TV audience will always change channels during the lengthy commercial break, so, how on earth could the internet make people accept commercial information willingly? Internet marketing expert Liu Dongming has once stated that China’s internet marketing was lack of various modes, but now, things are changing silently.
Suddenly, internet ads become not so hateful.” Bian Zeheng, 28, working in Beijing, is a loyal user of online video and usually enjoys music video on major video websites. She said, “One year ago, when I watched online videos, I had to spend 10-odd minutes on waiting for the cinema advertising to pass, but now, on most online video websites, only when you pause the video will the ad appear.”
More importantly, thanks to the rapid development of internet technologies, the value of internet marketing is now improving, so users can have comparatively good using experience and accept the internet marketing in an undisturbed condition.” On the other hand, enterprises could evaluate their products and the future purchasing trend of consumers with new marketing methods like internet survey and online data analysis. Because of the huge cost advantage compared with the traditional offline methods, these new marketing methods become popular with more and more enterprises.
Large companies: Online marketing is still making progress
The “online torch relay” jointly launched by Coca Cola and Tencent was seen as one of the most successful internet marketing cases. Once the user won the qualification of online torch relay, an unlightened icon will appear beside their QQ faces. If they successfully invited other users to participate in the activity, the icon will be lightened. In a short period of 40 days since March 2008, the activity attracted 40 million people to attend, 120,000 people per second in average.
Same with Coca Cola, the internet marketing has now become the new battle field of brand development of many large companies. Compared with the single product sales, they prefer to improve their brand reputation and realize long-lasting customer relationship with internet transmission methods. Considering that in the Chinese netizen age structure, people from 18 to 24 take up the largest proportion (till the end of June 2008, and the proportion is 30.3 percent), creativity and interactivity have become the key words of the internet marketing implementation of large companies. They carry out product placement marketing with games and videos, or interactive marketing with community websites.