How to Unlock the Power of WeCom to Enhance Brand Visibility [Must-Know]
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Onboarding customers onto WeCom (WeChat Work) is only the first step to establishing meaningful connections. Transforming the initial brand interactions into loyal, repeat customers requires ongoing efforts to maintain engagement and stay on their top-of-mind.

Brands need the right strategies, effective approaches to change management, and well-defined standard operating procedures (SOPs).

In this article, we will uncover what brands need to take into consideration to optimize branding and maximize visibility on WeCom to elevate customer engagement, lead generation, and retention.

Table of Content

1. Optimize WeCom Contact Card: Free Company Billboard

When comparing WeChat's personal contact card to WeCom's professional branded contact card, there's a significant difference.

WeChat only offers basic information such as name, gender, WeChat ID, location, and some recent Moments. On the other hand, WeCom (WeChat Work) takes this a step further, supporting a customized, professional contact card display that can act as a valuable branding tool.

WeCom (WeChat Work) Contact Card

This branded contact card serves as a free "mobile billboard" for your company, and its effectiveness increases the more employees the company has. Each time a customer adds their WeCom, they gain access to not only the fundamental details but also access to key brand channels, such as:

  • The official website
  • WeChat Mini Program
  • WeChat Channels
  • The employee’s WeCom Moments

2. Post WeCom Moments: Free Moments Advertising & Direct Marketing

WeChat Moments is one of the core features of the WeChat super app, functioning similarly to the "news feed" on Facebook or Twitter in the Western ecosystem.

They allow users to share updates, videos, Official Account articles, and more. However, Moments on WeChat offer a higher level of intimacy and privacy, as, most of the time, only people in your circle of friends (contact list) can see your posts.

According to China Internet Watch (2023) and Statista (2023):

  • 780 million active users are on WeChat Moments
  • Over 120 million active users are posting on WeChat Moments every day
  • The majority of WeChat users access Moments every time they open the app

Now, what exactly are WeCom Moments? They are essentially Moments posted by professional WeCom accounts, distinct from personal WeChat accounts.

WeCom (WeChat Work) Moments

As the competition for customer acquisition intensifies due to the growing number of platforms (e.g., Douyin, Xiaohongshu/RED, Tmall) and players in the market, and WeChat limits the visibility of Official Account articles, WeCom Moments emerge as brands’ next go-to option for capturing user attention right within their personal feeds.

Brands can utilize their Sales Associates and other staff to share WeCom Moments, essentially making it a "free" direct marketing and advertising channel to convey targeted brand messages and promote products or campaigns to customers, fostering more one-on-one engagement.

On certain campaigns, the brand visibility can soar to 60-70%, and the expense of retargeting users is notably lower.

To ensure well-targeted WeCom Moments publication that can enhance lead generation and conversion, here are 3 key aspects for brands to consider:

a. Consistency in Messaging

The crucial distinction between personal WeChat Moments and professional WeCom Moments is that Sales Associates now represent the brand, publishing under the brand's name.

Therefore, everything they post must convey a consistent, professional, yet personal message and appearance that aligns with the brand image, reinforcing the brand's position in the minds of customers.

What’s more, unlike before, the Moments publication can now be overseen and managed by the brand, preventing inconsistencies and inaccuracies.

b. Publication Methods

How can WeCom Moments be published? There are two common approaches:

  • Employees individually post the Moments themselves.
  • The administrators set up the Moments to be posted and notify the employees to publish. This method grants brands significant control over when and how branded WeCom Moments are shared while still allowing employees to add personal touches.

For example, for 2023 Valentine's Day (February 14th), Moschino devised a series of WeCom Moments spanning five days to promote their dedicated romantic collection. This initiative involved over 100 of its Sales Associates and garnered over 10,000 impressions for each Moment.

Example: Moschino's 2023 Valentine's Day WeCom Moments series

Besides the new WeCom Moments appearing on customers' feeds in real-time, brands can also enable the display of Past Moments from the WeCom contact card, as seen in the above image (left screenshot).

c. Key Content Approaches

Depending on the marketing goals and what the brand aims to highlight, Moments can be customized to serve the following 4 key content strategies (though not limited to these):

  • Announcing new product launches
  • Promoting events or campaigns
  • Sharing WeChat Official Account articles
  • Notifying users about live streams

These considerations will help brands make the most of WeCom Moments and enhance customer engagement and brand visibility.

4 key WeCom (WeChat Work) Moments content strategies

3. Personalize Welcome Journey: Positive First Impression

Welcome Journey

The first interaction between a business and a customer is vital. It significantly influences the customer's initial perception of the company.

WeCom provides an opportunity for brands to customize a professional Welcome Journey that guides users to engage with the Sales Associate's WeCom account as well as explore other provided entry points for more information and services.

In addition to setting up a standard Welcome Message with a touch of personalization, such as addressing the customer by name, brands can also craft Welcome Messages with enticing offers to encourage customers to connect and remain engaged with the Sales Associates' WeCom accounts. This could include discounts or service vouchers.

Moreover, brands can break away from using the same Welcome Message for all customers and situations. By utilizing third-party supporting tools like the ITC Clienteling Solution, brands can generate parametric WeCom QR codes and design tailored Welcome Journeys for specific customer segments or entry points/channels.

Parametric WeCom QR code generation with customized Welcome Journey using ITC Clienteling Solution and an example of WeCom Welcome Messages from 2 different scenarios

Automatic Customer Profiling

The ITC Clienteling Solution can also provide admins with automatic customer profiling options. This includes adding automatic remarks, descriptions, and tags to simplify customer segmentation.

Automatic member tagging upon addition to the WeCom group with ITC Clienteling Solution

4. Streamline Mass Messaging: Precise Promotions of Products, Services, & Other Activities

While WeChat offers mass messaging, it comes with limitations. For instance, on the iOS platform, Sales Associates cannot send bulk messages; they have to send messages individually (WeCom Private Operation: From Entry to Mastery, 2022).

Moreover, sending too many messages to the same recipients on WeChat may trigger spam warnings, disrupting operations.

WeCom (WeChat Work) offers a solution. Sales Associates can select up to 200 active customers to send mass messages based on customer tags, enabling precise communication with specific customer segments.

With the support of WeCom tools like the ITC Clienteling Solution, admins can create message templates and assign tasks to Sales Associates to deliver them to the right audience at the right time, including group chats.

Taking it a step further, brands can set up a communication calendar and automate reminders to keep team members on track for task execution.

Set up a WeCom communication plan with ITC Clienteling Solution, including the calendar setup and communication reminders features

Here are some common content strategies for brands to send engaging and personalized mass messages to customers:

  • Request feedback or share recent developments
  • Offer valuable tips
  • Guide customers to check Past Moments
  • Promote a new product launch
  • Share a new WeChat Official Account article
  • Send reminders or follow-ups

To Wrap Up

As we onboard customers onto WeCom, it's not just about the initial connection; it's about keeping them engaged and at the forefront of their minds.

In addition to effective change management and well-structured SOPs, by fine-tuning the right features, strategies, and messages within WeCom, along with the support of tools like ITC Clienteling Solution, brands will be on the right track to boosting customer engagement, lead generation, conversion, and retention.

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