Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

China

Mandarin-speaking Digital Specialist? We are hiring!

Jan 17, 2013

Mandarin-speaking Digital Specialist? We are hiring!

We are keen to hire the best! Feel free to apply through LinkedIn or send an email with CV and cover letter to jason.fashade at ogilvy dot com. Details here: Who are we? Social@Ogilvy is a global, cross-discipline team of social experts from across all of Ogilvy’s businesses. We know there’s a new customer and

China’s Singles Day: Bigger than US Cyber Monday

Nov 26, 2012

China’s Singles Day: Bigger than US Cyber Monday

Today’s “Cyber Monday” sales in the United States have been hailed and a landmark moment in e-commerce, with online holiday sales expected to pass US$2 billion. This certainly seems impressive, until you see what happened this month in China already in relation to “Singles Day”. My colleague Michele Fan gathered some interesting facts and details

Role of Mobile Phones in China Commerce

Jun 11, 2012

Role of Mobile Phones in China Commerce

TNS recently shared their latest Mobile Life study about global behaviors and mobile phones. Drawing research into behaviors, motivations and priorities of 48,000 people in 58 countries, the study offers a great comparative view of how mobile phones are used around the world. There are many sections to choose from, but I found the “mobile

Job Opportunities: Social@Ogilvy Asia

May 13, 2012

Job Opportunities: Social@Ogilvy Asia

We have a number of openings in our team, this one is fairly senior and quite urgent. We are also looking for people elsewhere in the region. Let us know if you are interested. To get an idea about our team dynamic, you can look at this YouTube video. Send a CV and cover letter

China’s Online Dating Booms, To Reduce Choice

May 8, 2012

China’s Online Dating Booms, To Reduce Choice

In contrast to online dating in the United States and Europe – where people turn to the Internet to increase choice – Evan Osnos writes in The New Yorker this week about how Chinese netizens use dating sites to narrow their choices. “I once watched a twenty-three-year-old woman search for dates in Beijing, where there

Facebook IPO: China features throughout

Feb 1, 2012

Facebook IPO: China features throughout

Facebook may be blocked in China, but the world’s most populous nation features throughout Facebook’s IPO prospectus filed last night to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Here are the references (my comments in bold): Facebook sees China’s social networks as key competitors We face significant competition in almost every aspect of our business, including from

Recruiting via Sina Weibo

Sep 2, 2011

Recruiting via Sina Weibo

One of the biggest challenges facing our fast-growing social media team is finding the best talent out there. We have rarely resorted to recruiters, instead preferring to use social media. My colleague in Beijing, Jeremy Webb, created this flowchart to help in his search for talent. Posted on Sina Weibo, China’s largest Twitter-like platform, he

Jobs: Social Media for Amazon in Beijing

Jun 28, 2011

Jobs: Social Media for Amazon in Beijing

A note from a friend and former colleague who just joined Amazon in Seattle: In Social we are hiring 5 new developers. Positions for these technically minded individuals are open at levels – ranging from managing developers to software development engineers. These positions are based in Beijing. The Social Media team and the Deals team

Mobile Internet in China: Nokia vs iPhone vs Android

Jun 27, 2011

Mobile Internet in China: Nokia vs iPhone vs Android

This graph shows the amount of Internet surfing done in China, according to device. It is interesting to note: – How Nokia still dominates in terms of the number of devices surfing the Internet. – How quickly iOs and Android have become top-5 devices for Internet searching and surfing. The next version of this graph

US Tweets China Air Pollution, Again

Jun 23, 2011

US Tweets China Air Pollution, Again

Following on the success of the US Embassy Twitter feed on the air pollution, BeijingAir, the US Consulate in Guangzhou this month followed suit, with Guangzhou_Air. Launched with little fanfare last week, the US Consulate has installed air quality monitoring equipment that now Tweets at 9am and 2pm each day. Why is the US government

UPDATE: Facebook signs to enter China?

Apr 8, 2011

UPDATE: Facebook signs to enter China?

UPDATED Again on April 9: Bloomberg now reports that Facebook is in exploratory talks with unnamed partners, but that nothing has been signed yet. UPDATED April 9: Due to a Tweet from a highly credible source, China’s Internet is now echoing with unconfirmed rumors that Facebook signed an agreement with an unknown partner to enter

10 Predictions for China’s Internet in 2011

Mar 29, 2011

10 Predictions for China’s Internet in 2011

Been meaning to post this list of prediction for China’s Internet from Dick Wei of JP Morgan for a while. Although published in January, all the predictions look valid still in late March! Any predictions you would add (or change)? (1) eCommerce to see wider adoption, driven by convenience, lower-price alternatives to traditional retail, and

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