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Embracing the WeChat Lifestyle

Users are utilizing WeChat for more than just messaging and brands are using official accounts in new and different ways to make users’ lives easier every day.

 

We’ve scoured the globe and brought you a few examples of ways brands are helping users embrace the WeChat lifestyle and helping them make payments, shop online or talk about their favorite TV show all within one app – WeChat.

 

Smart Living

The LINQ Smart Room 

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By scanning a room-specific QR code, WeChatters were able to connect to the suite and control various aspects of the room remotely through their phones via WeChat.

 

Imagine walking into your hotel room after a big day out and being able to switch on the lights, open the blinds and curtains and play with the room temperature, all from the comfort of your couch or bed. This and more is possible at the LINQ Hotel connected suite where WeChatters can also control how devices interact with each other. For example, users can pre-program the “sleep” scenario on WeChat so that once selected, the room automatically switches off the lights, closes the blinds and curtains and locks the door.

 

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Step Your Way to Fitness with WeRun

Are you looking to be more active in your day-to-day routine? To help you get there, we created the WeRun-WeChat official account, where you’ll be able to know exactly how many strides you have taken every day and see how you match up to your friends on WeChat who follow the official account.

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With your permission, the WeRun-WeChat official account records the number of steps you take a day. You will also receive a daily message notifying how far you are to reaching your goal.

 

If friendly competition helps motivate you, you can see how you stack up on your daily leaderboard. No matter how you rank, you’ll be able like your friends’ steps, share your results to chats, and even publish them on Moments.

 

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WeStory – Love at First WeChat

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With over 600 million monthly active WeChatters around the world, we are always excited to hear how WeChat has created and strengthened connections among our users. Through our new series, WeStory, we plan to highlight a few of these standout stories.

 

This week, we feature Melisa and her boyfriend, Mickey – two lovebirds from Israel who are a living example of the modern fairytale, with WeChat as their fairy godmother.

 

It All Began With A Chat

Melisa first learned about WeChat and its robust features at a work meeting. For business reasons, she and her colleagues downloaded WeChat and began sending goofy selfies to each other.

 

Mickey, on the other hand, was more familiar with WeChat and used it as a way to communicate with the people he met while traveling and studying in China. When he returned to Israel, he often used the “People Nearby” feature to meet new friends and other Chinese speakers.

 

But one day as he activated this Discovery feature, there was a particular person who stood out among the others.

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Tuzki is Back to Jumpstart Your Work Week

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Remember when you first downloaded WeChat and found out that you could send awesome animated stickers to your friends? The first one that you probably used was Tuzki, the emotive bunny. Although his face is difficult to read, Tuzki knows exactly how to express himself with his body language. We’re bringing him back AGAIN, but this time, as your work stress reliever.

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Singapore Turns 50 – Celebrate with WeChat’s Ang Ku Kueh Girl Stickers

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Singapore celebrations have already begun in anticipation of the nation’s 50th birthday on August 9, 2015. And do we have a treat for you! WeChat is bringing Ang Ku Kueh Girl (AKKG) stickers straight to WeChat.

 

Wang Shijia, the designer of the AKKG stickers, was inspired to create AKKG from the traditional Singaporean snack Ang Ku Kueh, or red tortoise cake, a soft sticky glutinous rice pastry wrapped around a sweet center.

 

The stickers are meant to spread the beauty of Singapore’s local heritage and culture through universal values such as love, kindness, tenacity and gumption.

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Chatterbox Celebrates its 1st Birthday!

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It’s hard to believe it’s been one year since we launched Chatterbox – WeChat’s official global blog with our first blog post. A lot has happened around the world in the past year and a lot has also happened in the world of WeChat.

 

We’ve announced new features and versions, designed a ton of crazy awesome stickers, launched in new countries, partnered with amazing brands and non-profits, and created innovative online to offline experiences – all while having fun along the way!

 

Want to re-live the excitement? We’ve gathered our 20 favorite posts from last year for you to journey back in time:

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WeChatters in India – Design your own WeChat Stickers and Win!

We know you adore our vast library of stickers and love using them to express your personality and emotions. For our WeChatters in India, you now have a chance to put your creative minds to work and develop stickers that embody your personal style and unique ideas.

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Introducing the WeChat Sticker Challenge, where students from over 1,800 design and art schools across India are invited to submit their own sticker set designs and win up to ₹500,000 ($7,864 USD). Best of all, the winner will have the opportunity to showcase their talent to millions of people!

 

How do I join?

 

Joining the competition is very easy! As long as you live in India and are a college student, you can submit your designs online at http://wechat.com/stickerchallenge

 

Submissions end on July 30, 2015, so put your creative thinking cap on and enter the challenge now! Who knows, your sticker could be the newest addition alongside MamaBB Pau and The Ballers.

 

We can’t wait to see your entries. Don’t forget to download WeChat to see our gallery of stickers for inspiration, or even share your ideas with friends on Moments!

