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

[Hiring tips] 7 Ways WalktheChat Finds New Talent

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Since the beginning of 2020, WalktheChat experienced accelerating growth: we became the first Shopify Sales Channel enabling sales to China, started offering Douyin and Kuaishou marketing services to our clients, and expanded our Tmall operations. This growth came with a lot of pressure on our operations team. We quickly realized something: our recruitment process wasn’t on par with the company’s …

WeChat Mini Programs reach 829 million Monthly Active Users

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WeChat has recently been under fire, suffering from intense competition from short video platforms Douyin and Kuaishou. There is however one bright spot for the largest social network in China: WeChat Mini Programs are still booming, both in number of users and engagement rates. Growth and engagement WeChat Mini Program Monthly Active Users (MAUs) grew from 743 million to 829 …

5 Niche Platforms to Promote Your Products in China

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The largest Chinese marketplaces and platforms are already famous abroad: WeChat, Tmall, Red, JD.com, or Douyin don’t need further introduction. But beyond these super-platforms, there exist a large number of niche channels that can help foreign brands sell to China. Need help listing on one of these channels, or would you like to discover more channels to promote your brand? …

Xiaohongshu Drops Commission on Sales from 20% to 5% (and other news)

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This week, we report on a few significant news in the Chinese E-commerce space: Xiaohongshu reduced the commission the platform charges to merchant sales from ~20% to 5%. Weibo posts can now redirect users to WeChat Mini-programs WeChat is testing a new #hashtag# feature Xiaohongshu reduces platform costs In an effort to attract merchants to promote their products on the …

JD.com 618 Revenues Grow 33% Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

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618, happening on June 18th, is the second biggest shopping festival in China after Single’s Day. First launched by JD.com, the festival has broken new records this year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Record-breaking year for JD.com JD.com broke new records this year, with 269.2 billion RMB of orders during the shopping festival (from June 1st to June 18th). The total …