3 Douyin Livestreaming Trends in 2024

Caroline Xu Douyin, New WeChat features

Summary Insights 

  • 60% of Douyin transactions in the fashion sector potentially take place off the Douyin platform. Making an omnichannel strategy for Douyin crucial for 2024
  • Douyin’s “Omnichannel Measurement” tool allows for real-time tracking of the potential transaction out of the platform, enhancing both online and offline sales.
  • Brand Douyin livestreaming is growing in popularity, driving a larger share of total sales with high-value brands seeing substantial success.
  • Advertising and supportive platform policies have led to increased traffic and higher conversion rates for brand Douyin livestreaming.

Fashion Marketing Campaign on Douyin may drive 60% of potential transactions out of the platform 

Douyin launched “Omnichannel Measurement” to monitor the contribution of Douyin marketing to all channel e-commerce conversions and offline business.

The Omnichannel Measurement solution from Ocean Engine( Douyin Ads platform) employs two sophisticated algorithm models: MTA (Multiple Touchpoint Attribution) and MMM (Marketing Mix Model). It enables brands to view results on daily basis, facilitating real-time adjustments to budget allocation and campaign strategies.

Among the 500 reports generated by brands, current data indicates that, on average, 39% of transactions occur outside the Douyin platform,  though this rate varies widely by industry. The clothes and accessories sector leads with the highest rate at 60%, followed by the healthcare industry at 46%.

From QuestMobile, during the Double 11 Festival, Douyin contributed 7.4% of traffic to Taobao and 5.6% to JD, more than RED, Weibo and Kuaishou.

Zara initiated a quite luxury style Douyin livestraming

Zara leads the charge among high-end retailers in embracing a ‘quiet luxury’ style of livestreaming on Douyin, breaking away from the traditional, bustling online sales chatter. Their approach is refreshingly direct and understated, showcasing collections in a manner that mirrors the exclusivity of a private fashion show.

This strategic pivot positions Zara not just as a trendsetter in fashion, but also in digital marketing, offering a refined blueprint for other premium brands to engage with audiences without diluting their brand’s cachet. Zara’s initiative is a significant stride forward, signaling a shift towards a more sophisticated, brand-centric livestream experience that could redefine the future of luxury brand engagement on social platforms.

The 1st show attracted 1.2 million views and 267 thousand interactions, 10 times more engagement than before. The average views of  Zara Brand Livesteams reached 560,000 after the update,  marking a 180% growth from the previous.

Up until 2024 Jan, Zara had:

  • 181 Official live-streamings in total
  • Accumulated 460 thousand followers
  • The estimated annual GMV from Official live-streaming exceeded 40 million RMB

Zara’s success shows that a tailored approach, focusing on engaging content over direct sales, is essential to generate buzz and build brand presence on Douyin.

Other brands such as Ralph Lauren also hosted their Spring Summer 2024 show on Douyin. However, this show didn’t quite capture the same level of engagement as Zara’s meticulously Douyin-tailored presentation, they only got 488k views.

Ralph Lauren’s fashion show livestreaming show on Douyin didn’t spark the same excitement as Zara’s, highlighting a crucial point for luxury branding on the platform: it’s not the replication of a fashion show that draws the Douyin crowd, but the creative and platform-specific entertainment value. The key for luxury brands is to design experiences that marry their brand story with the interactive and visually rich format that Douyin users love.

Brand Douyin Livestreaming increased stably 

Brand official Douyin live streaming continued to gain momentum. The proportion of GMV attributed to brand-official Douyin livestreaming saw a continuous increase, from 25% to 33% in 2023.

High-value brands, in particular, found substantial success with this approach. More affordable luxury brands joined  Douyin’s e-commerce last year. Their brand livestream-generated GMV makes up more than 50% of their total Douyin sales, and the average value per order exceeds 1,000 RMB.

Lululemon focused on using Douyin as a new product launch platform 

Since 2024, Lululemon has adopted a strategy of featuring new and limited-edition products in their Douyin livestreams. In contrast to their Tmall store, which mainly promotes classic items, three of the top-selling products in the Douyin store are new releases for 2024 Spring Festival. 

Lululemon also enhances new product promotion by inviting professional sports influencers to their livestreams, using expert fitness advice to attract consumer attention, enrich livestream content, and increase the efficiency of new product launches.

Brand Douyin livestreaming can get extra traffic from Douyin easily by completing certain tasks. Douyin’s supportive policies for brand-led livestreaming have proven effective.

Compared 2023H1 with 2022H1, sales per thousand views in influencer-led Douyin livestreaming saw a 15% year-on-year decline, with average conversion rates dropping by 30.5%, and only a marginal 0.6% increase in the average value per order.

