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NBH attend at the Alibaba Group summer event in Germany!

NBH attend at the Alibaba Group summer event in Germany!

Alibaba is one of the biggest eCommerce companies in the world, owning eCommerce sites such as Tmall and Taobao, with millions of users every day. This week, on the 13th of September, Alibaba held its summer event in Germany to give the latest insights into digital marketing and eCommerce in China.  

NBH always wants to stay ahead when it comes to digital marketing in China and NBH had the chance to attend the event.

During the event, Alibaba gave insights into:

  • New developments
  • Alibaba ecosystem
  • New trends within consuming and digital marketing
  • … And much more!  

Alibaba gave up-to-date insight and knowledge of new trends within live shopping, metaverse and so much more! The tech industry is really moving fast and the creativity and possibilities have no limit.

Also, we had the chance to meet interesting people, network, and exchange knowledge about business in China!  

“Thank you to Alibaba Group, Tmall Global, and especially to the Tmall Global BD team! Also, big shoutout to April Zhong that held a great speech about the advantages for global brands on Tmall” said, Max Twisselman, Business Developer at NBH.”

Max Twisselman, NBH Business Developer, togteher with April Zhong, Tmall Global
NBH become a member of the Sweden-China Trade Council!

NBH become a member of the Sweden-China Trade Council!

NBH is happy to announce that we are now a member of the Sweden-China Trade Council’s network!

“I’m very happy to welcome NBH as a new member of the  Sweden-China Trade Council’s network!” Says, Elisabet Söderström, CEO, Sweden-China Trade Council

Sweden-China Trade Council has unique knowledge and experience when it comes to business exchange between companies from Sweden and China.

If you are interested in China and Chinese business, please check out their LinkedIn page and website.

“We are happy and excited to become a member of Sweden China Trade Council. We are confident that in partnership with Sweden China Trade Council we can increase the knowledge about the possibilities within digital marketing for Swedish companies doing business with China.” Says, Jonathan Kullman, CEO at NBH.

NBH takes you to the Moon(cake): Find out how  brands adapt their marketing for the Mid-Autumn Festival

NBH takes you to the Moon(cake): Find out how brands adapt their marketing for the Mid-Autumn Festival

The Moon festival is taking place this weekend September 10th. The Moon festival, mostly known as the Mid-Autumn festival and Mooncake festival, is one of the biggest holidays in China!

With this said, if you are a marketer operating in China, this festival is also important for you!

Mid-Autumn Festival is well known for its Mooncakes. During the festival, people buy mooncakes as gifts to family, colleagues, partners, clients, and friends. This is something that brands have picked up over the years. Brands take the chance to market the finest and most creative gift boxes with innovative mooncakes flavors!

In this insight, NBH will give you a brief introduction to the Mid-Autumn Festival. Why -and how is it celebrated, and most importantly, how do brands market their Mooncakes 2022?

Here is a sneak peek of our Mooncake gift box 2022, find more info below.

NBH Mooncake gift box 2022

The celebration of Mid-Autumn Festival  

The festival has a history of over 3000 years and has therefore many meanings and mythic stories. It is celebrated on the 15th of the 8th lunar month after the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival’s custom is to worship the moon and thank it for the harvest.

Today, the holiday is known for gatherings with family, having dinner, welcoming the autumn, and eating mooncakes!

This year the festival falls on the 10th of September and is celebrated until the 12th of September.

How does brands “celebrate” the Mid-Autumn Festival?

Mooncakes and various decorations can be found in the shopping windows, weeks before the festival! The mooncake has truly become the symbol of this holiday, and brands almost compete to make the most creative mooncake gift boxes.

NBH has dived into how global brands have chosen to market their mooncakes this year 2022!

Looking into social media -and eCommerce platforms the feed is full of gift boxes, mooncake tutorials, pictures, and mooncake hauls.

NBH gives you a few examples:

  • Dior

Dior, did a comeback this year by doing a spectacular mooncake box with different flavors.

