A Deep Dive Into Tencent’s Restructuring: The Struggle to Master B2B

Matthew Brennan Tencent

A few days ago Tencent officially announced a major restructuring (Link in Chinese), the third ever in company history. The move is a big deal for the Chinese internet industry as the repositioning of Tencent’s divisions reveals much about their long strategy and where they believe the future key internet and technology sector battles will take place. In this essay …

A good reason and a bad reason to be less optimistic about Tencent

Matthew Brennan Tencent

Tencent’s earning’s call on Wednesday has understandably caused a lot of debate. The first drop in profits in 10 years is certainly something worthy of discussion. Tencent’s share price has clearly had a horrid time of things this year. Yet I’ve somehow found myself somewhat confused at the narratives being spun around this situation. Below I took a bash at breaking …

Tencent CEO Pony Ma Talks On Smart Retail

Matthew Brennan Article from other sources, Tencent

Tencent CEO Pony Ma gave an interview today covering a variety of topics. Below is my translation of the part on ‘smart retail’ (what Alibaba call ‘new retail’) which has been easily one of 2018’s red-hot topics so far. I found it particularly interesting as it provides some insight into Tencent’s strategy in this area. Interviewer: What are your thoughts, …

WeChat Vs. LINE Battle Of the Merchandise Stores

Matthew Brennan Tencent

A few days ago WeChat announced that they are partnering with GAP to launch a range of WeChat branded clothing (see picture below). WeChat’s first major foray into releasing official branded merchandise. But it seems that this is could just be the beginning of WeChat’s plans to move into more merchandising and theres some big clues that point to WeChat opening their own branded ‘WeStores’ soon. …

Apple in China Report 2017: A Deep Dive Into Apple’s China Troubles

Matthew Brennan Reports

Below present the slides from a 110 page report about Apple’s current situation in the China market. Parts of this report were delivered for the first time in a keynote presentation delivered by Matthew Brennan at the DHL APAC Regional Conference in Shanghai. There is wild speculation across the Chinese internet that Apple and WeChat are now in some form of conflict, …

WeChat Key Trends Report 2017

Matthew Brennan Reports

Below are the slides from a keynote presentation delivered by Matthew Brennan at the China Connect Paris Conference on the 2nd of March 2017. He covers the key trends for WeChat and WeChat marketing featuring the latest data, case studies and quotes from respected experts. If you would like a PDF version of this report just drop us an email at info@chinachannel.co. If you are …

New WeChat Mini Programs Video Demo

Matthew Brennan mini apps

WeChat Mini Programs Video: Today in Beijing Tencent held a developer’s mini program training where they gave quick demos of 4 different mini programs. The video below was taken by our friends on site. WeChat Mini Programs are coming to WeChat very soon… The apps demoed are: 艺龙订酒店 (Elong Hotel Booking) 南航E行 (NanhangExing): A Chinese airline 华西二院 (Huaxieryuan): A hospital …

Siri, Can You WeChat My Girlfriend For Me?

Matthew Brennan Features

Too lazy to open WeChat, go through your contacts list and type a message to your friend? No worries. Apple will soon have you covered. At the Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday they announced: Siri will soon be able to connect up with WeChat and message your friends for you. The update will come as part of iOS 10 which will …

The Truth About The New WeChat Service Charge

Matthew Brennan Tencent

A new WeChat service charge of 0.1% was announced for China users making withdrawals starting from March 1st 2016.  At the same time WeChat is cancelling its previous policy of charging 0.1% on cumulative monthly transfers above 20,000 yuan. The announcement has caused much confusion and debate. Below we explain: How this will affect you? & Why is WeChat doing this? New Service Charge …