Why do you have to choose between WeChat or Weibo?
The Chinese population are very connected and aware of social networking and the mass media, as they are very receptive and enjoy being informed about the latest brands, trends, and products. China’s numbers of internet users proves this, and is also what has allowed the Chinese e-Commerce market to expand so greatly. Many start-up businesses and companies use the social networking to share photos, videos, or text content in order to promote their brands and their products. In many cases, start-ups are unsure of what channels and platforms they should choose to mediate their name; so the question is, which networks are currently the most effective?
It is almost certain that small start-ups and investors will begin with a relatively large amount of expenses and costs, but now thanks to social networking, they have the opportunity to begin with strategies tailored to their own business and their target audiences from the kick-start.
More information: Tencent WeChat And SINA Weibo: The Frenemies Of The Chinese Mobile Space
WeChat is the first instant-messaging platform including all-in-one services. The application was first created by Tencent China, in January 2011, and is now the most-used communications platform used by the Chinese population. WeChat has also become the Chinese competitor of Whatsapp, a Western version of the instant-messaging app (with fewer services). WeChat not only includes the closed-network messaging service, but has regrouped all features you find on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Whatsapp to produce an all-rounded platform that expands in every way possible. In addition, the app is not limited to just the Chinese public, but is open to all international users too with all choices of application language available.
WeChat’s application layout and interface is easy-to-use and allows first-time users to pick up utilization very quickly, with WeChat’s ‘Official Accounts’ enabling your business to gain exposure and e-Reputation easily. This function allows for your business to mass-mediate content to the mass-audience. The Official Account is also a good way to keep-track of your business’ progress.
Weibo is an online social network, that is considered the “Chinese Facebook” and “Chinese Twitter”. The network offers a micro-blogging service, allowing users to post photos, videos, text content, as well as to share content posted by other users. Weibo was launched in 2009 by Sina, and currently has over 600 million registered users. The platform succeeds in sharing mass-mediation with WeChat. Weibo has statistically found that the platform is used mostly by younger audiences with 70% of its users being 30 years old and under. The platform is known for communicating news about news event, celebrities, public figures, as well as well-known brands and companies. Compared to WeChat being more diverse in terms of target audience population, Weibo is much more about a media platform.
There are many essential factors you must put into consideration before starting up a business, such as: what kind of product you are selling, who is your target audience, and what is the significance of your business. These are crucial aspects to understand, but as to what social network will work best is your own decision. Why not both!
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