Apple Opens a WeChat Account: Why did it take 5 years?

Matthew Brennan Hot News

Apple finally opened their first ever WeChat official account (OA) today. Read on to find out: How to find and use the account. Why it took Apple 5 YEARS to finally open their account and what this move says about their previously rocky relationship with WeChat’s parent company Tencent. Above: buying an iPhone with WeChat pay on the official Apple WeChat account How …

WeChat’s Going Christmas Hat Crazy

Matthew Brennan Hot News

Last night all across China messages like these below started to appear across people’s WeChat moments newsfeeds. Seems many people started @ing the WeChat official site and asking for Christmas hats. Wait, but you can’t @ people on WeChat moments And WeChat index shows mentions of Christmas exploded late last night across WeChat.   Also if you check your Chinese friend’s WeChat profiles, you may find a …

10 Of The Best WeChat Mini Programs

Matthew Brennan mini apps

Below is my list of 10 of the best WeChat mini-programs (MPs) currently out there. Simply read the descriptions and instructions then scan the code with WeChat to check them out. Some of the MPs will likely be slow or not work outside mainland China as they are all built for the CN market. Enjoy… 1. Video WeChat Mini Programs There are a few …

You Can Now Use WeChat To Take The Subway

Matthew Brennan Case Studies

Today Tencent unveiled the first place in China where you can use WeChat to take the subway: the Southern city of Guangzhou. Its little surprise that this subway system would be first as Guangzhou is the hometown of WeChat. Read on to find out: How does it work? Is scanning a QR code really easier than using a card? And what else is WeChat doing …

WeChat Data Report 2017 WeChat Lifestyle Update

Matthew Brennan Reports

Once again the highlight of this year’s Tencent Global Partners Conference was the release of a new data set regarding WeChat usage. Below is the report which is shorter than previous years and this time delivered by Frank Fu, Manager of Data Analytics on the Core WeChat Team. We were there live in the South Western Chinese city of Chengdu …

WeChat Freezes Profile Changing Till End Of Month

Matthew Brennan Hot News

Last night saw a rather sudden and unexpected announcement from WeChat team. The official statement was short and to the point: No one can change their profile information until the end of the month. From testing, it seems it’s true, see pics below: Left: Error message when trying to change profile picture   Right: Error message when trying to change profile …

How To Break WeChat’s Transfer Limit: WeBank

Matthew Brennan Tencent, WeChat Tips

A few days ago a small but potentially important new change on WeChat was quietly released without any official announcement (to date). There’s now finally a way to get around WeChat Pay’s yearly balance transaction limit and it seems that this is now WeChat’s first serious move to promote WeBank, which makes it a big deal.   Tencent’s smart way of driving …

CHina CHat Conference 2017 Shanghai – Review

Matthew Brennan Events

This year’s CHina CHat conference was yet again a sell-out success with 500+ attendees, 30+ speakers, 15+ exhibitors, 8 workshops, 2 after parties and 1 hackathon, all across 4 days. Things got quite busy 😉 Drone eye view Opening keynote from Matthew Brennan of China Channel (ChCh) Damn that sign is REALLY green Going deep into WeChat E-commerce. Workshop delivered by …

WeChat National Day 2017 Travel Data Report

Matthew Brennan Infographics, Reports

As has become the tradition after major public holidays in China, WeChat team released a data report detailing some statistics regarding the travel and spending habits of Chinese tourists. Below is the full report with some of my annotations on what I felt were the more interesting points. If you wish to receive a PDF version of this report then …