Understanding and responding to the evolution that’s taking place in China’s digital world is critical to boosting the performance of brands, both local and global. Our cover story this month explores the brands that stand out with unique, winning strategies, and those outpacing competitors in the world’s largest and most dynamic digital market. It’s the marketers and brands with clear digital ambition and business models that truly leverage China’s digital infrastructure.
We look at how China ecommerce is rapidly evolving to become more than a numbers game for both consumers and sellers, as it gives top brands greater access to fast-growing lower-tier cities, where they may lack physical distribution networks. The report also explores the steps industry bodies are taking in China to combat ad fraud, and get inside the resistance in-market to review how agencies and clients can address the issue.
Taking a global view, the issue of transparency and trust continues in conversation with OMD’s global chief Mainardo de Nardis. The interview took place at Campaign360, an event designed to ignite change and drive equality.
Atifa Silk is brand director, Campaign Asia-Pacific
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