As the internet becomes a dominant sales channel in China, virtual key opinion leaders (KOLs) are becoming key for brands, says marketing expert Arnold Ma to the Jing Daily. As patriotism becomes an issue for global brands in China, they have to be careful in picking those virtual KOLs, adds Ma.
The main difference with the rest of the world is that in China social media and e-commerce merged into platforms, says China marketing guru Ashley Dudarenok. When you want to dive into China, you have to pick your platform and realize they are different from what you are used to, she adds. Most likely you have to pick one of them.
Western brands are often shocked by the fees they have to pay to retain bloggers in China. Marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok explains why bloggers in China work differently and actually do no need brands for their operation. They can create their own brands, so do not need the Western ones, unless they pay, she says.
Most Chinese tech companies tried to figure out what US consumers wanted before they entered the market, but Bytedance did not care when it launched Tiktok in 2018, says internet veteran Matthew Brennan in his book “Attention Factory: The Story of Tiktok and China’s Bytedance.” The lack of strategy almost backfired, but after some hiccups, the company became a runaway success, Brennan writes in an excerpt in Technode.