In contrast, official Douyin live-streaming experienced a 17.6% rise in sales per thousand views, with a significant 39.9% increase in the average value per order. This indicates that official Douyin live streaming tends to secure higher average order value.​​

Top affordable luxury brands like Lululemon can capitalize on brand Douyin livestreams to initially boost sales. Smaller or medium-sized brands may benefit from utilizing KOL livestreams to enhance brand image and sales at the beginning. 

Annually, Fabrique partners with over 70 KOL livestreams, yielding a GMV of 40 million RMB. Initially, these KOL collaborations accounted for 60% of total Douyin sales. In their second year, through ongoing refinement of their official livestreams, more frequent live-streaming, a growing follower base, and increased advertising spending, their official livestream GMV soared from 15 million to about 80 million RMB, comprising 56% of their Douyin sales.

Brand Douyin Livestreaming highly relies on ads to boost traffic

For brands venturing into Douyin’s e-commerce platform, advertising plays a key role in driving traffic during the initial stages. For instance, an outdoor sports brand reported that around 30% of its live-streaming traffic came from paid ads.

By analyzing a typical week of advertising data, it’s clear that by significantly boosting paid traffic to their brand Douyin live-streaming, the brand achieved a 262% rise in GMV. The substantial influence of paid traffic on the brand’s official Douyin livestream performance is apparent.

Meanwhile, the impact of paid traffic from Douyin on organic traffic is quite pronounced. After increasing paid traffic, organic traffic has more than doubled, significantly boosting the potential for more in-store visits and conversions during Douyin livestreamings.

While advertising-driven traffic to brand Douyin livestreams can notably increase sales in the short term, the long-term acquisition costs for new customers may rise. Brands should also prioritize converting public traffic into their own channels. To foster brand loyalty and improve repeat purchase rates, brands can utilize options like followers’ groups, Official Apps, and membership systems.


To succeed on Douyin, brands are leveraging official livestreaming for rapid sales growth, as seen with affordable luxury brands. While ads can boost short-term sales, converting public traffic to owned channels is key. Following Zara’s example, more brands recognize livestreaming’s power in boosting brand image. Tools like “Omnichannel Measurement” help track off-platform transactions, enabling smarter marketing budget allocation for top brands.

Douyin Live-Streaming and case studies: a brand marketing guide

Douyin Zibo (自播), AKA Douyin live-streaming hosted by the brand, is a trending marketing method in China.

In Feb 2022, 50% of the total Douyin sales of the top 500 brands came from the brand’s own official live-streaming.

During the 618 e-commerce holiday in 2022, a total of 25 brands’ official Douyin live-streaming reached over 100 million RMB in sales. The top brands include Xiaomi, Adidas, Estee Lauder, Apple, and Nike. 

Also, brands’ official live-streaming represented 57.7% of the total Douyin e-commerce live-streaming time on June 18th, 2021 (the rest was live-streaming by influencers), according to East Money.

To break down the Douyin live-stream strategy, we will cover:

  • What’s brand Douyin live-streaming
  • How to optimize Douyin Live-streaming 
  • Should brands invest in Douyin live-streaming?
  • Case study

What’s brand live-streaming?

Brand live-streaming is a live-streaming session hosted by the brand’s official account (and not by a 3rd party influencer).

Dedicated account just for live-streaming 

Many brands choose to set up different Douyin accounts specifically for live streaming. For example, Adidas has over 4 live-streaming accounts for different audience groups: the flagship store, women, kids, and distributor stores. 

The content on those live-streaming accounts is simple and short clips from live-streaming. Most editing is just to add background music and Douyin effects. 

Such content positioning is very different from Adidas’ main official account, which only shares high-budget creative content.


Lots of these live-streaming accounts run on insane live-streaming hours of over 15 hours per day. Usually, the live-streaming has one host, often a female, selling over 50 discounted products. 

Despite this time commitment, the viewer count (the number of viewers watching the live video at one time) is extremely low. Even for the top 500 Douyin brands, the average viewer count is often below 100. This would accumulate over 100k daily viewers in total.

Compared to the viewer amount, the sales result is impressive. For example, Under Armour’s max viewer count could be 100, with a total of 100k daily views, and the daily sales could reach over 300k RMB. Douyin users tend to make quick and impulse purchases during live streams.

Pricing is lower than Tmall

Below brands are from the top 100 best-performing Douyin stores. Comparing the average product price in Douyin and Tmall flagship stores, the pricing on Douyin is around 10-20% lower.

Higher pricing on Tmall could be a result of Tmall users’ stronger purchasing power. Usually, Tmall users have a stronger purchasing intent, while Douyin users have a stronger need for entertainment.

