Made for China. Launch Your Consumer Brand in China in 3 Steps.
The Chinese consumer market surpassed Japan as the second largest consumer market after the USA in 2013. Chinese consumers look for quality and innovation and recognize these qualities in European brands. Large global mass consumer brands as well as smaller niche brands can profit from the growing purchasing power of Chinese consumers. Entrepreneurs approaching the Chinese consumer market start by making a market study first. Questions here are how much demand is there for the product, what about price levels, competition, how should I adapt my product to local market needs etc.
In my presentation I analyse different income levels, geographical income spread, growth in different consumer categories, 6 different consumer types based on income and social orientation, and important market trends. Next we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of physical presence and online sales channels, as well as some practical issues related to business registration in China. Then, I go in to detail on how to sell and promote your products through e-commerce channels like Alibaba's Tmall.com and m-commerce channels like Tencent's Wechat.
This presentation was given to an audience of students in Sinology and Applied Economics at the University of Ghent in Autumn 2014.