I hope that the year of the horse brings all the good fortune that you deserve.
An interesting perspective on China highlighting progress and negative societal change over the past three decades. Young Chinese are categorised as being born after 1978. Xiaosi (born in 1986) used a computer for the first time at age 14 and had her first cup of coffee at age 15. Interesting analysis on princelings which dispells the idea of them as a new aristocracy as they move away from power to business.
Digital Intelligence :: Internet ad spend up 32% globally- TV up just 4% – Internet, outdoor and television advertising saw the greatest increases in spend throughout the first three quarters of 2013, while TV rose just 4%, according to new global figures via Nielsen’s quarterly Global AdView Pulse report
Ford 2014 Trend Report – The Ford Motor Company’s inhouse futurist pulled this together, mostly about consumer attitudes and behaviours
WeChat creates a social game for giving away New Year Lucky Money. WeChat Payment will be the biggest winner. – interesting commerce play, putting the pieces together
Device recognition technology advances marketing suite Experian incorporates 41st Parameter’s device recognition technology, AdTruth
Chinese Travelers Can Now Use Alipay Wallet For Hong Kong Retail Shopping – ChinaTechNews.com
How did the Korean wave start? | The Korea Blog – Korea was tired of cash outflows to Hollywood and realised the revenue from media could be as big as ‘hard’ goods
China’s Tencent WeChat App Targets U.S. Users – WSJ
CCTV exposes unlicensed and fake goods at Chinese Walmarts｜WantChinaTimes.com – featured around 200 alleged company documents from as far back as 2006 showing that company managers signed off on more than 600 products that lacked the requisite paperwork for distribution. The unlicensed products even included fake products, including counterfeit versions of the Feitian Moutai, Chinese liquor made by Kweichow Moutai – interesting that the fakes highlighted were copies of Chinese brands. CCTV does have an agenda but there appears to be error with Wal-Mart
Davos wrap: beware the EM middle class | beyondbrics – next black swan is emerging markets middle classes?
Keeping the taxman on the other sideof the mountains | South China Morning Post – a commentary in praise of Chinese tax evasion
Intel’s voice recognition will blow Siri out of the water—because it doesn’t use the cloud – There’s a problem with today’s voice recognition systems: They’re just too slow. Anyone who has waited in frustration while Siri or Google Voice “thinks” about even the simplest commands knows what I’m talking about
How a Math Genius Hacked OkCupid to Find True Love – Wired Science
Kantar: Android Accounted For 70% Of Smartphone Sales In Q4, But Samsung Is Now “Under Real Pressure” | TechCrunch
Fast Retailing to list in Hong Kong
微信与全球最大互联网公司谷歌“联姻”——正式进军美国市场 – WeChat gets serious on expansion
Data pick of the day: Android dominance in Asian markets
China Clamps Down on Internet Video Industry – The Hollywood Reporter – micro-film makers need to register their identity
BBC News – HSBC imposes restrictions on large cash withdrawals
A global tour of the emerging-markets currency crunch
Will Retailers Make the Right Choice on Mobile Tracking? | DataWorks – Advertising Age atores have a choice: keep quiet about mobile data tracking technology, OR define its tangible benefits to consumers
Interesting video discussion that highlights the challenges of measuring ROI on Chinese online advertising markets in comparison to more mature digital advertising markets
I don’t think that the problem is one of demand, but one of a tension between media company interests and advertising interests. The benefits are cross platform comparison, but the challenges are technological and talent from an agency perspective.