Don’t Overvalue Cool China Tactics: Community Group Buying, Blind Boxes and Influencer Marketing. (Asia Tech Strategy – Podcast 77)

This week’s podcast is about how to think tactics that generate short-term growth and results. And we see these coming out of China all the time. In particular, I talk about how Pop Mart used blind boxes. How Joy Spreader and Ruhnn Holding used influencer marketing. And how everyone is using community group buying. You […]

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Ruhnn Holding’s 3 Strategy Lessons for Digital Asia (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Update)

Ruhnn Holding is a Chinese company that not many people follow. Based in Hangzhou, tied with Alibaba and vaguely described as a talent agency and/or social commerce company, it’s a strange animal. And it is currently being taken private and off the US exchanges (maybe). But the company is fascinating and has some really important […]

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Chinese Ecommerce Is Quietly Going Global (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Daily Lesson / Update)

China’s cross-border ecommerce business doesn’t get a lot of attention. It seems peripheral to China ecommerce. There are a lot of logistics, taxes and customs requirements. There are tons of regulations. And it’s just not sexy. But it is also non-political. It doesn’t have any of the national security concerns of telecommunication (i.e., Huawei and […]

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Covid-19 Drives Live Streaming. But Private Traffic Pools Are the Solution. (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

Much of our discussion about digital platforms (Alibaba, Tencent, etc.) has been about their business models. And all their strengths, which are formidable. But I haven’t talked much about the experiences of the user groups on these platforms. What does this mean for merchants and brands selling on Alibaba? For restaurants on Meituan? For content […]

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My Alibaba “E-Commerce + Entertainment + KOL / Influencer + Social Media” Super Chart (Daily Lesson – Jeff’s Asia Tech Class)

In Podcast 19 (How the Coronavirus Quarantine Economy Is Supercharging Taobao Live), I went into how social media and KOLs / Influencers are really important in Chinese e-commerce. And that live streaming is currently the white hot center of this, especially because of coronovirus. And I have one sort of super chart that summarizes all […]

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Why the #1 Business Solution to Coronavirus in China Is Live Streaming, Especially Taobao Live (Pt 1 of 2)

Three big things are happening in digital China right now. The coronavirus is radically altering the behavior of hundreds of millions of consumers (and businesses), resulting in what is being called the quarantine economy. Everyone is trying to move from in-person to digital interactions. This shift to digital interactions is supercharging and rapidly evolving China’s […]

How the Coronavirus Quarantine Economy Is Supercharging Taobao Live & the China Digital Consumer Network (Jeff’s Asia Tech Class – Podcast 19)

In this class, I talk about how live-streaming and KOLs (especially Taobao Live) are activating the China Digital Consumer Network (CDCN). And how the quarantine economy is supercharging this. Correction. I mistakenly said Scott Gottlieb was former CDC head. I meant FDA.   You can listen here or at iTunes, Google Podcasts and Himalaya. China’s […]