Posts Tagged ‘WeChat’

Wirecard Expands e-Commerce Offering For WeChat Pay

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Wirecard’s expanded e-commerce offering for WeChat Pay will enable European merchants to enjoy fast access to the Chinese market.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Wirecard and its partner SwissPost will offer a complete package including technical integration, payment processing, customs and logistics.

Chinese consumers will be able to check out with WeChat Pay on the online shops of European merchants.

As a result, shoppers will enjoy a smooth and familiar payment flow.

The integration meets the needs of a key target audience, leading to significantly increased revenues.

More details below from the press release.

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IBM SolutionsConnect: Disruptive technology in the cognitive era

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

With the blistering pace at which technology develops in this cognitive era, the mantra of the day is “disrupt or be disrupted”. IBM explores the possibilities of exploiting disruptive cutting-edge technologies through real-life case studies of how industry leaders have transformed their organisations and markets to lead the pack.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

I am at a one-day thought leadership conference held by technology leader IBM at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The conference will discuss leading-edge technologies that organisations can exploit to win. I’m looking forward to the solutions showcase that will demo the latest in cloud, Internet of Things (IoT) and analytics, amongst other technologies of the day.

Brett Michael Nulf brought delegates through various examples of how technology-driven disruptions had decimated many traditional leaders in various industries in recent years, emphasising the importance for enterprises to stay vigilant in order to avoid getting eliminated because of disruption from existing competitors and new startups.

He mused at how more than seventy percent of companies have dropped off the Fortune 500 list, with the “Unicorn Club” of privately-funded startups reaching US$1bn in value becoming increasingly crowded.

Nulf is a Business Unit Executive for MobileFirst Platform & Cloud, Asia Pacific, IBM Corporation.

He cautioned that although the Fintech arena is currently seeing the most disruptions, other industries are also prone to technology-driven disruptions, such as in manufacturing, healthcare, and even traditional sectors with a long history – such as consumer packaged goods.

An interesting phenomenon that Nulf described was what he called the “Uber syndrome – where a competitor with a completely different business model enters your industry and flattens you”.

It was an interesting example where the innovative newcomer (in this case Uber) enjoyed rapidly growing revenue and market share at the expense of traditional taxis – while the overall pie remained the same.

One key reason why these disruptive newcomers do so well is the speed with which they move and innovate.

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Research: GlobalWebIndex finds mobile networking booming with WeChat users

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

WeChat has the youngest demographic out of all competing social communications apps, with one third of its global users aged 16 to 24. Andrew Ng attended the media brief for tech4tea.com.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

Jason Mander, Head of Trends, GlobalWebIndex, briefing on major trends of the social media scene. To the left is Jowie Law, Director of Global Communications at Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Photo credit: Andrew Ng.

A recent research by GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a market research company specialising in online consumer behaviour claims that 80% of WeChat’s young users said it was critical for them to be contactable at all times.

“WeChat has witnessed a remarkable growth rate during this period especially among the youth generation, with WeChat’s efficient and entertaining platform continuing to attract users on a massive scale. We are excited about WeChat’s strong growth momentum both globally and throughout Singapore, and expect to see it adding more users in the coming quarters,” said Jason Mander, Head of Trends at GlobalWebIndex.

GWI is a multi-market research company, covering 32 markets and representing 89% of the global Internet population.

Focusing on Singapore specifically, WeChat is most popular with 16 to 34 year olds, with this age group dominating nearly half of the WeChat user base.

According to GWI, WeChat had experienced significant growth with an active user base increase of 156% globally, and a staggering 499% in Singapore between Q1 2013 to Q3 2014.

Nearly a quarter (23%) of the world’s Internet users and 39% within the APAC region now actively use the app.

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WeChat rolls out Ver 5.1 and launches WeChat Games in Singapore

Monday, January 13th, 2014

This launch is part of the latest WeChat upgrade – which also offers users with new animated stickers, group chats upsize of up to 100 members and more.

WeChat Games – a place where you can challenge your friends with fun and addictive games while you’re on the move.

WeChat Games – a place where you can challenge your friends with fun and addictive games while you’re on the move.

Gaming gets social with the Singapore launch of WeChat Games! Pit yourself against the best around your neighborhood with WeChat’s location-based service, find competitors nearby and beat the top scorers.

“The new WeChat upgrade opens a whole new paradigm of mobile social networking with the enhancement of existing features and introduction of WeChat Games which provide greater social interaction and sharing with their friends,” said Louis Song, Country Manager, Singapore and Malaysia, International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind WeChat.

You can now challenge your friends to a host of WeChat Games and gloat when you beat them with new animated stickers from the Sticker Shop. And the fun doesn’t stop there.

You can also share your life through pictures and personalised captions with StoryCam for WeChat – a photo app by Tencent.

Spice up any conversation and get your friends laughing by sending them stickers from the WeChat Sticker Shop.

For a start, check out the following games on WeChat Games.

WeChat announces major upgrade to Ver 5.0 with sticker shop

Monday, August 5th, 2013

WeChat 5.0 introduces a sticker shop with online payment. WeChat 5.0 for iOS is now available for download. WeChat 5.0 for Android will be available at a later date.

Screenshots from WeChat 5.0.

Screenshots from WeChat 5.0.

The launch of WeChat 5.0 further enriches the user experience.

“The new WeChat 5.0 moves the platform beyond a simple chatting app and enriches the user experience by being a truly mobile social platform. Users not only meet, chat and share moments, pictures and videos with friends and people they care about in an innovative and fun way, they do it in a dynamic and intuitive fashion,” said Poshu Yeung, Vice President at International Business Group at Tencent, the company behind the WeChat app.

It had recently announced that it had passed 70 million registered user accounts internationally.

With the WeChat 5.0 comes the introduction of the Sticker Shop which is supported by online payment.

Users download and pay for stickers via the platform.

Also new with the WeChat 5.0 is the ‘Hold Together,’ a location based service that allows users to further find and connect friends who are close to each other.

Along with ‘Shake’ and ‘People Nearby’ (previously called “Look Around”), users are able to connect with friends with just a simple touch of the screen.

In addition, other platform updates include:

WeChat Singapore TVC stars Taiwan duo Rainie Yang and Show Lo

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

WeChat launches its first TV commercial in Singapore starring 杨丞琳 (Yang Cheng Lin) and 羅志祥 (Luo Zhi Xiang).

Taiwan super duo Rainie Yang (杨丞琳) & Show Lo (羅志祥)

Rainie Yang (杨丞琳) & Show Lo (羅志祥). Click for larger version to print your own poster of the Taiwan super duo.

WeChat is a social messaging application created by China’s Tencent.

It plans to expand its users in Singapore’s growing market for smartphone applications with its first TV commercial in Singapore beginning today.

As of January 2013, WeChat has hit the 300 million user accounts milestone globally.

Screenshots from WeChat

Screenshots from WeChat

In this 30-second TVC, Rainie and Show displayed romantic chemistry and playfulness through the use of WeChat’s simplest functions – text messaging, voice messaging and emoticon services.

WeChat’s star-studded TVC for Malaysia and Singapore features “Asia’s Dance King”, Show Lo and multi-talented artiste, Rainie Yang from Taiwan.

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