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WeChat Moments ADS and Mini-Program to increase Chinese foot-traffic into the stores

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A cause of the slowing economic growth and stricter Daigou regulations in China, the overseas luxury retailers have struggled to maintain the level of sales generated by Chinese tourists in recent years. It’s a watershed moment for the industry, and our digital retail solutions help the brands to utilize WeChat Moments ads to capture the attention of Chinese travelers before they even depart China.

Chinese tourists are notoriously known to be avid pre-trip researchers, especially when it comes to bargain shopping. But, how can brands and retailers get on their radar during this itinerary planning phase?

This is where the ubiquitous tool WeChat comes in. Because consumers tend to search for and read relevant articles on the expansive ecosystem in preparation for their trip, all those users’ activities leave traces for advertisers to target them. How? One targeting technique that has proven successful is to push out Moments ads while the target audience is still in the mainland China.

WeChat Moments functions like the news feed on Facebook, and it’s where users spend most of their time browsing their friends’ posts. That’s why it has become an important piece of advertising — it’s often the space where competitors fight to stand out among a sea of social media posts and information.

A pre-departure advertisement can plant a seed to encourage Chinese travelers to include a retailer or shopping center on their draft itinerary. Once the seed is planted, advertisers can drive in-store traffic by launching another round of Moments ads targeting. This phase includes leveraging Tencent’s “real-time IP targeting” technology, through which brands can send Moments ads into a user’s feed as soon as those travelers arrive at a destination to encourage an in-store visit.

Below are some examples in which this technology could be apply:

To Create hassle-free experiences for Chinese shoppers in foreign stores

The campaign could be targeted female/male Chinese tourists in France or in any other countries we like to entice them to make purchases. The Moments ads use popular products and promotional information to attract users’ attention. Once clicked, users are directed to the mini-program e-commerce page where they can place an order directly, and later pick up their goods at the store. The click-through rate was 5.5 times the industry average. Combining the power of WeChat Moments ads and the mini-program, our solution allows travelers to avoid the hassle of shopping offline. They have designed a seamless experience where travelers can place an order before arrival, while taking their time browsing products on the mini-program, and they can pay with WeChat Pay without switching currencies. Customers don’t have to deal with long lines or get frustrated when their desired item is out of stock as they would in a retail point.

Attractive strategy for deal-seeking tourists

Using WeChat Moments ads, a brand broadcasts deals to interested travelers. Inside of the ads could be placed different coupons, incentivizing visitors to purchase first to leave and redeem while visiting stores of the brand. The post also directs users to follow the brand official account. In our simulation test the ads’ click-through rate is double the industry average.
While maintaining an engaging physical presence in boutique stores is always important for marketing understand how to make the most of China’s digital tools, going to more effectively connect with Chinese travelers who are creating their luxury goods shopping list for their next overseas vacation.

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