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When reading about WeChat it’s impossible not to marvel at its popularity in China and the range of functionality it offers to both consumers and brands.
Western tech companies can only dream of delivering the same array of tools and features. While apps in the West tend to focus on doing one thing really well, WeChat can handle commerce, social networking, banking, and travel bookings, among other tasks.
This week's digital news sees plenty from the world of social media, alongside a dose of alt-right controversy and some smashing results from China.
Elsewhere, we've seen gender updates from Tinder and a lovely Rube Goldberg recruitment video from AT&T.
Three out of every five people on Earth and more than half of the global internet population live in an Asia-Pacific (APAC) country.
With impressive numbers like this, it is likely that most in our industry will, at some point, face the challenge of marketing in the region.
WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell believes that when it comes to walled gardens, "the more the merrier." And it looks like he just might get his wish.
That's because throughout the digital economy, walled gardens seem to be sprouting.
At Facebook’s F8 conference earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg said “(Instant messaging) is going to be the next big platform for helping you connect with all kinds of services in new ways".
When you bear in mind this is a man who spent the best part of $22bn buying WhatsApp, you can be pretty sure he’s going to be right.
But where is instant messaging heading and what does this mean for marketers?
"Bots are better without the conversation."
With so many marketers parroting on about customer experience, we may have temporarily lost sight of what users really value - speed and convenience. To borrow a phrase, 'don't make me think.'
Here are the most eye-catching digital marketing stats from APAC in April.
This month's topics include WeChat, video advertising, Indian ecommerce, Chinese digital agencies and much more.
More stats are available in Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium.
Every quarter, Econsultancy delivers an update on the major internet players in China and their user experience.
Subscribers can download the full China Digital Report, but I've had a skirt through and picked out some interesting bits you may or may not know about digital in China.
Private messaging is social's next big ad frontier, but there’s huge potential for these apps to evolve beyond being just another ad platform.
In the East, platforms like WeChat show how messaging apps can be potent channels for commerce, and all indications are that the same could one day be true in the West.
29 Days later and it's time for another stats roundup from the Asia Pacific region.
February's roundup includes LINE, WePay, mobile and programmatic advertising in Australia, virtual reality in China, print (!), Japanese ad spend, Tmall, social media use and more.
For years in the Econsultancy London offices there was a QR code stuck to the microwave that took the unsuspecting scanner to a video of George Dawes' song, 'Peanuts'.
The joke was that this QR code was a bit of an easter egg for anyone crazy enough to both have a QR reader app and be willing to scan in public ("Wow, you're a scanner, man. Far out.")
In China, QR codes are less of a joke. Much less.
Here are 10 ways they are used.
Messaging is one of the hottest social channels today, but it's also one that's hard for businesses and marketers to access.
That could, however, be changing.