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3 great strategies on the Social Medias in China 3 great strategies on the Social Medias in ChinaComments Off

Today there is more than 600 million internet users in China, and they all use the social Medias, every time. It’s essential to be present in the social media when doing business in China. Here are three great strategies on the social Medias in China.

1.      Using O2O

O2O is a digital marketing strategy that means Online-to-offline. It’s the concept to attract consumers by internet to make them go on te shops. A lot of social Medias use this technic. We find amongt the most active WeChat. IT’s a mobile app which allows its users to send texts messages, vocals messages, photos and videos. It was developed by Tencent in 2011. There is now 468 million users each month. This app is more used than the texts in China. WeChat also allows companies to be in by having a site: like that users can follow this page and be aware of the news of the company. Here we can set up O2O. The company has to describe its products well on the app to allow its followers to know its services. This is a first step which will conduct people in the shops. This strategy is very effective and make themselves known very quickly and by a large number of people, because everything can be shared on a social media and Chinese internet users who like a company will enjoy sharing it with its address book. A lot of companies have already used this strategy. For example, Mont Blanc, pen maker, set up a exposition in Shanghai, and invite all its WeChat followers to come to the exposition. Thereby, all Mont Blanc lovers have been made aware of this event, more quickly than if the company just indicate this event on its websites.

 


 

2.      Creating Buzz

Creating buzz is a very used technique, either in digital or traditional marketing. This is the key to be known quickly and by a lot of people. Doing buzz is all about creating something special, unique, new, something that will attract consumers’ attention. The objective is primarily to make people talk about you. And where can you make people talk about yourself quickly and by many people in China? On social networks course. And to be truly effective, all social networks have to be used, as we are sure not to forget interested consumers especially on the Chinese Internet. We must distinguish ourselves from other companies in direct competition, socreate something never seen, surprising. Many Chinese users spend their time on social networks to find new content, something that will change the ordinary to be able to show his friends and share it. For this, Weibo is the best social network. This is a microblogging platform extensively used by Chinese people. Founded in 2009 by Sina, a Chinese company, it brings together a community of 500 million users, 50 million monthly. It is the undisputed platform to disseminate the buzz. Like the O2O, this technique is widely used by companies but also people like Wang Sicong who is very active on Weibo and created a buzz by commenting and by speaking in an original way to people. This technique has made its reputation.

 

3.      Having a good content

Of course the edited content has to show a good quality. This includes two things: the content has to be true facts, that is to say, good references , verifiable data, and content in Chinese. As for the true content, make sure that what you put on social networks is verifiable and accurate. Chinese high end consumers like the right information because the Chinese Internet is being widely censored by the government and it is sometimes difficult to get fully complete informations. Then it is necessary that the content is in Chinese. This is essential. Many Chinese citizens speak only Chinese, and do not understand English. In addition, for those who speak other languages, it is always nice to have its mother tongue on a site rather than having to translate everything. Chinese content will also be closer to them rather than if that content appears to have been done for the whole world. Another thing to consider: the photos and videos. It’s more comfortable to watch a video or read a text with photographs rather than having to read just a text. It is important, therefore, to add to its page on social networking videos and pictures (the best would be of course translated in Chinese). People are pretty lazy by nature and are more likely to watch a video rather than read a text. This is very visible for advertising campaigns where photos and videos illustrate this campaign.

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Electronic devices market in China Electronic devices market in ChinaComments Off

The market for traditional products of consumer electronics in China is maturing, more than in the whole world. With the rapid development of information communication technology, China has become the largest manufacturing centre in the world for electronics, including televisions, computers, telephones and DVD players.

Here’s electronic devices market in China.

Market development in China

China became in 2013 the first market for electronic devices ahead of the United States. The spending in Asia reached $ 282 billion, and the world 1,068 billion dollars. The bulk of the expenditure was made by console video games, and televisions. In 2014, it is 1024 billion dollars that were spent in electronic devices around the world, including a three dollar spent in China. Shenzhen is the Chinese city that produces the more electronic devices in the world. In 2014, the city had a gross domestic product of 171 billion, largely due to its electronic production. Giants like Apple, Dell and HP make assemble and build their electronic components in this city.

The different categories

Equipment suppliers

Filcontrol is the technology leader in equipment products for textile machine industries. It is present in the Chinese market since 2005.

