A few years ago, ByteDance was a media company. Now it's moving from e-commerce into restaurant coupons.

ByteDance is on its way to building a business empire encompassing nearly every aspect of Chinese consumers' daily lives. With core competency in content aggregation, the TikTok parent company has already expanded to entertainment, e-commerce, productivity, gaming, education, competing head-on with big names like Tencent, Baidu, and Alibaba. 

The tech giant recently accelerated its foray into local lifestyle, a RMB 1.3 trillion (around $199.9 billion) market that is dominated by long-standing incumbent Meituan, which operates two of China's largest local lifestyle apps, Meituan and Dianping. Local lifestyle is a catch-all term for in-person services such as restaurants, movies, entertainment, and beauty care. Tech companies engaged in these areas typically adopt the O2O, or online-to-offline model, which entices online consumers to make purchases of goods or services from bricks-and-mortar stores by leveraging location-based features.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.