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Mark Zuckerberg Wants Facebook to Emulate WeChat. Can It? - The New York Times
What is happening in China offers clues to not only how Facebook may carry out its shift, but how the internet more broadly might change. Many of Silicon Valley’s tech giants are dependent today on online advertising to make enough money to keep growing and innovating on new services. Some call online ads the lifeblood of the internet.

But WeChat, which has 1.1 billion monthly active users, shows that other models — particularly those based on payments and commerce — can support massive digital businesses. That has implications for Google, Twitter and many others, as well as Facebook.

People use the WeChat app to shop, play games, pay bills and order meal deliveries.
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Facebook  strategy  forecast  mobilemessaging  privacy  comparison  WeChat  NYTimes  2019 
march 2019 by inspiral
How WeChat faded into the silence in India | FactorDaily
“There’s a term called internationalisation of a product, which is loosely used in China to translate the product to English and make it ready for users in another country. But at its core, it is a product envisaged and designed by people in China for the China market,” says the former WeChat executive, citing it as the main reason for WeChat’s failure in India.
WeChat  decline  mobilemessaging  localisation  India  consumer  FactorDaily  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
Why China’s Payment Apps Give U.S. Bankers Nightmares
To be sure, U.S. banks have formidable advantages on their home turf. They have longstanding relationships with their customers, many of whom still like ‘visiting their money’ at a local branch. Consumers love credit card rewards programs and other perks, which have gotten sweeter in recent years, as well as the ability to charge back purchases that don’t go well. And U.S. bank deposits are backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Still, banks and payment networks have a lot to lose if technology firms succeed in grabbing market share—and there are signs that Alipay and WeChat aren’t the only firms that may flex their muscles. Amazon is said to be interested in offering its own product to mimic checking accounts while offering to lower costs for retailers who use its online payments service.
banking  mobilebanking  disruption  Alipay  WeChat  China  USA  Bloomberg  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Outside of China, WeChat is a fish out of water
Looking at the problem WeChat is having in its expansion overseas highlights broader trends that encompass Chinese internet companies when they globalize.
WeChat  globalisation  review  critique  China  TechinAsia  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
In Urban China, Cash Is Rapidly Becoming Obsolete
It has nothing to do with debt, infrastructure spending or the other major economic topics du jour. It has to do with cash — specifically, how China is systematically and rapidly doing away with paper money and coins.

Almost everyone in major Chinese cities is using a smartphone to pay for just about everything. At restaurants, a waiter will ask if you want to use WeChat or Alipay — the two smartphone payment options — before bringing up cash as a third, remote possibility.
mobilepayments  banking  cash  money  trends  Alipay  WeChat  China  NYTimes  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Apple’s China Problem – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
That, though, is a long-term problem for Apple: what makes the iPhone franchise so valuable — and, I’d add, the fundamental factor that was missed by so many for so long — is that monopoly on iOS. For most of the world it is unimaginable for an iPhone user to upgrade to anything but another iPhone: there is too much of the user experience, too many of the apps, and, in some countries like the U.S., too many contacts on iMessage to even countenance another phone.

None of that lock-in exists in China: Apple may be a de facto monopolist for most of the world, but in China the company is simply another smartphone vendor, and being simply another smartphone vendor is a hazardous place to be. To be clear, it’s not all bad: in China Apple still trades on status and luxury; unlike the rest of the world, though, the company has to earn it with every release, and that’s a bar both difficult to clear in the abstract and, given the last two iPhones, difficult to clear in reality.
Apple  iPhone  strategy  review  critique  competitiveadvantage  WeChat  China  Stratechery  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
WeChat rolls out 'instant apps'
China’s top messaging app, with over 840 million active users, is trying something radical. WeChat is today rolling out “mini programs,” embedded apps which require no download or install.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  instantapps  China  TechinAsia  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
WeChat Works to Maintain Startup Pluck as It Matures - WSJ
New challenge is how to keep growing, spur continued innovation and earn more money from flagship mobile product
WeChat  mobilemessaging  profile  China  WallStreetJournal  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
Digital in APAC 2016 - We Are Social UK
Since our last APAC report in March last year, the reported number of internet users has jumped 27%, while the number of people using social media from mobile devices is up a staggering 50%. This compares to average global growth of 19% and 39% respectively for the same measures.