Dior Mooncake box 2022. Images via the social media platform Little Red Book
  • Mercedes Benz
Picture: @Elvira – Little Red Book
  • Gucci

Scrolling on social media, the box from Gucci is seen a lot. Their box sure is something extra, check in this video:

Video showing the Gucci Mooncake box of 2022

  • Oatly

Looking up to the brands in the north of Europe. The Swedish food supplier Oatly, thinking outside the box by making this playful box.

Image: Taobao
  • NBH

Mooncake box is also a very common way to show gratefulness to colleagues, partners, and clients. For our clients in China, we at NBH created this box.

NBH Mooncake gift box 2022

The Mid-Autumn festival is really a good opportunity to create relationships with your followers, clients, and customers. The Mooncake gift has really no limits to creativity and tells the story of your brand.

How does your brand adapt to China’s Cultural festivals?

NBH has years of expertise in working with digital marketing in China. Our expertise is available in both Europe and China.

Depending on your industry and audience we adapt your marketing to the right platforms. Find out more we can help you drive campaigns to increase your online presence in China, and why not book a meeting?

The NBH Guide: Meet Douyin, the mother of Tiktok. How can you as a marketer use Douyin for your  China online presence?

The NBH Guide: Meet Douyin, the mother of Tiktok. How can you as a marketer use Douyin for your China online presence?

If we say Doyin it might not tell you much, but if we say Tiktok I hope you are on it!

Although Tiktok is the western version of Douyin, there are many big differences. As often when it comes to digital China, new platforms are faster adopted by the users and quickly acceptable to use as a marketing tool. In the west, Tiktok is mainly an app for young adults and teens but Douyin is used among all ages and all types of persons.

The app has in a short time, since it appeared in 2016, sprung out of no wear, as an incomparable success. It is fair to argue that it’s the most successful digital phenomenon in China ever.

But what is the key to the success, and how can it be used for you as a marketer in China?

NBH gives you a brief insight and presentation!

The background of Douyin

Douyin was originally launched in 2016 by the company ByteDance. The western version of Tiktok was released in 2017 but wasn’t booming until 2018. It’s vital to understand that Tiktok and Douyin are two different but similar apps, hosted on different servers, and has no other connections to each other than the mother company. 

Douyin is in many ways a very simple app that gives the user the ability to record short (15 seconds to 10 minutes) videos with filters, and watch (15 seconds to 10 minutes) videos in a continuously never-ending flow. The user-friendly functions make it easy for ordinary people to be creative and playful. In fact, most of the content on Douyin is produced by ordinary users.

The founder Zhang Yiming has created an AI-based algorithm that learns user behavior to adjust and tailor the content. In addition to Douyin, Zhang Yiming has also created the news app Toutiao, which has also been widely spread in China. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to return to it later in our insights series.

Some figures

  • Douyin reached over 180 million active users in only two years from its release
  • It is estimated to have over 600 million daily users by the end of 2022
  • It’s predicted to have over 800 million daily users in 2025
  • The average user of Douyin spends about 120 minutes a day on the app
  • The everyday user time has increased by 25% a year since the release

The key to the success

The simple explanation for Douyin’s great success lies in the well-developed technical platform with sophisticated algorithms. The algorithms direct the content towards the specific user’s behavior pattern in order to arouse as much interest as possible. Because the content is adapted to the user, no feed is exactly the same as another.

The user also has limited opportunities to influence the content through, for example, searches. A video is displayed and can either be viewed or clicked away. The algorithms receive direct information about which material is appreciated or not.

Douyin has also been marketing the app to just the right target group, early adapters. Initially younger women in their middle or early 20s. With increased popularity, the app has since then been spread among different ages and genders.

All of these factors together can be summed up in the fact that they released a well-developed app, to exactly the right target audience, at exactly the right time. And let’s be honest, isn’t a good product and the right marketing the recipe for success?

