Social media has become an effective medium for influencing our ideas and views and has drastically changed the rules of an effective Brand Marketing campaign. Due to the growing importance of e-commerce and online activities, reaching customers through digital means has become an essential part of marketing plans globally. Chinese Internet users are active and goal directed. These traits make the Chinese netizen highly desirable for Brands who want to connect and build two-way communications with their consumers, since it gives an ability to communicate directly with the target group, which was unimaginable just a few years ago. Digital media in China is filled with various kinds of “fish” such as; search engine giant Baidu, social networking sites (RenRen, Qzone), instant messaging (MSN, QQ), online trade sites (taobao.com, 360buy.com), video sharing (Youku), etc. In times when social media influence is flourishing, new technologies and ideas can be embraced and adopted with astonishing speed, instigating significant and often unpredictable consequences. Recent evidence of this is the unexpectant rise of microblogging activity. Since launching the first microblog site in 2007, Fanfou with 0.3 million users, the number of users has gron to 250 million by the end of 2011. The majority of Chinese netizens have at least 2 profiles in different microblogging platforms. Research shows that since August 2011, microblogging ranked as the primary and most reliable source of news and information. This extensive digital iceberg is drowning the once thought to be unsinkable traditional media ship (radio, newspapers, TV).
The Chinese consumer is evolving. Key trends are shaping the consumerlandscape in China, which means consumers will look, feel, and act different from today.
In order to launch Chinese online marketing campaigns and implement your company’s global marketing strategy successfully, we’ve compiled an infographic about the China Top 10 Internet Companies, showcasing the local internet giants that are the ones that penetrate and dominate the Chinese online market.
Chinese counterfeit electronics, predominantly Apple “twins”, disregard of copyright law, but give tremendous possibility to those people who are not able to afford ”the real stuff”. Politicians and business people from other countries sometimes discover problems with security travelling to the most populous country in the world. And against the background of military rebellions in great number of countries, Chinese politicians pay great attention to the role of forums and social networks in revolution activities.
China will bring huge opportunities for UK businesses as online shopping continues to grow at a rapid rate. Chinese consumers in 2013 are expected to spend £177 billion shopping online, surpassing all other countries, including the UK, US and Western Europe.
China has more than half a billion Internet users. This infographic shows some stats on Chinese Internet use.