5. PAGE. 6-7
Batman Vs Spiderman
“Gao Shuai Fu (高帅富*)” Vs “Diao Si (屌丝*)”
NET CULTURE PAGE. 8-9
All About Obama
CCTV Steps into Social Media
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6. Batman Vs Spiderman. “Gao Shuai Fu (高帅富*)” Vs “Diao Si (屌丝*)”
Netizens Combine Current Trends with Established Net Culture
The audience thought Batman was better, Spiderman just
wasn’t as good… just like the gap between rich, handsome
men and losers.
的逆袭. 尤其看到蜘蛛侠一针一线地缝装备时, 我的眼泪
都快要掉下来了. Link Recommend you watch “Batman”
first, then “Spiderman”! Only in that way can you feel the
perfect counterattack from “Spiderman”, the “Diao Si”, to
“Batman”. It was really touching to watch Spiderman
sewing his own uniform.
It costs It costs
$682,450,750 $215 to be 由于钢铁侠打不过绿巨人, 同理可证, 蝙蝠侠打不过蜘蛛
侠, 变异的屌丝男必胜高富帅 Link Since Ironman can’t
to be Batman Spiderman beat Hulk, similarly, “Batman” must lose in fighting with
“Spiderman”. The DiaoSi must prevail over “Gao Shuai Fu”.
With the near simultaneous release of “Batman - The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Amazing Spiderman”, netizens were naturally drawn to compare the movies. In
doing so, they found an easy comparison, well established in China’s net culture; Batman is a “Gao Shuai Fu (高帅富)”, which means tall, handsome and rich,
particularly in reference to a recent meme that set out the cost of his equipment. Spiderman though, is a typical “Diao Si (屌丝)” – ordinary and poor, but full of
ambition. Spoofing, which is a convention of Chinese youth’s online behavior, allows netizens to appropriate the latest trends and this comparison between Batman
and Spiderman generated substantial interest.
Note*: “Gao Shuai Fu (高帅富)” means tall, rich, and handsome. “Diao Si (屌丝)” is a nickname originating on “Li Yi Ba (李毅吧)”, a forum in Baidu Tieba, which is used to describe
guys who are ordinary, poor, or unsuccessful, but still passionate, ambitious and dignified in defeat. Each concept is established in China’s net culture.
(Please click here to view more detailed information about “Diao Si”)
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7. Batman Vs Spiderman. “Gao Shuai Fu (高帅富*)” Vs “Diao Si (屌丝*)”
Netizens Combine Current Trends with Established Net Culture
The Definition of “Diao Si”: Guys who are ugly, short and poor. They were born into ordinary families and although
they work hard, the odds are that their futures will be decidedly unspectacular. They mean nothing to their
favorite girls. Even so, Diao Si still have a romantic outlook and passion for life. Always the underdog. Link
Diao Si in the Eyes of Gao Shuai Fu Diao Si in the Eyes of the General Public Diao Si in the Eyes of Diao Si
Short, ugly and poor Ordinary Humorous
Envy the rich and handsome Not hard-working Young and cynical
Under qualified Take things as they are Self-made
Jokers Speak more than they act Possess an inner strength
Although Batman is widely considered to be the better film, the negative cultural association of “Fu Er Dai (富二代)” (second generation
of rich) means the “Diao Si” are always close to netizens’ hearts. Netizens want the underdog to triumph over the privileged.
The movies are hot, and released so close to Valentine’s Day, they’re popular date movies. They also feature apparitional figures for
young men. These factors combined to create a topic of greater cultural resonance than the movies themselves.
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8. All About Obama
What Do Chinese Netizens See In Obama?
Netizen Opinion Obama’s PR Image Netizen Spoofing
Obama’s second term is not only being seen as a “Obama Style” <Link>
personal victory, but a victory for the people of
the United States. Forty years ago in America, •Comments：3,517
black people suffered various indignities and
tensions between the races ran high. But today, Obama Skateboarding <Link>
a black man has become President and won re- •Retweets：14,580
election, it’s great progress of a nation and •Comments：978
national consciousness. It’s not that America
never makes mistakes, but she learns quickly Obama’s Pouty Photo <Link>
after making them. Link •Retweets：401
To Chinese netizens, Obama’s was a symbol of Obama’s sense of humor has most endeared him to
grassroots victory, of freedom and fair Amiable, smart, funny… and cute. Chinese netizens, resonating with their taste for
competition. creativity, contrast and approachability.
Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election was regarded a symbol of youthful, grassroots’ success. However, rather than discussion of
Democratic versus Republican party politics, Obama’s image was by far the most popular element in China’s online conversation. However,
despite being seen as an idol of America’s young generation, the electoral campaign went beyond his personal politics, to an embodiment of
China’s perception of the Americans’ dream. So, the election is an interesting balance between star power and wider ideology.
