You Don’t Need to Buy Influence in China

China’s opinion leaders are getting very smart about monetizing their influence, meaning that for many companies, the cost of engaging with trusted voices is rising beyond their budgets. In this article for the CampaignIQ Quarterly’s Cannes special issue “China, Dealing with the Rising Cost of Influence,” I explain why companies don’t have to resort to …

Intel, China, and the Future of Smart Cars

If Intel is hoping that it has locked up the race to create an industry-standard computing and sensing platform for smart cars, little doubt that they are hoping that China will not take notice until it is too late. I penned this piece for The Stream (“Intelligent Automobiles: Why Beijing Will Not Let Intel Drive …

Why did Uber China slap its foreign users in the face?

David Wolf, a China technology expert based in Beijing, answers some quick questions about Uber’s mystifying and frustrating about-face restricting foreign users of its Chinese app. Source: Why did Uber China slap its foreign users in the face? – SupChina Jeremy Goldkorn gives great interview, and this article proves that, when you ask the right …

Why It’s Time to Stop Slipping Cash to Journalists in China

This morning Advertising Age published my editorial calling for an end to the common practice of paying journalists in China for coverage. You can read the editorial here. Early reactions are mostly supportive, but there are a number of people who believe that the problem will never be solved. I respectfully disagree. Historically the media in every …

People, Not Government, Will Save China’s Economy

If China’s credit bubble has it on the verge of an economic crisis, as some – including Dean James Stavridis of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy – might contend, what then must the Chinese government do? In an article for The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (“Economic Resilience Depends On The Chinese People,” …

Quoted: China’s Missing Global Brands

  “Why You Haven’t Heard of Any Chinese Brands …” Matt Schiavenza The Atlantic April 8, 2013 I had a great talk with Matt Schiavenza back in April about emerging Chinese brands. All other things being equal, I’m a bit of a skeptic about the near-term prospects of China producing a passel of global brands. …

Who Should Handle Your Social Media Business?

谁应掌控您的社交媒体业务 – Who Should Handle Your Social Media Business Thoughtful China Normandy Madden and the Thoughtful China team invited me to offer my perspective on what kind of agency should handle your social media business. Everyone is fighting for it – creative agencies, media agencies, specialty firms, and PR agencies. I offer a set of …

Debunking the China Threat — Beijing Review

“Debunking the China Threat” Liu Yunyun and Corrie Dosh Beijing Review No. 36, September 5, 2013 The Beijing Review offers an excerpted transcript of the panel I hosted in July at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York highlighting Dr. Lionel Vairon’s new book, The China Threat? Dr. Vairon and I were fortunate to …

Quoted: Starbucks Rents Couches in China

In China, Starbucks doesn’t sell coffee to make its millions. It rents couches Gwynn Guilford Quartz September 17, 2013 Quartz picked up my discussion with Steve Schwankert at The Beijinger about what I think Starbuck’s real business is in China: “Starbucks invented the ‘third place in China,’ the default place to go to socialize and …

Online Videos and IPOs

I was quoted on the prospects for online video in China in a January 2011 article in Knowledge@Wharton, the online business journal of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. An excerpt: “What we are looking at [with the IPOs] is not just online sites for videos. We are really looking at the birth …