Recently, sharing economy is gradually accepted by people, and it has expanded from life to knowledge. It is important to encourage people to produce high quality content in knowledge sharing area, and knowledge payment is one of the most effective ways to achieve it. Therefore, the knowledge payment has been regarded as a huge business opportunity, and it is of great meaning to study the development trend and feasibility of knowledge payment. This chapter, through big data methods, analyzes the business model of Zhihu (a Chinese platform of knowledge sharing) after it introduced knowledge payment projects, such as Zhihu Live and Pay Consultation. According to data of Zhihu users’ Q&A, concerned fields and others, this chapter tries to outline its user profile to find out the target groups of different topics, the proper form of knowledge payment and the hot topics of Zhihu Live. Through the analysis of knowledge graph, this chapter finds that Zhihu Live is expected to be the mainstream knowledge payment form in the future, and the most potential topics are mainly focused on science, law, and business. Meanwhile, it establishes a pricing model for Zhihu Live, and provides suggestions for the development of knowledge payment.
Authors wish to thank Xuebing Dong, Ziqi Yin, Zhuoyi Yang, Yelu Yu, Yu Zhai, Wei Wang, and BK for their involvement and hardworking throughout this project.
Wang, J., Li, Z., Feng, H., Guo, Y., Liang, Z., Wang, L., Wan, X. and Wang, Y. (2019), "A Research on the Development Trend of Knowledge Payment Based on Zhihu", The New Silk Road Leads through the Arab Peninsula: Mastering Global Business and Innovation, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 229-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78756-679-820191014
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