The use of humor is an engaging juxtaposition with someone at the pinnacle of world politics; a juxtaposition that’s particularly pertinent to a
Chinese audience. However, humor has been a recurring feature of Obama’s campaign engagement, seen to be integral in shortening the
distance between himself and America’s voting public. The Obama brand is largely based on this approachability and many brands have been
built in China in exactly the same way. Chinese net culture is well practiced with this type of engagement, embracing an opportunity to exercise
creativity in reimagining and amplifying marketing message. Brands in China, as ever, were quick to capitalize.
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9. All About Obama
Brands Build On Election Buzz to Maximize Marketing Impact
Durex Link Obama Wins MINI China Link Cadillac Link
2012.11.7 12:24 2012.11.7 13:00 2012.11.7 14:19 2012.11.7 14:41
• Durex are renowned for real-time, witty • Mini’s success was most impressive • Cadillac is firmly established as a
appropriation of current trends via their These brands leveraged the in its simplicity; tactfully leveraging leader in the luxury car market and
official Sina Weibo account. election to create topics that snapshots that inextricably link their an expression of the American spirit
were timely, fitting and effective. brand to Obama and the feel-good
• Durex leveraging the pictures of the wives to overseas.
In essence, it was the simplicity aura around him. • Cadillac leveraged their physical and
illustrate the “Difference between Obama of message and mechanism, • This clarity of expression is also a psychological proximity to Obama
and Romney” with a cheeky irreverence in- while cleverly marrying brand recognizable feature of Mini’s and the Presidency in promotion of
keeping with the brand’s persona in the cultures, that set these apart as personality. these core brand values.
Chinese market. excellent examples of reactive • Retweets: 43; Comments: 14 • Retweets: 32,496; Comments:
social media marketing.
• Retweets: 61,687; Comments: 17,134 3,213
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10. CCTV Steps into Social Media
CCTV’s Increased Interaction with Netizens
CCTV Anchors Interact with Netizens Via “Micro-Interviews”(微访 Netizen Spoofing
谈) Netizens add dialogue to anchors’ pictures, suggesting they feel more
accessible and approachable to viewers. Link
向 @央视新闻 提问: 请问《新闻联播》结束之后，你们会说些什么？经常看见你们会互相交
谈 Link Could you let me know what you talk about at the end of CCTV news？It seems to
me that you often chat to each other.
CCTV: 郎永淳：今天没播错，终于可以不紧张了…… Link Lang Yong Chun: I didn’t make a
mistake today. What a relief, I can relax now..
Netizen Replied: 诶呀读错一个字扣好多钱··
Ah, so you’ll be fined if you make mistakes in the broadcast.
CCTV: 你猜，你继续猜，肯定不会说待会到哪儿吃饭 Link You guessed, you can keep
guessing, but it’s definitely not “where will we have dinner later”
Netizen Replied: 央视也卖萌，哈哈
CCTV also acts cute, haha
As the official TV network of China, CCTV’s standing and sheer scale traditionally kept their audience at a distance. One of the symptoms of this
disassociation was a sense of mystery about what went on behind the scenes. When CCTV first opened its Sina Weibo account, the content did
little to redress this distance, simply tweeting links to CCTV News videos and generating little engagement.
However, the network has recently started drawing on social media as a source for news stories and public opinion, leveraging social platforms
to actively engage with netizens. As new generations of Chinese media consumers elect to do so on their own terms, traditional media has to
adapt to survive. CCTV’s decision to embrace social as a resource and reporting medium suggests a step towards their audience.
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11. CCTV Steps into Social Media
CCTV’s Engagement via Sina Weibo
Encourage Netizen Voting on Sina Weibo Turn Netizens into CCTV News Contributors
Which anchor would you prefer to appear on CCTV’s 2013 wall CCTV’s annual special, “Move Through 2012” offers netizens a chance for their best tweets
calendar? Link about CCTV’s 12 hottest topics to be broadcast on CCTV News. Link
So far, netizens have viewed CCTV’s increasingly approachable repositioning as a success. By engaging more with grass-root level netizens, CCTV
are effectively aligning themselves with a new, young audience who barely watch TV but are net savvy and essentially, better informed than the
core CCTV audience that precedes them.
CCTV, and other traditional media outlets, no longer the enjoy the aura of credibility inherent to their official standing as a resource for news and
current events. Faced with the increasingly fast moving and peer populated information highway that is social media, netizens simply have faster
access to more relevant news than the official channels themselves. In the race for breaking news, CCTV proves if you can’t beat them, join them.
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12. PAGE. 13-14
Buick Encore’s “City Hide and Seek”
LBS & O2O PAGE. 15-17
Expanding On O2O
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13. Buick Encore’s “City Hide and Seek”
LBS and QR Integration
Launch a fun, interactive app to attract
netizens’ attention; encourage the young,
tech savvy drivers who are at the core of
your target consumer group to try it and
embrace the concept of exploration.
Seek the Use Camera
Buick launched a new, fun mobile game app, Download the
Virtual Encore to Virtually
based on hide and seek of the ENCORE. Users App.
on the Map. Spot It.
start their journey by “seeking” a hidden Encore
in the city map, then using the camera and Hide it When it’s
augmented reality to spot it. Those who can see it, touch within 3 found,
hide the car for the longest in one day go on the the screen. minutes. Game Over.
record board and the final champion wins the
right to drive a new Encore for 2 years.
