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Title: Whisper campaigns : market risks through online rumours on the Chinese Internet
Authors: Herold, DK 
Keywords: China
Online rumours
Food business
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: China journal of social work, 2015, v. 8, no. 3, p. 269-283 How to cite?
Journal: China journal of social work 
Abstract: The rapid growth of the Chinese Internet has brought about the emergence of many new channels of communication between businesses (B2B), between businesses and consumers (B2C and C2B) and between customers (C2C). Amidst this growth, Chinese Internet users have demonstrated a fondness for online rumours that has become dangerous for a variety of organisations and businesses. Within the Chinese market consumers have emerged as actors whose interactions are posing a new form of risk for companies wishing to enter the Chinese market. Since 2009, companies have repeatedly been harmed by fast-spreading online rumours that called the quality of products into question, or attacked their ethics in dealing with the general public. Starting in 2010, online rumour campaigns have also been on sale to harm rivals, or to promote one’s own product. Using a few example cases from food-related incidents, this article will argue that companies operating in this highly suspicious and fraught environment should shift their focus from pure marketing to a much deeper level of engagement with their customers, and also keep track of the online chatter about their brand, their products and their image so as to minimise risks to their enterprise and to successfully sell their products and services.
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2015.1082493
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