Phone

Huawei was founded in 1988 in Shenzhen in China. It is a company that provides services in the information technology sector and communication including phones. Its services are present in 140 countries, representing one third of the population. It achieved a turnover of 28 billion euros in 2014.

ZTE was founded in 1985 and also offers telephone services.

Xiaomi is the start-up that had the best start in the world. It was founded in 2010 and was valued at $ 45 billion in 2014. It sold up to 61 million units last year.


Computers

Lenovo is a Chinese company founded in 1984 by Liu Chuanzhi. Lenovo mainly manufactures computers, telephones, workstations, computer servers and connected TVs. However, the bulk of sales of Lenovo is done through computers, especially since he bought the PC division of IBM. However, it wants to focus on phones especially abroad, where it is still not very present. He recently bought Motorola Mobility. In 2014, its sales in the last quarter business was 10.8 billion.

Televisions

Skyworth or Hong Kong Skyworth Digital Holdings Company was founded in 1988 (From Bloomberg). It designs, manufactures and sells televisions and audio-visual products.

Maxpac is an electronics company including LCD TVs.

Mobile operator

In the area of ??mobile operators we can find China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.

China Mobile is the largest mobile operator in China. It was founded in China in 1997. It has over 720 million subscribers. This is the largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers which is normal given that China is the most populous country in the world, however it remains only used in China.

China Unicom is the second on the China market. It was founded in 1994 in Beijing. It serves over 80 million subscribers.

China Telecom is the third. It was created in 2002 and has a network of over 70 million people.

Appliances

Haier was founded in 1984 by Zhang Ruimin in Qingdao. This is a home appliance company but it also manufactures TVs. It makes refrigerators, air conditioning machines and washing machines. Haier’s goal is to position itself as a premium brand but is in many countries a low-end brand. However, the company operates in several countries in Europe and also in the United States.

Hisense is a company of electrical equipment. It was created in 1969 in Qingdao. It is the result of the consolidation of brands Combines, Kelon and Ronshen. It is present in the whole world. Its turnover has exceeded $ 16 billion in 2014.

Development in the future

This will undoubtedly increase in the coming years due to the growing middle class: in fact, nearly 220 million households will be part of this class of 2022 according to estimates. China’s new middle class that have a lot of requirements and applications in the high-tech world: some products that they could not buy are now within their reach and they fully intend to enjoy it. So they try to have the latest electronic devices. New categories appear as 4K televisions that everyone is trying to produce and sell in bulk. The Chinese are particularly equipped to sell as much as possible: Chinese companies dominate the market for 4K TVs. Chinese company for Seiki example sells 39-inch 4K TVs for $ 499, which is low compared to what can be found in the market. Leading brands like Hisense, Skyworth and TCL are all trying to build televisions 4K high standard, always keeping the lowest possible prices. Connected objects are also on the agenda, and China hopes to equip its electronic products.

The electronic market is exploding in China since it is very tighly linked to online activities, something Chinese have come to see as part of their lifestyle. These past few years, numerous local companies have started challenging foreign companies on their own turf: High Quality reliable goods. However, the edge is still in favour of first. Why? Two reasons :

Simply put : trust. Too many scandals have gone between Chinese consumers and local companies in all kinds of industry and the electronic market is not an exception. Besides, it is also a matter of prestige. Foreign companies are often seen as giving more face, the typical Chinese social rule of showing how successful you are to be respected. In this matter for now, in the mind of a large part of Chinese mobile users, there is no possible comparison between Apple, Blackberry, Samsung and say Lenovo or Xiaomi. Ask a Chinese to exchange his iphone for a local brand, something still true even though you can find good phones sold by Chinese brands. Oneplus or the latest Xiaomi have received much praise for their features. Alas, the cliché is still present, much to the benefit of the Foreign brands.

Finally, promoting products via e-marketing and the latest inbound marketing strategies has
never been the Chinese companies’ forte. They are brilliant at doing business and getting the best deals but yet again, foreign companies have more experience in marketing. So, to be successful, a foreign newcomer in the Chinese market must use the services of a foreign inbound marketing agency that knows the Chinese market very well in order to get that big edge it would need (here for a list of good marketing agencies in China)

More about phone manufacturers on Business Internet in China here

TOP 10 CHINESE SMARTPHONE BRANDS TOP 10 CHINESE SMARTPHONE BRANDSComments Off

Over the last years, the smartphone market has grown due to the increase of disposable income and the falling prices of smartphones.