Clear instructions to join in the game.
Campaign on Weibo, Video on Youku.
Buick seemingly referenced and learned from a successful Mini promotion in Sweden, which also leveraged an LBS feature, incorporated
augmented reality, and aroused netizens’ interest with the promise of exploration and incentive. As a part of the Encore launch
campaign in China, Buick created a similar game was launched to their target audience’s attention; young, urban white-collars, inspired
by the thought of exploration, engaged by creative use of technology, and eager to show off their own sense of style. Naturally, free use
of a new car for 2 months also proved to be an attractive incentive.
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14. Buick Encore’s “City Hide and Seek”
Maintained Interaction, Sustained Engagement
Buick launched this campaign via their official Weibo account, The game even attracted audience from other cities.Link
which was mainly to introduce the campaign rules and 今天长途跋涉两个多小时，宁波奔去杭州玩了#ENCORE全城大搜
regulations, but also kept continuously updating the game 藏#，天气木牢牢好游戏捏个刺激~虽然成绩不是很理想，但还是玩
progress and managing interaction with the players in real-time. 费的昂科拉开开,吼吼吼吼,想要免费昂科拉的,抓紧时间跟偶来
Via cooperation with Youku, The game was really challenging - but exciting! Link
Buick continued to upload “live 这是昨天#ENCORE全城大搜藏#杭州站刚开始22分
show” videos, which broadcast
the most interesting game 为凭我的速度和我的智慧一定能轻松拿到最终大
reports. Link 奖呢！现在看来我要好好制定一下战术了……
At the core of this campaign was a desire to attract an audience of young, technically engaged and theoretically adventurous, potential
consumers to participate in an amazing journey of interaction with the Encore and the Buick brand overall. The “live show” videos were
effective in evoking netizens’ emotional and competitive engagement, chiefly attracted by the interesting content. This was the overall
technique of the campaign; attracting potential consumers to try, to explore, and to be converted by their experience. This was echoed by
the prize; a two month trial.
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15. Expanding On O2O
7 Means of O2O Engagement
“Online to Offline”, or O2O, is an engagement philosophy designed to connect online and offline services in a way that better reflects
consumers’ lifestyle and commercial behavior, as presented and progressed by the ongoing developments in mobile connectivity.
Buding Hotel Dianping Lashou Yidao Huodonghu Ducheme Shopplay
Online: Reserve Payment Engagement Gathering Location
Comments; Coupon Point
+ + + + + + +
Offline: Service Experience Execute Execute Activities Transformation Transformation
O2O aims to deliver an improved service experience, meeting the varying demands of different types of consumer,
with the fundamental principles of ease of engagement, incentive and execution paramount to each O2O platform.
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16. Expanding On O2O
Different Users Demand a Different O2O Experience
Creating different experiences for different users, tailored to their desired bridge of online and offline experience.
Since WeChat launched their membership card, O2O
has been growing increasingly hot as a topic of
conversation between enterprise and advertisers.
Consumers stress online experience and offline
Reserve Sharing; consumption but seldom are the dividing lines so
clearly differentiated in such a digital savvy
Business implications of O2O seek not only to satisfy
the offline consumer’s experience, but also maintain
and magnify this experience via online channels, in
order to promote preferential prices, enjoyable
Online High experiences and supportive customer service.
In effect, consumption in the digital era cannot be
The horizontal axis shows the level of consumer online social activity; considered a solely Online or Offline experience.
The vertical axis shows the level of offline business promotion.
As a bridge connecting of online and offline service, O2O also implicates the amplifying potential of social media channels. The
characteristics of these O2O platforms, which are essentially based on social principles, overlap significantly with the user
characteristics of social media platforms.
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17. Expanding On O2O
Ensuring Interaction with 020
Shopplay shows how to turn online browsers into offline consumers.
Technology: Accurate Audio Positioning Technology
• Auto-LBS (auto check-in whenever the shopper walks through the door, earns the shopper “Peas”,
which are a unit of currency specific to Shopplay, like a Q coin)
• Comments (clear product display and integrated consumer comments/sharing)
• Point (clicking shop info, signing in and scanning a QR code can earn Peas, which can be
exchanged for gifts or discounts)
Value for Business:
• To attract consumers into your physical store location, where the atmosphere and salespeople can
impact purchase decision.
• To provide more opportunity for communication / recommendation, improving LBR and optimizing
the customer’s emotional relationship.
• To provide a specialized promotions pattern marketing tool for business, transforming consumers’
advertising acceptation from passive to initiative. Enhance the effect of promotion via product
information and detailed experience, improving customer transaction rate.
• To establish a lower cost marketing method, which meets the different needs of different shoppers at
different phases of the consumer journey, facilitating flexible reward systems.
• To improve frequency of the connection between shop and consumer, enhancing the brand impression,
heightening loyalty and repeat custom rate.
Combine online and offline service to reduce customer turn-over rates, an evaluation index for marketing efficacy, via an holistic
approach to engagement strategy that embraces updated technologies and more importantly, responds quickly to consumers’
uptake of this updated technology.
