Friday, December 07, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
According to the BSG, a Hong Kong based Consulting Company, Global Sources is now the second largest Trade Shows organizer in Hong Kong after just two years in the business in Hong Kong.He was quoting from our report on the South China exhibitions industry which was distributed last month to subscribers to BSG's Asia Business Media Tracker service.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Plastics News took a digital-only approach for two reasons: one, the Chinese government requires foreign publishers to partner with a Chinese publisher on all print ventures (but not digital); and two, distributing a print news publication in a country the size of China would have been both prohibitively expensive and inefficient. “We wanted to try to sidestep or postpone that and get our brand known. We do breaking news and our Web site turned us into a global news service,” says Robert Grace, editor and associate publisher.Thanks Bob!
Crain executives took some initial trips to China and met with publishing consultant Paul Woodward of BSG Asia. They also contacted trade associations and asked the Chinese customers of their Western customers if they’d be willing to share marketing lists.
The article mentions that you don't need a Chinese partner for e-publishing ventures which isn't quite true. If you want to locate a web site on servers in China, then the restrictions on foreign-owned publishing are similar to those for print (although with different regulators). If you publish in Chinese from outside China, however, it's perfectly feasible to go it alone.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Associated Press: "It's a great company. But it's very much a proxy for China, the Internet and the appeal of its founder, Jack Ma, and (the price) has nothing at all to do with the business fundamentals put on the table," Paul Woodward, business media consultant at Business Strategies Group, which values the entire business-to-business market in mainland China at $1.41 billion.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Comprehensive report on Alibaba.com comments on market value and competition
Hong Kong, 5th November: A report just published in
Alibaba.com is the B2B division of the Alibaba Group. When its stocks start trading on the
BSG Principal, Paul Woodward, commented “there is justifiably a huge amount of interest in Alibaba. It’s an exciting company and combines some of the most interesting aspects of
The report includes a detailed comparison with Nasdaq-listed Global Sources, Alibaba.com’s most direct competitor among B2B media companies. It also describes possible strategies that BSG’s consulting team believes Alibaba.com will pursue in order to justify the huge valuation given by the market to the company at the time of its IPO.
The report BSG has produced was distributed on 2nd November to subscribers of its Asian Business Media Tracker service. It is also available for purchase on a stand-alone basis.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Global Sources Now Second-Largest Trade Show Organizer inHong Kong– BusinessStrategiesGroup Report
Growth driven by China Sourcing Fairs: Electronics & Components, Gifts & Home Products, Fashion Accessories and Underwear & Swimwear
HONG KONG, Nov. 1, 2007 – TheBusiness Strategies Group trade show market report shows Global Sources (NASDAQ: GSOL) is the second-largest trade show organizer in Hong Kong, with a 14 percent market share.
This news comes as Global Sources (http://www.globalsources.com) closes its biggest yet China Sourcing Fairs: Electronics & Components, Fashion Accessories, Underwear & Swimwear and Gift& Home Products shows at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong with over 7,500 booths.
Global Sources’ Chairman and CEO, Merle A. Hinrichs, said: “We are delighted with the findings of the Business Strategies Group report. Becoming the second biggest show organizer in Hong Kong, having just operated in the market since 2006, is a dramatic testament to the success of the China Sourcing Fairs and to the trust and support we have established over the years with our buyer and supplier communities.
“Our exhibitors appreciate the quality of the buyers who attend the China Sourcing Fairs and, likewise, buyers value the quality of the suppliers they meet. And clearly, the convenience of Hong Kong and AsiaWorld-Expo has supported our exciting growth.
“Beyond this, the combination of our online, print and trade show services gives Global Sources a major advantage. Export suppliers have three primary marketing objectives: lead generation; branding and differentiation from competitors; and getting face-to-face with buyers to negotiate and win orders. We believe that the China Sourcing Fairs have grown so rapidly because Global Sources helps suppliers achieve all three objectives.”
Growing Share of Hong Kong’s Expanding Trade Show Sector
The Business Strategies Group report entitled ‘Profile of the South China Exhibitions Market’, published in September 2007, shows that Hong Kong’s trade show industry experienced strong growth in 2006 attracting 62,000 exhibitors – up 50 percent from the previous year – and 5,200,000 visitors.
The report cited primary reasons for industry growth as “the successful opening of AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), the emergence of Global Sources as a serious competitor in Hong Kong’s exhibition industry and the existence of significant untapped demand from exhibitors.”
The report adds that “the opening of AWE added over 66,000square meters of space and Global Sources was able to successfully fill it with its China Sourcing Fairs during peak periods in April and October.”
Global Sources plans to further expand its Hong Kong China Sourcing Fair portfolio with the launch of specialized shows for Gifts & Premiums and Home Products in 2009.
In total, Global Sources will organize eight China Sourcing Fairs in Hong Kong in 2008 and nine Fairs outside the region in other rapidly growing exhibition markets of Shanghai, Dubai and Mumbai.
Specialized Global Sources Trade Shows, Websites and Magazines
The China Sourcing Fairs are an important part of Global Sources’ sourcing and product information services, which include Global Sources Online (http://www.globalsources.com), Global Sources trade magazines and Global Sources Direct (http://www.globalsourcesdirect.com).
