China influencer marketing – 8 key facts you need to know

1. Influencer marketing is expected to receive the most attention from marketers/media agency professionals in 2019

influencer marketing receives the most attention from marketers agencies in china 2019

A similar trend was seen in 2017 and 2018

influencer marketing receives the most attention from marketers agencies in china 2017 and 2018

2. Influencer economy was estimated to be $17.16B in 2018 or about 18% of the total media ad spend

According to CBNData, influencer economy in China was estimated to be around $17.16B in 2018, more than double that of 2016

Influencer marketing as percentage of total media ad spend 2016 - 2018

3. Chinese consumers are very receptive to celebrities or KOL endorsement in comparison to the US, UK, Japan, France or Germany

consumer in china receptive to celebrity and kol endorsement vs other markets

Another study done in 2018 with more countries showed similar results

internet users in countries who make purchases because of social media influences china and others 2018

4. Influencer marketing is getting professionalized quickly

It’s much easier to see it in action rather than writing about it so take a look at this video about Mr Bag in China “When Givenchy Needs To Sell A Handbag In China, They Call Mr. Bags“. Another name to take note is Gogoboi Ye Si.

Key opinion leader (KOL) / Influencer in China has a diverse way of earning an income beyond ads

influencer diverse way of earning an income in china 2018
monthly active users across popular social e commerce platforms in china 2018

It is not really “fair” to compare WeChat a super App to DouYin (aka TikTok in overseas markets) or Little Red Book (which is a niche lifestyle community for girls) but there is no doubt about the scale of WeChat especially around e-commerce.

6. Influencers can affect opinion and decisions of Affluent consumers in China more than average worldwide

influencers and fashion bloggers affect decisions of affluent consumers in china more than average worldwide 2018

Influencer incubators in China help to nurture promising influencers and work with them to amplify their influence on social media, or prepare for massive sales season like Singles Day.

According to Forbes, Alibaba backed Ruhan is planning an IPO on Nasdaq in 2019.

Besides Ruhan, there are other incubators as well in the market. According to parklu, here are a few major players:

key influencer incubators in china

8. There are more than 100,000 influencers with 1 million+ subscribers in China

Yes you read it right, influencer market in China is so big that according to WARC, there are that many influencers with more than one million subscribers.

This post is part of a series about China that I have been writing in 2019. You can find more of them below:

China luxury product marketing: key facts and trends

China OTT subscription landscape: 8 key facts and trend

China mobile games : 8 key facts and trends

China (the largest retail market in the world): key facts and trends

8 Key facts about china advertising landscape

9 key facts about China digital landscape

That’s all from me for today.


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