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18. PAGE. 19-20
Youku and Tudou Merger
VIRAL VIDEO PAGE. 21-22
The Micro-Movie Effect
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19. Youku and Tudou Merger
Netizen Created Content – The “YouTudo” Model
The news of Youku and Tudou’s Netizens made fun the news, creating the
merger shook the market. YouTudo Model in social media. Sample Quote:
Youku looked at Tudou soulfully,
and we believe in love again.
Youku and Tudou merged, so
that Sina took a look at Tencent,
360 glanced QQ, apple …
In March 2012, video sharing websites Youku and Tudou announced a merger, causing tremors throughout the market. It was pretty hard
to believe that these two embattled enemies could actually be partners. Netizens took to weibo to creatively express sentiments around
the central premise, “Youku and Tudou are married, nothing is impossible”. Netizens developed the “YouTudo Model”, which became
quite popular across China’s social networks.
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20. Youku and Tudou Merger
Impact on the Market
According to EnfoDesk, Youku and Tudou were the top
two in online video advertising in the last quarter. Their
market shares are up to 21.8% and 13.7% respectively; Reduced content costs
the merger will take them to more than a third share of Enriched content
the domestic video market. resource, UGC added
Increased user base
(although there is an
Tudou Potential for package
media solutions for
agencies and advertisers
This merger is a must under the current circumstances of industry consolidation, as both were anxiously seeking a solution for the
escalating competition. It is believed that this move will increase market concentration, but we’re still some way from a monopoly.
YouTudou will share both user and video content, so the cost of content and bandwidth will be reduced.
Advertisers will be eager to see if YouTudou will provide package media solutions that reduce the overall CPM across two sites.
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21. The Micro-Movie Effect
Developing a Micro-Movie
Rise of the Micro-Movie Micro-Movie Features and Advantages
The micro-movie is one of Spread – Micro-movies can be broadly and efficiently
delivered via interactive new media.
the latest marketing
mechanisms in new media. Cost – Micro-movies cost less in production,
Generally, the most publication and transmission than conventional TVCs.
successful combine humor Period – Micro-movies have a short production period
with fashionable, trendy and condensed story arc.
topics. Content – Micro-movies can offer a vivid and engaging
medium for a brand’s story-telling.
Micro-Movie Marketing in Social Media
Everyone could make a JianLiBao tried to Casarte crowdsourced
micro-movie in the early leverage netizens’ a micro-movie script
stages, and few advertisers interest in micro-movies from Douban.com, with
were actually taking to promote products via the help of a prize
advantage. As such, most placement. This approach incentive. Participants
micro-movies were solely was still pretty unique had creative freedom,
focused on creative content and added to the overall as long as Casarte’s
and audience appreciation. popularity of the micro- product featured. Link
Link movie. Link
Initial Show Ad Implantation Co-Creation
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22. The Micro-Movie Effect
IBM Micro-Movie : PingXingXiangJiao / Joined Parallel Feature of the Case
1. IBM promoted its collaboration product via micro-movie
Summary placement, which impressively highlighted the features and
The story describes two colleagues clearing up advantages from different angles.
their misunderstanding through collaboration.
IBM implanted its solution software to improve
communication and collaboration between 2. IBM integrated its collaboration solution with the micro-
colleagues, allowing them to realize the movie story, which evoked the resonance with netizens.
importance of cooperation.
3. IBM involved its enterprise culture in the micro-movie,
effectively popularizing the brand image amongst netizens.
This micro-movie was first promoted via Weibo,
then transmitted to many other social
platforms; video websites like Youku and
4. The micro-movie generated interest in IBM’s offline social
Tudou; SNS websites like Kaixin, Renren and business forum - Business Gets Social, which was key to the
Douban. Engaged, entertained netizens were integrated promotion of IBM business collaboration.
1. Spread – Micro-movie success is inherently linked to new media development, facilitating netizen participation.
2. Creation – Micro-movies are a quick and cost effective way to generate and express new, creative ideas.
3. Content – The micro-movie is a stylish and interesting approach to presenting brand image and product features.
4. Feedback – The brand can glean deep understanding of consumer interests through their feedback, for more effective marketing.
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23. PAGE. 24
WECHAT WeChat Developments
DEVELOPMENT Tencent’s “WeChat” – The Rise and Rise of a Private
Tencent’s “WeChat” A Top Tool For O2O
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24. Tencent Developments
QQ Circle and Other New Functions of Tencent
QQ Circle Q-Zone Timeline “The same day last year” New Chat Function
Tencent launched the new Q-zone function March 31, “PengYou” launch a new
“Timeline”, allowing users to record their
chat function, which was warmly
“past”, ”present” and ”future” Q-Zones
received. Tencent refute rumors that
lives in a “facebook-esque” timeline.
Clicking on any point of the timeline will let QQ Circle will replace “PengYou” with
you read the stories going on at the time. this function.
