The Shampoo Market in China is a fast-growing market, and today our expert will explain what are the Top Marketing strategies to sell Shampoo Products in China.
CHINA SHAMPOO MARKET OVERVIEW
The Chinese market contains a shampoo market of 30 million yuan and a hair-care market of 20 million yuan. From a long-term view, the prospects of the shampoo market are booming. The global shampoo market is predicted to grow to about $25.73 billion by 2020. It is predicted that in the next 5 years the annual growth rate of the shampoo and hair-care industry will be 1.8%.
The shampoo industry is a huge opportunity for foreign brands, nowadays foreign brands P&G (Head & Shoulders, Rejoice, Pantene, etc.) and Unilever (Lux, Hazeline, etc.) occupies 75% of the Chinese shampoo market, they entered China in the ’80s and ’90s of the last century. Group C-BONS takes about 15% and the third group includes local brands as TKCL, HOUDY, etc. about 10% of the market share.
Tier 1,2 cities as Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, etc. are represented by the first group mostly as P&G and Unilever, local Chinese brands are represented in Tier 3 cities.
Even ten years ago Chinese consumers didn’t pay too much attention to shampoo and hair care products as they do now. This trend is especially growing amount young Chinese consumers born in ’80-the ’90s, hair washing is becoming more than a daily routine, make people choose products by shampoo ingredients, effectiveness, type of skin, and other criteria.
Consumers are becoming more cautious when it comes to product choice. Indeed, according to the latest Mintel research, 81% of urban Chinese consumers say they prefer to buy all-natural hair care products, and 10% rate the presence of natural ingredients as their most important purchase influence.
IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET Audience AND WORK ON ONLINE REPUTATION
Any brand enters the Chinese market should identify the right target audience for a successful marketing campaign. Each category of consumers prefers using shampoo from different market segments, as old people use popular brands like Head & Shoulders, Rejoice, Pantene which are well-known in China since the ’90s.
They don’t use the internet/SM for checking the product’s reviews and only select products by price/availability in offline stores. Young and middle-aged consumers are picky about choosing health care products and check a lot of comments/reviews before purchase. Chinese consumers, probably more so than any others in the world, depend heavily on product recommendations from online reviewers.
According to McKinsey’s research word of mouth may be more powerful in China than in developed countries. An independent survey of moisturizer purchases, for example, observed that 66 percent of Chinese consumers rely on recommendations from friends and family\reviews and comments on the internet, compared with 38 percent of their US counterparts.
Q&A forums are the best choice to create an online reputation for a new brand that just entered the Chinese market. Right keywords and mentioning of the brand name will help to increase visibility in Baidu. Forums as Baidu Zhihu, Baidu Tieba, etc. are rank highly in Baidu searching engines and are used by millions of Chinese people daily.
KOL AS A STRONG PROMOTION CHANNEL
More than 70 percent of Chinese Gen Z consumers, those born after 1995, prefer buying products directly via social media than through other channels, compared with the global average of 44 percent, according to a recent study by the consulting firm Accenture.
Italian shampoo brand Davines entered the Chinese market in 2018 and started a huge marketing campaign cooperating with big KOL 叫我大表哥好吗好的 has more than 3 million followers on Weibo. She launched the contest among her followers with a chance to win 3 bottles of shampoo if the user likes and comments on this post.
Davines also chose KOL 哈鲁小姐姐 in Little Red Book with 3,5 followers. KOL explained to followers how to choose the right shampoo according to their hair type and put the link to Davine’s store on Little Red Book directly where users can buy shampoo.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT E-COMMERCE PLATFORM
China is one of the top countries for retailers to turn their focus to in 2019. China leads the world in e-commerce, with more than 40% of the world’s e-commerce transactions taking place there, up from only 1% a decade ago. E-commerce total retail e-commerce in China will reach nearly $2 trillion in 2019.
Tmall (Chinese: 天猫) – professional online shopping platform, the quality shopping city of consumers around the world. It aims to lead Chinese consumers to discover and experience globalization and a better lifestyle for the first time, and to open up the ideal life in the trend ahead of time. Tmall is the platform for famous brands with a good reputation out of the platform.
Little Red Book, also known as Xiaohongshu (Chinese: 小红书) is a social media and e-commerce platform dedicated to fashion and cosmetics.
By January 2019, Xiaohongshu says it has over 200 million registered users, with most of the users born after the 1990s (or Generation Z).
The app allows users and well-known personnel to post and share product reviews, travel blogs and lifestyle stories via short videos and photos. Xiaohongshu also operates RED Mall, which sells international products to Chinese users.
WHY A NEW BRAND NEED TO OPEN A LITTLE RED BOOK ACCOUNT?
- Cheaper, than Tmall/JD
- Dedicated to cosmetics
- Has its own KOL on the platform
- Fast growing platform with 300 million USD investments from Alibaba
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WHAT IS THE SOLUTION FOR A NEW BRAND IN CHINA?
We have a White book available about the Problem of New brands in China. (available if you send us an email)
GMA (Agency website) is specialized in the Chinese market, more precisely in digital marketing in China. We have developed a lot of successful cases, using the latest digital tools and knowing your Chinese consumers well.
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