No Facebook, no Google, no YouTube. Oh, and no internet/laptop either. Print media? It’s another no, we’re afraid. Even cash is out. So what do China’s luxury consumers use for social, news, browsing, shopping, paying and life?
Last week saw over 150 British brands and several thousand Chinese visitors attend the Best of British exhibition —organised by Media Ten — to network, connect, learn and strengthen partnerships between China and the UK.
The timing was perfect, with Xi’s announcement at the 19th National Communist Congress, taking place in Beijing, that China was continuing to focus on “opening up” for business across the world.
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.
Chinese consumers today spend over USD$750 billion online – more than the US and UK combined. China generates more e-commerce activity than any country in the world, but what is striking is how dramatically different China’s digital landscape has evolved compared to the West. From technology platforms and customer online behaviors to how consumers shop in digital marketplaces, China has evolved on its own.
There was a good deal of debate in 2016 about the slow-down of the Chinese economy and tough times for luxury brands. After years of strong growth, we are now talking about China’s “new normal” – ie: a more moderate rate of growth and sales. But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, UBS Global Research predicts a recovery of Chinese luxury consumption in 2017 and four percent growth. So just what are the biggest opportunities for 2017 in China? We put that question to our panel of experts.