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Digital Roundup | Lancôme Digital Moves, Online Fashion Store, Young Car Buyers, Online Wine Sales, Digital Credit Card

A roundup on how digital is transforming our life and business – both in China and the rest of the world through March 24th.

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Lancôme Ramping Up Digital Initiatives

By WWD

Lancôme is ramping up its digital efforts with a pair of digital initiatives designed to draw in new consumers. The Lancôme Elite Rewards program is based on a social media model — in addition to purchasing product, members can earn points by connecting with Lancôme USA through social media, whether it’s uploading a glammed-up Instagram selfie to show off a new Rough in Love lipstick using a specified hash tag, watching makeup tutorials on lancome.com or checking in at a Lancôme beauty event on Foursquare. A simple dashboard accessible through lancome-usa.com helps members track and manage their points earned in real time.

 

14 Online Fashion Stores, from Cheap to Couture, for Hong Kong Shoppers

By TechInAsia

Hong Kong is known for its shopping and for being a hip and fun place – yet it’s still surprising just how many diverse and awesome online shopping choices there are in the city. There’s a funky mix of Hong Kong-based tech startups and fashion labels that are doing interesting things with ecommerce. Many of them not only sell in Hong Kong but have also expanded across the region. Plus, this list will also look into some big-bucks ecommerce companies that are accessible to clothes shoppers in the territory.

 

China’s Idealistic Young Car Buyers Demand Eco-friendly Options

By JING DAILY

Car buyers in China are getting younger, and the young will soon be the dominant players on the car-buying scene, according to a recent Chinese market survey. In addition to impacting how cars are marketed in China, it may also impact how they’re made: the findings show that more young car buyers are concerned not only with the performance of the cars, but also with their environmental and health aspects. To understand the young people’s car purchasing decisions and what influences them, Chinese social network RenRen teamed up with Chinese auto site Chewen.com and global information company Nielsen.

 

How the Internet is Boosting Foreign Wine Sales in China

By Red Luxury

According to a report published by Bordeaux Management School in France, 27 % of wine sales in China last year were made over the internet. By contrast, online sales accounted for only 8 to 10% of wines purchased in Europe and just 2% in the United States. On Singles Day on November 11, in a 24-hour period, Chinese importer Summergate Fine Wines sold over 100,000 bottles. Wine sales worldwide total more than $5 billion every year. Last year, California exports to China reached $35 million, an all-time high that ranks the state as the fifth-largest export market. Amazon has also capitalized on the trend, and began to offer wines from California through its Chinese portal last October; over half of the initial online sales went to Shanghai.

 

Chinese Central Bank Calls Off Digital Credit Card Business

by Technode

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Chinese central bank, reportedly released a notice to suspend the digital credit card businesses together with mobile payment services enabled by scanning the QR codes (source in Chinese). Despite the innovations in QR code payment technology, it also brings information and capital security concerns for the customers. Virtual credit card is still a pre-matured business in terms of user identification and capital security, according to the PBOC. The heat for digital credit card business was at full strength in Chinese Internet arena last week as both AliPay Wallet and WeChat Payment, the mobile payment arms of Chinese Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent, announced they planned to explore this sector together with China CITIC Bank.

China Digital Roundup I Martell, Bomoda, Snap Fashion

A roundup on how digital is transforming our life and business – both in China and the rest of the world through December 5th.

Martell’s Savvy WeChat Campaign Engages China’s Frequent Flyers, by JingDaily

Martell WeChat

Travelers making their way through Beijing and Shanghai airports this fall can participate in an innovative new ad campaign by Martell Noblige Cognac that combined mobile and offline marketing with a focus on interactive participation by consumers. The campaign, entitled Dangdai MingshiYingxiang Xun Lu (当代名士•映像寻旅) in Chinese translated as “Modern Elites and their Journey of New Elegance”, sent famous photographer Justin Jin to 6 Chinese cities to photograph “men of elegance” .

The Beijing and Shanghai airports both featured interactive exhibition of Jin’s photography with a special QR code below each photo. Scanning the QR code allowed users to access the brand’s WeChat page and access profiles of each “elegant man” with audio descriptions of their accomplishments. The campaign also featured a free plane ticket giveaway to winning participants, and those who were not physically in the airport can send a number or voice command via WeChat in order to be entered in the drawing.

 

Bomoda Launches Mobile App Aimed at China’s Connected Fashionistas, by JingDaily

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Since its launch in May 2012, New York City-based online community Bomoda has been building up a quarter-million strong network of China’s most discerning luxury shoppers through its Chinese-language online fashion and lifestyle newsletter. In the past two months, the curatorial site has embarked on a new chapter with the launch of its new mobile app and social sharing site, enlisting major brands, retailers, and key opinion leaders (KOLs) to promote a new interactive platform that is the first of its kind in the China market.

The new mobile app, launched on November 18 for the iPhone, allows for the sharing of images through the company’s new Pinterest-like social site that was unveiled in October. On the site, users have the opportunity to upload, share, collect, and repost their favorite fashion-related images, as well as share on major Chinese social media sites including WeChat Moments, Weibo, Tencent, QQ, and Tencent Weibo. Its high-fashion aesthetic makes it the first of its kind in China, standing out from other more mass-market Pinterest-like sites such as Meilishuo and Huaban.

 

Stores Offer Click & Collect to Attract Consumers this Holiday Season, by Luxury Daily

Click & Collect

Bricks-and-mortar retailers are having to compete with online retailers such as Amazon for the holiday shopping season, and they are finding new ways to get consumers to shop with them. A number of department stores offer click-and-collect services where consumers can order items online and pick them up in-person in-store and, in most cases, with no delivery fee. By doing this, stores are able to merge the ease of online shopping with speedier return, getting consumers to visit their stores in-person for convenience.

Click-and-collect is becoming more popular as it allows the customer the convenience of shopping from home, but [with] the instant gratification of receiving the purchase virtually instantaneously,” said Robert Cuthbertson, senior manager at Boston Retail Partners. “Customers can avoid long lines, busy fitting rooms, being overwhelmed with roaming racks and racks of clothes and product.”

 

Snap Fashion and Styloko: Search Using Images to Find The Perfect (and Cheapest) Wardrobe, by Metro

Snap Fashion app

Snap Fashion just might be your secret weapon this party season – the website is the perfect tool for finding the exact item a celebrity is wearing. You can also use its phone app to snap an image of a dress you find in a shop to browse for similar alternatives, or to find the perfect heels to match.

The technology trawls through thousands of possibilities to find you that exact item, before redirecting you to the retailer’s site to purchase. Or it will present you with styles similar to the item snapped, from a range of different brands and price points.

 

How Ready is Southeast Asia for Online Payments? by Tech In Asia

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Rapid economic expansion, a young population, and low-cost smartphones and tablets are creating tech-savvy generations across Southeast Asia. Major e-commerce players such as GrouponeBayRocket Internet, and LivingSocial have ventured into Southeast Asia, making significant investments into these markets. With increasing penetration of e-commerce into Southeast Asia, global payment companies such as PayPal are investing in the region. But as they do, stiff competition is being demonstrated from a number of local players.

While the industry’s potential is obvious, technology investors and global payment providers should be wary of rushing into these markets without understanding the cultural and regulatory differences of each country, which affect how merchants and consumers behave. A tailored strategy then, which considers the unique stages of each market’s development, factoring in technology, infrastructure, consumer preferences, and regulatory environment, is far superior to a regionalized blueprint approach.