With the intensifying competition in the realm of cross-border commerce and the emergence of price wars, an increasing number of sellers are venturing into the global phenomenon of TikTok, a renowned platform.
The China (Ningbo) Export Cross-Border E-Commerce Expo is scheduled to take place at the Ningbo International Convention and Exhibition Center from May 31st to June 2nd. During this event, the official TikTok team will make its debut, offering assistance to sellers in capturing overseas opportunities and harnessing the purchasing power of social e-commerce, thereby facilitating positive business growth.
As a trailblazer in the short video content industry, TikTok has disrupted the online shopping habits of countless users through its personalized algorithm and live shopping experience. The platform has ventured into social e-commerce by launching TikTok Shop, initially targeting the UK and Indonesia markets before expanding to countries like Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Singapore. According to reports, TikTok aims to expand its presence to over ten additional locations by the end of 2023.
TikTok Shop has experienced rapid expansion and substantial growth in Southeast Asia, which serves as a crucial region for its operations. In 2022 alone, TikTok’s e-commerce gross merchandise volume (GMV) in Southeast Asia reached an impressive $4.4 billion, with the Indonesian market exhibiting a staggering 493% increase in GMV, benefitting from an early-mover advantage.
One of the key factors contributing to the flourishing of TikTok Shop in the Southeast Asian market is its low-price strategy. Presently, TikTok Shop predominantly focuses on products with a low unit price. In the first quarter of 2023, data from TikTok Shop indicated that beauty and 3C home appliances accounted for the highest consumption and became the most sought-after category.
Additionally, TikTok harnesses its short video ecosystem to deliver shopping live streams and short videos to users through personalized interest recommendations. This combination of personalization and cost-effectiveness swiftly captures the attention of users. Moreover, popular local e-commerce platforms like Shopee and Lazada are relatively new, resulting in lower consumer loyalty and greater openness to exploring new platforms.
For cross-border e-commerce sellers, TikTok Shop provides a potentially easier path to expand their reach, leveraging the advantages of high-quality domestic supply chains and the well-established gaming culture cultivated by Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok). Consequently, sellers are focusing on deploying new platforms to capture traffic and tap into the consumption potential of emerging markets.
At the Ningbo Expo, Jacob, the overseas e-commerce industry account manager at TikTok for Business, will share creative and innovative TikTok overseas marketing strategies for 2023 with attending sellers. This will provide valuable insights and actionable marketing tips to help cross-border sellers achieve expansion and growth. Furthermore, Jenny Wang, the operation manager of TikTok Shop in Indonesia’s home appliance industry, will provide an in-depth analysis of the Southeast Asian home appliance market, sharing the latest consumer insights and trends in appliance selection. Interested individuals can sign up for the conference and secure their seats in advance by clicking the provided link.
In addition to TikTok, other emerging platforms such as Temu, and Ozon, and established e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay will also be present at the expo. These platforms aim to assist cross-border sellers in exploring new market opportunities, and Hugo Cross-border, serving as the official cooperative media, will play a pivotal role in ensuring comprehensive coverage of the event and facilitating meaningful interactions between participants.
In conclusion, the increasing competitiveness in the cross-border e-commerce industry has prompted sellers to expand their presence on global platforms like TikTok. The China (Ningbo) Export Cross-Border E-Commerce Expo serves as a vital platform for TikTok.
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