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

WeChat improves analytics back-end with “heat map” function (& 2 other news)

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WeChat improves analytics back-end with “heat map” function Heat map WeChat added a “heat map” function to the analytics back-end which indicates how far users have read WeChat articles. For instance, in the graph below, only 10% of readers read more than 90% of the article, while 50% of them read the article halfway. This feature enables marketers to go …

WeChat advertising: the power of Key Opinion Leaders

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Why is WeChat advertising system broken? There are two advertising schemes provided by Tencent. 1. “Subscription Messages” ads If subscription accounts exceed 100k followers, they can apply to be “ads displayers”. Other companies can then display ads at the bottom of each of their messages However, subscription account ads show poor return on investment for the accounts displaying the ads …

Pinduoduo expands to Tier 1 cities

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When Pinduoduo went IPO in July 2018, there were concerns about whether the platform could maintain its meteoric growth. One year later, Pinduoduo has shown significant signs of strength and is expanding to new markets. The explosive growth of GMV The Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) of Pinduoduo has been growing at an impressive 178% YOY rate. It is remarkable to …

Is WeChat’s growth over?

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Once upon a time, there were very few social networks in China. Renren was dying out, Weibo was getting kicked in the gut by WeChat which was growing double or triple digits. Fast-forward to 2019, these days are long gone. There is now a plethora of social Apps to choose from. Is WeChat still growing in this new Chinese Internet? …

China Social Media Content Report 2019

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Newrank, one of the largest social data analytics company in China, recently released a report regarding online content. Let’s dig into some of its central insights. Spending on WeChat Official Account Key Opinion Leaders One of the main trends pointed out by the Newrank report is the increasing amounts of large WeChat KOL campaigns. Between 2017 and 2018, the amount …

WeChat gets even closer to becoming an operating system… and 2 other news

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WeChat releases 7.0.5 version Ability to minimize Mini-programs and other assets WeChat released a new version… and it is becoming even more like an operating system. The main update was the ability to minimize content into several floating windows so that users can easily add temporary tags and switch between contents. This ability existed previously limited to just one article, …

618 Sales Data 2019: Tmall growth slows down; Pinduoduo traffic up 48%

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The second-biggest shopping festival in China, 618 mid-year sales (named after the date June 18th), happened just a couple weeks ago. Here are 618 sales data from different platforms showing a clear growth trend and some surprising shift of power dynamic within the e-commerce space. 618 data comparison between major e-commerce platforms According to QuestMobile, the overall mobile e-commerce traffic …