Picture: Appstore. Douyin taking over the scene of e-commerce.

Why use Douyin for marketing

The first and most obvious reason to include Douyin in your marketing plan is that no other app can get as large a visibility in such a short time frame as Douyin.

They also have many suitable solutions such as:

  • Direct linking to e-commerce shops, if you have more than 10 videos posted
  • A self-developed native e-commerce ecosystem where the user is able to make purchases directly in the app

With its constantly growing userbase and its e-commerce ecosystem it’s fair to think that it’s mainly for B2C. And of course, you can’t hide the fact that it is huge for B2C. Clothes, cosmetic, and food is by far the most popular e-commerce categories on Douyin. But on the other hand, it also brings lots of opportunities for B2B.

Since the competition is not as tough when it comes to B2B companies that market themselves via Douyin, there are opportunities to reach out to their customers in a creative, new, and fun way. Why not film from the production or film a tutorial with the pros and cons of using your product?

How to use Douyin for marketing

There are different accounts that can be used for marketing on Douyin. There are both certificated accounts and business accounts. If you want to brand yourself, a certified account is the way, but for companies, a business account is the easiest way. There are many advantages by getting a business account, among other things, the possibility to make longer videos, get access to advertising, sticker-adds, and more visibility through the algorithms.

Another big advantage of having a business account is that once you get approved by Douyin, you get a lot of credit. It simply becomes more trusted.

It’s also important to keep in mind that Doyin is first and foremost a video app with music. In order to capture interest and create visibility, it is therefore important to adapt to the platform. Create creative and exciting materials that feel genuine and well-produced.

Work with KOL:s

The most effective way to get visibility on Doyin is to work with KOL:s. The KOL already has its fan base and the algorithm reaches out to its followers. If you which to do a collaboration with a KOL it’s therefore important to pick someone that reaches out to our targeted audience.

NBH has years of expertise in working with digital marketing in China. Our expertise is available in both Europe and China.

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Don’t miss out, stay ahead of the Autumn/Winter happenings in China 2022

Don’t miss out, stay ahead of the Autumn/Winter happenings in China 2022

The summer of 2022 is on its last breath and autumn is knocking on our doors. NBH hopes that all of our partners, followers, and colleagues have had a wonderful vacation and are ready to get started again!

Some say that the start of autumn is the real new year and sure It brings a lot of opportunities and exciting events. Events and cultural traditions are a well-proven way to understand and get to know your targeted market.

NBH lists China’s biggest happenings for autumn/winter of 2022. Don’t miss out!

Mid-autumn Festival (Mooncake festival), 10-12 September

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as Mooncake Festival, is a tradition from ancient times, celebrated with family and loved ones. The festival is mostly known for its mooncake.

National day (Golden week), 1st – 7st October

The national day is celebrated on the 1st of October. It is also the first day of one week holiday, known as – The Golden Week! A holiday for travel, spending time with family, and lots of activities around the country!

China International Import Expo, 5th – 10th November

The China International Import Expo (CIIE) is held in Shanghai. It is the world’s first import-themed national-level expo and a big forum for trade and business.

Shopping festival: 11.11 (Singles day), November 11th

Singles day is the world’s largest day and China’s answer to black Friday and cyber Monday. For marketers, it is one of the most important days of the year. It started as an answer to valentines day – be proud of being single (treat yourself with shopping 😉 ).

Double 12 (12.12) Shopping Festival, December 12th

The double 12 ends the Chinese shopping festival year and it is the third biggest shopping festival of the year. It starts only a month after singles day, but as a marketer, you should not miss this.

Christmas and new years

These traditions don’t need any further explanation and all through Christmas and the new year aren’t as big in China as in the west, there sure is Xmas and new year feeling even in China.

The list of these happenings has sure one thing in common, it brings great opportunity for your company or brand to get closer to your China market. But, as always, do things with quality!

NBH has years of expertise in working with digital marketing in China. Our expertise is available in both Europe and China.

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