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The Importance of Social Media in China: How to Leverage WeChat, Douyin, QQ and More for Your Website

This article delves into the significance of the prominent social media platforms in China, the unique roles each one plays, and how you can optimise your website to boost your digital presence in China.

The Leading Social Media Platforms in China

China's social media landscape is dominated by a handful of powerful platforms, each catering to diverse user preferences. The top social media platforms in China includes:

Share of internet users of the leading social media in China. Image from Statista


WeChat is China's all-in-one social media “Super App”, offering messaging, social networking, and mobile payment services.

WeChat MAU Statistics. Image from Demandsage

Boasting 1.33 billion monthly active users, WeChat is suitable for personal and business communication. Its best use extends beyond messaging to include content sharing, moments (similar to a Facebook timeline), and official accounts for businesses and organizations.


Douyin is a short-form video platform with a massive user base, particularly among the younger demographic.

Douyin MAU Statistics. Image from Statista

With 743 million active users, Douyin is suitable for creative content creation and consumption. Its best use lies in entertaining and engaging short videos, making it a popular platform for influencers and marketers.


QQ is a versatile social media platform that originated as an instant messaging service.

QQ MAU Statistics. Image from Statista

While it has evolved, QQ still retains a substantial user base, with 558 Million active users. It is suitable for both personal and professional communication, and its best use includes messaging, group chats, and gaming.

Baidu Tieba

Baidu Tieba is a community-based platform where users can create and participate in forums (Tieba) dedicated to specific topics.

With 300 million active users, it is suitable for those seeking niche interest groups. Its best use involves discussions, information sharing, and connecting with like-minded individuals on various subjects.

Xiaohongshu (Little Red Book)

Xiaohongshu is a social commerce platform that combines user-generated content with e-commerce.

Xiaohongshu MAU Statistics. Image from Statista

With a growing user base of 200 million, it is suitable for those interested in lifestyle, fashion, and beauty. Its best use involves discovering and sharing product recommendations, making it an influential platform for brands and influencers in the Chinese social media landscape.

How to Leverage Chinese Social Media Platforms for Your Website

Chinese social media platforms act as gateways to an immense audience in China, allowing brands to connect with users on a personal level, promote products or services, and foster brand loyalty.

Some of the ways you can integrate Chinese social media into your website in China are below:

WeChat Integration

Example of WeChat Mini Program. Image from WalkTheChat

WeChat offers a versatile range of functionalities through Official Accounts, Mini Programs, and WeChat Pay. Even if none of these programs are developed for your brand, you should keep in mind that WeChat is a messaging app and has its own in-app browser - through which your website link may be shared. More on optimising your website for China accessibility below.

Businesses can use Official Accounts to share content, provide customer service, and conduct marketing campaigns. Mini Programs allow the creation of lightweight apps within WeChat for various purposes, enhancing user engagement. WeChat Pay facilitates seamless transactions, turning WeChat into an integrated ecosystem for businesses.

Douyin Marketing

Influencer within the Douyin app. Image from Sekkei Digital Group

Brands leverage Douyin's popularity by creating engaging and entertaining short videos. Influencers play a crucial role in Douyin marketing, promoting products or services to millions of followers.

Challenges and Duets are popular features that encourage user participation and interaction.

A great example are "hashtag challenges" where users make videos following specific guidelines. Brands frequently team up with Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) or celebrities to initiate these challenges and motivate their followers to join in and create similar content.

Example of hashtag challenges from Pepsi. Image from China-digital

QQ Group and QZone Interaction

QQ Groups Interface. Image from InAndOut

QQ's group chat feature is widely utilised for community building and customer engagement. Businesses can create QQ groups to connect with their audience, share updates, and gather feedback. It should be noted that most people who use QQ IM use it to browse Qzone, which is similar to Facebook, where users can blog, send photos, listen to music, and watch videos.

Popular brands have achieved massive success through social marketing campaigns on Qzone, such as Oreo's 'Zone of Child Innocence' campaign in late 2013. This initiative garnered 130 million impressions from 3.28 million participants within three days.

Additionally, QQ Wallet provides a platform for transactions and promotions, making it a comprehensive solution for businesses seeking a presence on QQ.

Baidu Tieba Brand Communities

Baidu Tieba Homepage. Image from Sekkei Digital Group

Baidu Tieba allows businesses to create brand-specific communities where users can discuss and share experiences related to the brand. Build credibility in Baidu Tieba by participating in discussions and understanding customer sentiments, these will provide valuable insights for businesses.

Ads from Nike in Baidu Tieba. Image from Marketing to China

Through strategic engagement, brands can foster a sense of community and loyalty among users.

Xiaohongshu Product Discovery

Influencers within the Xiaohongshu App. Image from WWD

Xiaohongshu is a valuable platform for businesses in the lifestyle and fashion sectors. Brands share product recommendations, and users contribute reviews and experiences.

Collaborating with key opinion leaders (KOLs) on Xiaohongshu can significantly impact brand awareness and sales.

Ma Baoer is an influencer popular for her ASMR videos. Image from Jing Daily

One of the beloved influencers in the Xiaohongshu platform is Ma Baoer, known for her ASMR videos. Ma Baoer has the most liked content under the hashtag #immersiveskincareroutine. People online find her videos helpful and soothing. Luxury brands such as La Mer and Estée Lauder, as well as domestic brand Perfect Diary, frequently feature in her videos.

The Importance of Optimising Your Website for Chinese Social Media Platforms

Optimising your website is crucial for maximising the potential of Chinese social media, especially if you aim to drive traffic from these platforms. For example, your website might get sent via message through WeChat - which when the user clicks, views the page from the WeChat in-app browser.

A slow or broken website means that you cannot engage with the end user properly.

Ensuring your website in China loads quickly and completely in functionality is essential for a positive user experience when visitors land on outgoing links to official pages on social media.

Additionally, an optimised website facilitates smooth integration with social media, creating a cohesive online presence and facilitating interest conversion from social media to your website and beyond.

Most global websites load up to 5- 8x slower in China, so optimising your site's speed is vital for a seamless transition from social media to your website.

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