Here are the headline numbers for digital connectivity in APAC:

Internet users in APAC: 1.83 Billion
Social media users in APAC: 1.43 Billion*
Mobile connections in APAC: 3.86 Billion**
Mobile social media users in APAC: 1.36 Billion*
mobile  socialmedia  mobilesocial  mobilemessaging  internet  statistics  penetration  growth  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  QQ  WeChat  QZone  Tumblr  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Baidu  Weibo  Line  Snapchat  YY  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Telegram  Viber  VKontakte  Australia  Bangladesh  Bhutan  Brunei  Cambodia  China  Fiji  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Japan  Laos  Macau  Malaysia  Maldives  Mongolia  Myanmar  Nepal  NewZealand  NorthKorea  Pakistan  PapuaNewGuinea  Philippines  Singapore  SouthKorea  SriLanka  Taiwan  Thailand  EastTimor  Vietnam  WeAreSocial  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
WeChat’s world | The Economist
Indeed, WeChat has already proved itself in the teeth of competition. Many Chinese champions have succeeded only because the government has hobbled domestic rivals and blocked foreign entrants. Here, too, Tencent breaks the mould. It has withstood numerous attempts by Alibaba, a formidable local rival, to knock it and its creations off their perch. And it is Facebook’s WhatsApp that is WeChat’s most obvious rival. Unlike Facebook itself, and Twitter, both of which are blocked on the mainland, WhatsApp is free to operate. WeChat has flourished for simple, commercial reasons: it solves problems for its users, and it delights them with new and unexpected offerings. That will change the mobile internet for everyone—those outside China included, as Western firms do their all to emulate its success.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  mobilepayments  mobilecommerce  socialmedia  China  growth  review  Economist  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
China, Not Silicon Valley, Is Cutting Edge in Mobile Tech - The New York Times
“Quite frankly, the trope that China copies the U.S. hasn’t been true for years, and in mobile it’s the opposite: The U.S. often copies China,” said Ben Thompson, the founder of the tech research firm Stratechery. “For the Facebook Messenger app, for example, the best way to understand their road map is to look at WeChat.”
innovation  startup  technology  mobilecommerce  mobilemessaging  WeChat  YY  Alipay  comparison  China  USA  SiliconValley  NYTimes  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
The Elements of Stickers – Andreessen Horowitz
Stickers aren’t just frivolous little punctuation marks to be inserted in text messages. They can be replacements for entire sentences, and help create a new medium for communicating and storytelling.
stickers  mobilemessaging  WeChat  Line  communication  mobile  language  China  trends  AndreessenHorovitz  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Life in the People’s Republic of WeChat - Bloomberg
In China, 90 percent of internet users connect online through a mobile device, and those people on average spend more than a third of their internet time in WeChat. It’s fundamentally a messaging app, but it also serves many of the functions of PayPal, Yelp, Facebook, Uber, Amazon, Expedia, Slack, Spotify, Tinder, and more. People use WeChat to pay rent, locate parking, invest, make a doctor’s appointment, find a one-night stand, donate to charity. The police in Shenzhen pay rewards through WeChat to people who rat out traffic violators—through WeChat.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  personalaccount  QRcode  review  impact  China  mobilecommerce  Bloomberg  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
WeChat failed to go global
WeChat, the messaging app that’s absolutely everywhere in China, once had global ambitions. It has “great potential to be popular internationally,” said an executive at the Chinese social media giant back in the fall of 2012.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  globalisation  India  Indonesia  Brazil  critique  comparison  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Instagram  TechinAsia  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The Startup Zeitgeist · The Macro
Since 2008, we’ve received tens of thousands of these applications. Collectively, they provide insights into the ideas smart people are working on and how it’s changed over time. We’ve never talked about these publicly before.

But recently, we commissioned Priceonomics (YC W12) and their data studio to analyze eight years’ worth of our anonymized application data. After breaking the applications down into keywords, they calculated the percentage of applicants that mentioned any given term.

