The Ebola virus is a worldwide health concern – one WeChat and our users feel strongly about. That’s why WeChat is taking an active part in supporting the fight against the disease by offering the latest news and information to our community while also supporting major global aid organizations.
Our Africa team saw an opportunity for WeChat, the fastest growing social communications platform, to be a central point of information with the Ebola24 Official Account (OA). The account is currently available in English and French. It serves as a repository of information and support for not only the inhabitants of affected areas, but also for anyone wanting to know more about the crisis. Endorsed by the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and with content from Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF), it covers topics like treatment, concerns, news, symptoms, prevention and success stories. With immediate access to doctors and ability to find the nearest clinic through the OA, Ebola24 is fighting Ebola both on- and offline.
“In the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, information is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight the spread of this devastating disease,” said Kate Dodson, vice president for global health strategy at the UNF, on collaborating with WeChat on Ebola24. “WeChat’s Ebola24 OA makes essential information easily accessible to the people who need it most.”
Read More WeChat Empowers Users in Ebola Fight
Whether or not you’re a seasoned shopaholic, we all know that once the holiday season rolls around, it means the yearly shop til’ you drop tradition is about to kick in.
With only a few days left before the big day, WeChat’s official accounts are here to make your shopping experience easier, bringing all the latest items right to your fingertips. And to help you pick out the perfect presents, we’d like to recommend a few of our favorite official accounts to follow (and shop from).
1. ZALORA (Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand)
Fashionistas and trendsetters everywhere are flocking to Zalora, Asia’s leading online retailer to get their hands on the hottest items of the season. With a wide range of clothing, shoes, accessories and bags for both women and men from the runway, Zalora is sure to have something for all you WeChatters looking to spoil and style your loved ones.
So start following Zalora in your country and check out this season’s best trends.
Read More Shop Til’ You Drop with WeChat’s Hot Shopping OAs
From strengthening relationships to improving communication, the possibilities with mobile technology are endless.
And now, on Monday, December 15, 2014, we’re partnering up with The Nature Conservancy to honor #MobileMonday and help save Earth’s precious animals and environments. For every new follower The Nature Conservancy receives on WeChat until December 31, 2014, we will donate $5 to help support their noble cause up to $1M.
To get started, simply download WeChat and add The Nature Conservancy’s official account (WeChat ID: Nature_Org). Your follow will bring us one step closer to helping save endangered animals like the sea turtles and Yunnan golden monkeys.
You can also join the #MobileMonday conversation on Twitter to learn more about how technology can power social change. The live Twitter conversation will begin on Monday, December 15 at 1:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.
Join us as we do good for our planet in the spirit of Mobile Monday!
WeChatters love to chat and with the launch of the official account for WeChat’s global blog, Chatterbox, you can keep up to date with all the latest from WeChat around the world straight from us. Just search “WeChatBlog” and follow the account.
From the latest product updates to a sneak peek at fun WeChat events happening in your country, the Chatterbox blog is the place to be. The blog brings you everything WeChat-worthy and now with its official account, you never have to miss out on the latest from WeChat.
What will I get from subscribing?
- New Blog Post Alerts – whenever we publish a new post, you’ll receive a short message notifying you to check out the latest news. You’ll then be able to read the new blog post directly from your phone
- Favorite Blog Post Search – whatever you’re looking for in each category, simply select and it will take you directly to the blog page
- Video Search – for the more visual WeChatters out there, we’ve also added in a video section that takes you to our WeChat YouTube channel. Just pick and choose which category you’d like to watch and it’ll take you directly to our YouTube page
Read More Let’s Chat – Follow Chatterbox on WeChat!
WeChatters in Thailand were in for a treat, as the Melody of Life Music Festival in October brought together the best in arts, fashion, movies and music over two fun-filled days. Festival goers flocked to catch a glimpse of their favorite local artists with appearances from Lipta, Blackhead, Mild, and Squeeze Animal sending crowds into a fanatic frenzy.
