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48 quotes from the Future of Digital Marketing

What does the future hold for digital marketing, ecommerce and retail?

That's the question the speakers at Econsultancy's Future of Digital Marketing conference try to answer every year.

Here are 48 quotes from 2014's event, ranging from wearables to China, digital transformation to user interfaces, retail to the smart home.

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Welcome to digital in China: the people, platforms and players

Given the sheer size of China’s economy and the all-encompassing power of its communist government, it’s easy to think of it as a place where speed and innovation might be stifled.

However the very opposite is true according to Ogilvy & Mather's head of digital in APAC Barney Loehnis, who gave one of the keynote talks at Econsultancy’s Future of Digital Marketing event.

Loehnis who has been working in Asia for eight years, describes the working environment as “brutal”.

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Is Baidu pay per click advertising the only way into China?

It has been said that, “great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people.” But any discussion about doing business in China cannot help but talk about people.

According to the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) by the end of 2013 there were 618m internet users in China. This is around 46% of the population. 500m people use mobile devices to connect to the internet and 302m people are e-shoppers.

But I don’t want to focus on discussing people, although it is quite clear that is a barometer of business in China. I want to discuss some ideas as to how to connect with these people.

What ways can brands from outside China reach these people?

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Ecommerce in China: 25+ stats that highlight one big opportunity

The sheer size of the Chinese ecommerce market makes it an enticing challenge for many Western businesses.

And to give an idea of exactly why brands like Burberry, ASOS and Selfridges are hoping to expand East, I’ve rounded up some stats which reveal the scale of the opportunity for online retail in China.

This post gives a good foundation for any ecommerce professionals with an interest in the Chinese market, and in future posts I’ll take a look at the major players within the industry, including Alibaba Group, Tencent and Baidu.

Or for more information, read our posts looking at how to approach social marketing in China and 30+ interesting stats about mobile commerce in APAC...

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Western brands selling to a China that’s increasingly open

The Chinese market is massive and whilst American and European brands are actively pursuing it, Chinese companies are also actively courting this interest.

In this post, I’ll give some examples of brands that have moved into China, selling directly online. I’ll also detail moves from Chinese companies such as Alibaba, which is encouraging US retailers to sell into the country, as well as Chinese brands partnering with US brands with both parties benefitting.

To start with some context, Ernst & Young estimate that by 2030, China’s ‘middle’ will number 1bn and represent two thirds of the world’s middle.

And despite this burgeoning demand in China, home-grown brands are lacking. As China’s twelfth five-year plan comes to end (one of its tenets is aimed at encouraging national brands, not just designers), there are an increasing number of international partner brands in China, and some Western businesses have been bought, too.

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10 interesting digital marketing statistics we've seen this week

Here are some of the best stats that we've seen this week.

This week it includes Facebook's latest billion dollar purchase, ecommerce integration, Android's dominance of the smartphone market and online marketing spend in China.

And for more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.

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Seven on-page SEO tips for Baidu

Baidu is often referred to as the Chinese Google, and while its respective dominance in its market is similar to Google's, this can lead to the misconception that the two search engines differ only in name and region.

This is of course not the case. Baidu is a completely different search engine to Google, with different values and ranking factors.

Read on to find out my seven on-page tips for Baidu SEO, or for more information on this topic download Econsultancy's Baidu Search Best Practice Guide.

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Baidu’s Zeitgeist 2013: stats and trends

Last month we looked at 2013’s UK edition of Google’s Zeitgeist which always proves an interesting overview of the most popular trends in our search behaviour over the year.

But as China gears up to celebrate the start of its new year, let’s turn to Baidu to see how search habits in the east might compare.

These stats and trends, as well as a wealth of Christmas ecommerce data can be found in the latest edition of our Internet Statistics Compendium.

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The state of digital marketing in China: highlights from Digital Cream Shanghai 2013

This year we hosted our second Digital Cream in Shanghai, and because we liked the venue so much from last year, we decided to hold it again at exactly the same place.

There’s something quite enthralling to be running our Digital Cream senior marketers’ roundtable gathering at one of the top night spots in town, especially when it’s located in mainland China.

There’s the stunning skyline view of downtown Shanghai, the Huangpu tributary of the Yangtze river running through the vibrant metropolis, and the feeling that you’re somewhere incredibly special and, dare I say it, more than a little auspicious.

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How one chippy can help your business capitalise upon the Chinese market

One UK chippy has caused quite a stir among Chinese tourists. The owner Robert Savvides was baffled by the influx of Chinese people for a couple of years until he realised that the power of international SEO can aid many small UK businesses.

An interesting news feature emerged on the BBC News website last week.

It’s a quaint story about a sea-facing Brighton chippy enjoying an influx of Chinese diners...

 

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Censorship or surveillance: which keywords are flagged in China?

What do censorship and surveillance programmes look for? What can this tell us about internet usage in China?

Can we contrast with the perceived surveillance state of the West? What are the implications for a company in the Chinese market?

Unsurprisingly, there are lots of questions still to be answered about the state of the internet in China.

First Monday has this month published a very interesting paper, presenting an analysis of data from a year and a half tracking the censorship and surveillance keyword lists of two instant messaging (IM) programs used in China.

I thought it would be useful to sum up what Crandall et al. found, so you don’t have to read the whole thing. Although this study looks at IM clients, there are certainly findings that can be extrapolated across public services, such as Baidu and Sina Weibo.

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Six key considerations for succeeding with digital transformation

This is a summary of the six key points from a talk I made in Shanghai (with Tencent) on behalf of Econsultancy on strategic management issues in digital transformation.

In addition, I've given my first reflections about the Chinese digital market.

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