March 21, Tencent Experience Center
launch "QQ Circle". The function helps
users group their friends according to
their real life relationships. The number
next to each friend shows how many
mutual friends that you have. Users
can add friends directly, initiate a chat “The same day last year” recently launched
or play session, and view the each in Tencent Weibo. This function tells you
other’s personal information through what you were tweeting about on the
same day last year.
Recently, the launch of “QQ Circle” initiated animated discussion by netizens; a search for “QQ Circle” in Sina Weibo returns 155,878 results. When
talking about the service, QQ Circle users often referred to the functions that help you to group your connections, find people who aren’t in your
immediate circle but know by association. “QQ Circle”, Tencent has also introduced a few other new functions, like Timeline, a new chat function and
a “same day last year” function.
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25. WeChat Developments
WeChat Upgrades Attract Over a Million Users in 433 days
WeChat 1.0 WeChat 2.0 WeChat 3.0 WeChat 4.0
Sending and receiving Voice chatting Shake Photo and video exchange
Messages QQ mailing LBS My Album
Between January 2011 and April 2012, Tencent’s WeiXin, or “WeChat” in its English language interface, has undergone frequent upgrades to make
the communication platform more social. From text and voice messaging, to photos and multimedia messaging, to friend finding functions and social
network style profiles, WeChat is rapidly becoming China’s cross-demographic, closed group social network. By “closed” social network, we mean one
that limits profile access to friends and approved contacts. Renren has established itself as the dominant SNS platform in China, following the
Facebook model. However, with a user demographic that’s predominantly drawn from university campuses, the cross-demographic quality of
Facebook has not been effectively replicated in China. WeChat may be the platform to finally achieve this. This is being facilitated by upgrades that
augment natural communication. The “My Album” function for example, allows users to share their personal photos to their friends, rather than
broadcast to Weibo, who can then comment, like the popular smartphone application, “Path”. Central to WeChat though, and hugely significant to
the wider evolution of social media, is that this is a mobile social platform. Psychologically and physically affirming it’s primary function as a
communication aid and after all, isn’t that the defining characteristic of what we consider social?
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26. Tencent’s “WeChat” – The Rise and Rise of a Private Social Network
From 0 – 200 Million Users
At the Internet Society of China’s 2012 China Internet Conference, which was held in September, Tencent’s Ma Huateng announced that
WeChat (Weixin 微信) had exceeded 200 million users. Initially launched in January 2011, alongside a host of other instant messaging
clones following in the footsteps of applications like Talkbox, WeChat was a pure mobile messaging application touting the potential to
replace SMS. Through various application upgrades, it’s starting to flex the muscles of its social networking functionality and has evolved
to challenge some of the most popular social networks in China.
10th May 2011 23rd April 2012
2.0 launched, adding 4.0 launched, with Open for brand applications.
voice messaging. upgrades that allow it to
be regarded a legitimate
3rd August 2011 mobile social networking
WeChat 1.0 LBS included. [Link]
WeChat 3.0 tool. [Link] But what’s next for Weixin?
26th January 2011 1st October 2011
WeChat 2.0 – 2.5 WeChat 4.0
Launched for iOS as a
3.0 launched, users can
now shake to meet WeChat 5.0
messaging application. strangers and send random
messages “in a bottle”.
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27. Tencent’s “WeChat” – The Rise and Rise of a Private Social Network
The Future and Commercial Application of WeChat
WeChat for 2013 Tencent has lined up more social features for WeChat in 2013. Potentially,
these features can be particularly significant in helping brands to expand WeChat and the Future of
[According to Tencent]
their social awareness through the mobile channel. Commercial Application
• Instant discount information
sent directly to users at
1 specific locations; LBS
marketing at its real-world best.
Multi-media content sharing
• Mobile key opinion leaders;
Blog posts, news articles and have local stars promote your
music shared amongst peers. 2 brand, in the right place, at the
Multi-media content sharing
4 • Fast consumer response unit;
Make these multi-media allowing brands to get
content delivery mechanisms Retweets personal with consumers in
Users can freely share product
more robust. real time, with the support of
information to friends and make
User generated content can push notifications delivering
be retweeted from social content to mobile devices.
circle to social circle.
The big question is how much can brands rely on WeChat to market their
products via mobile, while maintaining consumers’ expected conversion rate?
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28. Tencent’s “WeChat” – The Rise and Rise of a Private Social Network
Current Methods of WeChat Marketing
Existing Brand Marketing Examples Via WeChat. WeChat is evolving all the
According to marketing and planning representatives from Tencent, bespoke WeChat marketing products for time, so only time will tell
brands will start to emerge on the market in late fourth quarter this year. Currently, it’s all still at an early stage, of it’s marketing
where brands are left to open official accounts and attempt to engage with users organically. engagement efficacy, but
Some of the more social media savvy brand have already got their feet wet, and here are how they have so far the future looks promising.
promoted themselves through Weixin:
Case 1: Case 2:
Starbucks, Emoticons, Music and QR Codes China Merchants Bank Drift Bottle Messaging
Being a messaging application, WeChat offers a Each time a consumer picks up on of WeChat’s
wide range of emoticons, which are very handy “messages in a bottle” sent out by from China
when a brand want to be more casual and Merchants Bank, the bank makes a donation
personal with their consumers. Naturally to charity.
though, this has to suit the brand.
