I am often later to understand the significance of a new platform than I would like to admit. It happened with ‘twitter’ and with ‘foursquare’. Both platforms did not impress me at the start and at the time and I could not understand why a following had developed around these tools. But Foursquare and Gowalla seemed to have carved an interesting niche with their social-network “check-in” services, which have tied in nicely with the rise of Twitter and Facebook status updates.

So over this Chinese National holiday, I took the opportunity to spend much more time exploring the foursquare  app and then started to compare them to the local Chinese versions. It was remardable just how closely resembled their Western cousins but in one respect, made my time to learn much faster.

China has its own lively, location-based sites that are better adapted to their users (this means that they are in Chinese and support the connecting to Chinese SNS sites like renren, douban, Sina and kaixin). In China, LBSNS started relively late, and the local Chinese landscape consist of Bedo, L99, Mogutuan, Play4f, Jiepang, Duolequ, dianping.com However, the one that appears to have moved into the leadership position is Jeipang.

Jiepang is the Chinese language equivalent of Foursquare (when I say equivalent, I should say copy).  Jiepang comes in both simple and traditional Chinese so I suppose that this platform is primarily aimed at netizens throughout mainland China as well as those in Taiwan and Hong Kong. On Jiepang, there seems to be a lot of venues already added, but no one has actually checked in to most of them yet. So there may not be quite so many users as all those listed restaurants, bars, and whatnots would suggest. But that said, I was surprised to find the small coffee in the lobby of my apartment already listed with a landlord in residence (Landlord = Foursquare’s Mayor).

With my eye always looking to ways to extend and improve my social media campaigns, I have put together the slide show below to help other Chinese based marketers think about the ways that these platforms can help in social media marketing.

Original Source: Digital Marketing Inner Circle

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  1. Jiepang uses crawler software to scrape data from sites with large databases of location information. This seems like a bit of a cheat, but I would much rather that than have to enter my own information.

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