So let’s review the data, starting with a simple example.
startup  trends  website  mobileapps  softwareasservice  blogging  messaging  WhatsApp  Slack  Wechat  email  blockchain  Bitcoin  hardware  biotech  smartphones  smartwatch  wearablecomputing  virtualreality  augmentedreality  Oculus  artificialintelligence  machinelearning  YCombinator  TheMacro  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Dan Grover | Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
The key wins for WeChat in the above interaction (compared to a native app) largely came from steamlining away app installation, login, payment, and notifications, optimizations having nothing to do with the conversational metaphor in its UI.
mobilemessaging  chatbots  critique  virtual  assistant  WeChat  review  advocacy  DanGrover  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
WeChat blasts past 700 million monthly active users
Well, we knew it was coming, but according to a new report from Chinese data tracker Quest Mobile, it’s now official: Tencent’s WeChat broke the 700 million monthly active user (MAU) barrier in March.

WeChat has been China’s social app of choice for years now, of course, but Quest Mobile’s report – which is based on data from both Android and iOS devices in March – shows just how far Tencent is ahead of the competition when it comes to user base.

As it turns out, the only other app with anywhere close to as many users as WeChat is QQ, Tencent’s other social messaging app. Alibaba’s mobile Taobao app ranks a distant third, still more than 250 million users down on WeChat. And Sina Weibo, once the darling of China’s social media scene, would need to add more than 300 million new active users before it could catch WeChat.
WeChat  QQ  Taobao  SinaWeibo  penetration  socialmedia  QuestMobile  China  TechinAsia  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
A Week Behind The Great Firewall Of China | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Living in a world of only Chinese apps—no Google, Facebook, Twitter!—made me appreciate how remarkable the country's Internet actually is.
internet  mobilemessaging  WeChat  ecommerce  mobilepayments  censorship  locationbasedservices  review  personalaccount  FastCompany  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Clippy’s Back: The Future of Microsoft Is Chatbots
CEO Satya Nadella bets big on artificial intelligence that will be fast, smart, friendly, helpful, and (fingers crossed) not at all racist.
Microsoft  strategy  chatbots  bot  virtualassistant  innovation  China  WeChat  standardisation  SatyaNadella  Bloomberg  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
WeChat had more mobile transactions over just Chinese New Year than PayPal had during 2015 | The Drum
According to WeChat, owned by digital media business Tencent, 420 million people sent each other lucky money via the app’s payment service on the eve of Chinese New Year. According to WeChat, it has seen a total of 8.08 billion red envelopes sent so far for Chinese New Year, eight times more than last year.

To put this into context, according to PayPal it made 4.9 billion transactions in 2015 (half of the number of transactions made on WeChat just for Chinese New Year) and only 28 per cent were made on a mobile device.
WeChat  mobilepayments  statistics  PayPal  comparison  TheDrum  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
The fall… and rise and rise and rise of chat networks | Ars Technica
But, for this rising chat network tide that is lifting all the boats at Viber, Palringo, Hike, KakoaTalk, Line, WeChat, Kik, and countless emulators and imitators that haven't even been founded yet, the future looks very, very bright indeed. We have come a long way from CB radio, and in the argot of those subversive CB days, that’s a big 10-4!
chat  instantmessenger  mobilemessaging  history  evolution  AOLInstantMessenger  YahooMessenger  Talkomatic  COmpuServeCB  WeChat  Line  WhatsApp  Viber  gamification  Palringo  Kik  stickers  Hike  Telegram  ArsTechnica  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Whatsapp just hit a billion users. Here's why it matters. - Tech in Asia
The story here isn’t the dominance of Whatsapp, but how Facebook has the chat app space outside of China pretty much locked up. Whatsapp, as you probably know, was acquired by the social network. WeChat, meanwhile, is everywhere in China, but still catching up with other apps outside of the country.

Where the other apps have the edge on the Facebook collective though is in the area of making money, as this next chart shows:
mobilemessaging  WhatsApp  growth  comparison  WeChat  Line  monetisation  TechinAsia  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Burberry celebrates Chinese New Year with WeChat gifts
Burberry is using its existing partnership with Chinese app WeChat to push its luxury gifts for the Chinese New Year.

Burberry has created a neat 'unwrapping' experience on the chat app, letting its followers on WeChat swipe, tap and shake their phones to unwrap digital scarves, wallets, trenchcoats and totes. 

The luxury brand also has its own take on the red envelope, a Chinese custom, whereby friends and family exchange money on special occasions.

Once Burberry's followers have unwrapped their digital gift, they can send digital red envelopes to friends and family via WeChat.

