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Alibaba’s annual Singles Day e-commerce festival generated a record $30.8 billion (RMB 213.5 billion) in sales, but is the shopping festival a good idea for brands?     Alibaba’s 2018 11.11 event once again eclipsed all records from previous years with sales surpassing $155 million (RMB 1 billion) within the first 20 seconds and $1 […]

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  The Chinese are not traditionally known as big wine drinkers, however, China’s wine market is thriving as middle class Chinese consumers increasingly develop a palette for wine.   The growth is particularly good news for Australian wine brands, which have seen a 51% increase in exports to China in the last year to reach […]

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Over the next five years China plans to import more than US$10 trillion worth of goods and services. This rise in imports, driven by growing consumer demands is providing huge opportunities for foreign companies like those in Australia and New Zealand.   While the growth is coming from across the country, it is particularly driven […]

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  UMS Business Development Manager Jo Ruo provided South Australian businesses with an in-depth presentation and masterclass on how to build brands in China.   The event, which was hosted by the Australia China Business Council, was attended by representatives from local SME businesses including delegates from retail and food and wine industries, as well […]

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Forget live streaming and long video content, it’s all about short-form video and China’s hot new app Douyin.   Douyin, which is called Tik Tok in other markets, has skyrocketed in popularity in China with consumers embracing the short video platform.   The app, which has been described as a mix between Snapchat and Musical.ly […]

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There’s no denying the power and influence of China’s Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs).  The combination of Chinese consumers distrust of advertising messages and their preference for word-of-mouth marketing, has created the perfect environment for KOLs to thrive.   China’s KOLs have amassed huge power and influence in the market and many Western marketers are keen […]

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The Online Superstar Forum held by the leading China social media platform Sina Weibo was recently held in June 2016, and attracted hundreds of popular online superstars like Papijiang(Papi酱),  Zhangday(张大奕eve), Aikelili(艾克里里), Wangnima(王尼玛) to the forum. Zhangday(张大奕eve) appearing at the Weibo Online Superstars Forum Previously called KOLs or even Grassroots Journalists or Citizen Journalists, the group […]

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