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Luxury Fashion Brands Start to Sell on China's WeChat Messaging App

HONG KONG – China's Tencent Holdings Ltd. is using its vast social-media network to attract luxury-fashion brands to its WeChat app, potentially opening a new frontier in online retail.<p>France's Longchamp and the U.K.'s Burberry Group PLC have begun selling handbags and clothes on WeChat, China's …

China

Go-ahead city hailed as the ‘Silicon Valley of hardware'

Private companies in the southern Chinese industrial heartland of Shenzhen have moved well beyond their roots as simple hardware manufacturers to …

Silicon Valley

Bitcoin Startup Wyre Launches Chatbot To Handle B2B Payments From WeChat to Facebook

, Women@Forbes<p>Payments to and from China comprise 13.9% of all business-to-business payments in the United States. The second-largest group of such transactions in the U.S. totals $59 billion in 2014, and is growing at a compound annual rate of 10%.<p>With that amount of volume, businesses are looking …

Chatbots

10 Must-Have Apps when visiting China (+5 for people settling)

China, land of wonders, a mystery for many and clearly still one for us! If you are visiting soon or maybe even settling in, then be aware that your …

China

A new search engine from WeChat could change China’s internet

China’s already-big WeChat is searching for how to get even bigger. The answer? Search.<p>Today the company publicly unveiled (link in Chinese) a …

Search Engines

Marketing in China: How to Connect with China's Growing Tourist Population

Dirk Eschenbacher is the founding partner and chief creative officer of Zanadu, a travel service that offers luxury experiences to outbound tourists …

Why can’t you trust crabs? We chat costumes and crustaceans with Melbourne’s Ogopogo

The colourful, charismatic characters of <b>Ogopogo</b> are hard to pass by without noticing. Robed in every shade of the rainbow and beaming brighter than …

Music (Australia)

The Most Popular Messaging Platforms, By The Numbers [Infographic]

This infographic listing looks at the current leaders in the messaging space, in terms of total users.

Messaging

Tencent is on a roll in China

China’s Tencent is on a roll.<p>The company’s Q1 2017 revenues surpassed analyst expectations, climbing 55% year over year to RMB49.55 billion ($7.2 billion).<p>According to Kantar Millward Brown, Tencent continues to rank as the No. 1 brand in China, with a value of $106.18 billion in 2017.<p>Tencent is …

League of Legends

Apple may be playing with fire in China

When Apple released its earnings report for the March quarter, there was one data point that jumped off the page regarding iPhone sales. Although …

Apple

WeChat's New Search Feature Lays Another Brick in Its Walled Garden

WeChat unveiled a new search feature for its app this week, one that seems intent on keeping its 938 million registered monthly users within the …

Digital Media

WeChat craze grips expats

Don't be surprised when you ask an expat in China for a business card, he offers to add you to his WeChat account. A new survey has found they are …

China

China's WeChat is unleashing a swarm of 'mini-apps' to eat into Apple's biggest online business

In a cluster of refurbished Mao-era industrial buildings in Guangzhou, developers at China's top messaging app, WeChat, are redesigning key parts of its product to spread its tentacles to just about every aspect of Chinese life.<p>Around 1,500 developers, mainly twentysomething males, have been tasked …

China

Foreigners are even more obsessed with WeChat than locals

While WeChat has become an indispensable part of the lives of hundreds of millions of Chinese users, it is perhaps even more essential for the …

New Year's Eve

Tencent and Alibaba Are Engaged in a Massive Battle in China

I spent most of last week in Guangzhou with Time Inc. colleagues making arrangements for December's <i>Fortune</i> Global Forum. On Thursday we stopped by …

China

Apple controversially taking 30% cut of donations sent via Chinese social network apps to content creators

Apple is courting controversy in China by announcing that it will take a cut of donations sent to content creators via social media apps in the future …<p>WeChat and other Chinese social media apps include a ‘tip’ function which allows users to reward content providers by sending them a donation of …

Apple

Apple Takes Risk By Telling Chinese Chat Apps to Disable 'Tip' Functions

Apple has told several Chinese social networking apps to disable their "tip" functions to comply with App Store rules, according to executives at WeChat and other companies.<p>The tip functions in Chinese messaging platforms are free to use and allow people to send authors and other content creators …

Apps

WeChat just launched a search engine. Baidu should worry.

Photo credit: Tech in Asia.Chinese search giant Baidu has had it good. For years, the tech firm has enjoyed a near monopoly of the country’s …

Baidu

Tencent: The Dominant Player In China's Consumer Internet Space

By now, Tencent has become the dominant player in almost every sub-sector.<p>Strike of Kings: A cash cow that keeps on giving in Q1 and Q2 …

Mobile Gaming

Tencent Q1: revenues of $7.2B, up 55% YoY, profits up 58% to $2B+; WeChat now has 937M users

Tencent

Apple reportedly sought cut of ‘tips’ exchanged in Chinese messaging apps

Why it matters to you<p>WeChat is an indispensable service for hundreds of millions of users, and Apple is taking a risk by threatening to remove apps …

Apple

Tencent profits and revenues jump as WeChat users grow 23% in Q1

Tencent has outstripped expectations reporting a surge in first quarter profits and revenues driven by mobile gaming and digital content.<p>The company, …

Advertising

A Week In Paris, France On A $14,000 Salary

<i>Welcome to</i>Money Diaries <i>, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.</i><p><i>This week: a research intern who makes $14,000 per year and</i> …

Marks & Spencer

‘I wanted to control my emotions’: We chat anorexia and self-harm in our new podcast, Mentally Yours

‘It was from when I was about 13 – I didn’t even know that I was trying to manage my emotions at the time,’ says Metro.co.uk blogger Frances …

Mental Health

THE ERIC KIM LIFESTYLE

Dear friend,<p>I want to share with you my personal lifestyle, and why I love it.<p>And of course, you shouldn’t live my lifestyle. You should live yours. …

Eric Kim

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Competitive Insights<p>Check out what similar brands and competitors are doing on social media in China. Measure your campaigns against theirs to make …

Social Media Marketing

CEO Daily: Saturday May 13th

I spent most of last week in Guangzhou with Time Inc. colleagues making arrangements for December's Fortune Global Forum. On Thursday, we stopped by …

Alibaba Group

LiveWorld Paves The Way For Brand, Consumer Connection Through Chatbots

If Microsoft's news around Bing and Cortana coming from this week's Build 2017 conference provides any indication of the future of artificial …

Chatbots

This Is Snapchat’s Biggest Problem

Shortly after Snap’s (snap) recent IPO, I warned about the uphill battle it would face to generate revenue along with its vulnerability to imitation. …

Snapchat

Russia restores access to Chinese social media app WeChat

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has restored access to Chinese social media app WeChat, developed by Tencent Holdings, Russia's communications watchdog said on Thursday.<p>Access to China's most popular social media platform was restricted on May 4 after WeChat did not share its contact details with the …

Social Media