Fashionistas Unite – WeChat Opens Vogue Italy Official Account

We know our on-trend WeChatters adore everything about fashion. Whether you want to see your favourite designer’s fashion show or are looking for some beauty inspiration, we’ve got you covered with the launch of the Vogue Italy official account.

 

By partnering with Vogue Italy, one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world since 1964, WeChatters have access to all the latest news on fashion, beauty and trends. Simply put, it’s every fashionista’s heaven.

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WeChat Launches in Myanmar

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WeChat celebrated its official Myanmar launch in Yangon last week with its latest user, popular A-list hip-hop artist, Sai Sai.

 

“In Myanmar, we’re aware that there’s an increasing need for efficient communications and social interactions in people’s personal and professional lives,” said Poshu Yeung, VP of International Business at Tencent, the company behind WeChat. “We’re proud to offer Myanmar users a new, creative and free medium to express themselves and connect with the world.”

 

Sai Sai is the first celebrity in Myanmar to have an official WeChat account and soon to be released set of animated stickers. At the launch party, he invited fans to share a piece of the spotlight by bringing them up on stage and taking photos with them.

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picup – South African Courier Service Now Available on WeChat

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Picup turns your mobile phone into a handy delivery remote control, switching your online order into a real-world delivery. Through this innovative service, customers have access to a courier service that is efficient, accessible and simple to use.

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Happy Father’s Day From WeChat

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From all of us here at WeChat, we’d like to wish our beloved dads around the world a Happy Father’s Day!

 

To celebrate this special day, we’ve released Dear Dad, an adorable father-daughter sticker set that truly illustrates a father’s unconditional love and support. Whether you’ve just graduated from high school or have your own kids, these stickers are sure to put a smile on your face and take you down memory lane.

 

From reading with us and dropping us off to school, to teaching us how to play a new sport or giving us piggyback rides; dads are our loving heroes and mentors and we will treasure them no matter what.

 

Download WeChat to share these cute stickers with your dad. It’s a great way to wish him an amazing Father’s Day and to let him know just how much you love him.

 

Note: Dear Dad is available in select countries.

Tech Tip – Your Guide to WeChat Moments

It’s finally Friday, which means we know all you WeChatters have exciting plans for the weekend. We’re here to remind you to share them on “Moments,” because after all – sharing is caring.

 

To begin your journey to becoming a WeChat Moments master, we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions to create a handy guide just for you.

 

How do I access my Moments feed?

 

Select “Discover” from the navigation bar and click “Moments.”

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Introducing WeChat for Windows

In a world where global communication matters, we understand the value of staying connected outside of your smartphone. That’s why we’re excited to announce the English version of WeChat for Windows.

 

Through this program, WeChatters can enjoy a variety of features, such as file sharing capabilities, the handy screenshot tool and more.

 

File Sharing

Instantly share your images and documents with other WeChatters straight from your computer. Your friends can receive files whether they’re on their mobile device or tuned in via the desktop program.

  • Click the square icon to share a file.
  • Select your file.
  • Press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard to send.

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WeChat Launches “WeReward” Campaign in the Philippines

Here at WeChat, we understand how rewarding it is to get in touch with the people you love. And because we love our loyal WeChatters, we want to take that gratifying experience one step further.

 

Today, we’re re-introducing our WeReward program. This time in the Philippines, as part of the newest “WeChat Pa More” campaign, allowing WeChatters to do more of what they love: chat more, share more, express more – all to be rewarded with exciting prizes! From now until July 20, simply make a WeChat video or voice call to your friends each day to earn daily points. These WeChat points are then tallied in the WeReward platform and can be used to redeem voucher codes and other benefits from our WeReward partners. Simply visit the WeChat Team official account to check your balance or to claim your rewards.

 

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With partners like Philippines’ most popular online retailer Lazada, premier online food delivery portal Foodpanda, boutique nightclubs Raven and URBN Bar & Kitchen, along with Runtastic, a running and fitness wearable company, we’ve got a robust offering of prizes you could win, from saving PHP100 on your next Lazada outfit, to receiving free entry and a complimentary drink from URBN. It’s instant gratification for everyone.

 

So what are you waiting for? Place your video or voice call and take advantage of this exciting campaign. Download WeChat today to start collecting points and redeeming awesome prizes.

WeChat Empowers UNICEF HK with New Mobile Payment Platform

 

With the support of WeChat, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) introduces a new payment channel to support world emergency relief work via WeChat’s advanced Payment Platform. This innovative partnership will enable donors to make contributions to emergency relief efforts on their smartphones simply and efficiently.

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The new WeChat donation function supports UNICEF’s recent initiatives, such as the Cyclone Pam situation in Vanuatu, the ongoing Syria crisis and the recent Nepal Earthquake. By improving fundraising efficiency, WeChat and UNICEF are empowering millennials to become more involved in relief work and to give back to the global community.

 

“Social media is now indispensable for youth. The introduction of WeChat Payment will help cultivate support for UNICEF HK from youngsters and provide a more convenient and effective channel for public donations, supporting UNICEF’s humanitarian relief work,” said Mr. David Fong, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee of UNICEF HK.

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