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

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 …

What is Bilibili? A look into one of China’s largest online video platforms

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China’s online video market seems to be dominated by 3 companies: Youku (owned by Alibaba), iQiyi (owned by Baidu) and QQ Video (owned by Tencent). A third contender is however worth a look, from users and marketers alike: the hype and versatile platform Bilibili. What is Bilibili? Bilibili started out in 2009 as a website specialized in sharing anime’s picture …

WeChat released new “recommended products” e-commerce function

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Tencent is and has almost always been in a deadly fight against its arch-rival Alibaba for the domination of online payment, social sharing, e-commerce and more. The release of “recommended products” (好物圈) inside WeChat is, therefore, a major move for WeChat to move closer to e-commerce and compete against Alibaba. Let’s take a closer look at this feature. What is …

WeChat Management Culture: a Sneak Peek

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WeChat, created by Allen Zhang, became an integral part of the life of anyone living in China, with more than 1 billion users as of 2019. Yet, how did Allen Zhang’s 2,000-people WeChat team manage to revolutionize the way Chinese users communicate, share, pay, and more? A flat yet top-down structure The organization structure of WeChat is very flat. Allen …

Tencent Q1 2019 Results: Growth Slows Down

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Tencent just released their financial results for the first quarter of 2019. The report shows a slowing growth and a company evolving toward payment services. Revenue growth Tencent has experienced steady growth of its revenue over the last year, reaching 85.5 billion RMB for Q1 2019 at a 16% YOY growth rate. These figures would seem impressive for any other …

China Digital Luxury Report 2019

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China Digital Luxury Report 2019 Every year, WalktheChat compiles the best data from digital luxury analysts into one report packed with insights. This year we combined data from McKinsey, Bain, BCG and Tencent in order to give you a snapshot of the Chinese Digital Luxury market as of 2019. The global personal luxury goods market is expected to grow from …