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China is in the midst of a social commerce revolution. The explosion of online payment systems such as Alipay and WeChat Pay has seen cash disappearing from the shopping experience as people embrace mobile wallets. With WeChat Pay, AliPay and other online payment services integrated into the Chinese social ecosystem, consumers are spending more money […]

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UMS Founder and General Manager Jessica Miao recently attended Nottingham University China Campus to present a keynote lecture on digital marketing.                                     Jessica’s lecture, which was titled: HOW TO MANAGE DIGITAL MARKETING ON A GLOBAL SCALE, provided insights and advice […]

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A post about New Zealand’s new five-year visa for Chinese travellers was the most viewed WeChat post in the Tourism category in the first quarter of 2017.   The post, which received 42,275 views, was posted on the Tourism New Zealand WeChat profile (ID: Pure100newzealand) to share information about the change in visa options. The […]

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Is it time for brands to stop trying to compete with all the noise on WeChat and Weibo and create strategic partnerships with smaller apps and social media platforms? The 846 million active users on WeChat are hard to ignore, but the costs required to stand out are making the platform less attractive, particularly to […]

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Businesses should ensure they have robust long-term investment strategies for Chinese social media channels if they wish to be successful, according to UMS General Manager Jessica Miao.   Miao was speaking on a panel at the South Island Lantern Business Forum in Christchurch, New Zealand, addressing the role social media can play in commercial marketing […]

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New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has built a database of over 60,000 Chinese consumers who are actively buying kiwi goods. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (as “NZTE”) has built a WeChat-based loyalty program for NZ companies called Taste New Zealand; the platform rewards those who buy NZ products and incentivise them to buy more. About […]

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New Zealand brand ecostore used live streaming technology and social media to triple sales and achieve marketing success on China’s Singles Day. The 11.11 juggernaut grows larger and more powerful every year which makes it an immensely attractive vehicle for brands. However, with the annual event dominated by multinational brands – with equally large marketing […]

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When it comes to social media there’s a lot of opportunity for companies in China but WeChat is one of the channels offering the most potential right now. This was the subject of a workshop delivered by UMS General Manager Jessica Miao in Shanghai last week, as part of the annual Kiwi Week event. Speaking to […]

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