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2012 e-commerce winter, 2013 strengthened oligarchy

By Cécilia Wu December 20, 2012 3 comments
China e-commerce

When 2012 is approaching to its end, often time for us to reminisce the past and anticipate the future and here is about e-commerce. Beginning of 2012 was heralded as the “e-commerce winter” by many in China, but now I just realized it was rather a specious idea. Online business in this country has been always in spring or even summer, and it is just the chilly wind blowing from the oligarchical business structure.

In December, I just compiled the countdown list of any e-commerce site either busted or debt-laden in 2012. Strikingly, when I discerned this so called “violent winter shakeout” has not increased much more “death toll” or “... > Read more

India quick review : mobile marketing, MOOC, Superdry in India

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 20, 2012 5 comments

One97 acquires MobiVite, a self-Service mobile marketing platform / Sunstone Business School launches India's first Massive Open Online Course in management / the UK brands created the buzz in India

One97 acquires MobiVite, a self-Service mobile marketing platform One97 Communications Ltd., a mobile internet company that delivers mobile content, advertising and commerce services to mobile consumers. Headquartered in New Delhi, it has acquired the... > Read more

China quick review : digital agencies of 2012, Cooliris & RenRen, FocusMedia goes private, Shanghai intelligent classroom

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 20, 2012 4 comments

The 3 China digital agencies of the year are... / Cooliris Photo App Launches in China with Renren integration / Focus Media goes private / Rullingnet signs contract with Shanghai Education Bureau

The 3 China Digital Agencies of the Year are... Trio Digital, Proximity China and Nim Digital won the awards at the 2012 Asia Pacific and Greater China Agency of the Year Awards held in Singapore and Shanghai. Trio Digital Integrated (Shanghai) ... > Read more

If gaming not the only bet for Wechat, what else?

By Cécilia Wu December 13, 2012 0 comment

Recent Technode article “Is Gaming to be Weixin’s Salvation?” said “game is definitely something worth trying, but it shouldn’t be Weixin’s only bet”. I agree; however on second thought, if not the only bet, will other bets work out well?

For anyone who is interested in this article, please click here. The author’s final conclusion is “For Weixin, game is definitely something worth trying, but it shouldn’t be Weixin’s only bet. However, that’s not to say... > Read more

Sina and AutoNavi work together for SoLoMo

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 12, 2012 0 comment

Sina, a leading online media company and AutoNavi, a leading provider of digital map content and navigation and LBS solution in China, today announced a strategic partnership to integrate and enhance each other's social, location and mobile ("SoLoMo") offerings.

As a result of this partnership, AMAP (AutoNavi's mobile map application) users will be able to sign on using Weibo Connect and access content directly from SINA Weibo. SINA Weibo users will also have access to the content and functionality of AMAP.... > Read more

Top 10 Brands in China social media presence

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 10, 2012 54 comments
Top 10 Social Media brands

China’s most valuable brands are increasingly present in social media. Their presence cuts across most categories. Now comes this ranking list, which is based on a combined view of social media from Millward Brown BrandZ™ consumer research and CIC, China’s leading social media research firm.

The top 10 brands are: China Mobile China Telecom Pin An Construction bank of China China Southern Airlines Suning Mengniu PetroChina China Merchant’s Bank Tsingtao Only brands in the BrandZ™ China Top 50 were... > Read more

India quick review : new fund, mobile insurance

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 07, 2012 0 comment

Naya Ventures Launches $50 million Fund focusing on the mobile and cloud markets / ICICI Lombard awarded the Asia Insurance Technology Award for "Best Mobile Application"

Naya Ventures Launches $50 million Fund focusing on the mobile and cloud markets Naya Ventures, a venture capital fund specialising in early stage companies in the mobile and cloud markets, today announced its first closing for its 250 Crore Rupees ($50... > Read more

Momo’s Social Fantasy

By Cécilia Wu December 07, 2012 2 comments

Can social Apps really make money in the end? This puzzle has haunted my mind these days. Momo, one of the hottest social networking Apps right now in China, has gained over 20 million users since its debut in August 2011, even already launched its overseas version; and this company is even said to be valued around USD 100 million. Seriously, can app like this worth that much?

The birth of Momo was supposed to facilitate the connection and meet-up among strangers nearby. Somehow it has become well known for being a “flirty” or “easy hookup” tool. I believe local media definitely exaggerated its “... > Read more

India quick overview : investments in social recruitment, India = the super trader

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 05, 2012 1 comment

Hyderabad Angels invest $400K a Social Recruiting Company / India to be fastest growing trade market till 2020

Hyderabad Angels invest $400K a Social Recruiting Company WhistleTalk, a social recruiting company, received an investment of $400K by Hyderabad Angels. WhistleTalk - launched just two month ago - is a referral hiring application that enables... > Read more

Asian publishers are becoming the leaders on Google Play and iOS

By L'Atelier - Shanghai December 03, 2012 1 comment

App Annie today unveiled the App Annie Index, a monthly report that charts and analyzes major revenue and download trends. On Google Play stores worldwide, Japan rules for the revenue, USA for the free downloads but Korea is just behind.

According to the App Annie Index, Japan overtook the U.S. in Google Play revenue in October, marking the first time the U.S. did not rank number one for revenue on Google Play. Since January 2012, Japanese app revenue on Google Play has multiplied by... > Read more

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