WeChat launched two new sections -“Time Capsule” and “Top Stories”- and several news features for WeChat iOS 7.0 on December 21, 2018. That’s the biggest upgrade since version 6 four years ago and one big move into the short video market. The new version is not yet available for Android smartphone users.
Wechat / Weixin Stats, Trends, and Insights
WeChat, known as Weixin of its Chinese app name, is the top mobile app by total MAUs and engagement in China, with 1.08 billion monthly active users in Q3 2018. Check out CIW Dossier for detailed WeChat statistics.
Chinese mobile internet users spent an average of 4.2 hours on mobile apps. The social interaction apps and online video apps account for over 35% and 24% of the 4.2 hours on mobile devices, respectively. WeChat retained its first spot with a penetration rate of 85.8%. Every 8 out of 10 mobile internet users use WeChat. Toutiao-affiliated selfie […]
WeChat (1,079.65 million units), QQ (669.8 million units), and Tencent Video (558.83 million units) were the top three platforms for delivering news feed ads in terms of monthly active devices. Qutoutiao, Sina Sports, and Hilamaya FM grew fastest. When it comes to the ranking of top mobile news feed ads platforms, Tencent’s WeChat, QQ, and Tencent Video […]
Chinese consumers were expected to contribute 40% sales to the global luxury goods market and hence drive 75% of this market’s growth. 58% of luxury goods consumers were the youthful population. 58% of them located at tier-2, tier-3, and lower-tier cities. Mobile occupied 54% of luxury goods consumers’ attention. 58% of consumers prefer collecting information online and buy luxury goods through […]
WeChat had 61 million elderly users who are between 55 and 70 years old as of September 2018, an increase of 22% year-on-year. That was around 20% of the elderly population. As more and more of the senior citizens are starting to use WeChat for chatting, sending red envelopes and stickers, reading Official Account articles, […]
Tencent’s revenues increased by 24% year-on-year, primarily benefiting from growth in payment-related services, online advertising, digital content sales, and cloud services. Operating profit increased by 22% year-on-year. Non-GAAP operating profit increased by 4% year-on-year.
WeChat Mini-Programs, light mobile apps running on top of WeChat, has attracted over 1.5 million developers with a total number of over 1 million mini-programs covering over 200 categories, according to Pony Ma, CEO of Tencent at World’s Internet Conference in Wuzhen.
WeChat (86%), QQ (70.1%), and Weibo (35.8%) were the top three mobile social networking apps by penetration rates in China. Both WeChat and QQ saw a negative growth in penetration in June 2018 while Weibo performed well with penetration growth of 2.2%. In June 2018, the average DAU of WeChat reached 612 million, an increase of […]
The growth horizons of WeChat’s mini-programs are becoming increasingly defined. Gaming, traveling and shopping programs have been firmly established as the leading categories. The “instant use and go” ideology is also apparent. Compared to traditional mobile apps, the average time spent is far less. In creating a new niche for mini-programs, internet companies have advantages […]
Kantar Media CIC releases Social Media Landscape 2018. ByteDance (social media platform), AI users and the “Brand Experience Circle” are covered for the first time. The whitepaper analyzes three key elements: media platforms, users, and brands. The definition of “social media” has been extended with the emergence of a dual-layer of core and derivative social […]
On August 8 this year, Carrefour’s WeChat user penetration grew by 28% from a year ago. Over 55% of Carrefour customers in South China used WeChat Pay. Much effort had been put on integrating WeChat Pay and smart retail together to make customers into the habit of shopping with WeChat Mini-Programs in Carrefour supermarkets. Collaborated […]
Tencent saw its first decline in profit since Q3 2005. WeChat total MAUs grew about 10% to 1,057.7 million. Overall, both QQ and QZone saw a decrease in their MAUs in this quarter.