8 tips to sell your wine online in China

 

China wine market has been booming these last years: in fact there was a 142,1% growth between 2007 and 2011. And this growth is expected to continue of 40% by 2016.

The country has already become the 5th world wine consumer and the 1rst spirits consumer!

The market in China used to be dominated by beer and Baijiu (rice alcohol), but for several reasons, the market and the taste of Chinese consumers changed.

In fact, in the 80’s Chinese consumers started to discover the international wine market and their taste changed. Moreover the government wanted at a certain time to keep the cereals for the food, and so they promoted the grape wine.

Chinese consumers are also more and more caring about their health, so they prefer more and more to drink grape wine than spirits.

Wine and spirits are especially consumed during the festivals in China: Spring festival, Valentine’s Day, National day, 1rst of May… They are also bought as gifts. And the gift tradition is very important in China.

So this market is becoming more and more important, especially online ! They are a lot of opportunities for a wine brand in China. Especially for the foreign brands, because of all the food scandals there were in China. Marketing to China it’s also an AgencyWe are the top and most visible Web & Marketing Agency for China you will find on the web. Our Services: E-Commerce, Search Engine Optimization, Advertising, Weibo, WeChat, WeChat Store & PR.Contact us Today 

But how to sell wine in China?

Selling wine online is a good way to have a lot of customers. In fact, with 591 million internet users, and 242 million people who bought at least a product online, the e-business works a lot in China. In fact you can now buy anything on the Chinese e-business platforms.

So here are some tips to sell your wine online in China.

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  1. Adapted website

You need first to have a website in Chinese, and hosted in China, for SEO reasons: Baidu, the leading search engine in China, doesn’t rank high websites hosted in other countries or websites in other languages.

Your website has to respect also Chinese standards and Chinese taste: usually there is a lot of information on the homepage, with small characters.

This is very important because Chinese consumers are used to search for information on internet before buying a product, because of the problems of fake products and food scandals. The word to mouth and internet information are then very important.

Moreover for an e-business website, Chinese customers are used to have precise information immediately with the price, the product, the details, without wasting time. Chinese consumers don’t like to waste time searching for information or during the paying process for example.

The foreign red wines have also a luxury image in China, so it is important to have a beautiful website with a luxury side.

Here is an example of a well designed website

bordeaux grivandes

 

 2. Search Engine Marketing

Then, when you have a good website you need to promote it on the Chinese internet. For that, you have to know that Baidu is the leading search engine in China with almost 70% market share. So you can advertise on Baidu with serach engine marketing, or Pay Per Click, wich means that you have a link on Baidu, on some keywords, on top of the page, and you pay when the users click on it.

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SEM is especially efficient for short-term strategy. The problem is that sometimes it can be quite expensive. You can also do SEO, which is good for long-term strategy, and efficient when all your competitors do SEM.

 

3. Search Engine Optimization

SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, is a way to promote your website on internet on some keywords without paying. Baidu SEO is special, and it is different than Google SEO.

First you have to know that Baidu has its own websites and redirects 27% of its traffic to these websites: Baidu Zhidao (Q&A), Baidu Baike (Wikipedia), Baidu Tieba (forum)…  It means if you want to promote your website on the Chinese internet, you have to be also present on these websites.

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How to do SEO on Baidu?

SEO promotion consists of two main parts:  on-site optimization and off-site optimization.

  • On-site optimization: 20% of the score of search keywords related to the selected site.
  • Off-site optimization: It reflects the popularity of the Website on Baidu which represents 70% of the score.

This is a long-term and methodical job that requires writing articles as well as increasing presence on the web to increase the credibility of the site for search engines.

 

On-site optimization

  • Keywords: the keywords need to be carefully picked. For the controlling of the budget and maximum coverage on the potential targets, a pilot SEM campaign is also useful.
  • Title: The titles of the main pages are already optimized. However, the titles of new and some existing internal pages will be further optimized for new keywords.
  • Image ALT Tag: The site contains a lot of pictures but most images do not contain appropriate ALT TAG, simple and positioned on a specific keyword. The tag is the small narratives of the photo when the user moves the mouse over the image or when it downloads the image.
  • [….]

Off-Page optimization 

  • Forums: It is very interesting to talk on forums to increase the popularity of your website.
  • Comments: Regular comments pointing to the url of the site can help to increase the popularity of the articles published on the site.
  • Interventions on other websites: It is recommended to regularly publish articles on other sites, blogs, magazines … and include links to your site. This improves the TrustRank of the site on Baidu which is very low now.
  • Partnerships: Try to establish partnerships with websites about the field in question. Contact theses bloggers, and offer then interventions, link exchanges or mutual presence blog roll always effective on Baidu.
  • [….]

more information on SEO China

 

4. Key Opnion Leaders

The KOL are people who have a big influence on internet and on the population in general. They have a lot of fans, sometimes millions of them, and have sometimes expertise on a subject.

 

You can make your website and your brand well known through the promotion by KOL, which enables to have a buzz effect with their followers. The aim is to make a positive influence about the brand.

You can offer to this KOL interviews and articles, which they can publish on their accounts, giving positive information about the brand.

