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How internet celebrities make millions on China’s social networks

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A WeChat logo is displayed on a mobile phone as a woman walks past as she talks on her mobile phone at a taxi rank in this picture illustration taken July 21, 2016. Picture taken July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Illustration

The value of China’s web star market is tipped to surpass 100 billion yuan in 2018, almost two times the 52.8 billion yuan in 2016, inning accordance with Beijing-based research agency Analysus.

As appealing as it sounds, it’s not an easy market to get entry to at this moment, provided the already stiff competitors, states Teacher Xu (徐老師), a popular web star, orwang hong(網紅) as Chinese users call them.

Posting about six short articles daily, Instructor Xu’s public WeChat account “Shen Ye Fa Chi” (深夜發媸) mostly concentrates on the latest trends and talking points covering top quality clothes, shoes and cosmetics, in addition to celebrity chatter.

The posts, typically witty and tongue-in-cheek and typically ingrained with entertaining photos or videos, might be shown other WeChat users or through WeChat Moments, a mingling function of WeChat that enables users to network by sharing info, pictures and short articles with their friends privately.

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Feb. 25, 2012. “>A lady looks at a Weibo advertisement as she flights an elevator inside a subway station in Beijing Feb. 25, 2012. Reuters through China Daily Xu claims that Shen Ye Fa Chi currently commands more than 2 million WeChat followers, making it one of the leading 100 accounts from the 12 million on the platform. A running tally of views for each of Xu’s posts is shown below the articles, which generally exceeds the 100,000 optimum counts set by WeChat.

She likewise runs a Weibo account by the very same name, with a smaller following that’s still above 750,000. But the posts are different since the fans are younger– primarily born after 1998.

What her fans might unknown is that the 26-year-old woman who developed the account in 2014 as a diary of her everyday life has actually ended up being the flagship of the Shenzhen-based media start-up she owns. Half of her 40 approximately staff members are content manufacturers for the account.

“Given that 2016, the monthly income of the business has actually begun to exceed 1 million yuan,” Xu told the South China Early morning Post in an interview. This year, regular monthly revenue has actually increased to numerous million yuan, she stated, without elaborating. The company is likewise transferring to a larger office.

A Chinese language graduate, Xu formerly operated in the new media branch of a standard paper group in Guangzhou up until the company shut down.

“I’m fortunate that I registered my own public WeChat account when I was jobless in early 2014 when the number of accounts on the platform was small, and that I might gradually develop my own followers,” Xu stated.

The variety of public or official WeChat accounts has actually almost doubled from 6.86 million in 2014 to 12.1 million in 2016, according to iiMedia Research study.

The high rise started in 2014, when it more than quadrupled the previous year’s 1.44 million. By the end of 2017, the number is expected to reach 14.2 million. The accelerated rate likely reflected marketers’ shift to more personalized engagements with its targeted audience.
Weibo Corporation Chairman Charles Chao speaks during a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of Weibo's initial public offering (IPO) on The NASDAQ Stock Market in New York April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Weibo Corporation Chairman Charles Chao speaks throughout a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in event of Weibo’s going public(IPO) on The NASDAQ Stock exchange in New York.Thomson Reuters Regional and international brands have been swift to work together with wang hongs like Xu, by implanting their brand names into the posts, to leverage on the latter’s massive reach and impact. Xu, like her peers, does not shy away from the reality that about one in 6 posts in her account is paid content.

“Numerous WeChat readers even prefer advertorial material to the regular pieces. Everything depends upon how you provide it to draw in readers,” said Xu.

Leisure, style and health-related content are the most-read amongst WeChat users, iiMedia Research found.

In the Shopping Guide: Bloggers in China report, BNP Paribas named WeChat as the most effective communication channel for brand names and bloggers with their followers since it is content driven.

Xu monitors and scrutinizes the traffic data of the account closely as “information is the key to whatever.”

Of the 2 million WeChat followers in Shen Ye Fa Chi, 80 percent are females, and 80 percent are aged between 18 and 28 years old. Her company likewise analyses the traffic information for private stories to see exactly what categories appeal most to readers.

Charges for a paid article vary, depending on the number of fans and degree of impact of the accounts. One with around 1 million followers and 100,000 plus readership will charge 100,000 yuan per post.

Xu does not advertise a rate list, saying that the charges are determined on a case-by-case basis, which can range from a few thousand yuan to numerous countless yuan.

Taogonghao, an online new media platform that tracks the values of popular public WeChat accounts, stated Shen Ye Fa Chi charged an average of around 85,000 yuan for a paid article in July 2016 when it had 750,000 followers.

Mi Meng(咪蒙), among the top ranking public WeChat accounts, charges 680,000 yuan for a headlined article, and 250,000 yuan for a banner article as of March 2017, mainland Chinese media have reported.

Mi declares to have 10 million fans, and typical views of its headline short articles and secondary posts going beyond 2 million and 1 million respectively.

A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“Mi Meng is expensive, but certainly not the most costly account,” stated Kayla Lin from a Beijing-based global advertising company.

However it’s not all freewheeling in the internet celebrity space.

Sought after Mi Meng has actually been, the account did not escape the wrath of the Beijing office of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the censorship agency for websites and mobile apps.

The firm this week closed down lots of home entertainment accounts on WeChat, Weibo, NetEase and Baidu for spreading out repulsive information.

Mi Meng was supposedly forbidden to update the accounts as several posts have actually breached the rules.

Other top public WeChat casualty accounts included “Guan Ai Ba Gua Cheng Zhang Xie Hui” (關愛八卦成長協會), which concentrated on gossips about celebrities’ lives. It had more than 2 million fans on WeChat and 3 million followers on Weibo before the shutdown.

Du She Dian Ying” (毒舌電影), an account that goes over films in a satirical style, was also shut down. It had finished series A-round of funding and is valued at over 300 million yuan.

Wilson Chow, PwC’s TMT leader for Hong Kong and China, said account handlers would require a long time to totally follow the cybersecurity law which just entered into result on June 1.

“In the long run, the cybersecurity law could help preserve the healthy development of the industry and boost the users’ experience,” said Chow.

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