This is a new case where brands are uplifting
Starbucks encouraged consumers send them
their image through mobile channel,
emoticons expressing their mood at that
highlighting the implications of social media
moment. In return, they received a song that
engagement for corporate social responsibility.
captured that mood.
Whether or not this translated into selling cups In this case the brand is able to react to
of coffee, we don’t know yet. consumer actions in real time.
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29. Tencent’s “WeChat” A Top Tool For O2O
WeChat promotes the mobile membership card
How it works…
WeChat’s membership card: Then, follow the And get members’
Customer scan a QR steps to get the discounts while
Offers local discount code while in store. membership card… shopping.
coupons that consumers
can take advantage of
whether shopping in-store
WeChat is connecting
brands with their
customers to form an
like” social network, with
the help of QR codes.
In essence, the traditional membership card rewarded repeat custom with discounts that encouraged shoppers to come back to the store,
feeling they were part of an elite band of preferential consumers. In reality though, a membership card can be inconvenient to remember,
easy to lose and impersonal to use. Your phone though, is always with you and increasingly becoming a personal life tool, set up to serve as
a pocket sized personal assistant. Of course, the mobile phone is an eminently more suitable interface for “Online to Offline” engagement,
or O2O. Not only is it based in real-time experience and real-world impulse, it’s a tool for instant payment and social sharing of
consumption habits that can inspire your peers.
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30. Tencent’s “WeChat” A Top Tool For O2O
Advanced, API fuelled functionality
Several companies have already started using the new API ports to power some fairly advanced functionality...
Advanced Shopping Recommendations Location-based personalized services Cross-reference of brand’s CRM system
“Guang”- a public account guide that’s The "Ding Jiudian" ("Book Hotels") account
focused on social shopping, responds to allows users to send their current location Another up and coming example of this
user requests smartly with keyword data to the account through WeChat, for offline to online engagement is being
based text. which they’ll receive a detailed list of explored by Ping An Auto Insurance. It will
nearby hotel recommendations. allow users, those who are current clients
CASE: A user asks for
“Plants for the office”, of Ping An and therefore enrolled in their
so Guang suggests CRM system, to file auto insurance claims
suitable products. If directly through WeChat, incorporating
the user’s not satisfied location based data to record the site of
by this set of the accident, photo and video messaging
to record the details and extent of the
they click “dislike”,
and the system vehicle damage, and contact information
generates alternatives. of all those involved.
WeChat launched small-scale testing of “custom API function calls” for its public platform with a select group of partners.
These new API ports will be used to connect to companies' existing CRM systems, enabling businesses with public-facing accounts
(including media organizations, celebrities, small businesses and app developers) to use these ports to provide their users with an ever
more personalized set of services.
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31. Tencent’s “WeChat” A Top Tool For O2O
From Social Marketing to Social CRM
How can brands use WeChat to connect with their target audience?
Brands Target Audience
Suited for service brands
Membership Card Brand Fans
Cross-reference with existing CRM
One-to-one interaction exclusivity and Engagement Potential Customers
real-time communication O2O
& Existing Customers
Location-based services and marketing
Precisely targeted, more efficient marketing Integration
and sales communication
Integrated with existing CRM system to
enhance customer service and loyalty.
WeChat can provide a solution to both the challenge of maintaining a relationship with existing consumers and converting brand
fans to actual customers via a tailored strategy of communication, engagement and integration. Thus, it is not only a marketing
tool but a mechanism that offers improved efficacy in customer service via universal, 020 CRM. The new challenge is tailoring
relevant user experience to provide authentic, effective engagement that augments an existing CRM system.
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WEIBO Sina Weibo Enterprise 2.0: A New Dimension in Weibo
DEVELOPMENT PAGE. 35-36
What Weibo Tags Say About Me
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33. Sina Weibo Enterprise 2.0: A New Dimension in Weibo Marketing
New Additions to Customizable Display Ads
Right: BMW’s showcase weibo Enterprise 2.0
account with alternate visual We are familiar with Sina Weibo Enterprise accounts
display of BMW culture and created and maintained by brands as a communication
products. channel between themselves and their consumers.
Below: Audi’s dealer weibo These accounts are mostly communication tools that are
account with pricing of the occasionally used to deliver specific messages during
latest Audi models and links to promotional campaigns, special announcements and
full specs of these cars. occasionally, respond to PR crises.
These are examples of Now, with the new Enterprise 2.0 launching for all official
customized Enterprise Sina brand accounts, Sina Weibo is about to become even
Weibo accounts for auto. more functional.
Enterprise 2.0 is not just a minor face lift but an update
that is introducing a wide range of functionally
customizable tools at brands’ disposal to help them truly
engage their consumers more effectively.
Left: Tmall.com’s eCommerce
portal Weibo account.
Links to actual deals in Tmall.