When they weren’t listening to the sweet melodies of Thailand’s hippest singers, WeChatters had no shortage of entertainment with highlights including the popular Activity Booth, Cheeze Car Boot Salem and an exclusive WeChat VIP Rest Area.
The WeChat Activity Booth was the go-to place for those eyeing off to win cool WeChat gifts, including bags, umbrellas, pillows, cups and inflatable bats. To claim victory, contestants raced it out to see who could be the first to download and install WeChat, who had the most friends or the most official accounts.
Read More WeChat Thailand’s Sweet Melody of Life
BuzzFeed, the it-place for “share-worthy” content, has just announced its partnership with WeChat to bring news and entertainment to WeChatters around the world. The partnership is the media company’s first major collaboration with an international messaging app – a big step in broadening the perception of messaging apps as content platforms.
“As we start to see an increase of readers share content via private messaging, coupled with the rapid growth of mobile, we’re looking for new ways to distribute news and entertainment to our thriving international audience,” said Scott Lamb, VP of International at BuzzFeed. “WeChat’s innovative technology and strong international user base is a natural fit for our first major partnership with an international messaging platform.”
BuzzFeed currently has a readership of 175M globally with 50M readers each month outside the US and 50% of traffic from mobile. WeChat, the fastest growing mobile social communications app, has also seen significant growth this past year with a user base of over 468M monthly active users and young demographic who already enjoy BuzzFeed content.
By following the BuzzFeed official account on WeChat, readers will experience a more personal way of engaging with their favorite content on mobile:
- Followers will receive a daily piece of viral content circling the web directly on their smartphones.
- They can chat with BuzzFeed for customized content with special keywords such as cats/dogs/lol/omg/fail/win/wtf, which will be updated on an ongoing basis.
- And easily share their favorite BuzzFeed stories on WeChat to friends through chats or Moments.
Read More OMG! BuzzFeed Partners with WeChat to Open Official Account
WeChat and M2 Pictures, an award-winning Italian movie producer and distributor, have partnered to promote #ScrivimiAncora, the long anticipated romantic comedy that will officially release in theatres throughout Europe October 30th.
To give WeChat Italy users a sneak peak, WeChat and M2 Pictures are giving away 170 free movie passes to the premier and previews through the film’s official WeChat account.
By searching “AlexeRosie” or scanning the QR code below to follow the #ScrivimiAncora official account, WeChatters in Italy can win tickets to the premier and previews of the film by sending words of love and personal messages dedicated to the movie before October 15th.
Read More WeChat Offers Sneak Peak at New Italian Film – #ScrivimiAncora
Planning a luxurious getaway to tropical Singapore? Or travel there frequently for work? Whether for work or play, it’s always more enjoyable when you can travel with style and ease.
With the launch of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s WeChat official account, you can do just that.
By subscribing to the official account at ShangrilaSG, WeChat users in Asia can keep an eye out for the latest offers from Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, make accommodation and dining reservations, learn more about the hotel’s facilities and even check their reservation status.
Traveling in style has never been so easy!
And if this amazing luxury hotel WeChat experience wasn’t enough, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has launched a “Share and Win” campaign. By entering, you could be one of three lucky participants to win a one-night stay in the Garden Wing Pool View Room that includes breakfast for two.
Read More Plan Your Next Getaway in Style with Shangri-La, Hotel Singapore and WeChat
There are only six degrees of separation standing between you and your favourite singer, sports idol or actress. The hottest stars, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Lionel Messi and many more are using WeChat to connect directly with their fans through the use of official accounts. By following them on WeChat, you can chat with them and get an inside look into their lives.
For the adoring fans of Italy’s hottest pop star, Alessandra Amoroso, this one degree of separation became a reality during her dell’Amore Puro Tour where the singer collaborated with WeChat to offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to step into her world.
Read More Fans Meet Italian Pop Star Alessandra Amoroso with WeChat