Inspiration for Your Chinese New Year Email Marketing Campaign

As almost 20% of the world's population, China accounts for a huge proportion of the world market. This makes it super important for any business operating globally or in the Asian market to recognise Chinese culture in their marketing efforts. Here are some great tips and examples to help you create a Chinese New Year email campaign.

What is Chinese New Year?

In China (as well as a few other Asian countries) New Year is celebrated according to the Lunar calendar. In China, the first day of the New Year begins when a new moon appears. This does not have a fixed date and traditionally occurs between 21st January and 20th February.

Chinese New Year is a hugely important celebration for millions of people worldwide.

Here are a few interesting facts about Chinese New Year:

  • Each year has a zodiac animal which serves as a symbol for the entire year, as well as anyone born in that year. In total, there are 12 zodiac animals. This year (2024) is the Year of the Dragon.
  • Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival and lasts for 15 days. In this time, it is common for everyone to return home and celebrate with their families. This causes the busiest travel period in China.
  • The color red is believed to bring good luck during the start of a new year. Most people decorate their homes red and wear red clothing. Money is also commonly gifted to children in red envelopes for good fortune.
  • Certain flowers are are always associated with the start of a New Year and often used as decorations. For example, the narcissus flower symbolises prosperity and blossom represents luck.
  • The Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide. Celebrations are held in major locations all around the world. London hosts the biggest celebrations outside of China and events are held throughout the city; including a huge parade.

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Chinese New Year email campaign examples

Many big name brands send out a Chinese New Year email marketing campaign each year. Here are 5 of the best examples we've come across. Hopefully they'll inspire you to create one of your own!

Brand: Kate Spade

Chinese New Year email campaign by Kate SpadeWhat we love: Aside from being super cute, this campaign is also really unique and creative. Kate Spade used their email campaign to promote a limited edition range especially for the Year of the Dog (back in 2018.)

Brand: Clinique

Chinese New Year email campaign by CliniqueWhat we love: Here we can see another limited edition product being promoted which was created especially for the Year of the Rat. The red, gold and white color scheme is also well fitting to the occasion.

Brand: Harney & Sons

Chinese New Year email campaign by Harney & SonsWhat we love: This campaign is not only super informative, it also manages to creatively use the zodiac animal (in this instance the horse) to connect the product to the celebration. Pairing this with an interesting main graphic and classic Chinese font made the email a winner.

Brand: Sunuva

Chinese New Year email campaign by SunuvaWhat we love: This design is big on blossom - which is a traditional symbol associated with the Chinese New Year celebration. Putting together this edit was a great way for Sunuva to make their products relevant for the occasion.

Brand: La Mer

Chinese New Year email marketing campaign by La MerWhat we love: Gold goes hand in hand with any big celebration. This email campaign perfectly combines red and gold for a classic Chinese color scheme. We also love the subtle integration of the monkeys (zodiac animal for 2016) on the centre graphics.

Tips for your Chinese New Year email campaign

Remember the zodiac animal

Centring your campaign around the zodiac animal is a really smart way to stay relevant. Find ways to reference the zodiac animal of the year in your email; either through design (e.g. illustration, motifs, graphics) or text (subject line, puns, email copy, etc.) The more creative, the better!

This email by Karen Millen isn't massively related to Chinese New Year, but still stays relevant by giving a fun nod to the zodiac animal of that year.

Use traditional colors and symbols

As seen in the examples, the color red is a massive part of Chinese New Year celebrations. It's important to try and use this in your design. A red background, or red text are both good ways to add some color and stick to the theme.

In addition, other symbols such as the dragon, or the flowers we mentioned earlier would also be great to include in your design.

Concentrate on the theme of new beginnings 

In all cultures, the start of a new year is synonymous with new beginnings. This is also the case with the Chinese New Year. Whether it's a new product range, a sale or promotion, or tempting your customer to try a new service, there are many ways you can incorporate this theme into your campaign.

Everyone can get involved

Even if you don't have a huge Chinese customer base, Chinese New Year is still well known enough to warrant an email campaign - just make sure to go about it respectfully. Find a way for your business to celebrate Chinese culture. This could be anything from art, cooking, language, film, fashion, etc.

Holding a special event or launching a promotion on Chinese-themed products are both good ways to get involved and share the celebration with your customer base:

Lakeland used this email campaign to celebrate Chinese cooking and promote their range of woks.

Remember you have time

While the start of the New Year is what's most commonly celebrated, Chinese New Year celebrations actually last for 15 days. Don't panic if you haven't started on your campaign yet, as you still have time to celebrate with customers!

Hopefully you have found these tips and examples inspiring and will consider creating a Chinese New Year email marketing campaign of your own.

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