The incentive for WeChat users is the chance to win physical Burberry Lunar New Year envelopes, which are also available to buy in-store. Burberry would not confirm what the envelopes contain.
Burberry  WeChat  mobileadvertising  mobilemessaging  creativeshowcase  fashion  China  Marketingmagazine  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
5 Things Brands Need to Know About WeChat, China's Mobile Giant | Adweek
"To give you a rough idea of what the social and advertising landscape looks like in China, it has over 600 million users and its closest competition would be more around 200 million users," said Thomas Graziani, co-founder of Chinese agency WalktheChat, which specializes in WeChat marketing.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  profile  China  mobileadvertising  review  AdWeek  2015  mobilesocial 
december 2015 by inspiral
The Many Ways Of WeChat: How Messaging Is Eating The World | TechCrunch
To show the many touch points WeChat now owns across a user’s daily life, here are some of the successful-but-under-the-radar use cases that go beyond in-app games and social posts.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  China  mobilepayments  taxi  customerservice  mobilebanking  charity  fundraising  productivity  creativeshowcase  smartphones  mobileapps  Techcrunch  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Digital, Social & Mobile in Southeast Asia in 2015
All the numbers you need to understand the state of the digital landscape in Southeast Asia in Q4 2015, including overviews of Internet, Social Media, and Mobile usage around the region, as well as in-depth analysis of each nation's individual digital landscape, and Facebook usage by country, broken down by gender and age group. This is the latest in We Are Social's on going series of studies into digital behaviour around the world; to access the rest of our free reports, visit http://bit.ly/wassgss
socialmedia  mobile  smartphones  mobileinternet  internet  Facebook  WhatsApp  QQ  FacebookMessenger  WeChat  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Viber  Tumblr  Line  Snapchat  YY  penetration  statistics  Thailand  Laos  Vietnam  Cambodia  Myanmar  Burma  Brunei  Indonesia  Singapore  Malaysia  WeAreSocial  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
How Mobile Payment Works in China - Digits - WSJ
A look at the mobile payments market in China as Apple looks to launch there
mobilepayments  China  review  payments  personalaccount  Alipay  WeChat  Dianping  Didi  Kuaidi  WallStreetJournal  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
product insights from wechat — Medium
WeChat has grown from a chat and messaging app into China’s most impactful and engaged platform for communication, services, and payments with over 600 million monthly active users.
WeChat  China  mobilemessaging  review  profile  usage  consumer  statistics  engagement  mobilepayments  content  WeRun  quantifiedself  mobilecommerce  strategy  author:KatieZhu  Medium  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
'Zombie Fans' Are Quietly Stalking WeChat | Global News - Advertising Age
"Zombie fans" is the term used for fake followers that lurk on Chinese social media; such an infestation hit microblogging service Weibo and hurt the platform's credibility. But there are mindless, soulless followers haunting powerful app WeChat too, though they're not as obvious.
WeChat  Weibo  socialmedia  China  critique  Fraud  AdvertisingAge  2015 
september 2015 by inspiral
In Consumer Tech, the World is Round | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
It is my convictions that, in this sense, the world of consumer tech may be more local than global. In this sense, the world of consumer tech is round.
tech  localisation  globalisation  critique  smartphones  ecommerce  messaging  socialmedia  Xiaomi  Micromax  BluMobile  CherryMobile  Wiko  Smartfren  WhatsApp  WeChat  Line  KakaoTalk  Amazon  Flipkart  Rakuten  RocketInternet  global  Techpinions  2015 
may 2015 by inspiral
WeChat Rattles Alibaba In Hongbao Wars
The huge success of Tencent’s hongbao promotions over the Lunar New Year reflects the growing dominance of WeChat, which could marginalize other mobile services unless regulators step in to create a more level playing field.
WeChat  Alibaba  mobilepayments  China  NewYear  comparison  peertopeer  Forbes  2015 
march 2015 by inspiral
WeChat now a mobile money transfer app as well
Tech In Asia, says in a blog post that users will need to pair their WeChat account with the a bank account to do transfers.
WeChat  mobilepayments  peertopeer  China  Techzim  2014 
march 2015 by inspiral
Why Apps for Messaging Are Trending
BuzzFeed’s tactics could also offer a glimpse into how some personal messaging apps like Instagram, WeChat and Snapchat — already used by millions of people sharing text or images among friends — will be used in the future.