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34. Sina Weibo Enterprise 2.0: A New Dimension in Weibo Marketing
Supporting Data Services
Data Services CIC View
An effective Weibo brand account
needs performance tracking. With Sina Weibo Enterprise providing more and
With the new Enterprise 2.0, Sina more sophisticated services, here’s some steps to
is providing data to support more effective participation:
1. A more thoroughly customized account
Included in the data package is management strategy.
traffic data segmented into new
and old visitors, normal and 2. Performance tracking for weibo promotions
active followers, etc. that does not solely rely on the default data
support, but deeper content analysis for a full
Exposure rate of contents in the understanding of your brand’s performance.
brand Weibo account (Below).
3. Fully leverage available customization options
to deliver the most effective message in an
For more insight on the new Enterprise 2.0, please
download CIC’s latest Sina Weibo White Paper co-
released with Sina.
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35. What Weibo Tags Say About Me
What are Weibo Tags?
Social Network Tags What Do Tags Do for Weibo Users?
Within a social network, tags are
useful for differentiating a
community based on shared
interests. Particularly in an open
social network, where peer group
may not reflect real-world
Hair Styling relationships, your connections
Enthusiast are based on the things you have
Tags make it easy to expand your
Night Clubber social network based on the
interests and associations
netizens use to define themselves.
To put it simply, “Tags” are the labels that netizens add to their social networking profile to let other members of the community know what
they’re into. So, it’s fair to say this may be more aspirational than realistic, but essentially it’s the interests, activities, brands and
characteristics that you choose to represent yourself.
Space is limited, well the number of characters at your disposal are, so the attempting to sum up your “character” can be tricky. As Weibo is
an open social network (unlike a Renren or Facebook) and a broadcast medium, netizens are essentially looking to attract fans by association.
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36. What Weibo Tags Say About Consumers
Implication of Weibo Tags for Social Business
Step 1. Finding Understanding
Related Tags Consumers’
Tags Location Astrology
Searching for netizens who have tagged their accounts with your brand name, associated category terms or related keywords allows you
to easily pick out your target consumers. Of course, it also allows advertisers to uncover potentially unknown relevancies and associations
in the eyes of their consumers. The more you know about their life style, the easier you can engage with them.
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38. Positivity After A Crisis
Brands and Individuals Seize an Opportunity for Positive PR
Chen tweeted to Sina Weibo
that for any of his followers who
had their Japanese car smashed
during rioting, he would replace it.
Japanese cars were
targeted during a spate
of anti-Japan protests.
FAW Toyota and Canton
Steam Toyota were also
quick to offer compensation
packages to customers
whose car was damaged.
In September, rioting against the Japanese government's purchase of the Diaoyu Islands erupted in many cities across China. Rioters in the streets
soon turned their violent anti-Japan protests against Japanese car brands. Chen Guangbiao, who became China's most famous philanthropist with his
high-profile contributions to Sichuan Earthquake victims in 2008, took to Sina Weibo on Sept. 18 th to promise a new car to each of his followers
whose own Japanese car had been smashed. Toyota also published compensation schemes for the owners of attacked cars.
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39. Positivity After A Crisis
From Crisis Comes Opportunity
Chen Guangbiao held
a ceremony to hand over 43
new (Chinese) “Geely Emgrand”
cars to replace smashed
“Geely Emgrand” grew
significantly in the wider
public’s awareness, generating
a substantial volume of
positive comments .
Toyota’s “Zero Burden” Case 2
compensation plan was widely
promoted on television and online.
The activity had a significant and
positive effect on Toyota’s brand
image amongst Chinese netizens at
a sensitive time for Japanese
business in China. It established a
sense among netizens that Toyota is
a caring and supportive company.
As we move through the “Web 2.0” era, crises and opportunities can be fleeting but eminently powerful.
Seeking Opportunities: Although a brand may have no direct association with a hot topic or event, through ongoing monitoring clever positioning it can leverage this opportunity,
as in Case 1, to bolster brand image and generate awareness.
Respond to Crises: Negative events can befall even the best prepared brands. However, if a brand has the tools and training to recognize an emerging crisis take swift and
positive action, as in Case 2, they can actually generate a positive image and establish their good reputation in the long term.
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eCommerce and Customer Care
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eCommerce Development in the Last Year
eTao’s Comparison Feature and Brand Cooperation
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41. eCommerce and Customer Care
Renren’s Rebate Service Reaps Rewards
Chinese social networking site Renren has recently collaborated with CHANet to launch an ecommerce platform that offers rebates on purchases
from www.renrenfl.com (still under building). Renren has so far partnered over 200 e-commerce sites, including e-commerce giants Vancl.com,
Newegg.com.cn, 360Buy.com and Mbaobao.com. Users can earn bonus points for shopping at partner sites and redeem them for Renren services
or cash coupons. Renren users can also use their accounts to log in to hundreds of e-commerce sites for an even more convenient, and social,
online shopping experience.
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42. eCommerce and Customer Care
Renren’s Rebate Service Reaps Rewards
potential SNS shopping
Spread of Bonus Redeem
Monitoring points from Renren points &
information partner Users cash
Profit growth interactivity about
Renren’s rebate service represents a landmark cooperation between SNS and e-commerce, which benefits both brands and consumers. By
establishing a new marketing model, Renren have taken a big step in monetization of social media and increased community and user stickiness.
