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Top 3 Social Media Platforms for Foreign Real Estate in China

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China, a growing market is a labyrinth for businesses. In the age of social media, learn which platforms are best to promote foreign real estate in China.

A Quick Overview of the China Market

The Chinese market, a rapidly growing segment of global property buyers, is predicted to generate hundreds of billions of dollars in the near future.

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Ads Regulations in China

Before jumpstarting your marketing for real estate in China, there are a few things to keep in mind such as national policies, laws, and regulations, including but not limited to:

  • Explicit or implied guarantees on the appreciation of value, return on investment, future effects, and earnings; capital preservation, risk-free returns, etc.
  • Advertisements must not indicate the project location based on the time required to reach there from a specified location.
  • Any form of advance payment, or disguised references to them, in violation of regulations (down payment stages, down payment installations, illegal down payments, etc.).
  • Any misleading promotion of transportation, commercial, cultural or educational facilities, or other municipal conditions that affect planning or construction.
  • Any superstitions such as geomantic omens or divination.
  • Using political events and news for commercial advertising.
  • Using “national,” “highest,” “best,” or similar comparative words.
  • Advertisements must be in Mandarin using standard Chinese characters. The Mandarin text must always be the primary text.

Now that you know what to look out for when promoting real estate in China, let’s see the best online platforms you could do just that.

1) TouTiao

First on the list of top 3 social media for real estate in China is TouTiao, a Chinese social news platform. It analyzes user data and customizes the news feed to show content that is relevant to its individual audience.

PROS. It is the biggest news app in China with a real estate channel. A huge chunk of its users are ages 25-50 years old, who have strong purchasing power. TouTiao also allows you to produce quality content like you would on a website. Websites are a challenge to acquire in China since you will need to file for ICP (Internet Content Provider) that is yet to be approved by the Chinese government. A platform like TouTiao saves you time and money.

CONS. Unfortunately, TouTiao official accounts for overseas entities are still not allowed. This poses as a roadblock in promoting properties outside of China.

Asia Travel Club (ATC) is an official sales partner of TouTiao and provides services like Ad Account Setup and Media Buy to help get you started in the China market.

2) Weibo

Weibo is China’s second-largest social media platform. You can share media such as photos, videos, stories within a 140-character limit.

PROS. Weibo is the workhorse for branding as it is a widely used social media platform in China. It also offers customer service. Like TouTiao, you can produce website-like content and not anymore be required to apply for ICP.

CONS. None. This is the perfect platform for promoting your business.

For real estate businesses, ATC offers Weibo official account setup & verification, account management, in-feed ads buying, and influencer marketing.

3) WeChat

WeChat is a messaging app developed by Tencent and launced in 2011. By the end of 2020, the app had gathered over 1.2 billion monthly active users. It is the fifth most-used social network in the world, along with other big names like Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.

PROS. WeChat is a super app in China that includes WeChat Mini Program and WeChat Pay. It offers customer service which is a plus for businesses setting themselves up. Much like the first two platforms mentioned above, WeChat produces website-like content.

CONS. Ads for overseas properties are not allowed on WeChat. It is a closed community, unlike other platforms like Weibo where posts can be viewed/engaged even when not followed by users.

As an official sales partner of WeChat, we offer services like official account setup and verification, account management, ads buying*, and influencer marketing.

*WeChat ads are not allowed for foreign real estate

Do you have properties you want to introduce to China? Contact us to learn more about real estate marketing in the China market.

About Asia Travel Club

Asia Travel Club (ATC) is a social media agency focusing on China digital marketing, influencer and social messaging marketing.

ATC is the Official Sales Partner of Tencent (WeChat), Weibo, and Bytedance (TikTok, DouYin & TouTiao). Our China marketing team has verified and managed more than 100+ WeChat and Weibo Official accounts since 2016.

With teams across Asia, ATC can help brands connect with over 3,000+ influencers from China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Through our ATC Bookings, Chinese travelers can now Search, Compare, Book, and Pay for hotel rooms via WeChat Pay directly with hoteliers.

Asia Travel Club (ATC) is a member of Digital 38 Group.

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How to Sign Up For A WeChat Personal Account

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WeChat at a Glance

Launched in 2011, WeChat is a messaging app developed by Tencent. By the end of Q1 2020, the app had gathered over 1.2 billion monthly active users. 

It is the fifth most-used social network in the world. The 4 other social media sites are Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.  