Some publishers, game makers and e-commerce companies are using the apps as a new distribution and moneymaking platform. Developers have been expanding the uses of the apps, making new functions possible. And investors, seeing huge potential, have driven the apps to ever-higher valuations.

“The most popular apps that sustain themselves day after day, month after month, at the top of the leader board, are messengers,” said Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures and an investor in Kik, a messaging app popular with young users. “That’s a reflection of what people do on their phones.”
mobilemessaging  growth  opportunity  webjournalism  distribution  WhatsApp  Viber  Kik  WeChat  BuzzFeed  NYTimes  2015 
january 2015 by inspiral
The Race to Become the WeChat of the West — Medium
This pattern isn’t new. IBM could have bought or built better PCs, but it didn’t. Microsoft could have bought or built better search, but it didn’t. Google could have bought or built better social networking, but it didn’t. Facebook will try to buy or build better chat. My bet is that it won’t. It’s much more likely that Facebook will be the Microsoft of chat. Should’ve won. Could’ve won. Didn’t win.

The WeChat of the West will have to come from somewhere other than 1 Hacker Way. And as WeChat, Snapchat and Kik are already showing, maybe it won’t come from Silicon Valley at all.
mobilemessaging  WeChat  innovation  growth  opportunity  mobileapps  Kik  Snapchat  author:TedLivingston  Medium  2014 
november 2014 by inspiral
How Clarins is using WeChat, Baidu and Tmall to expand in China | Econsultancy
China represents both a huge challenge and a huge opportunity for brands looking to expand into new markets.
Clarins  cosmetics  China  digitalmarketing  Baidu  WeChat  Tmall  creativeshowcase  Econsultancy  2014 
october 2014 by inspiral
GWI Trends: Mobile Messaging - Q3 2014
Track the most popular apps in the mobile messaging space and analyze how users feel about privacy, sharing and text messages.
mobilemessaging  growth  textmessage  comparison  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Skype  Viber  Line  Snapchat  KakaoTalk  WeChat  Tango  KikMessenger  Kik  penetration  global  GlobalWebIndex  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
App unbundling, search and discovery — Benedict Evans
All of this seems inevitable and inherent in the nature of the platform. It’s the reason why Facebook has moved from a de facto monopoly of social on the desktop to being merely the leader on mobile, buying the occasional breakout unbundler while experimenting with its own suite (‘constellation’) of different apps searching for new use cases However, looking at the Chinese internet market is always a great way to challenge your belief in what’s inevitable, and in this case both Baidu Maps and WeChat, amongst others, are thriving on exactly the opposite approach - bundling multiple services into one app. (WeChat and Baidu Maps are a bit different, so I'll focus on Baidu)
mobileapps  trends  bundling  unbundling  GoogleNow  Siri  BaiduMaps  WeChat  BenedictEvans  2014 
august 2014 by inspiral
Social, Digital & Mobile in India 2014
This report presents a comprehensive snapshot of all the key stats for the Social, Digital and Mobile landscape in India in 2014. Covering platform preferences, behavioural usage and device penetration, the report presents stand-out infographics that are ready to copy-paste direct into your own presentations and blogs.
socialmedia  smartphones  mobileinternet  internet  penetration  Facebook  Twitter  Google+  QQ  Qzone  WhatsApp  WeChat  LinkedIn  Tumblr  Weibo  Youtube  India  WeAreSocial  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Social, Digital & Mobile in The Middle East, North Africa & Turkey
This report offers a thorough, in-depth review of all the key stats for the Social, Digital and Mobile landscape around The Middle East, North Africa and Turkey in 2014. Packed with more than 140 slides covering 20 key countries around the region, this report has been designed to offer stand-out infographics that are ready to cut-and-paste direct into your own presentations and blogs.
socialmedia  smartphones  mobileinternet  internet  penetration  Facebook  Twitter  Google+  QQ  Qzone  WhatsApp  WeChat  LinkedIn  Tumblr  Weibo  Youtube  Algeria  Iraq  Lebanon  Palestine  Tunisia  Bahrain  Israel  Libya  Qatar  Turkey  Egypt  Jordan  Morocco  SaudiArabia  UAE  Iran  Kuwait  Oman  Syria  Yemen  WeAreSocial  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
As mobile internet usage rises in China, people send only about 1 SMS per day
