DOUYIN MARKETING GUIDE
Douyin, also known as TikTok outside of China, is a video-sharing social media platform launched by ByteDance in 2017. It’s also one of the most downloaded apps in the world and it’s famous for the massive number of creative, fun short videos its users create. Some popular video categories include lip-syncing, comedy and viral challenges. The app also features a wide array of stickers and easy to use special effects powered by AI technology that have made it popular among teenegers and young adults.
WHY DO YOU NEED DOUYIN?
Douyin has collected an enormous user base since its launch. According to ByteDance’s annual report in January 2020, Douyin has hit 400 million daily active users, up from 250 million the year before. According to eMarketer, Douyin already makes up 67.9% of China’s mobile social network users and 59% of smartphone users. With the huge increase in its user base, the video content on Douyin has also become more diversified. For instance, trending video topics in 2019 were cooking tutorials, language learning and other forms of knowledge sharing. Thus Douyin has successfully shifted to include knowledge, culture and art in its repertoire in China, enabling it to attract new user segments such as professionals and families.
Douyin is a great platform to increase user engagement, collect user generated content and is especially suitable for brands targeting young audiences. As content marketing with short videos will become more and more mainstream in the future, Douyin is a useful channel for brands to increase brand awareness and establish a closer relationship with young Chinese consumers.
MARKETING ON DOUYIN
Similar to marketing on other social media platforms, brands can set up an official account on Douyin and push relevant content to their target audiences. Well-known brands across various industries, such as Chow Tai Fook and Xiaomi, have already set up their presence on Douyin. Some brands will set up several brand accounts to meet various purposes or needs. For example, Volkswagen has a main account and several sub-accounts to offer services in different regions. Brands should have clear positioning, a detailed content plan and use these accounts to maximize communication and awareness.
In addition to these daily operations and management, there are four common types of Douyin marketing that create social buzz.
1. Key Opinion Leader (KOL) promotions
There are numerous influencers representing the beauty, food and beverage, parenting and child car, auto and other sectors. It’s obvious that Douyin KOL promotions are highly effective and have a high conversion rate regarding sales. However, Douyin is a very expensive platform. So are its KOLs.
2. Challenge Campaigns
A successful challenge campaign includes a good topic, represented by a strong, clear hashtag, that resonates with users, clear, easy rules that attract audiences to engage and a smart KOL strategy to lead social buzz.
Below is an example of a hashtag campaign that gained 410 million views in total. Lium is a plum candy brand endorsed by famous actress Yangmi. In this campaign, the brand asked the audience to imitate Yangmi’s ad.
3. Music Co-creation
Music is the lifeblood of Douyin videos. Brands can leverage music to broaden awareness, increase engagement, and start trends.
Below is an example from OPPO. The brand invited musicians to create exclusive background music for its new product OPPO Reno. The music went viral and was re-used by over 837,000 people in their videos. “OPPO Reno” appears at the bottom of the video whenever the music is played.
Advertising is one of the most effective ways to directly drive traffic on Douyin. Promoted videos on verified accounts with a blue V drive 27% more traffic to the account. There are 5 types of ad placements on the platform, including top view, full screen ads, feed ads, banner and title sponsor, and search ads.
To learn more about how to leverage Douyin to promote your brand, contact us for a free chat and consultation.
WHY CHOOSE US?
For the past 9 years Alarice International helps brands to stand out on China market. We deliver genuine, verifiable results and help you to became China marketing experts yourselves. Every day we track most recent trends and consumer insights on Douyin in order to create the most engaging content for your account and launch effective campaigns. Contact us to know more about our Douyin services.
What is the difference between Douyin and Tiktok?
TikTok is the international version of Douyin. Appearing earlier on the market, Douyin has more advanced functionality compared to it’s Western version. Users not only watch short-videos, they can also complete purchases in one click, collect coupons and get virtual tours from hotels, museums or stores.
Is it possible to open a Business account on Douyin?
Business accounts on Douyin have more opportunities for account customization and measuring users and campaign activities. It’s also possible to verify accounts in order to build a trust base with potential customers. To open a business account you’ll need similar documents as for WeChat and Weibo. Please contact our team to get a full list of the documents.
For which industries is Douyin suitable?
Douyin functionality and access to e-commerce make it attractive for a variety of industries. The most popular categories for consumers are beauty & skincare, fashion & luxury goods, and food & beverage.