In China, the smart phone market share is dominated by a few companies, however, most of these brands are locals.

Here we will have an overview of the main Chinese smartphone brands meeting success in both their domestic and the global market

Huawei

Huawai is a Chinese telecoms equipment giant founded by Ren Zhengfei in 1987. Nowadays, is one of the largest smartphone manufacturers worldwide since 2013. As a result of its growth, this year its market global share rose to 6.9% from 4.3%…

During the first half of 2014, Huawei shipped a total of 64.21 million devices of which 34.27 million units were smartphone. Due to its popularity, Huawei has experienced a growth of 62% in comparison with the same period of 2013.

 

ZTE:

ZTE is a Chinese company of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, which was founded in 1985. These days is considered as the world’s fourth-largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Xiaomi:

Xiaomi is the world’s third biggest smartphone maker after Samsung and Apple and due to its powerful digital communication equipment has become a worldwide revolution. This Chinese brand was created in 2010 by Lei Jun.No doubt that the little rice (Xiaomi means small rice in Mandarin) has grown big!

In China, Xiaomi sells more devices than Apple and it expected to rise up to 60 million unit sales in 2014, which mean double’s 2013. The first half of 2014, Xiaomi sold up to $5.5 billion, which means more than the whole sales of 2013.

Mi3 is its flagship smartphone and which has been sold in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

 

 

Coolpad:

Coolpad is one of the top smartphone brands in China founded in 1993 by Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific Co. This brand has realized a big inversion in R&D in order to develop inexpensive but powerful and sophisticated smartphones.

Lenovo

Lenovo has become the largest computer company in the world with 20% market share of the PC industry. Recently, the brand has began to sell smartphones around the world and now due to the mobiles devices reaches up to 45 percent of the world’s demography. Nowadays, the company sells more smartphones and tablets than computers, becoming the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer in terms of market share in the third quarter of 2013.

OPPO:

OPPO Electronics Co, is a Chinese technology brand founded in 2004. This brand is considered as one of the most important smartphone manufacturer in China, with a market share around 15.2%. OPPO has launched the Find 7 series with high- quality image-capture functions and rapid charging features. Thanks to its technologic progress, OPPO has a strong presence in the Chinese smartphone market.

Meizu:

Meizu is a well-known Chinese smartphone maker created in 2003. Its designs are focused to provide to the costumer a simple and intuitive mobile experience. While being among the pioneer of the Smartphone industry in China, in 2010 the company has faced legal problems, due the similarity of its devices with the IPhone. Since then, Meizu has developed new designs in order to differentiate them.

Gionee:

Gionee was established in 2002 as one of China’s largest mobile phone manufacturers. The Chinese brand is considered as a high tech enterprise which is focused on the R&D, production and sales of mobile devices. Since 2005, the brand has the mobile phone production license of GSM and CDMA. In comparison with last year, Gionee has increased its market share from 1.5% of 2012 to 4.7% of 2013 in China.

TCL:

Established in 1981, TCL is one of the biggest consumer electronics producers in China. TCL has a global presence and the brand cover many areas in the Smartphone industry like: design, development, manufacturing and product sales (mobile phones, computers and multimedia electronic s amongst others).

In 2010, it was the world’s 25th-largest consumer electronics producer and third-largest television maker.

K-Touch:

K-Touch was created in 2002 and is recognized as one of the most well-known consumer brands in China. This mobile phone manufacturer has its own R&D centre in Beijing and has developed a global top lab for mobile research.

 

Because of its top of the line R&D department, the brand is considered as a local smartphone brand with the most growth potential in China. K-touch is expected to experience the fastest growth in the coming years

K-Touch sells its mobile devices in 22 countries over the world.

We can talk about China as a connected country where people have developed a kind of mobile dependence.

Companies, particularly Chinese brands are tapping this tendency and they are developing modern smartphones to satisfy the Chinese people needs and therefore be an important part of the Chinese market.

The reality is Chinese shoppers prefer homemade brands, due to its high quality and its lower price.

 

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