigns We’ve Seen

If your travel brand is not offering impressive and integrated WeChat solutions – why not?! Payment gateways, location-based features, ‘internet of things’ interactivity, marketing campaigns … WeChat does it all. Here are some notable WeChat campaigns and features, cleverly used by luxury travel brands.

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The Truth About Working with KOLs for Success in China

The KOL (key opinion leader) or influencer dynamic is a typical story of China taking something already in existence in the West and rapidly discovering new ways to create revenue out of it.

We dipped into the issue previously, with our piece on KOLs in China. Let’s go a bit further into what is becoming the top priority for any luxury brand in the China market.

If you’re into stats, then Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has millennials at 40 percent of China’s urban population between the ages of 15 and 70, statistising that the millenial bracket will perform 69 percent of consumption by 2021. If you’re in China, then you don’t need stats. You will have noticed all people of all ages glued to their phones at all times of day or night, whether in a car, a bar, or even in the cinema. You will have heard talk of almost nothing but shopping, dining, holidaying, car and home-buying.
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KOLs in China: How to Craft Relationships for Returns

Is the selling power of China’s KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) changing the nature of Chinese e-commerce marketing?

This past year has seen an explosion in KOLs moving from merely posting branded content, to now helping brands to directly sell product. Last week we saw a prime example of this shift in KOL power when Mini Cooper teamed up with Chinese fashion blogger Becky Li to sell 100 Mini Cooper cars. She leveraged her vast social media following to help the brand sell 100 cars in 4 minutes.

In this issue of The Luxury Conversation, we look at four recent examples of this influence-to-sales shift, and provide tips on how to get the best results from similar partnerships.

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Jewelry; China’s High-End Consumers Dare to be Different

China’s jewelry consumption isn’t growing at the breakneck speed of years past, but evolving tastes among high-end consumers still present opportunities for both established and emerging players.

As the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show kicks off this week, we take a closer look at the market. Jewelry consumption in China has experienced significant growth over the past decade, with this period also representing a major evolution in consumer tastes and a shift in purchasing methodology.

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