Amex wants to turn tweets into dollars

In March 2012, Amex decided to introduce a new plan (https://sync.americanexpress.com/twitter/Index) in order to turn its customers’ tweets into rewards. Participating brands include 1-800flowers.com, Best buy, Dell and H&M. Here is how Amex describes the service:

Sync your eligible American Express® Card with Twitter
Tweet the special offer #hashtags to load exclusive Cardmember offers directly to your Card
Save with an automatic statement credit when you make a qualified purchase in store or online with your synced Card

Chinese Internet: the global battle has begun (1/2)

In a previous series, Alban Fournier, our globetrotter who fell in love with Asia warned us that China was the next worldwide International giant in the making. In this piece, he is expatiating on this previous report and delving into the details of what makes Chinese Internet players stand out from the crowd.

[this report is published in instalments, type http://bit.ly/albanchina2 to put all the pieces back together]

Chinese Internet industry ready to grow beyond borders (2/2)

A success story called Tencent

Founded in November 1998, Tencent has grown into China’s largest and most used Internet service portal. In its ten year history, Tencent has been able to maintain steady and fast paced growth. In 2005, Tencent entered the social network market with QZone and Internet shopping with PaiPai.com platform. In 2006, the firm decided to compete directly with Baidu and Google with the launch of the Soso search engine.