Dec 20, 2013

PHOTOS: A visit to Heilongjiang province, northeastern China

Heilongjiang is worlds apart from fast-paced Shanghai and Beijing, but represents the future for both domestic and MNC brands in China. This gallery contains photos taken by this reporter and also GroupM's Shan Hai Jin. The reporter was a guest on one of GroupM's on-the-ground fieldwork trips for a proprietary research project covering tier-one to -four cities in China. Please see the related-article link at the bottom of the page for detailed observations from the trip and the research.

Apr 10, 2013

Chongqing has highest online-video penetration among lower-tiers: Maxus

CHINA - Cities and counties in Chongqing have the nation's highest penetration rate in terms of online video viewership; at 88.7 per cent, the municipality ranks first among China's lower-tier markets, according to findings by Maxus.

Dec 3, 2012

Richer lower-tier consumers want to spend on high-visibility products: GroupM

MAINLAND CHINA - According to conclusions from the final release from the GroupM ‘Project Deep Dive’ 2012 wave, one’s consumption behaviour and relative brand choices are not shaped by income increases but by cultural definitions of success.

Sep 18, 2012

CHINA REPORT: Lower-tier cities and untapped rural gold

Marketers need to shake off the assumption that rural consumers will come to brands in urban centres, and start thinking of reaching out to them.

May 17, 2012

Tier-3 cities are the new battleground for luxury branding: Starcom

SHANGHAI - Starcom MediaVest's 'Luxe' research shows how mindsets of luxury consumers across cities differ, with shoppers in tier-3 markets poised to catch up with their tier-1 counterparts in terms of brand sophistication in the next three to five years.