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April 23, 2024 in Blog

Mini Programs – WeChat Superpower Feature for Business

WeChat Mini Programs are mobile applications that run like a standalone mobile app and operate within the WeChat ecosystem. Accessible via a QR code or a simple search within the WeChat app, Mini Programs are fast and easy to use. Mini Programs provide users with access to a range of everyday services (e.g. ordering food, buying cinema tickets or even booking medical appointments) and are especially popular in China, with an estimated 4.3 million Mini-Programs available, attracting around 928 million daily active users (@May 2023)1.

The popularity of Mini Programs in China now means that most businesses no longer see the need to create standalone apps, recognising that Mini-Programs can perform the services their customers need in one place.

Are these smartphone applications?

WeChat Mini-Programs have some similarities with traditional mobile apps whilst also boasting distinctive differences.


  • User Interface:

Mini-programs and mobile apps have a similar user interface. They bots use buttons and menus that users can easily recognise and interact with.

  • Functionality:

Whether it’s ordering food, booking flights or gaming, Mini-Programs and phone apps can provide a wide variety of functions.


  • Integration

Mini-Programs are integrated into the WeChat ecosystem and users access them without leaving the WeChat app. Mobile apps are separate apps that users need to download and install and can be used within their individual environment.

  • Size

Mini-Programs are small and accessible, with a maximum size of 10 MB. On the other hand, mobile apps can be much larger, with some apps exceeding 1 GB.

  • Accessibility

You can access Mini Programs by scanning a QR code or searching for them within the WeChat app, making them easy to find and use. Usually, for mobile spplications, you would use a specific store or install them using a website.

How Businesses Use Mini Programs

As WeChat continues to impress in terms of performance and user engagement, Mini-Programs are becoming more and more attractive.

  • Accessibility and Convenience

Available for the users with just a few taps on their smartphones, Mini-Programs offer a wide range of services and information easily. With users staying on WeChat and not having to download separate apps, the visibility and the engagement rate offered through Mini-Programs is unparalleled. 

  • Seamless Integration and Data Analysis

Through Mini-Programs, businesses can collect valuable user data that are then used for analysing and tailoring their marketing and sales strategies. With seamless integration WeChat, Mini-Programs are a core component of data-driven decision making, allowing businesses to adjust their processes to effectively meet the needs of their audiences.

  • Enhanced User Engagement

Through interactive features and personalised experiences, such as gamification, loyalty programs, or real-time updates, Mini-Programs offer businesses a platform that ensures a high engagement rate. With engaged audiences, the brand loyalty increases which ultimately translates into higher conversion rates.

In conclusion, WeChat Mini-Programs have changed the way businesses operate within China. They are now offering a seamless and efficient platform for various services. Beyond business, the integration of academic and publishing endeavours within Mini-Programs serves as a testament to their versatility.

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