Comparison and sharing of the four account types of WeChat public platform

WeChat Official Accounts are familiar to us, often appearing while we're scrolling through WeChat. But running a WeChat Official Account is a different ballgame. Unlike the Moments feature, it's a public page for outward communication. For individuals, it can be a platform for sharing content analysis; for businesses, it's a powerful tool for disseminating brand culture and attracting new customers.


Types of WeChat Public Platforms


They are: WeChat Official Accounts (Service and Subscription), WeChat for Business, Mini Programs

Type Target Audience Message Display Message Frequency Limit Follower Verification Pros Cons Advanced API Access
Service Account Businesses, governments, or organizations serving users Appears in friend chat list No more than 4 pushes per month Any WeChat user can follow by scanning Timely reminders, high visibility Only 4 broadcasts per month Supported
Subscription Account Media and individuals for information dissemination Collapsed in a subscription folder One broadcast per day Any WeChat user can follow by scanning Frequent messaging, high flexibility Messages are placed in a subscription folder, users must click to view Not supported
WeChat for Business Internal communication and collaboration for businesses Appears in friend chat list None Contacts in the directory can follow Many features, like a business version of regular WeChat Not for public dissemination, requires adding as a friend Supported
Mini Program An app-like interface within WeChat Accessed through search None Any WeChat user can follow by scanning App-like services without the need for download Meant for service provision, not for promotion Supported


Differences Between Subscription and Service Accounts

Subscription Accounts are mainly for sharing information, while Service Accounts are for providing business services and user management. Here's a breakdown:


Audience: Subscription Accounts are for content delivery; Service Accounts are for user management and business services, offering an integrated service interaction.

Target Audience: Service Accounts target "businesses," while Subscription Accounts target "individuals." These accounts are not interchangeable and must be chosen at the time of registration, without the ability to change later.

Function Focus: Subscription Accounts mainly convey information, while Service Accounts lean towards service interaction and can apply for WeChat Pay.


The Role of WeChat for Business

  1. Manage and maintain customer relationships.
    Use WeChat for Business to add and manage customers, send them mass messages, Moments, Mini Programs, or invite them to group chats via QR codes to improve conversion and retention. You can also use data analytics to monitor customer engagement, interaction, and block rates to optimize your strategy. If multiple staff members need to use the same WeChat for customer service, integrate it with SaleSmartly and create new customer service accounts for simultaneous service.

  2. Utilize a wealth of OA applications.
    WeChat for Business includes features like announcements, corporate email, approvals, clocking in, daily reports, and corporate payments to handle various office tasks. You can also store and share files with its File Drive function, offering up to 100GB of free storage.

  3. Leverage smart auxiliary functions.
    WeChat for Business also has office assistant features—read receipts, to-do lists, automatic department group creation, image annotation—to boost communication and work efficiency. For instance, confirm message reads, set reminders, quickly establish department chats, edit and embellish images. For staff turnover, work handovers can be directly managed through WeChat for Business, ensuring smooth departures and handovers.


The Role of Mini Programs

WeChat Mini Programs serve more as a platform than for promotion. Users can access Mini Programs via scanning or search without needing extra storage on their phones. They provide various functions and services for different industries and scenarios, like e-commerce, education, entertainment, and lifestyle. Mini Programs can also support social e-commerce, ad placements, and membership systems among various business models.

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