Arnold Ma: Insights on the “Next Gen Social”

Arnold Ma

Arnold Ma, Founder of Qumin, presented on the “Next Gen Social” for the UK Advertising Exports Group (UKAEG) at Shanghai International Advertising Festival (SHIAF) July 2020.

China, with the perfect storm of rapid innovation and adaptation, sees tech enabled service design reach maturity where they have failed in the west. Leading the pack is a new format/structure that fundamentally changed the way content is created and consumed. We call this the “third generation” of Social Media (a mixture of Social OS and AI content engines). It will change the way brands/marketers build affinity with, and serve their customers. So, in this talk, we look at the people, cultural and environmental reasons behind this shift. The symbiotic relationship between technology and Social Media. And finally, how brands and creators may evolve to embrace this, because, as with most large-scale changes, there are plenty of opportunities.

Arnold MaArnold Ma is a speaker, writer, podcast host, and the founder of Qumin, the UK’s first Chinese Digital Creative Agency. 

Born in China, which at the time was still known as ‘the poor man of Asia’, Arnold (Chinese Ai Fu) moved to the UK in 1996 which was then still worlds ahead of China. By 2011, China was re-emerging on the global stage, but Western brands were not ready to engage with China. Hence why Arnold founded Qumin, at the age of 25, the first and largest Chinese Digital Creative Agency in Europe.

Qumin’s mission and Arnold’s bigger purpose in life became to ‘Open The World To China’. Owing to his bi-cultural upbringing and work scope, Arnold knows both Western and Chinese markets, businesses and, most importantly, he understands the different people and cultures. He knew to focus on the users behind the platforms, the subcultures behind the hashtags and the audiences behind the consumers. Only then could one conceive, design and build experiences that connect global brands with Chinese people.

For almost a decade now Qumin has helped copious Western brands including Sony, Man Utd, Mars Inc, General Mills, Unilever and many more to understand and engage with Chinese consumers. Notably, Qumin wains responsible for the Chinese launch and ongoing consultancy for Skyscanner until its exit to China’s CTrip, the largest British tech exit to this day, valued at £1.4bn. Arnold has also helped Chinese companies including Bytedance, the world’s most valuable Tech start up, China Mobile and Huawei with their Western marketing.

In addition to being quoted in various media outlets including the Financial Times, Campaign, Reuters, McKinsey, The Drum, and more, Arnold is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches on China, most recently at YMS London, FUTR Europe, NKF Fintech Summit in Germany and the Data and Analytics Summit. Topics of talks range from Chinese technology development and platforms to youth culture, but all put people and cultures at the core.

Arnold‘s keynotes are:

  • A glimpse of the future from China
  • Deviant Youths: Chinese Subcultures
  • Chinese Youths – how to build hyper relevant campaigns to attract Chinese students
  • How Chinese youths are travelling the world
  • Your Digital Analytics Future Is In China Today
  • Dethroning WeChat, how short-form vertical video is changing Social Media in China

Contact us if you would like to engage Arnold Ma to speak at your next event.