Why should you use WeChat? 

Social sites like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, and Instagram are not available in China. WeChat is the most used messaging app in China, so if you need to stay connected to Chinese nationals then you need to have a WeChat account. Here are some reasons why you need to use the Chinese messaging app:

  1. Business with Chinese Nationals/Companies
  2. Stay connected with Chinese relatives/friends
  3. Work/Study/Travel in China
  4. Learn Chinese/Understand Chinese culture and more

WeChat is more than just a messaging and social media app. Aside from the chat and call features, you can also read news and use local services in Official Accounts and Mini Programs, play mobile games with your friends, enjoy mobile payment features with WeChat Pay, and many more. 

  • MORE WAYS TO CHAT: Message friends using text, photo, voice, video, location sharing, and more. Create group chats with up to 500 members. 
  • VOICE & VIDEO CALL: High-quality voice and video calls anywhere in the world. Create group video calls with up to 9 people. 
  • LANGUAGE SUPPORT: Localised in 20 different languages and can translate friends’ messages and Moments posts. 
  • MOMENTS: Share your favourite moments by posting photos, videos, and more to your Moments stream. 
  • OFFICIAL ACCOUNTS: A lot of verified accounts to follow with original contents and news for your reading pleasure. 
  • MINI PROGRAMS: Countless third-party services all within the WeChat app that don’t require additional installation, saving you precious phone storage and time. 
  • WECHAT PAY: Enjoy the convenience of the world-leading mobile payment features with WeChat Pay and Wallet (*only available in certain regions). 
  • REAL-TIME LOCATION: Not good at explaining directions? Share your real-time location with the press of a button. 
  • TIME CAPSULE (NEW!): Share glimpses of your day. Record short videos to post in your Time Capsule before they disappear in 24 hours. 
  • STICKER GALLERY: Browse thousands of animated stickers to help express yourself in chats, including stickers with your favourite cartoon and movie characters. 
  • GAMES: Have fun and compete with your friends in a huge selection of WeChat Mini Games and Tencent Games (*only available in certain regions). 
  • BETTER PRIVACY: Giving you the highest level of control over your privacy, WeChat is the only messaging app to be certified by TRUSTe. 
  • AND MANY MORE: Exercise with friends on WeRun, scan QR codes, and many more. 

How do I sign up for a WeChat Personal Account?

WeChat Personal Account Register: After downloading and installing WeChat on your mobile phone, you can sign up for WeChat in the following ways:

1. Sign up with your mobile number

Open the WeChat app and tap Sign Up > Sign up with mobile > choose your region code, enter your mobile, and set a password. 

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Open the WeChat app and tap Sign Up > Sign up via Facebook, and then WeChat will redirect to Facebook to request permission to log in to WeChat. Then, choose your region code, enter your mobile, and set a password. 

Notes: 

  1. You cannot sign up for WeChat without a mobile number.
  2. A mobile phone number can only be used for creating one WeChat account.
  3. Use your real mobile number and ask a WeChat user to help you with verification (aka.
    Assistant Registration). 

What is Assistant Registration? 

Assistant registration is when the system automatically configures an account based on the sign-up environment (device and IP address). At present, WeChat’s Assistant Registration function requires another WeChat account to provide assistance. Follow the instructions shown on the screen then ask a friend near you to use their WeChat ID to help you complete the sign-up verification. 

The WeChat user must meet the following criteria to help with Assistant Registration: 

  1. Users signing up in Mainland China: Please find a mainland China user to help with sign-up. This friend should have bound a bank card to their WeChat Wallet and have signed up more than 6 months ago. 
  2. Users signing up in the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Canada, or the United States: Please find a friend who signed up in your country or Mainland China to help with sign-up.  If a user from your country assists with sign-up, this friend must have signed up more than 1 month ago. If the friend is a mainland China user, this friend must have bound a bank card to their WeChat Wallet, and have signed-up more than 6 months ago. 
  3. Users signing up in other countries: Find a WeChat user from any country to assist with sign-up. If a user from outside Mainland China assists with sign-up, this friend must have signed up more than month ago. If the friend is a mainland China user, this friend must have bound a bank card to their WeChat Wallet, and have signed-up more than 6 months ago. 

