Google: Southeast Asia’s online economy is growing faster than we predicted

Google and Singapore sovereign fund Temasek released their latest report on the state of Southeast Asia’s online economy today, following their inaugural study published in May last year. The earlier edition predicted that the region’s number of internet users would grow from 260 million to 480 million by 2020. Google and Temasek estimated that Southeast … More Google: Southeast Asia’s online economy is growing faster than we predicted

Britain Does What America Won’t: Open Skies with China

Brexit has created substantial concerns about the British economy and its place in the world. Currently, the Tory government is currently in triage mode. Britain had an ideal agreement with the EU, where they could both maintain currency independence and take advantage of the inter-connectivity of the European economy. Given Britain’s precipitous economic standing, maintaining … More Britain Does What America Won’t: Open Skies with China

Do Netizens-next-door Make Good Luxury Ambassadors?

Online influencers are increasingly integral to luxury and beauty brands’ sales strategies in China. Most influencer marketing programs are still in their infancy—the majority have been active for less than two years, according to a report by Fashion and Beauty Monitor—but that hasn’t stopped brands spending a significant chunk of their marketing budget on partnerships … More Do Netizens-next-door Make Good Luxury Ambassadors?

Black boxes, human factors, and the unintended consequences of today’s AI

Fear of an AI being running amok has been a popular theme in science fiction and movies. But rather than a Frankenstein or Matrix, what we’re starting to see are myriads of AI applications that become part of our everyday lives in ways that we may not even be aware of: from our Uber rides … More Black boxes, human factors, and the unintended consequences of today’s AI

Luxury brands boosted by court ruling for online sales ban

Coty and other luxury brand owners scored an important victory on Wednesday in their bid to prevent retailers selling their products on online platforms such as Amazon and eBay after Europe’s top court said they have the right to do so to preserve their image. The issue is significant in Europe, whose companies account for … More Luxury brands boosted by court ruling for online sales ban

WeChat Moves into Travel Services via Mini-Programs

WeChat has hinted at a move into travel services, partnering with key global travel destinations to offer City Experiences mini programs. Dubai, Britain and Sydney, were selected as the pilot cities for the City Experience mini program, which was launched at a showcase in Shanghai on November 30th. Other cities including Washington DC are to … More WeChat Moves into Travel Services via Mini-Programs

Sustainability – Europe’s chance to get back on the world map

Back in the early days Europe used to be nothing else than a battle field for the neighboring tribes. Today the tribes have evolved, but the very same turf wars continue all around Europe. Look at Germany, France, U.K., Poland. Despite the nations today we face more competition between companies, associations, investors. The playing field … More Sustainability – Europe’s chance to get back on the world map

Which U.S. States Are Engaging Best With Chinese Tourists

With China now the world’s most important tourist source market, U.S. cities and states need to be able to reach out to Chinese tourists to cultivate and maintain their brands abroad. However, most states have done quite poorly so far in this endeavor while others are embracing Chinese web and social media resources. Essential to … More Which U.S. States Are Engaging Best With Chinese Tourists