Something to crow about in the Year of the Rooster

Lunar New Year is one of the busiest times for MultiConnexions (MCX), as there is often a flurry of work as our clients seek to target audiences of Chinese and other Asian backgrounds during a time when they are very receptive to positive messages.

The 2017 Lunar New Year was one of the most memorable for me, as I was heavily involved with the research and implementation of activations and events for our clients, Medibank and Telstra. It was also memorable as recently I had started to embrace Chinese culture more, starting to learn Mandarin at University of Sydney, as well as trying more Chinese cuisine (hotpot being a new favourite).

Five Tips for Engaging Multicultural Diasporas this Festive Season

Australia’s multicultural environment is no secret, and marketers cannot afford to ignore the spending power of ‘new audience’ Diasporas.

This Festive Season, connect with ‘new audience’ Diasporas and tap into their enormous marketing potential by tying in with cultural festivities.

5 Ways to Create Meaningful Engagement with Multicultural Audiences

Multicultural audience events are intrinsic to the life of every migrant in Australia, along with their children and their children’s children. Whether you speak a language other than English, were born overseas or have ancestral roots in another country – the link to culture is one that continues to thrive (no matter how long you’ve lived in Australia). Using cultural insights to effectively engage with these audiences, at the grass-root level, can be the difference between simply reaching them, versus giving them a reason to believe in your brand or product.

Why Chat when we can ‘WECHAT’?

I moved to Australia in February this year. The first thing I did after getting off the plane is asking the airport security if there is an app people use to book cabs. The security guy was slightly puzzled and said, “Well I guess there are, but there are taxis waiting over there. You don’t need an app.” So I asked him to recommend a few to me anyway for future reference but he couldn’t think of any. However he was kind enough to give me a number to call.

This came as a shock to me.  Back in Beijing, calling for a taxi is virtually non-existent. Even my grandpa has a Didi or Uber app. I then turned to my most trusted source of information center, WeChat and Weibo, to get to the bottom of this mystery. After posting a question within the day, I got all the information I needed regarding the best apps and websites.

Ethnic Businesses Leading in the Age of Digital Disruption

Digital Disruption is no longer just a buzz word that describes the ascending age of technology and how it is disrupting the way business is done. Digital disruption is now a term that describes the environment in which today’s businesses function. It is not only about changing technology, but also about the pace at which technology is leaping forward and its impact on everything around it – from consumer behaviour to business strategy. It is now a reality that can become a business tool for growth, if leveraged strategically. One-third of the Australian economy faces imminent and substantial disruption by digital technologies and business models… .

China is closer than you think!

By Mansi Saxena

This weekend, spend an evening at the Sydney Opera House and observe the people around you.

You can’t miss it; it’s a sea of different faces. Chinese, Indians, Koreans, Vietnamese, Pakistanis walking by in families, couples, young student groups. It’s fascinating to see so many different cultures within your camera frame at the backdrop of an Australian landmark. That’s the beauty of Australia, the friendly multicultural shore!

Tourism in Australia is a reflection of this multiculturalism. Over 6.6 million visitors arrived in Australia for the year ending May 2013, marking an 8.2% growth over the same period the previous year.

Five things you didn’t know about Holi

Much like any country has their iconic festivals — La Tomatina Festival in Spain, Oktoberfest in Germany or even The Carnival in Rio, India has Holi — the closest we Indians come to having a raucous public party. As this colourful and exuberant festival nears in 2013, we’ve compiled a list of top five interesting facts to get you up to speed:

Say hello to a new giant, The Asian Consumer

By V Romeschchandra, Asian Conversations

No longer mere low-cost production centres, China and India are leading the Asian buying spree. Say hello to a new giant, the Asian consumer.

The growing march of the Asian consumer – led by behemoths China and India – is going to change the global balance of power and corporate interactions.

There is a new megatrend in the global economy. It is the rise of the Asian consumer, particularly in China and India, but also elsewhere in the region. It is a story that could play out over at least half a century and promises to have as dramatic an impact on the world as the rise of the American consumer in the post-war era of the 1950s. It will have huge implications – for companies (both within Asia as well as foreign multinationals), for investors and for governments, not to mention the consumers themselves.

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

On the 10th of February a new day dawns for all born under the “Year of the Water Snake” and the Lunar New Year celebration begins.

Three thousand years ago before the celebration of Christmas, the Chinese began to tell a mythical tale of an animal race to claim their places in the Chinese horoscope.

The rise of the Chinese consumer

From Sydney to San Francisco, Singapore to Saigon; all around the world you will find blossoming cities and suburbs influenced by Chinese culture.

What once was simply an orchestral piece inspired by the unique and often subtle notes of the Chinese people, is fast becoming a concerto, composed specifically for this solo instrument.