About the Author

Thomas Graziani

Thomas is the co-founder of WalktheChat, a leading software developer and agency focused on WeChat and other Chinese social networks. Thomas was previously part of the marketing & strategy department of Schneider Electric in  which he spearheaded the work on Smart Cities and Smart Grid for the company in China.  Before joining Schneider Electric, he was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group during  which he worked on projects across various industry including banking, supply chain and  pharmaceuticals. Thomas is a graduate from the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge and  holds an engineering degree with a specialisation in Applied Mathematics and Operational  Research from Ecole Polytechnique in France.  Contact: thomas.graziani@walkthechat.com

How much money do influencers earn in China vs. elsewhere?

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It is a well-known fact that every other teenager in China wants to become an “influencer”, “KOL” or “WangHong” (网红): a social media personality with a large following and glamorous lifestyle. But how much do influencers make in China? And how does that compare to the revenues of Western influencers? Revenues of influencers outside China Instagram influencers The average rate …

Why Does WeChat Block Competitors, While Facebook Doesn’t?

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On Tuesday 15th of January, WeChat blocked 3 competing Apps on their launch day: Liantianbao (聊天宝) – formerly called Bullet Messenger, Duoshan (多闪) – launched by Tencent’s archenemy ByteDance, and Matong MT (马桶MT) – launched by Ringo.AI. Is this approach to competition specific to WeChat? To the Chinese market? And how do Chinese and Western companies differ in their growth strategies? …

Weimob IPO – a peek into the biggest WeChat 3rd party solution provider

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With a reported 15.3% market share, Weimob is the largest provider of WeChat solutions for small and medium companies in China. The Tencent-backed company filed for its Hong Kong IPO on the 31st of December 2018. The data disclosed provides an interesting outlook into the world of WeChat 3rd party solution providers. Weimob performance Weimob has shown very positive performance …

WeChat Mini-programs Attracted 4.3 billion RMB of Funding in 2018

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According to a recently released Newrank.cn report, from the 1st of January to the 14th of December 2018, WeChat Mini-programs attracted 4.3 billion RMB of funding, as part of 130 different funding rounds. This is 6 times more than the amount in 2017. Let’s have a closer look at this Mini-program investment boom. Investment focused on e-commerce and services Most …

Tencent Q3 earnings releases show a changing company

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Tencent released their Q3 2018 earnings, and they show a transformation into a new company: away from gaming, and toward online payments. But why is this change happening? Tencent Quarterly results Tencent earnings reflected a healthy growth of revenue (with a 24% increase YOY). Profits grew at a slightly slower pace of 22% YOY. Although this performance appears as reasonably …

2018 Double 11 data: Alibaba, WeChat, Pingduoduo and more

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It’s the 10th anniversary of Alibaba’s biggest invention: the Single’s Day (Double 11). It marked another record-breaking sales figure, but the growth is shifting to other platforms. The Double 11 is a cross-platform e-commerce phenomenon. The total Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) of all platforms reaches 314.3 billion RMB, a 23.8% year-over-year increase.  Tmall holds 68% of the market share. Yet …

Chinese mobile ebook market is booming

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With almost 300 million Monthly Active Users, online reading might be the biggest Chinese digital market that you’ve never heard about. Let’s look into the main players and trends of this slightly nerdy industry. The ever-growing mobile reading market The mobile reading market has been growing to more than 300 million monthly active users in 2017. In the meantime, transaction …

What are WeChat Mini-Programs? A Simple Introduction

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WeChat mini-programs are a very complex piece of technology/design, so I’ll answer the questions in 3 parts: What are WeChat mini-programs? Cons: What are the main drawbacks of WeChat programs? Pros: What makes them interesting for marketers? What are WeChat mini-programs? Examples of WeChat mini-programs WeChat mini-programs are “sub-applications” within the WeChat ecosystem. They enable to provide advanced features to …