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Smartphone manufacturers ditch Google applications to lure patriotic Russian buyers, as m-tailing soars among country's consumers

17 March 2014

With purchasing via smartphones doubling over the last 12 months, Russian consumers are now being wooed by localised interfaces and proprietary software, with the Yandex search-engine emerging as the handset...Read More


Taxi app wars provide windfall for Dalian passengers and drivers

5 March 2014

With Tencent and Alibaba, two of the mainland's digital giants, locked in a battle for taxi app supremacy, passengers and operators have benefitted from generous rebates and rewards, but what happens when...Read More


Fresh food online: the mainland's greatest e-commerce challenge

17 Feb 2014

Described as the "last blue ocean" by mainland e-commerce operators, fulfilling online orders for fresh food offers a hugely lucrative opportunity for those who can get it right, though many have already...Read More


Online-offline integration set to be future for mainland retail players

13 Feb 2014

Rather than facing extinction, conventional retailers are learning to live with their digital counterparts, while forging innovative joint initiatives aimed at boosting consumer service and maximising...Read More


The singular selling secrets of the online "Double 11" winners

14 Jan 2014

"Double 11" or Singles Day is now the biggest event on the mainland online calendars. Three very different companies share their experience of dominating their respective e-tailing sectors in the hard-fought...Read More


Multi-stage solutions to the challenge of multi-channel marketing

13 Dec 2013

With targetted spend set to out-strip search spend by 2020, owning and managing your data has never been more important to digital marketing success, according to speakers at the 2013 Dmexco event in Cologne....Read More


WeChat outage proves its mainland marketing credentials

25 Oct 2013

With WeChat now boasting 235.8 million subscribers, the battle continues to monetise the service....Read More


As the novelty expires, e-commerce learns to love consumer service

24 Oct 2013

With e-commerce now becoming an unexceptional part of many consumers' typical shopping regimen, digital sales channels need to learn to love customer service, according to delegates at London's eCommerce...Read More


If you're not going mobile, you're not really going anywhere – all the latest trends in international e-commerce at Ad:tech London

15 Oct 2013

The death of banner ads, the optimisation of digital marketing for mobile platforms and the importance of understanding regional online preferences dominated the proceedings at Ad:tech London, the global...Read More


US shoppers go mobile as industry struggles to agree pay platform

4 Oct 2013

Delegates at this year's Electronic Retailers Association's Direct to Consumer Convention gathered in Las Vegas to review the mobile purchasing revolution that is currently rewriting the US retail rulebook....Read More


Selling product through social media – lessons from Europe and beyond

25 Sept 2013

Rob Brown, one of the UK's leading authorities on social media, analyses the role of digital channels in the marketing mix....Read More


Mainland economy welcomes first couch potato crop

6 Sept 2013

Excess commuting times, a reluctance to socialise, enhanced home delivery, ever more competitive pricing and the rapid growth of a door-to-door service industry are all nurturing a new generation of "lazy...Read More


One year on, how has the mainland taken to WeChat marketing?

29 Aug 2013

In August 2012, the mainland's most popular text messaging service offered its services to brands and retailers for the first time. Now, 12 months on, we assess WeChat's contribution to the highly-competitive...Read More


Clear signal for foreign investment in India telcoms

9 July 2013

Overseas investors set to wholly own Indian telco companies for first time. Deal set to boost beleaguered sector and attract up to $10 billion new FDI....Read More


The challenge of m-commerce, the rise of BYOD and Myanmar joins the wired world: CommunicAsia 2013

5 July 2013

Asia's largest information communication technology event calls for greater m-commerce readiness across the region, while assessing the twin impacts of cloud computing and the in-work use of personal mobile...Read More


China sets out cloud computing strategy
- The Cloud China 2013 Exhibition and Seminar

8 May 2013

Cloud computing is woefully underdeveloped in China, compared to Europe and the US, but offers huge potential for businesses, particularly in the personal computing sector, delegates told...Read More


TV, or not TV?
- report from MIPTV 2013, Cannes

19 April 2013

There was more talk about "trans-media opportunities" than of TV itself at the French industry show. But that didn't escape the fact that content is still king and Hong Kong stands out as a selling platform...Read More


There's an app for that

18 April 2013

Taiwan's enthusiasm for smartphones is matched by increasing enthusiasm for the many apps now available through them. Rakuten Ichiba of Japan has taken the mood for better food a step closer with a cuisine-conquering...Read More


Going loco online

17 April 2013

Mexicans are going on the Internet in droves, although from a low base in terms of online sales. That said, some categories of sales have been increasing impressively recently, particularly focused on...Read More


"Group buy" makes money in Xian

28 March 2013

There's been a wave of Xian companies transforming to "group buy" sites, with mixed results. But 2013 is showing websites beginning to make profits...Read More

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