Hosting Website in China: ICP License and Why You Need It

Sep 20

Hosting Website in China: ICP License and Why You Need It

Did you know that you need a special permit called ICP license in order to host a website in China? Here we explain what it is and whether you need one. The main benefit of having a website hosted in China is much faster loading time compared to the same site hosted out of the country. There is no question that faster loading speed can benefit your website from both...

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The Chinese marketing toolbox

Aug 23

The Chinese marketing toolbox

This article first appeared in Dialogue Review by Kirsten Levermore. Simply copy-and-pasting strategies from familiar markets to China is not an effective approach. Val Kaplan introduces the tools for Marketing in China. For foreigners, marketing in China is a complicated, delicate process requiring a whole new set of rules and tools. If you are planning on setting...

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Taobao Villages: How Ecommerce Helps China’s Rural Economy

Aug 16

Taobao Villages: How Ecommerce Helps China’s Rural Economy

Over the last couple of years, ecommerce giants like Alibaba and JD.com have been cooperating with the government to plug China’s rural market into its vast online economy. The phenomenon of so called Taobao villages is one of the consequences of this approach. China is one of world’s fastest urbanizing society in absolute terms. Although decreasing...

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Mobile Marketing in China: WeChat Advertising Overview

Jul 19

Mobile Marketing in China: WeChat Advertising Overview

Thanks to its enormous size (900 million users strong by the latest count) and importance in China, WeChat marketing is considered to be one of the most critical elements of any brand’s China marketing strategy. Big part of WeChat marketing is WeChat advertising. Since WeChat has no direct equivalents in the West, many foreign companies often find it hard to...

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Chinese Social Media Marketing Update: New Weibo KOL Posting Rules

Jul 05

Chinese Social Media Marketing Update: New Weibo KOL Posting Rules

Using KOL (key opinion leaders) has been one of the most effective social media marketing strategies in China. In this blog we have covered extensively the ways WeChat or Weibo KOL can be found, vetted and engaged to promote brands in various social media channels, which primarily are WeChat and Weibo. Most recently, Weibo has introduced the set of new rules on what...

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Chinese Programmatic Ads: 6 Most Common Types of Ad Fraud in China

Jun 28

Chinese Programmatic Ads: 6 Most Common Types of Ad Fraud in China

In a relatively underdeveloped Chinese ad tech market (see our previous post), ad fraud in China remains a serious problem, costing millions of dollars to advertisers. While it is, undoubtedly, a global phenomenon, for the reasons we discussed earlier, Chinese programmatic ads market is still lagging behind. Here are the six most common types of ad fraud in China:...

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