Adidas is one of the top 5 Douyin stores. Its price on Tmall is 17% higher than Douyin throughout the year. The difference reaches over 100 RMB from January to April.

A stronger focus on Douyin during the non-event period

The focus of Douyin marketing and live-streaming should be during the non-event period. Douyin sales tend to remain relatively stable or even drop during large Tmall events such as Double 11 and 618. The sales gap usually closes before and after the event period.

Brands can focus on driving traffic to Tmall and setting relatively competitive prices during the event periods.

According to the above stats, Douyin already reached 39% of Tmall’s net sales. But the Tmall net sale might be underestimated. Tmall officially claim to have 8,100 million RMB in GMV in 2022, and Douyin officially claimed only 730 million RMB GMV in 2021, less than 10% of Tmall’s. But it’s clear that Douyin’s e-commerce continues growing and the gap between Tmall and Douyin is closing.

How to optimize Douyin Live-streaming 

Focus on the hero product 

Just like the hero product strategy on Tmall, Douyin also emphasizes the top-selling products. Over 20% of sales are from the 3 top-selling items. Many brands even have over 50% of total sales from the top items. This is significant since many brands have over 100 products listed. For example, Erke (a Chinese sports brand) has 890 products, and Under Armour has over 300 products.

Think of live-streaming as the last step of Douyin conversion funnel 

Live streaming does not work alone, it’s the end of the conversion funnel. 

The top of the funnel is the source of the traffic. Traffic comes from display ads, content, and organic live-streaming traffic from Douyin.

According to Newrank, the source traffic from a brand’s own live-streaming when first starting live-streaming could be broken down according to categories: 

Brand CategoryPaid trafficOrganic traffic from live streamsOrganic traffic from content posting
Top-tier brand in skincare and cosmetics80%10%10%
White-label F&B product 10%40%50%
White-label fashion brands 10%60%30%

The more a brand relies on brand awareness, the more it needs to run advertising to kick-start the traffic.

Use content to generate traffic to your live-streaming account 

Quantity over quality when it comes to driving traffic to the brand’s own live-streaming. The Douyin algorithm made content performance unpredictable, thus posting more is a safer bet to generate more traffic. 

Brands with over 500k Douyin followers, tend to create a separate account just for live streaming. These accounts’ has very promotional content, very different from the usual concept video a brand would produce with a bigger budget. These are just short clips from the live streaming. Often using the same editing template, music, and special effects to make it simple to produce. Most brands post over 10 videos per day to drive traffic to live streamings.

For most brands with less than 500k followers, a brand can simply use the same account to set up Douyin live-streaming. In this case, the content still needs to be creative, and on-brand. The brand could post less frequently.

Below is the type of content Lola Rose, a 1,000-2,000 RMB jewelry brand, generates on Douyin. It’s just 2 pictures with simple background music. Easy to produce in bulk. This video got around 100 engagements on Douyin. The same video asset could also be used on the brand’s Tmall store.

Another type of content strategy is to post less frequently but rely on display ads to generate traffic. Premium brands with large budgets and restricted content requirements usually do so.

Discounts and user engagement

Engagements and purchase actions will boost the organic traffic to a live-streams.

Charlotte Tibury’s team set up 1-2 lucky draws for a 200 RMB product during every live-streaming. To participate, viewers will need to pay 0.1 RMB to join the Fan club and add a comment. These are small but effective actions that will trick the Douyin algorithm to bring even more traffic. The host will decide when to release the lucky draw result, thus encouraging viewers to stay longer to wait for the result.

Douyin has many other features to encourage users to spend time on live streamings, such as limited products, time-sensitive coupons, small giveaways, and comment-lucky draws.

Participate in Douyin events to gain traffic

Same to Tmall, Douyin also has its own event schedule for the e-commerce holidays. Participating in the official events will gain traffic to the store.

Set the price lower than Tmall

Brands can use tactics such as different hero products, gift-with-purchase, or even develop Douyin-specific SKUs to set up a lower pricing strategy for Douyin. In general, many brands would price 10-20% cheaper on Douyin than Tmall.


Some brands use gift-with-purchase to set different pricing while avoiding users directly comparing prices across Douyin and Tmall.

Perfect Diary promotes the lip gloss set during flagship store live-streaming and sets the price 31% lower than Tmall. Gift-with-purchase is able to justify the pricing differently and avoid a direct price comparison.

Douyin-specific product

Some brands also develop Douyin-specific SKUs to offer a cheaper pricing product in Douyin, while avoiding direct competition with Tmall.

Should brands invest in Douyin live-streaming?

Despite the impressive aggregated sales result, most brands still struggle to manage their own Douyin live streaming.

