Archive for month: maj, 2017

Rätt positionering skapar nya möjligheter

15 May
15 maj, 2017

Ett begrepp som ligger nära varumärke är marknadsposition. För varje område, ofta kallat produktkategori, har köparen en mental stege, där det företag som köparen anser bäst finns högst på stegen och ofta 2-5 alternativ därunder. Fundera själv på hur du väljer en ny bil. Om du inte har ett givet alternativ (ettan på din stege) så överväger och provar du kanske 2-3 olika märken.

Att finnas överst på stegen, d.v.s. med andra ord ha det starkaste varumärket, innebär en får en rad fördelar i form av att alltid övervägas, kunderna är nöjdare och mer mottagliga för information och ofta associeras företaget automatiskt med kvalitet, prisvärde, trovärdighet o.s.v.

Ska du bryta dig in i toppen på stegen måste du fundera på hur du kan utmanövrera de företag som finns ovanför dig. En som lyckats på tjänstebilsmarknaden är BMW. På drygt 10 år har man klättrat från en obefintlig andel av marknaden till att vara Sveriges tredje största leverantör av tjänstebilar (2014) genom att t ex matcha statusfyllda bilmodeller mot företagens normala upphandlingsutrymme (värde för tjänstebilsinnehavaren) och erbjuda intressant finansiering och fri service i tre år (värde för företaget).

Vill du inte utmana de företag som ligger högre än du på de traditionella stegarna kan du skapa en ny stege, d.v.s. du skapar en egen produktkategori. Detta kan vara framgångsrikt eftersom du med automatik kommer att dominera den, men innebär också en risk eftersom du måste få marknaden att acceptera den nya kategorin.

En av Sveriges ledande reklambyråer tyckte för ett antal år sedan att kategorin ”reklambyrå” inte passade dem, utan de lanserade sig istället som ”affärsbyrå”. Men vad är det? Ingen visste om de var strategikonsulter, revisorer eller resebyrå. Efter ett par tunga år bytte man tillbaka igen.

Ett enklare sätt är att lansera en underkategori som du kan dominera och så länge underkategorin är attraktiv för kunderna kan det särpositionera dig på ett positivt sätt. Exempel: Internetbank, B2B reklambyrå och lågprisflyg.

Intressant? Läs mer i kapitel 7 av ”Business to Business 2.0” – den första läroboken om marknadsföring och reklam i den digitala tidsåldern.

Social media in China

05 May
5 maj, 2017

Com-Shanghai

With Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and many other channels unavailable, China has created a large number of its own social networking platforms. Here are just some of them:

WeChat, a mobile app, has developed into the biggest hub for communication in China. It has all the features of WhatsApp, Facebook, Apple Pay and a multitude of other utilities. Fast approaching 900 million active users WeChat is a necessity in modern Chinese people’s daily life.

Weibo, which is structured like Twitter, is the most popular blogging platform for Chinese users. Companies with a Weibo account can increase their level of communication with their customers, posting messages that contain much more content than what they can accomplish with Twitter. Many people use Weibo to follow celebrities, influencers, and like-minded individuals.

Youku Tudou, is similar to YouTube, but contains less self-produced content and more professionally created ones. Youku and Tudou were once two competing streaming websites that merged a couple of years ago.

Tencent QQ Video is one of the leading online video streaming sites and it offers a wide range of licensed and original content. It is now growing faster than Youku and, owned by Tencent, offers easy integration into WeChat.

RenRen, launched in 2005, has been described as the Chinese version of Facebook, but now has little impact after failing to switch to mobile usage.

Don’t forget WeChat in your marketing strategy

02 May
2 maj, 2017

WeChat

Chinese social media differ completely from social media in the rest of the world, but they have become very important for marketing a brand in the world’s second largest economy.

For most companies in the West, it has become natural to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter as part of their marketing platforms. However, in China both these and other Western social media are blocked by the government and the Chinese have created their own social media that marketers in the West need to use to build their brand in China.

WeChat – or Weixin in Chinese – is, by far, the most successful and important, with 889 million monthly active users in the fourth quarter of 2016. It is the primary source used by Chinese consumers to follow and interact with their favourite brands.

WeChat was launched in 2011 by the technology company Tencent as a messaging app, and was in its early stages described as a Chinese equivalent to WhatsApp.

However, today WeChat is much more than a communications app; it is a platform that enables the user to do almost everything online in China, such as transferring money, hailing a cab, buying train or air tickets, ordering food, checking news and managing your credit card bills.

Businesses can establish a presence on WeChat by opening an official account on WeChat to promote their company or brand, communicate and even directly sell their products and services. This connectivity between B2C and B2B companies and their customers has been an important part of WeChat’s huge success.

The versatility of using WeChat to broadcast messages in a country where everybody is on their mobile phone all the time has meant that WeChat is the No 1 medium for mobile interaction between companies and their customers.

Companies in China use WeChat to continuously to interact with their customers by publishing interesting and engaging content, providing offers, and so on. A mobile newsletter can reach an unlimited number of readers instantaneously.

For B2B companies, content on WeChat can include customer case stories, order news, new solutions and products, industry trends, time-critical news, and so on. Sales people also use WeChat to communicate with customers, one-on-one or in group chats.

There are several options for businesses looking to launch a WeChat official account. It can be either international or Chinese; subscription or service; verified or unverified. A WeChat account can also be promoted in different ways in order to try to acquire and retain quality followers.

Through our partner agency in Asia, Bamboo Business Communications Ltd, Pyramid can help its customers to find the best solution for WeChat marketing in China.

We can help out with the registration process for an official account, set up the actual account, carry out content planning, writing, editing and translations, as well as publishing, monitoring, reporting and more. Contact us and we can tell you more.

“WeChat is the No 1 medium for mobile interaction between companies and their customers.”