Apple Opens a Douyin Account. Will It Pay Off?

Apple continues to capitalize on the popularity of short video platforms like Douyin to drive engagement and connect with fans.

What Happened: Apple has opened an account on Douyin and gained 236,000 followers in less than 15 hours, according to 36kr. Apple’s account on the short video platform will be “passive” and primarily publish short videos filmed with iPhones from super-fan content creators. This will boost digital interaction with Apple customers while showcasing the iPhone’s superb photography and filming capabilities. Recently, Apple has increased its marketing efforts in China to fight off competition from local players like Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi. There’s no doubt that this strategy has paid off considering that the American tech giant hit a record 23 percent market share in China in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The Jing Take: Time and time again, the global giant has capitalized on the popularity of content creators and short videos to harness the power of participation and introduce calls to action. In 2020, it invited the brand’s social media followers to join the #makeitmini challenge and upload short videos on TikTok, where they shrink bigger objects into their mini forms. And last spring, Apple introduced a new version of iMovie featuring Storyboards and Magic Movie, which shows the brand’s commitment to content creators.

This strategy ensures greater audience engagement and builds a positive brand experience. Apple has now applied the same strategy in China — where the popularity of short-form videos has gone through the roof.

A report from the China Internet Audiovisual Content and Service Association showed that the short video sector grew 58 percent year-on-year to reach a valuation of $31.7 billion (RMB205 billion) in 2020. Furthermore, 95 percent of all people online in China (944 million people) have used online audiovisual services as of December 2020. A different report highlights that China’s short video market is forecasted to reach US$134.30 billion in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 33.46 percent for the period spanning 2021-2025.

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