WeChat is pretty much ubiquitous in China these days, and the rise of the popular messaging app is seen in the huge impact it’s had on how people use SMS. Or, rather, how people have largely stopped using SMS. New figures from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) show that people in China send an average of 39.8 text messages per month – which is barely more than one per day (well, 1.3 to be precise).
WeChat  mobilemessaging  growth  SMS  substitution  China  TechinAsia  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Mobile Megatrends 2014
Mobile Megatrends is an annual report that identifies and explains the latest trends in the mobile industry and their future impact. The Megatrends reports draw on the knowledge base from tens of graphs, data points and insights based on VisionMobile research. This, 5th annual report, focuses on how the mobile industry keeps reinventing itself and presents the fundamental business model changes behind the apps phenomenon, the evolution of mobile ecosystems and the future of HTML5 vs. native. This report examines five major trends that we expect to shape the future of mobile in the coming years: Apps: The Tip of the Iceberg Mobile Ecosystems: Don’t Come Late to the Game OTT Squared: Messaging Apps are the new Platforms Handset Business Reboot: Hardware is the new Distribution The Future of HTML5: Beyond the Browser
mobile  strategy  Android  Apple  iOS  WindowsMobile  mobileapps  mobilemessaging  WeChat  WhatsApp  Kik  KakaoTalk  Line  Viber  HTML5  VisionMobile  2014 
july 2014 by inspiral
Five important ecommerce trends in China during 2014 | Econsultancy
How big is Chinese ecommerce going to be in three to five years? McKinsey & Co. has produced a report suggesting that the market will be between US$420bn and US$650bn by 2020. At the start of a new year analysts like to predict trends for the year ahead. When 2014 began there was a slew of predictions about the ecommerce landscape in China. Now that it’s half way through the year I want to share with you some trends that are driving ecommerce in China. I’m going to look at how these trends have developed using some of the insights predicted by Chinese analysts.
ecommerce  China  trends  mobilecommerce  mobilepayments  OnlinetoOffline  socialcommerce  Alibaba  TaoBao  Tmall  Tenpay  WeChat  QRcode  cashless  review  Econsultancy  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
WeChat rises to become fastest growing messaging app in the last year - GlobalWebIndex | Analyst View Blog
But there’s one name to watch in particular – WeChat. The Tencent-owned chat service has long been a dominant force in China, where it continues to grow and is now used by an impressive 73% of the online population aged 16-64. Significantly, though, its buoyant levels of growth at a global level suggest that it could quickly become the first non-US social platform to achieve the type of international reach previously enjoyed only by names like Facebook.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  growth  mobileapps  GlobalWebIndex  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Oreo connects Chinese families through custom-built 'Emoji' app on Wechat - Brand Republic News
Oreo aims to bring Chinese parents who are worried about the lack of direct communication with their children, into closer contact with a custom-built Wechat app that is built around the growing "Emoji" trend.
WeChat  Oreo  emoji  stickers  FMCG  creativeshowcase  mobilemessaging  MarketingMagazine  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
Messaging 2.0 Is Now Over | TechCrunch
Before we dive into the details of Messaging 2.0, it’s important to understand the context of where this market started. Given the network effects intrinsic to communications apps, it is not surprising that they arrive in waves. Internet portals ruled the first generation of messaging apps, with companies like AOL, Yahoo, and Microsoft each developing their own eponymous apps. AOL came out with its app in May 1997, while Yahoo and Microsoft followed in 1998 and 1999, respectively. In China, the popular messaging app QQ was launched in 1999 by Tencent, the large internet conglomerate.
messaging  instantmessaging  mobilemessaging  evolution  AOLInstantMessenger  ICQ  KakaoTalk  Viber  Kik  WeChat  Line  FacebookMessenger  iMessage  Snapchat  ephemeral  anonymity  TechCrunch  2014 
june 2014 by inspiral
WeChat grows to 396 million active users
WeChat has now grown to 396 million monthly active users. That’s up from 355 million at the end of 2013, and has nearly doubled from 195 million exactly a year ago. Because Tencent reevaluated the way it calculates monthly active users (MAUs) for WeChat in Q4 last year, it’s not safe to say that WeChat’s growth has slowed dramatically, although it appears that way in the graph.
