This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.
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Include QR codes in all marketing materials

By | 2017-03-17T17:14:12+00:00 March 17th, 2017|

Make it easy and they will come! The easiest way to bridge the paper and digital world is by using QR codes on all your marketing materials. QR codes are easy to learn, and they’ll cost you NOTHING! QR codes are expected by Chinese tourists Whether a brochure or a business card, it is crucial it contains embedded QR codes. This is expected by Chinese in particular, as QR codes are the norm in China. With the inclusion of a QR code, you present the reader an opportunity to immediately connect with your digital brand [...]

Noodles in your mini bar!

By | 2017-03-17T17:10:36+00:00 March 17th, 2017|

Include noodles in your mini-bar! Noodles are extremely poplar and a convenient meal seemingly made for the hotel or motel room, and they are expected by Asian visitors to be available. In China, even in lower priced accommodation a few packets of complimentary noodles are the norm. With Chinese tourism to NZ expected to be around a million per annum by 2021, this is an effective way to improve the customer experience for what will increasingly become your dominant customer sector. Cheap to buy in, noodles offer great potential for a healthy mark-up. A captive [...]

How do I sell to China online?

By | 2017-03-12T18:49:47+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

Ok, we all know the facts: 1.4 billion people Rapidly growing affluence Desire for the natural products and peaceful holidays that NZ offers   Ok, we know all this but knowing and actually reaching those potential riches is not the same thing. China can be an extremely difficult market. Obviously language plays a part in this, but also China is still in many ways a closed shop. So how to dip your toe in the water?   First, avoid the temptation to set up a website in China! Check out our post on this. It [...]

Chinese tourists buy out shop loads of natural products in NZ

By | 2017-03-12T18:51:40+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

Bus loads of tourists literally emptying shops of their stock Well this is really just a continuation of a series of older articles saying the same thing: bus loads of Chinese tourists buying out the entire shop stock of things like vitamins and infant formula, particularly in Australia and to a lesser extent in NZ. Kim Wood, store manager of Blake’s Pharmacy in Potts Point, was reported recently in the Sydney Morning Herald as saying that the bus loads of Chinese tourists regularly arrive with keen shoppers. They will ‘buy whatever Blackmore’s (vitamins) we have. [...]

Free hq images and videos of NZ

By | 2017-03-12T18:55:01+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

Tourism NZ has a huge library of high quality images and videos available to download Free and without strings attached! There are web versions and print versions. Ideal for your website or brochure. Huge variety and very useful. Thank you Tourism NZ! Check it out here http://visuals.newzealand.com   Click here for our free book on all things China or just scan the QR code!

Chinese tourists discovering motels, motor camps and backpackers

By | 2017-03-12T18:59:26+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

Chinese tourists are increasingly staying at motels, motor camps and even backpackers Sure, tour groups are still the majority, but the mix is fast changing. Rachael Shadbolt, the general manager for communications at Hospitality New Zealand, in an article in NBR, was reported as saying that there is a trend of more Asian visitors staying in motels, and that the growing number of independent Chinese tourists was a major change from ‘the coach tours of old, that filled hotels.’ ‘The Chinese market is maturing and there are a lot more free, independent travellers,’ she said. [...]

Is having a website in China possible? Yes. Desirable? No!

By | 2017-03-12T19:03:09+00:00 February 4th, 2017|

We often get asked ‘can we build a version of our website in China?’ The answer is YES, BUT we strongly recommend you don't! We initially did, but have now abandoned this approach. Even with our advantages of native speakers, familiar with the technical and regulatory requirements, it was still difficult and frustrating. There are many reasons for this, including: Cost of setting-up, maintaining and promoting a website in China. Strong government web censorship in China. Social media is king in the Chinese e-commerce area! If you have a website hosted in China, you will [...]

WeChat powers a staff-less, fully automated shop

By | 2017-03-12T19:05:28+00:00 February 4th, 2017|

Welcome to the future! A chain of completely automated shops, powered entirely by WeChat for all their functions  BingoBox in Zhongshan, Guangdong, runs a chain of completely automated mobile convenience stores. To clarify, WeChat lets you in, WeChat allows you to make and pay for your purchases, then WeChat is used to let you out again. All done by the use of WeChat's QR codes. No employees and no human intervention whatsoever is required. Our friend Chen from Jinan visited one of the stores in Zhongshan. Below are some of his pictures of the experience: Predictably [...]