Personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their career as brands.
In China the best way to make your personal branding is to use social networks as a communication opportunity to reach a significant portion of China’s population.
As the Chinese social media landscape is the most dynamic and unique one in the world. Even though China does not offers access to popular US social media channels like Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn, China has created its own social networking platforms to enable authorities to better monitor what is going on there.
There are communication tools such as Weibo and WeChat that have achieved mass-market penetration.
Indeed, China had 618 million Internet at the end of last year, and 91% of Chinese netizens have accounts on at least one social network.
Moreover, an increasing number of users access social media on their mobile phones rather than via their PC or laptop, this trend is showing no signs of stopping. This greatly facilitates online interactions as the user can conduct their daily activities and engage with their social network simultaneously.
There are 5 ways to adapt your personal branding to those Chinese social media :
Weibo is a micro-blogging platform whiwh works the same way as Twitter. User scan exchange content with their friends and with 500 million registered accounts it is the key social network to be engaging with if you are attempting to get known in China.
It is a great social platform for personal branding in China ; western celebrities, artists and business leaders in China are using it as Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise or Bill Gates.
Thus, it is essential to make a account on Weibo and it will be better to make all your Weibo posts in Chinese.
For example, TIM Cook, the CEO of the famous brand Apple,has joined recently Weibo but he counts already 677085 of followers.
WeChat is Tencent’s fast growing mobile social platform. With around 600 million users, WeChat is the largest mobile messaging app of China, and is currently ranked the fifth most popular mobile app in the world.
First of all, wechat is a social network system, part e-commerce platform and finally marketing tool.
Butt you can also interact with the publisher once you subscribe to the account. The app allows you to leave a voice memo for the owner, send an emoji or a message, just like how you chat with your friends. You can update once a day to all the subscribers but can selectively respond to your messages or send out a voice memo to all subscribers at once. The experience feels much more intimate than the comment section of a website or a blog. It’s a bit like having a private messaging thread with the writer you like.
Even some foreigners celebrities are making personalized posts aimed to their Chinese fans. It is an opportunity for the Cinese audience to connect with celebrities from Hollywood as Selena gomez or Paris Hilton.
Chinese netizens are more and more interested in Western culture, you must interact with them on forums. For example, there is a community on Baidu, Baidu called Tieba, Users share information and ideas by sector, by type of information. Internet users can make comments, post pictures and videos.
The objective here is to establish a large enough following who are ranking their content highly so that it appears at the top of the Tieba community page.
Online video and music platforms are massively popular in China as 433 million Chinese users watch video content online.
Platforms similar to YouTube are widely used and are also a great source of advertising for your personal branding.
You can find people streaming videos on desktop and on mobile all over the place, from a coffee shop to the metro. on video-streaming sites like Youku, Tencent Video, or Sohu Video.
PR & Content
Many people have diverse and sometimes conflicting educational and career histories, and there’s no problem at all in that, providing that you can weave your experiences together to make a coherent career story.
From all your experiences what did you learn, how did you change, how has it brought you to a clear sense of where you are now and where you are going? In the end, all successful branding is about story. Learn yours well so that you are comfortable telling it.
So don’t only focus on your ‘branding’, you must interest your public with interesting contents, not only superficial content. Share your stories and experiences, this is what the Chinese netizens want to know about.
It is in this content that you built your trust, develop your brand image but also the content shows your expertise.
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