Tencent  WeChat  statistics  penetration  global  mobilemessaging  TechinAsia  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
LINE vs. WeChat. Get ready to rumble. | Satisfy my soul
An enthusiastic user of LINE, Mark Bivens faces off against Jerry Yang, a WeChat apologist, on the merits of each app. MB:    First, I think we can agree on one thing: that WhatsApp, BBM, Viber, Telegram, eBuddy, Nimbuzz, SnapChat, and even Kik do not swim in the same pond as Line, WeChat, and KakaoTalk. To suggest otherwise would be like comparing a goldfish to Moby Dick. So the real debate, if one is to be had, is about Line vs. WeChat vs. KakaoTalk. JY:      I fully agree. People need to stop comparing WeChat to WhatsApp. Furthermore, I suggest we call stalemate on KakaoTalk, since, impressive as it seems to be, neither of us uses it (nor does anyone outside South Korea it would seem).
Line  WeChat  mobilemessaging  comparison  stickers  growth  mobilecommerce  MarkBivens  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
Messaging apps surge in popularity / We Are Social
GlobalWebIndex’s latest figures show that messaging services are experiencing strong levels of growth in all parts of the world. And with Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest recording rises too, it’s clear that the big players like Facebook are no longer the first-choice destination for some of our social behaviours. Jason Mander, Head of Trends at GlobalWebIndex, exclusively talks us through some of their key findings.
socialmedia  mobilemessaging  growth  decline  penetration  global  Facebook  Google+  Youtube  Twitter  LinkedIn  Instagram  Pinterest  Myspace  Orkut  Tumblr  Badoo  Reddit  Quora  SinaWeibo  TencentWeibo  Yammer  Snapchat  Kik  WhatsApp  Vine  Line  WeChat  FacebookMessenger  GlobalWebIndex  2014 
may 2014 by inspiral
WeChat Adds Air Ticket Booking Service | TechNode
WeChat’s m-commerce offerings has added flight booking service that is provided by LY.com (formerly 17u.cn), a Chinese online travel service Tencent has a stake in. Payments, of course, are supported by WeChat Payment.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  mobilecommerce  China  launch  travel  Tencent  TechNode  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
Tencent: The Secretive, Chinese Tech Giant That Can Rival Facebook and Amazon | Fast Company | Business Innovation
A tech war has raged in China, and a winner seems ready to emerge. It's Tencent--a controversial, $139 billion company with nearly a billion users, which functions like Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Uber all rolled into one. Now it's gunning for global expansion.
Tencent  QQ  WeChat  mobilemessaging  China  strategy  management  PonyMa  profile  critique  FastCompany  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
Messaging Apps: The New Face of Social Media and What it Means for Brands
In this report, we’ll explore how the battle for messaging app dominance is likely to unfold, and take a close look at the ecosystem, case studies, and best practices to understand what brands and media owners need to know to succeed in this new frontier of social media.
mobilemessaging  mobilemarketing  creativeshowcase  Snapchat  TacoBell  Kik  OneDirection  Tango  ClashofClans  DunkinDonuts  Line  PaulMcCartney  WeChat  Pepsi  burberry  McDonalds  IPGMediaLab  AdvertisingAge  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
The Emerging Global Web
The web was first conceived 25 years ago, by an Englishman. Fifteen years later, as the first crop of dot.coms were going bust, close to 60% of its users (and all Alexa "top 20" sites) came from developed nations. Fast forward to today, and the picture is strikingly different. Almost half the Alexa "top 20" now comes from emerging economies. Economies where close to 3 billion people have yet to use the web, but thanks to mobile--won't have to wait much longer to discover it. This presentation will introduce you to fascinating and innovative services that are re-shaping the web to serve the consumers of tomorrow. Driven by mobile, the power of personal relationships, and the breakneck pace of globalisation, these services provide a glimpse into the business models, opportunities and challenges we will face, when growing a truly global web.
emergingmarkets  developingworld  ecommerce  mobilecommerce  mobileinternet  disintermediation  QRcode  Instagram  Facebook  Alibaba  Alipay  mobilepayments  WeChat  TaoBao  Jumia  YY  China  growth  evolution  Yiibu  2014 
april 2014 by inspiral
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