Further information about Global Sources is available at http://www.corporate.globalsources.com.
Monday, October 15, 2007
A number of people including Thomas Crampton will be blogging on this. I'll post more over on the Asia Business Media blog.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Among China marketers though, it sadly doesn't seem to stand for Business Strategies Group, Asia's only consultancy focusing on business media, information and events. It stands for Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
After all these years covering the China market, I've never seen that before. Hmmm.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Anyway, there will be lots of new things for us to focus on this year:
- New services for our Asian Business Media Tracker subscribers
- New events
- New team members
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
You'll most likely be successful if you're already in Hong Kong. But heh, this is a brave new virtual world. We might be able to work out something from somewhere else. Try us.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Recently the Indian exhibition industry has entered a modernization and growth phase. New tradeshows are organized, new exhibition centres are built, and the market is opening up to foreign investors for both the organization of exhibitions and the operation of venues.It concludes:
Thanks to its growing economy (8.5% of GDP) and its demography (1,095 million inhabitants, and 300 million middle class); India is emerging as a major player on the global economic scene. Its many assets should enable it to become a key player in the global exhibition business in the midterm period.
India’s exhibition infrastructure, in terms of venue and space availability, must be increased and modernized. In a way of comparison, India today has the same exhibition capacity as the city of Chicago. Until now India lags far behind China whose available exhibition space is eight times greater and which has three times the number of exhibitions.
The exhibition market in India has a promising future and is destined to grow. The policy of the Indian government and its bureaucracy is slowly changing, allowing private stakeholders and the foreign investors to invest and develop business more easily. With the Indian economy progressing at a rate over 8% per annum, and the help of the government and the participation of the private sector, India is on the right track to boosting its exhibition industry.The full report is available to members here.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
New Study of Ad Spending from Outsell, Inc. Shows Online’s Share Growing to 20 Percent; Search Engine Ad Spending to Leap 39 Percent
- Survey of Advertisers Who Control $6.5 Billion in Spending Also Shows the Continued Decline of Print and Broadcast Ad Shares; Rising Click Fraud Concerns
Outsell fielded a Web-based survey of 1,010 advertisers and looked at five media types—online, print, events, TV/radio/movies, and other. Among this year’s findings:
• Print, while still the largest recipient of ad dollars (40 percent), will continue to lose share as online’s share grows to 20 percent. This is a major milestone for online advertising.
• Advertisers’ share of online spending for pay-per-click (PPC) ads will fall one percent in 2007, while cost-per-action ads’ share will grow eight percent and online sponsorships’ share will rise 12 percent.
• Click fraud concerns are a driver in PPC’s drop in share. Forty-nine percent of advertisers have reduced or plan to reduce their PPC spending because of click fraud, up from 37 percent when Outsell first surveyed advertisers on this issue in the Spring of 2006. Advertisers also rate their own Web sites and e-mail marketing more effective than search engine ads, additional drivers in PPC’s slowdown.
• Advertisers rate online advertising very effective for branding, contrary to common wisdom that online shines at leads but is weak for branding.
• The share of TV/radio/movie ad spending will decline about 3.5 percent this year.
• This is the first study to reveal that advertisers are redirecting more trade magazine ad dollars to events than they are moving to paid search.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Outsell information industry analysts are available to discuss the report and individual companies. Journalists should contact Dawn Ringel, Warner Communications, 781-449-8456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companies that would like to purchase this search report should go to http://www.outsellinc.com/store/products/313?refid=home or contact Outsell at 650-342-6060 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The report reveals that there were 21 deals in 2006, up from 17 in 2005 with a total value of US$266.4 million. BSG is predicting 25 transactions and a deal value of $300 – 350 million in 2007. Subscribers can track the value of deals over the past five years in terms of value, industry focus and acquiring companies. BSG also provides an analysis of the most important deals of 2006 as well as commentary on the differences between Asian markets and those in the
BSG Principal Paul Woodward commented “2006 was a record year for media M&A activity in the
BSG’s Tracker Service was launched in December 2006 and provides subscribers with a variety of regularly-updated industry reports as well as an enhanced version of the company’s regular weekly newsletter.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Jess Wong e-mail: jess at bsgasia.com
Tel: +852 2525 6129
Web site: http://www.bsgasia.com/bsg_tracker.html
Friday, January 19, 2007
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, will hold the second UFI Open Seminar in Asia in
The seminar will be jointly hosted by two UFI members - the Korean national trade promotion organization, KOTRA and the Association of Korean Exhibition Industries (AKEI), a national association. A group of senior level representatives from around the world is expected in
· Prof. Dr. Bong-Seok Kim, Professor of Trade Fair & Exhibition Management,
· Katharina Hamma, Executive Director, Messe München
· Ross Yaeger, Vice President, MindComet Corp.,
· Silvana Kürschner, Director – Marketing Management/CRM/Alliances, Leipziger Messe
· Eric Préat, Vice President Product Development, easyFairs,
· Warren Buckley, Managing Director, Suntec
· Pojai Pookakupt, Director of the Board, Chair Person of Education
· Paul Thandi, Chief Executive, The NEC Group,