Its ecommerce partners can use Renren’s platform to spread discount information and reach more potential customers. Users benefit from this
integration with an improved shopping experience, including redeeming points for Renren services, cash coupons and bonuses on partner sites.
Social media is imposing increasing influence on sales and all the while, developing a standard of measurement for social engagement efficacy.
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43. eCommerce Development in the Last Year
Social Connection and Ecommerce
Social Purchasing Price Comparison
Social Sharing •一淘垂直比价太牛了，以后出差就方便了，刚与员工做好
Boom in “Pinterest” drives a connection between social and ecommerce.
Etao is far beyond this, it combined goods search and price comparison, making shopping more convenient.
eCommerce is evolving to incorporate social sharing sites, like Huaban, to social purchasing sites, like Mogujie, then to price comparison websites
like Etao. The development of ecommerce hinges on making purchasing ever more convenient. The process of finding the right product has two
simple principles; suitable goods and a suitable price. Mogujie takes care of the first part and Etao looks after the second. If one ecommerce site
had these two features, it would be a breakthrough.
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44. eTao’s Comparison Feature and Brand Cooperation
Brand Could Cooperate with eTao to Tackle Netizens’ Concerns
Positive: Cheap Price Negative: Fake Product
Sample Quote: Sample Quote:
自从有了一淘网, 再也不用担心东西买贵了, 至于一淘，因为实在太淘宝，重复多，质
买东西用一淘比价, 那里便宜去哪里.[link] I 量不咋地，满意少[link] As for eTao, it was
do not need to worry about high price products based on taobao.com, too many products
anymore, because I could use eTao price seem alike, low quality, and really hard to
comparison feature and buy any cheap satisfy customers.
products I want. Sample Quote:
Sample Quote: 一淘上怎么都是假货丫，还让不让人买了
其实一淘比价真的不错，可以比价，还有推 [link]Why there were so many fake products
荐，有聚划算…让网购更加便宜…[link] The on eTao? How could I shop on this website?
price comparison feature was really good…it
made online shopping more affordable…
Netizens did like to shop on eTao thanks to the comparison
feature and cheap price. However, some of them worried about
fake products and quality problems.
Brands could cooperate with eTao to launch campaigns,
promotions of ensured products, and advertise themselves via
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From SoLoMo to HyLoMo
TECHNOLOGY PAGE. 48
Renren Update Mobile App - Introducing Public Pages
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46. From SoLoMo to HyLoMo
Emergence of HyLoMo
Here’s the scene…
On you way home from work, you remember it’s your girlfriend’s birthday tomorrow and you decide to buy her a camera.
There’s a digital shop 300m away.
You say ‘camera’ to
an app on your cell. Not only that, you can also see
that your friend Wang has
shopped there and given it a good
So, you head
straight there and
This finds you the pick up the camera.
That’s not all
though. Based on
your interests and
Well, why not?! You book location, the app
two tickets and with your makes some other
girlfriend’s present bought suggestions…
As you’re considering it, your friend Tan’s dialog
in record time, you head to box pops up: “Hey! My phone says you’re near Digital shop
the stadium to meet Tan. the stadium! How about the football tonight?” Nearby, at the stadium, a football
match is starting at 19:00 tonight.
“HyLoMo” stands for “Hyper-Local Mobile” and for those still getting to grips with “SoLoMo” (Social, Local, Mobile), digital media waits for
no-one. The concept is already being infused into smartphone apps but is set to take off in a big way next year. The core ethos is that we live
locally; we tend to shop, eat and ultimately exist, between where we live and where we work.
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47. From SoLoMo to HyLoMo
HyLoMo is Everywhere
Everyone loves an app.
Massive volumes of real-time data
could make smartphone apps
People start to spend more time on Apps considerably more useful to
than web consumers, brands and advertisers.
The availability and ability to analyze such a quantity of earnest, real-life behavioral data could and should benefit everyone. Consumers’
access to information will increasingly reflect the ways that we live, as will the products and services we seek out, and the marketing
activity that makes our preferred brands more accessible. Smartphones already know where we live, where we shop, where we eat and
what information we look for in order to facilitate this ongoing process of consumption. The challenge and exciting opportunity for
advertisers is in taking full advantage of this river of information, springing from an increasingly diverse variety of sources.
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48. Renren Update Mobile App - Introducing Public Pages
Extra: Renren’s Mobile Update
On the subject of Renren, let’s look at how Renren’s updated mobile app has enhanced brand
“Public Pages” in the Full content can be Filter with tabs to Participate in your
updated Renren app accessed from the navigate through the consumers’ mobile
offer one slide access brand Page, including content shared by the conversation with
to Pages. videos and links to brand and it’s
SNS like Renren.
external content. followers.
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SOCIAL PAGE. 52-53
MARKETING PAGE. 54-55
Crowd Sourcing Creativity and an Enterprising Spirit
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