TikTok & ByteDance Report

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Today we are releasing a new report “Understanding TikTok & ByteDance.” A deep dive taking you behind the scenes at TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance. Direct download links for the whitepaper PDF [47 slides, 6 MB] (China) Weiyun(International) Dropbox Alternative access: Slideshare Over 47 slides we cover all you need to know about the company behind TikTok and it’s rapid …

Mobile-first e-commerce for the next billion [webinar]

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

As a follow-up to the recently released whitepaper “Defining Interactive E-commerce”, this webinar will delve deeper into the topic of making ecommerce more accessible. What can we learn from the interactive ecommerce model to help onboard the next billion mobile e-commerce users across developing markets? The paper’s authors along with a special guest will be elaborating upon their findings and …

Defining interactive e-commerce

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Today we are releasing a whitepaper “Defining interactive e-commerce”. “Interactive e-commerce” describes a new model of mobile-first ecommerce arising from China over the past few years where “social” is but one element. Direct download links for the whitepaper PDF [53 slides, 5.81 MB] (China) Weiyun(International) Dropbox Alternative access: Slideshare The case study used throughout the paper is Pinduoduo. The inspiration …

ByteDance Hires Disney’s Kevin Mayer: Analysis

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

How would you describe (Bytedance CEO Zhang) Yiming’s hiring process? “He’s very persistent, aggressive and persistent!” Was the reply (source) of Liu Zhen, former head of strategy for Uber China and current Bytedance VP reflecting on how Zhang Yiming convinced her to join Bytedance in 2015. As the big news broke yesterday of Bytedance’s hire of Disney executive Kevin Mayer …

“We’ve Invested in 160 Unicorns” Tencent President Talks Investment 2020

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

“To date, Tencent has invested in more than 800 companies, of which more than 70 have been listed, and more than 160 have become unicorns (market or private valuation of US $1 billion+).” Tencent Investment held its annual IF (Insight & Forecast) conference in Beijing earlier this month. Tencent President Martin Lau shared his thoughts with the more than 500 …

WeChat Stories: Everything you need to know

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Full-screen short video Snapchat/Instagram style stories have finally made it to WeChat. In this article, I’m going to cover the update in two separate parts: A breakdown of how the new feature actually works An analysis of the implications for Tencent You may wish to skip either part depending on what you are interested in. You can see from the update …

WeChat’s Struggle To Compete With Toutiao

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

A rare short video of publicity-shy WeChat founder Allen Zhang talking to internal WeChat team staff surfaced yesterday amongst Chinese tech circles before shortly being taken down from all video platforms within hours. It’s the first time Allen has been caught on record talking directly about a competitor, in this case, Toutiao (Daily Headline), a hugely successful news aggregation app that …

WeChat Announces 6 Big Changes to Mini Programs

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Today WeChat announced 6 changes to mini programs. All positive changes that will have an impact on mini programs gaining traction in China. Below is the list: Individual developers can create and submit mini programs to the WeChat team. We no longer need a Chinese business license, just Chinese ID card. This is a similar set up to how we apply for …

Augmented Reality Chinese Translation

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

Augmented reality Chinese translation is already here. Anyone of us can use our phone to translate all the characters around us on the fly. Don’t believe it, check out the pictures and gif below… The app to do it with. Not WeChat unfortunately. Yes, that’ right it’s good old Google Translate. Hang on, isn’t Google blocked in China?  Well, mostly yes. But …

Brands On WeChat: CHat Panel Hosted By VELVET

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized

The Brands on WeChat panel discussion presented by VELVET on Day 2 of CHat (Friday, September 2) will certainly be one of the highlights of the conference. A deep dive into the opportunities and issues that brands face when dealing with the fast moving WeChat ecosystem. Discussion will touch upon: How does WeChat re-define the consumer experience for brands The …

3 Kickass WeChat Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

Matthew Brennan Uncategorized, WeChat Tips

Today we introduce you to 3 kickass WeChat apps making life easier for those of us living in China. They are useful, fast, and best of all easily accessible right from your WeChat timeline. Still downloading apps from the app store? Come on guys! This is China. #CHat era RINGY RINGY is a FREE TRANSLATION SERVICE run by a group …