High upfront cost

The upfront investment is huge:

  • Over 10 hours of daily live-streaming
  • An operation team to assist with content posting, promotion, ads, and technical support through daily operation
  • A great salesperson as the live-streaming host who also needs to match the brand’s style
  • Supply chain system to support the surge of demand during peak periods
  • Deal with excess inventory when performance is below forecast

Traffic concentrates on top brands

Another barrier to entry is the current live-streaming sales are extremely concentrated on top-tier brands. Xiaomi, Florias (Chinese cosmetics startup), and Adidas are among the best-performing brands on Douyin. These brands already have over 9 million Douyin followers and the monthly sales from brand live-streaming are over 50 million RMB.

The 2nd tier of brands with strong distribution channels and high brand awareness in all tier cities in China. These brands usually have over 1 million followers on Douyin and have 10-30 million monthly Douyin live-streaming sales. For example, brands such as Lancôme, COACH, Erke (Chinese sports brand), and Fila.

Most good-performing brands fall under the 3rd tier, with 100-500k Douyin followers and live-streaming sales of 1-2.5 million RMB per month. The majority are Chinese brands with average pricing under 300 RMB. Some premium brands in this category that stands out are Charlotte Tilbury and Amazing Song (Chinese startup bag brand), both with average live-streaming price above 500 RMB.

The brands above are all from the top 200 best-performing Douyin store brands in their category. Over 95% of these 200 brands are Chinese brands. Many sell commodity products with little brand awareness. The majority of brands still do not run their own live-streaming or generate any sales from it.

For most SME and mid-tier brands, live-streaming will bring low ROI during the first year. Instead, working with influencers who already have strong followers is a much cheaper way to gain short-term sales and build initial traffic on their own accounts.

Case studies

Under Armour

Under Armour has 24 Douyin accounts, 6 of which run daily live streamings: 3 are official accounts (the flagship account, Under Armour Women, Under Armour Kids), and the other 3 belong to distributors.

Lots of similar content

The Under Armour flagship store posts 20 videos per day. These videos are just video clips from the live-streaming events. All the content uses the same editing template, some don’t have any editing at all. These videos usually got less than 10 engagements, and the purpose of repetitive posting in large quantity is to show up on the user’s feed and drive traffic to the brand’s live-streaming event.

Douyin flagship store content is extremely repetitive

Under Amour’s Douyin live-streaming is on 16 hours per day. It has a 237 average viewer count (the number of viewers watching your live video at one time), and 105k total viewers per live streaming. In February, the top performance show brought 1.3 million RMB sales, and a total of 19.9 million RMB monthly GMV, according to New Rank.

The live-streaming script is similar to Tmall

The live-streaming script is very similar between Douyin and Tmall. Both hosts encourage users to join the member club, claim additional coupons and encourage impulse purchases. Douyin’s host spoke a bit faster and is more enthusiastic about sharing the product. Tmall’s host tends to engage with user comments a bit more.

The hero product is cheaper than Tmall

The 3 top-selling products in the Tmall flagship store and the Douyin flagship store are different, but the price range is similar.

Hero product also gets brand would put a lot of emphasis during the live-streaming. For example, the top-selling men’s jacket was appears 30 times during every Douyin live-streamings in January 2023.

Douyin has a slightly higher pricing hero product in the men’s jacket category, 60 RMB more expensive than the hero product on Tmall. However, if we compare the same product, the Douyin flagship store’s pricing is significantly lower than Tmall.

Brands that want to better control pricing in multiple channels, could consider develop up platform-specific SKUs. Under Amour’s hero product, the ColdGear React jacket is only sold on Douyin. This way even when users find out a similar jacket on Tmall is sold for 300 more, they won’t be too angry due to the slight design difference.

Most Douyin sales are from the official account, and Douyin sales are strong during non-Tmall-event periods Douyin sales

Unter Armour sold 19.9 million RMB during Jan 2023 via the brand Douyin live-stream according to New Ranks. This is the majority revenue source for Douyin sales. And KOL live-streaming and sales only take 29% of total Douyin sales.

In comparison to Tmall, Douyin’s sales are very strong during the non-even period, especially before the event. In October, Douyin sales even exceeds Tmall’s.

Having Tmall and Douyin sales compared side by side definitely shows the strong sales position of the Douyin channel. Overall, Douyin’s sales take 21.6% of total Douyin and Tmall sales.


Douyin brand live-streaming is growing very strong with a strong concentration on the top tier brands. Douyin’s product pricing strategy should be lower than Tmall, and investment could focus on non-Tmall event periods. The up-front investment is high for most brands. Brands need to focus on content creation and ads to kick-start. Premium brands with less than 100k Douyin followers could hold off on launching their own live-streaming and focus on working with KOL to build initial momentum.

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