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How Chinese Use the Internet: 2012 Usage Statistics

November 28, 2012 - 9:33 am in Archive, Data & Facts, Uncategorized

According to the latest data from the China Internet Network Information Center, instant messaging remains the most popular online activity in China with 445 million users (82.8% penetration of total Chinese netizen) Popular instant message tools including…

China E-Commerce: Online Shopping Market Size Reached RMB 268 billion

October 24, 2012 - 9:16 am in Archive, Data & Facts

During second quarter of 2012, China’s online shopping transaction volume reached RMB268 billion, representing a 17.6% increase compared with Q1. C2C…

Latest Data from Alibaba’s Taobao & Insights for Marketers

March 8, 2012 - 8:09 pm in Archive, Data & Facts

Taobao.com, part of the Alibaba Group, is the largest online C2C/B2C e-commerce platform in China. Taobao recently released its 2011 annual consumer data…

Connecting Chinese Businesses with Global Consumers | Interview with Alan Tien, GM of PayPal China

China’s e-commerce market represents a $38.5 billion dollar opportunity. In particular, the B2C market is experiencing tremendous growth. Online shops that may have began as a single person operation on Taobao.com, are incorporating into formal online businesses…

Which Chinese cities spend the most online? Here are the top 10

May 10, 2010 - 10:26 pm in Archive, Technology Intelligence

Alibaba Group's Taobao.com just released a report outlining the varying levels of e-commerce spend in China's cities. I translated one of the graphs into English above, but for my Chinese reading audience, you can find the full version here. ---------------------------------------------------…

Some Thoughts on Foreign Internet Companies in China

February 15, 2010 - 6:08 pm in Archive, Technology Intelligence

I read a fantastic article last week on the Advertising Age website entitled, “The Internet Does Not Rise Above Nations and Cultures.” The article, by @wolfgroupasia of the Silicon Hutong blog, takes a closer look at why foreign Internet companies in China…

Beyond Google: How can foreign companies operate successfully in China’s Internet space?

January 26, 2010 - 8:54 pm in Archive, Technology Intelligence

When Google announced that they may exit the China market, it sent shock waves across both traditional media and new media. I’d like to highlight a few of the thoughtful posts that helped shape my perspective on this issue: Clearing Up Confusion on Google…

The Alibaba E-Commerce Empire

December 11, 2008 - 7:10 am in Archive, Companies to Observe

“I want to influence others, not let others influence me.” – Jack Ma Take a good look at the face in this picture. If there is one Chinese Internet company CEO that you need recognize it is Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group. Ma, named one…

Paper Or Plastic? How Gen Y Consumers Differ From Their Parents

November 26, 2008 - 4:10 pm in Archive, Cultural Observations, Featured

Beijing winters can be brutal. There is not much in terms of snow, but between the lashing cold winds filled with dust and pollution and the painfully dry air that leads to constant coughing, the last place you want to be in the winter is outside. Yesterday,…