Li-Ning and Anta, two Chinese shoe sport manufacturers, took a nationalistic twist in their marketing after the US National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Houston Rockets triggered off criticism from China’s government. Marketing expert Tom Doctoroff comments on the slippery slope of nationalism in China marketing for Al Jazeera.
Brands focus too much on social media platforms and generic influencers, and forget often they need to get closer to their customers, says marketing expert Arnold Ma in the McKinsey Report on the 2020 State of Fashion. In China and the rest of Asia consumers are faster to adopt new trends and increasingly guinea pigs for Western brands.
The battle of selling China internally in your larger company is still a struggle, says marketing expert Ashley Dudarenok, at her daily vlog. Heads of China operation feel lonely as they have to explain their headquarters how China works. Outdated views on China, and a global marketing department unwilling to adapt their material to China are just some of their problems.