Author: Benji Lamb

The Challenges of Brexit.. Could China Be the Solution?

As a British expat living in China as the ‘Brexit’ saga unfolds it is clear to me that this is understandably an issue dividing, not just the nation, but also the wider international community. The affects and ramifications of Britain operating outside the EU are yet to be fully understood. In this article I would like to present a more positive angle on how the UK can move forward outside of Europe; through business expansion in China.   UK-Chinese Business Relations The importance of strong UK – Chinese business relations outside of the European market has now become a...

Read More

Traditional Chinese Retail Declines whilst E-Commerce Grows

  Traditional retail shopping in China is in decline alongside the continued growth of e-retail, online activity and digital spending generally. Unless businesses realize that the future is all digital they will incur the costs of not developing with the times.   Many malls with mainstream brands are struggling to generate enough revenue and attract a high footfall. There are also an increasing number of ‘ghost’ shopping areas, with many of the entrepreneurial peasant class opening shops with all their family savings only to find themselves closing within a year, the human cost is high. Small businesses are always...

Read More

A Beginners Guide to Alipay

    Alipay is a third-party online payment platform. It was launched in China in 2004 by digital and e-commerce giants Alibaba Group and its founder Jack Ma. According to an analyst research report, Alipay had the largest market share in China with 450 million users and control of just under half of China’s online payment market in October 2016. Alipay is expected to boast over 600 million users by the end of 2017. For western businesses Alipay represents significant opportunities in: –         Offering products and services to Chinese consumers. –         Attracting overseas tourists by implementing this payment service. –        ...

Read More

Baidu and Augmented Reality

Baidu, the largest search engine in China, are investing heavily in their developments in ‘Augmented Reality’ (AR) with the opening of their new specialist AR lab in Beijing. The company are renowned for their innovative research into artificial intelligence, most notably Chinese self-driving vehicles and are clearly a corporation set on further technological innovation in AR. Augmented reality, simply put, is an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information onto the image of something. ‘’Pokemon Go’ popularized this with users capturing Pokemon based on visuals overlayed onto actual locations. After the success...

Read More

5 Chinese Market Myths

Over the years we’ve encountered many false preconceptions about the Chinese market, foreign businesses naturally develop a whole host of ideas about what the Chinese market is like yet so often they are incorrect. Here are some of the key, mistaken assumptions foreign businesses tend to make: False – The Chinese market is underdeveloped and in some sense requires further ‘education’. True – The Chinese market is very developed and progressively international. This is a complete fallacy, the market is one of the most innovative, vibrant and creative places to do business in the world, there is so much...

Read More

Marketing China

Marketing to China is a website by Gentlemen Marketing Agency designed to provide fresh insights and a deeper understanding of the Chinese market.

China is a rapidly growing consumer market with more companies throughout the world looking for ways to develop their marketing, branding and communication that is relevant to Chinese consumers.

The aim of this website is to inform readers about the market and provide insightful analysis.

Marketing to China would like to explain Chinese Business and Marketing to the rest of the world. Please feel free to comment and share our articles !

Gentlemen Marketing Agency

We are a Digital Marketing Agency based in Shanghai. We are dedicated to helping our clients grow in the Chinese market by implementing the most effective digital strategy to offer return on investment. Our customers choose us because of our; efficiency, pragmatic approach and innovative solutions adapted to the market. For more information see :


Our blog is written by Benji (British), Olivier (French) and Philip (Chinese) with additional contributions from our team of experts on the Chinese market.
We are passionate about marketing in the aptly named ‘mysterious orient’. We come from different backgrounds and have different cultural views which make us the ideal international team to develop your interests in China.