The luxury market in China has seen a meteoric rise in online sales between 2020 and 2022. By 2023, online channels such as e-commerce platforms and official brand websites have penetrated 46% of the mainland China luxury market. This report, based on data from iResearch Consulting, delves into the trends and strategies in mini-programs and online advertising within the luxury sector.
The Rise of Luxury Mini-Programs
Mini-programs have become a significant battleground for luxury brands, with a monthly user reach exceeding 40 million. These platforms play an increasingly important role in stimulating consumer interest and encouraging repeat purchases. In May 2023, the industry saw a breakthrough with a 54.1% YoY growth in user coverage and an increase in the number of mini-programs from 69 to 78.
Market Share and Trends
Luxury mini-programs account for 60% of the market, followed by beauty and duty-free categories. The luxury sector continues to expand its mini-program offerings, contributing to the entire industry's growth. In terms of traffic, the landscape across various sub-industries remains stable.
DIOR leads in both fashion and beauty categories, while Hainan's duty-free shops continue to attract attention. Luxury brands leverage their unique appeal and scarcity to attract a large user base, with the top 15 mini-programs having a monthly active index exceeding 700.
Marketing Strategies for Luxury Mini-Programs
1. Regularized E-commerce Operations: Brands offer diversified and multi-category mini-programs to meet different consumer needs.
2. Digital Transformation of Offline Events: Fashion shows and exhibitions are optimized for online presentation to enhance user experience.
3. Omnichannel Strategy: Luxury brands are opening stores in second-tier cities and below to capture emerging markets.
4. Localized Marketing: Brands are capitalizing on China's unique festivals for targeted marketing campaigns.
Women and young adults under 40 are the primary consumers, especially in second-tier cities, which show enormous potential.
Hainan Duty-Free Mini-Programs
Since March, there has been a surge in tourists, surpassing the peak during the previous year's National Day holiday. The Hainan duty-free mini-program serves as the official online shopping platform, offering various pick-up options and has seen a 62.3% YoY growth in user base.
Analysis of Luxury Display Advertising
The luxury industry has seen a 10.1% YoY growth in display advertising spend, mainly driven by non-beauty luxury brands.
Beauty Luxury Brands: Focus on video websites and full-screen ads to strengthen brand recall.
Non-Beauty Luxury Brands: More inclined towards festival-based advertising, with mobile still being the dominant platform.
The luxury industry in China is rapidly adapting to the digital landscape, leveraging mini-programs and online advertising to reach a broader audience. Brands are employing various strategies to enhance user experience and drive sales.