In addition to being the world's largest ecommerce market, China is rapidly establishing itself as a hub for technological innovation around mobile social commerce, omnichannel marketing and virtual reality.
China will introduce far reaching online advertising regulations from September 1. These are expected to impact all digital marketing channels from search and ecommerce to social media.
The Asia Pacific region is expected to overtake North America this year as the world's biggest market for digital advertising spend, according to a report from Strategy Analytics.
This week, venture capitalist Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends report, and China was a key focus.
Google's Alphabet is the world's largest media owner by media revenue, according to Zenith's Top 30 Global Media Owners list, but China's Baidu is raising the stakes.
Microsoft's Tay generated a lot of buzz when the robot debuted earlier this year. But brands like Ikea and Uber, Baidu and Microsoft and Tencent have been engaging bots for the Chinese and Asian markets for a lot longer than the west, and to a more receptive and positive audience.
By optimizing your website for Google, you could be sabotaging your site for Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia and Eastern Europe.
As Asia overtakes the U.S. and Europe as the world's largest ecommerce market, key trends across the region are emerging.
Experts predict that in 2016, access to data will become more readily available to advertisers in China, which will result in the overall refinement of programmatic strategies.
New technology, like Google's Physical Web, combined with other e-commerce innovations from Asia, signify the evolution of O2O as a dominant force within the retail marketing sphere.