Explore WeChat digital marketing opportunities in Asia

When you already have established your WeChat Personal Account Register and plans to do more for your brand. The next step is considering to create a WeChat Official Account (OA) of your brands 

WeChat does not only help brands to enter the China market but also reach WeChat users outside China (There are industry and country restrictions, please contact us for more information)

More WeChat Official Account (OA) Guides: 

Digital 38 Group member, Asia Travel Club is now an Official Sales Partner of WeChat Ads. With this, we can help you get started with WeChat digital marketing services such as: 

  1. Official Account Setup & Verification
  2. Content & Page Management
  3. Mini Program Setup
  4. WeChat Pay Setup

Are you ready to expand your business and win the Chinese-speaking market? WeChat is the platform you’re looking for. Contact us to get started.

About Asia Travel Club

Asia Travel Club (ATC) is a social media agency focusing on China digital marketing, influencer and social messaging marketing. 

ATC China – Official Sales Partner of Tencent (WeChat), Weibo and Bytedance (TikTok, DouYin & TouTiao). Our China marketing team has verified and managed more than 100+ WeChat and Weibo Official accounts since 2016. We have developed Wechat Mini Programs with advanced features to users and placing localised advertising ads in WeChat’s Moments section for our clients. 

ATC Social – sits within Facebook Messenger, WeChat, LINE and Kakao in 7 languages. It connects our partners with over 3,000 influencers across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

ATC Bookings – Direct booking from Chinese consumers with ATC WeChat Booking Engine, allowing customers to seamlessly check on pricing, book and pay for hotel rooms all within their WeChat. The ATC Rewards is a rewards and loyalty program that allows our users to redeem or purchase vouchers via our social platform 

Asia Travel Club is a member of Digital 38 Group. 

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WeChat Official Account (OA) Verification: First Step To WeChat Advertising

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WeChat is known as the super app in China. It combines the power of messaging, social media, e-commerce and mobile payment into one platform. With 1.2 billion active users on WeChat, it is a perfect marketing platform for hotel businesses outside China to tap into the Chinese market and reach out more potential consumers. Let’s have a look on how ST Signature in Singapore explored the market through WeChat marketing.

ST Signature (ST共居旅店) Launches WeChat Page

The first co-living hotel in Singapore with smart Chat-In™ technology, ST Signature promotes safer, faster and contactless check-in and check-out services. Now, they launched their WeChat Official Account to promote their hotels to more Chinese consumers. With their WeChat Official Account, users can follow the brand for the latest hotel information, deals and promotions as well as Singapore travel guide.

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How Hotels Can Use WeChat for Marketing ​

Here are the 4 things you need to know about hotel WeChat marketing. 

  • Set up WeChat Official Account (OA): Through WeChat content marketing or event promotions, hotel brands can increase WeChat organic reach and fan base. 

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Don’t know which WeChat Official Account suits you best? Contact us now to get started.

  • Apply for WeChat Ad Account: Exposure for your hotel brand, reach new users, and explore more potential consumers. 
  • Set Up WeChat Mini Program A unique distribution channel in China for brands to increase their online direct sales, avoid the high commissions of China’s OTA platform (as we know, the commission of the Ctrip platform is up to 25%).
  • Apply for WeChat PaymentIn China, you might hang out without bringing cash, but not WeChat Pay. By setting up WeChat Pay for your hotel brands, it helps you reach consumers directly and secure fast payment. 

Why is WeChat OA Verification important?

  • It’s the first step of WeChat Advertising: Hotels should have a verified WeChat OA ready before applying for WeChat Ads account. 
  • Authentic presence of a brand: After OA authentication, it strengthens the credibility of OA. 
  • Enjoy more advanced functions: WeChat AdvertisingWeChat PayVoucher and more advanced APIs. 

About Asia Travel Club

Asia Travel Club (ATC) is a social media agency focusing on influencer and social messaging marketing. The ATC Social App, a proprietary platform that sits on social messaging apps – Facebook Messenger, WeChat Mini Program, LINE and KakaoTalk connect our hotel partners with over 3,000 influencers across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ATC is the Official Sales Partner of Tencent (WeChat), Weibo and Bytedance (TikTok, 抖音 DouYin & 头条 TouTiao). Our China Digital Marketing team has verified more than 100+ WeChat and Weibo Official accounts.

Travel141 Booking Engine Mini Program allows our travel partners to reach Chinese travellers directly via their Official WeChat Account. It also allows Chinese travellers to book, pay via WeChat Pay and receive confirmation – all within the WeChat application.

Asia Travel Club is a member of Digital 38 Group.

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