China Digital Marketing 101

If you’re learning about marketing in China, this is a great place to start.

In fact, if you’re in the business of selling high-value items like technology solutionsprofessional services or higher education then this is the most useful English-language guide about Chinese marketing in the world—and it’s free.

We’ve been writing and updating this content since 2008. Each post is thoroughly researched. Most are battle-tested too, meaning these are the marketing methods that we’ve used over and over again. Learning them will help your company (or institution) drive up revenue in China.

Chinese Search Marketing

Learn about Baidu and China’s major search engines, both for advertising and search engine optimization.

Baidu can be a powerful tool to drive targeted traffic for your business. Still, there are many differences between Baidu and Google.

  1. Baidu Marketing
    1. A Video Tour of Baidu
    2. China’s 4 Major Search Engines
    3. Baidu Pay Per Click Search Advertising Guide
    4. Baidu SEO Basics – How to Optimize Your Site for Baidu
      1. Technical On-site SEO
    5. Baidu Analytics Guide
    6. What Is Baidu Baike?

Chinese Social and Content Marketing

Learn about China’s social platforms, how regular people use them, and how to use them for marketing.

The Chinese social media ecosystem is unique. All major Western platforms are blocked in China.

  1. Six Chinese Social Media Platforms You Need to Know
  2. WeChat Content Marketing
    1. A Video Tour of WeChat
    2. What is a WeChat Company Page (Official Account)
    3. WeChat Subscription Accounts vs Service Accounts
    4. How to Write Great WeChat Articles
    5. WeChat Analytics
    6. WeChat Menu Configuration (Turning Your WeChat Account Into a Mini Website)
    7. WeChat Account Setup Guide
  3. Xiaohongshu Introduction
  4. Weibo Marketing
    1. A Video Tour of Weibo
    2. A Simple Guide to Weibo Setup & Verification for Foreign Companies
    3. Weibo Advertising Tips
  5. Douyin Marketing
    1. A Video Tour of Douyin
    2. A Thorough Guide to Influencing on Douyin
  6. A Video Tour of Zhihu 
    1. Guide to Advertising on Zhihu
    2. Zhihu Marketing for B2B
    3. Zhihu setup and verification
  7. A Tour of Bilibili 
    1. A Comprehensive Guide to Bilibili Account Setup and Verification
    2. 11 Bilibili Marketing Tips
  8. Live-streaming
  9. Make the Most of Your Content Marketing in China
  10. What is Toutiao? (Chinese Social News Platform) 

Websites – Localization, Hosting and Payments

Learn how to adjust your website for Chinese users.

Your website will be a hub for your Chinese marketing campaign. You’ll definitely need to place high-quality Chinese content on it. Besides that, you should decide how to make sure your website is accessible in China, loads quickly and offers a good user experience.

  1. How to Check Your Website’s Speed in China
  2. The Simple Guide to Chinese Website Transcreation
  3. How to Optimize a Website’s Loading Speed for China
  4. Choosing the Right Chinese Company Name
  5. Online Payments in China
    1. How to Use Stripe to Accept Payments via Alipay and WeChat Pay
  6. How to Host Videos in China
  7. How to Use Google Analytics in China
  8. Baidu Analytics Guide

B2B Marketing

Learn how to put together a Chinese B2B marketing campaign to beat the competitions’.

B2B is one of the two core areas where we work. In this section, we revisit the marketing methods from above, while reframing in a B2B context.

  1. Top 10 Chinese B2B Marketing Tactics for 2021
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    1. understand WeChat and how to use it for marketing,
    2. know how Baidu differs from Google,
    3. decide what to do with your website,
    4. get results from organic search traffic with less effort,
    5. earn the trust of your future Chinese clients, and
    6. avoid some newbie mistakes that would otherwise cause you pain down the road.
  3. Zhihu Marketing for B2B

Marketing for Educational Institutions (Student Recruitment)

Learn how to promote a school, college or university in China.

While most the content above is relevant to education marketing, the posts below provide additional context. They’ll help teach you where to reach Chinese students, how to increase the number of applications, and how to support your agents better.

  1. Complete List of Ways to Recruit Chinese International Students
  2. Survey of Chinese International Students on Problems They Face Abroad
  3. How do Chinese International Students Choose Where to Study?
  4. How to Use WeChat for Student Recruitment

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