We Sell Wine but the Chinese Want Brands!
How Do You Market your Brand Among Chinese Consumers?
Some years ago, finding a tasty wine in China was almost impossible. Today, while the wine market is not part of Chinese culture, this sector is progressing in the country.
Chinese consumers are very connected. Indeed, they spend many times on the internet, in order to find new products and especially the promotions around them. In addition, they are very sensitive to their community’s minds, their comments, the way they find the information, and its content. Then, if it is so difficult to find wine in China, it is only because it is not nearby promoted on the internet. Therefore, Chinese consumers are more and more attracted by the wine culture. In fact, it represents refinement, elegance, and internationalism and gets therapeutic virtues. Thus, awareness campaigns lead by young companies are increasing in China.
Do you want to promote your wine brand in China and you don’t know how to market it? Here are a few shares to follow in order to build a strong basis.
Communication Thanks to Experts
Chinese consumers discovering new products need to trust you. You have to provide clear information with many details about your goods. An expert can help you such as a sommelier or french wine professional.
In order to spread your products’ communication, you can share videos online by putting forward the expert and your wine for example.
Use QR code
Nowadays in China, the QR code is a new trend way. Actually, in a connected World and with the Wechat revolution, Chinese consumers scan QR codes as soon as possible. Thus, create your own QR code which will provide them with all information about your product such as location, how it is cultivated, what is associated with it during a meal…
Press Relationships (PR): Good for Your Image
Chinese consumers don’t read newspapers anymore. Indeed, they prefer news online. You can sign a contract with an online newspaper and a journalist will write an article about your brand. Also, you can invite them to events around your goods in order to promote your brand.
Key Opinion Leader & Stars: They have the Power to Increase the Price of the Wine
It is crucial to encourage positive word-of-mouth. These KOL talk about your brand and it converts Chinese consumers to think in the same way.
Zhaowei is a Star and markets her own Wine Brand. Nobody knows if it is good, but they know it is expensive.
Viral Marketing: Stop being boring!
You have to make buzz ads by putting forward your product and attracting Chinese consumers to be curious and like your brand. Indeed, they love entertainment.
Adrien, French Wine Marketer in the middle of journalists, stars, and KOL.
Positioning your products
Emphasize the wine’s benefits. Indeed, Chinese customers are more and more sensitive to food quality products. Biological and foreign goods attract them. So, mixing these features must be effective for your brand.
E-commerce, the future of the Wine distribution
E-commerce platforms are progressing in China. The most famous are Tmall Global and JD.com which offer marketers to sell their products thanks to e-shops. We notice many startups which are borning and providing their wine to the Chinese population. Moreover, French Cellar takes part in it. This young company sells biological wines which are created by Arthur Rebut, a French sommelier.
Alibaba will launch the Wine online fair in Sept 2016
Jack Ma confirmed speculation in the trade about a new, annual Alibaba wine sales day on 9 September.
Mister Ma dubbed the new project as a ‘day of wine’ and appears to have taken inspiration from China’s ‘singles day’, on 11 November, which he was also instrumental in popularising as a shopping event in China, akin to Black Friday in the US.
Last year, China’s singles day sales totalled US$14bn, and it has become one of the most important events in the Chinese retail calendar.
The figure nine is pronounced in Chinese as ‘Jiu’, which means alcohol. ‘Jiu’ also stands for longevity and health in traditional Chinese culture. Ma’s concept is to create a variety of online offers annually on this day around wine sold through Alibaba.
Ma recently bought Château de Sours in Bordeaux and Decanter.com understands from trade sources that he will be working with several partners in the Bordeaux region – including actress Zhao Wei who owns Château Monlot – to supply some of the wines that will be offered on 9/9.
The group of investors owns a number of Bordeaux estates, also including Château Preuillac, Château Haut-Mazeris, Château Puy-Guilhem, Château de Sours and Château Mayne Blanc, with plans to buy more over the next few years.
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Social Networks in China
You can’t penetrate the Chinese market without creating a Wechat brand account to promote yourself. Indeed, with 697 million users, this mobile app represents a big opportunity to launch your activity in China. Don’t hesitate to use Weibo too. Maintain discussions around your products, and make your followers publish, share, comment, and like your posts! More information on Social Media on Zhongguowine.
E-reputation: When People Talk about a Wine, They will Try It and Buy It!
Chinese users are fond of all information they will find about your wines and want to know all details. Be careful! Content has to be clear and relevant. Then, Chinese consumers love products’ history especially if it comes from Europe. Insist on cases, terroirs, and historical stories.
What are the reviews about your wine? 99% of Winemakers do not know what the Chinese say about them…
Your products have to appear in a Chinese Film or an advertisement. It is thanks to this way that “Vin de Bordeaux” has been known by the Chinese population.
In the TV shows now, the Wine placement is really really good.
SEO: Because Chinese Search on Baidu
Also, your brand has to be referenced on Baidu. Marketing China helps you to write up your content, adapted backlinks, and use effective keywords. Thus, Chinese consumers will find directly you when will want to drink some wine in China. More information is here.
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