WeArisma CEO, Jenny Tsai in Luxury Daily on how to focus your influencer strategy on Chinese revenge buying

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the luxury industry, the sector has quickly bounced back. As a result of the pandemic’s severe restrictions on everyday life, a new trend has emerged: revenge buying. This trend, which is particularly prominent in China, sees consumers indulging in the purchase of luxury goods and services as a form of escapism and self-indulgence. 

According to data from WeArisma, January and February this year saw a 925 percent increase in revenge buying mentions and a 2,102 percent increase in engagements on social media in China compared to the same months last year, indicating that the trend is growing.

Jenny Tsai on how brands work with influencers to drive sales and desirability in APAC:

“To meet new customer demands and increase their share of voice, luxury brands need to refine their value propositions and deploy omnichannel digital strategies to attract the younger generations Gen Y, Z, and Alpha, who are set to become the largest buyers of luxury goods, driving 80 percent of global purchases by 2030. The pandemic has accelerated the trend of online shopping for luxury products, with the number of global online purchases in 2021 doubling compared to the 2019 levels, and boosted the influencer economy, providing brands with opportunities to engage in impactful influencer partnerships.

The recent lifting of COVID restrictions in China uncovered new opportunities for brands to fuse online and offline marketing activations. Inviting the right influencers to local store openings, exclusive local and international influencer events, and fashion shows can not only drive engagement but also grow brand exposure and desirability.”

Live stream shopping and social commerce have become effective performance marketing channels in the Asia-Pacific region, providing luxury brands with opportunities to partner with local influencers who have specialised sales experience and engage with their audiences in real time.

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