China’s Celebrity Ambassador Minefield

Luxury brands navigate the risks and rewards of banking on celebrity ambassadors, Alibaba gears up for Singles Day with the launch of China’s largest robotics warehouse, and JD.com apologises for a sexist marketing blunder. Read China Decoded to make sense of the market   Original article was published by Business of Fashion.  MGI Entertainment was interviewed by Casey Hall. The …

Chinese IT-Girl Bridging the Fashion Worlds

PRESS RELEASE: MGI ENTERTAINMENT Shanghai ‘IT-Girl’, Jamie Qianqian Wu, one of China’s most up-and-coming fashion influencers arrived in Australia. Ms. Wu will be collaborating with Australian fashion brands; Toni Maticevski, Romancewasborn and Zimmermann and attending G.H. Mumm’s Birdcage event during her stay.     Originally from Shanghai, Qianqian has a diverse background and global perspective working in television production, fashion …

6 Products China wants to buy from Australia

An article by Rob Pringle As far as reputations go, Australian products in China have a stronghold on reception with Chinese consumers, widely regarded as premium quality, value for money and trustworthiness. MGI has previously written on the trend of Chinese shoppers preferring Australian made products to local or other international options. This is particularly true of FMCG items, where safety …

How KOLs can help with Tourism and incite travel

An Insight from Rob Pringle It’s becoming increasingly clear that KOLs, particularly in China, hold a great deal of influence among their followings. Able to sway the decision making habits of huge audiences, they’ve become an essential avenue for brands to promote their products and services to a highly engaged and targeted audience. KOLs can help brands connect with China’s massive …

Music- the Soundtrack of our lives…

An Insight from Michael MacRitchie From the first lullaby sung to us as babies, music provides the “soundtrack” of our lives.  So much so that I think many of us take it for granted — just as we do the soundtrack of a film, which we often hear without listening to it. That is, we enjoy the film without realizing how much …

How to implement a campaign with a celebrity or influencer (6 tips)

An insight by Michael MacRitchie Dear Brands, Celebrities & KOLS bring visibility, credibility and attract more media attention to public relations, advertising and marketing campaigns because of who they are. Contacting, negotiating and working with celebrities, however, can require critical research and an in-depth understanding of the consumer/brand/celebrity perspectives in order to maximize the potential celebrity partnership.  Here are some tips to and also some …

How Australian brands are winning in China

An insight by Michael MacRitchie Australian companies have been building a strong relationship and reputation with Chinese consumers for many years now. Given the rising availability of Australian products and the increasing ease with which they can be purchased online in China, such companies have been leveraging their popularity and growing demand to establish a foothold in what is becoming …

5 Negotiation Strategies

An insight by Michael MacRitchie For the last 10 years, MGI have honed negotiating skills in the high stakes, big ego arena of celebrity endorsement, performances, influencer campaigns and sponsorships. Negotiating countless contracts and endorsement deals taught me a powerful lesson: effective negotiation is just a conversation, a relationship built over time.     My experiences negotiating on behalf of …

Note to western music artists: RE China

An Insight by Michael MacRitchie Yes, we know that China can be a very exciting market… China has a flourishing live music scene, with 57% of affluent music fans attending concerts. China’s influence on the global music business is growing, and labels and artist managers from around the world are recognising the potential to engage with a large group of …

Entertainment is the Greatest Form of Propaganda

News By Laura Bowman What if I told you your favorite childhood hero was just a figure for government propaganda? If you ever idolized Superman, Captain America, or Rocky Balboa, I hate to break it to you – this may be the case. For as long as TV and movies have existed they have been used to influence the ideas …

What’s Up With Those Chinese Tour Buses at Barneys in Beverly Hills? (The Hollywood Reporter)

 News by Justine GOLDZAHL MGI was interviewed by Merle Ginsberg from The Hollywood Reporter. The complete article can be found  if you click here or just below; With China’s luxury market hovering at $50 billion (according to Bomoda, a company focused on Chinese luxury consumers), it was only a matter of time before its mighty presence spilled over onto Rodeo Drive and at …

Sponsorship can result in powerful marketing

  An insight by Michael MacRitchie Sponsorship is one of the fastest growing forms of marketing globally. So, why should your company be interested in sponsorship? When done well, it offers significant opportunities for ‘high impact branding’, heightened consumer engagement and a way to bring to life a brands DNA.  This leads to distinct marketing and competitive advantages, as well …

Will.i.am, U.S. State Dept. to Back Beijing Concert

News by Michael MacRitchie BEIJING — The Black Eyed Peas’ will.i.am is heading back to China in support of the Obama Administration’s 100,000 Strong initiative, designed to boost the number of American students studying in China, for a concert announced for later this year. The U.S. State Dept. said that following a meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will.i.am …

TV sponsorship on the rise on Chinese TV

An insight by Michael MacRitchie CHINA’S UGLY BETTY “UGLY WUDI” China — A raft of new Chinese television advertising restrictions have made sponsorship and product placement a strong alternative route to reaching a ballooning consumer market, according to an independent analysts’ report released recently. The series of new TV ad rules put in place in the first quarter of 2010 …

World Cup- China advertising is starting to heat up.

A  insight from Michael MacRitchie To follow on from Andrew Howie’s piece on the FIFA world cup, I would like to turn the readers attention to China… Here in Shanghai one of the biggest TV networks CCTV (China Central Television) has won the rights to broadcast the World Cup and is now blowing the whistle for bids on advertising slots …

The Founding of the Republic

A review by Michael MacRitchie This is not your typical war movie. Instead of dwelling on bloodshed on the battlefield, The Founding of a Republic focuses on the psychological war between China’s Nationalists and Communists, and the complex negotiations of their power struggle. The inclusion of archival black-and-white footage, from pivotal battles such as as those at Huaihai and Pingjin …