WeChat Vs. LINE Battle Of the Merchandise Stores

China Channel 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

China Channel 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

China Channel 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

China Channel 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?

China Channel 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

China Channel 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 …

Viral WeChat Webpage: ‘The Story Of Me & WeChat’

China Channel Case Studies

Yesterday evening (Jan 10th) a webpage entitled ‘The Story of Me and WeChat’ went viral across China (我和微信的故事). Later rumors started to appear that the viral WeChat webpage was in fact a virus which when opened would steal all the money from your phone’s Alipay account. Things got so bad that WeChat had to release a statement close to 11pm …

WeChat Life Report – October 2015

China Channel Infographics, Tencent

Yesterday (October 23rd) Tencent revealed a wide array of  WeChat statistical data and analysis previously unknown to the public. The presentation entitled “WeChat Life” was delivered at Tencent’s Global Partner’s Conference in Chongqing. Highlights include: For the first time ever Tencent revealed the number of average daily logged in user accounts (for September 2015) The differences in WeChat usage rates across Chinese …

Do You Know Who Invented WeChat?

China Channel Tencent

WeChat is popularly considered in China to be the vision of one man: Zhang Xiaolong 张小龙 (English name: Allen Zhang). Who is this man? The so called ‘father of WeChat’. How did he come to bring about one of the most innovative and all-encompassing apps in China (the world?). And why, despite being one of most important internet visionaries in …