In Part 1 of our guide to Weibo advertising, we introduced the types of ads available to businesses, their advantages and disadvantages, and their unique features. In Part 2 of our guide, we are going to explore how to target an audience on Weibo, how to maximize effective reach, the bidding process, and the account registration process.
Weibo, China’s second-largest social media platform (after WeChat), is essential territory for companies that wish to run effective advertising campaigns in China. Although Twitter-style micro-blogging is at its heart, the platform involves so much more than the oft-touted, erroneous analogy, ‘China’s Twitter’. In fact, Weibo has a wide range of features, from fully-integrated e-commerce to news feeds, from gaming to video feeds.
The rise of brand-savvy buyers has forever changed the way Chinese shoppers consume media, especially when it comes to beauty and cosmetics. To be successful within the Chinese cosmetics marketing, you don’t have to be a big cosmetic brand like L’Oréal, Estee Lauder or SK-II; smaller brands still have the opportunity to excel as long as they understand the value of personalization.
As with all marketing, social media trends can change drastically from year to year and this is especially true when it comes to social media platforms in China. As social media sites continue to develop their own niche, brands need to stay up-to-date on the latest platforms to market their business. Whether you are an experienced marketer or a marketer looking to venture into Chinese social media marketing, it’s helpful to know the most popular social media sites around.
Weibo, was once herald as the only social media platform in China, but has since been overshadowed by the rise of WeChat and the growing popularity of Toutiao. It is true that we barely hear about Weibo marketing anymore, but Weibo is the second most popular social media platform in China. The company is continuing to experience significant growth with its user base nearing 500 million users.
With the explosion of recent digital success from trending platforms such as Douyin, Toutiao and WeChat mini programs, it can be easy to forget the power and relevance of Weibo. However, don’t be quick to dismiss the influence of Weibo as it is still arguably one of the most influential social media platforms in China.
With the rise of social media in this digital era, it’s no surprise that the fast-moving influencer industry has developed at an even more advanced pace. The digital age has seen a shift in marketing with the presence of KOL. KOL, better known as Key Opinion Leaders, are what consumers are drifting towards in hopes of finding some authenticity from the traditional approach of digital advertising.