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Weibo and WeChat get 68% of their reads from pushing content to existing followers


By Taruka Srivastav, Reporter

September 30, 2019 | 3 min read

Most accounts on Weibo and WeChat get the majority (68%) of their reads from pushing content to existing followers.

Weibo and WeChat get 68% of their reads from pushing content to existing followers

Weibo and WeChat get 68% of their reads from pushing content to existing followers

The remaining 32% of reads mostly come from sharing on moments (10%), in chats (3%), history (4%) and others (11%). "Others" is typically desktop usage or non-official types of promotion by sharing the direct link to the article.

Content should be shared on Weibo 2-4 times per day and WeChat only when there is great content to share, according to a research done by KAWO.

WeChat and Weibo have suffered with platforms like Douyin and Xiaohongshu on the rise. The read rates are down significantly, but seem to have stabilised and even picked up a little in the case of service accounts.

The Top Stories have grown significantly since it was launched in December 2018, but is still quite small for most accounts. Accounts with less than 2000 followers have seen as much as 13% of their reads from Top Stories.

Furthermore, the average subscription account doesn't seem to be held back by the limit of 1 post per day. Meanwhile service accounts send a higher number of articles per push presumably because they're only able to contact users 4 times per month.

According to KAWO CEO Alex Duncan, follower growth on Subscription accounts has fallen quite a lot over the past 3 years, but seems to have been helped a little by the changes

"WeChat made to the Subscription folder in June 2018. Although the growth rate has slowed, they are now also losing less followers too presumably because it's less annoying for users to scroll past an article they don't like rather than open each subscription account one by one," he added.

Usage in the week before and the week after Chinese New Year is higher with users presumably spending more time on social media.

KAWO spent 6 weeks analyzing 20 million data points to answer every marketer's questions on WeChat and Weibo.

The Drum recently spoke with Akae Wang, an executive creative director in the corporate marketing and public relations department at Tencent to find out how Tencent brought the moon closer to WeChat users during Mid-Autumn Festival.


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