 

KOL are especially influent on social networks. You have to know that 95% of first, second and third tier cities inhabitants have at least one account on a social network.

 

There exist in China several social networks, but the most used ones are Weibo and Wechat.

 

 5. Wechat

Wechat is an application very popular in China for instant messages services, developed by Tencent, the founder of QQ Messages services. It has already 236 million users in China and 400 users in the world. It is a very useful tool to share quickly information about events or news of a company or brand.

Having an account on Wechat enables you to promote your brand via mobile.

 

You have to know that the advantage of Wechat is that it is geo-localized, so you can do localized marketing, and when there is a promotion in a special city, you can advertise only in this city.

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6. Weibo

 

Sina Weibo is the most important SNS in China, with around 88% penetration rate. It had more than 500 million users in 2012, and more than 50 million users active every day. It also attracted 130 000 companies. In fact, it is very important for a brand to have a Weibo account because all the brands are present, and Chinese users like to get information about the brand on this network. In fact more than 56% of Weibo users follow at least one brand on Weibo.

Weibo is often compared to Twitter, but it is in fact different, and much richer : you can write more, and you have more functions.

To do marketing on Weibo you need to:

–          Open an account with the official documents in order to have the “v” of “verified”

–          Publish often some fresh contents and updates. In fact Chinese users like to have always new contents and regular updates. The contents must be interesting for the users.

–          Manage the community and interact with the users

–          Do buzz marketing

–          Evaluate the results

Here is an example of a good weibo account: here

weibo bordeaux

 

7. Press and Public relations

PR is useful to help generate content online on external websites. You can do partnerships with other blogs concerning wine, with journalists… Then this people talk about your brand in a positive way, and publish article about it. The purpose is to make your brand more famous and popular in China, and to have a positive image in the country.

Here are some examples of blogs about wine in China: zhongguo wine here

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 8. Buzz, video

In China buzz marketing is used a lot because it enables you to touch a big part of the population. In fact with the 591 million internet users the information goes fast and spread rapidly.

It means that you need to find an original content, which you will diffuse on the right platforms in order to surprise the internet users.

To do buzz marketing, you need to:

  • Define the objectives
  • Define the strategy and find the idea
  • Create the buzz with the right tool: video, photo…
  • Diffuse the buzz
  • Measure the effects

 

A beautiful video is a good way to create buzz for example.

Fancy Cellar is a company who sells wine online, who created a buzz with a video shared by Key Opinion Leaders. Here is the video:

 

 

The results were very positive: the video was viewed more than 30 000 times in one week, shared more than 6000 times, there were more than 500 comments and 380 new fans.

 

These tips will help you to sell wine in general in China, and you can have more information in this article about 10 tips to marketing your wine in China.

 

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17 Comments

  1. Very good article, you forget to say that Taobao is very important for Cheap Wine, you can find at 3USD bottle of Bordeaux and nice one.
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    1. Cheap Wine on Taobao, for 3 USD of Bordeaux…
      If you consider that these 3 USD include profit of the importer, plus almost 50% of the price for transportation and import taxes to china, and also the cost of the wine packaging, we are left with very little money, and i seriously doubt it is “nice wine” and much less i believe it is from Bordeaux.
      Please make sure you are not being tricked with wine from another location.

      All the best

      1. hi Abilio, it’s really really true and it’s also really really unbelievable. Olivier also knows the owner of the Taobao shop personally. He’s no less surprised than you the first time he knew that. The point is that Chinese Taobao shoppers are the best in finding the lowest price and sell them in huge quantity. And this is their business concept. If you want to enter the market from Taobao, hope this’ll help you to understand your competitors πŸ™‚
        happy new year!
        philip

  2. I have a small collection of rare Italian wines mainly from the 60s (ca.50 bottles). Ideally I would want to sell the whole collection to a retailer.
    Have you any suggestion?

    Thanks

    Silvia

  3. Excellent post. I was checking constantly this
    blog and I am impressed! Very useful info specially the last part πŸ™‚ I care
    for such information a lot. I was seeking this certain info for a
    long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  4. Dear Olivier,

    It’s really much helpfull nowledges to me πŸ˜‰ Usuallly,I’m reading Your opinions and following Your good advises. I hope I’ll have a good wine marketing in China! πŸ™‚

    Thanks and best regards.

  5. Are there articles on fulfilment anywhere? We want to sell wine. It is ok to get the presence but how do goods physically move if a customer buys online?

  6. I have access to good South African sweet red and sweet white wine. I am looking for an international order from any country. My price is very competitive.

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  8. Very impressive Content Marketing to China.

    Looking to distribute high end award winning estate grown Virginia wines to China. Please contact me to discuss further.

    Cheers-

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  9. Hello,
    We would like to import and sell Wine online in China, we have several Wechat stores and can sell thousand of bottles per month, but the wine need to be know in China , have good awareness and Solid reputation.
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  10. Hello Jerry, I came across your information on the web, thought you may be able to assist. I represent a wholesaler in the U.S. looking to expand overseas, see a portfolio attached. Could you assist me with distributor introductions? Thanks in advance. Steve

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