The Google Consumer Barometer is a fantastic new tool to help you understand how people use the internet – both mobile and online – across the Asia.
It’s a rich consumer research resource available for free, based on studies done by Google and partners globally over the recent past.
Curated insights are available for Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and many other APAC markets.
Definitely worth digging into next time you need to know the percentage of smartphone users in The Philippines, or the online population of Malaysia.
The latest MasterCard Mobile Shopping Survey covering Asia Pacific finds consumers embracing the convenience of mobile shopping. Almost half of consumers – around 45% in total – made a purchase using their smartphone in the three months preceding the survey.
Exactly 50% of respondents across Asia Pacific cited convenience as the most compelling reason for shopping on their smartphone. Other motivating factors include the ability to shop on the go and the growing availability of apps that make it easy to shop online.
|Fig 1: % consumers who have made a purchase using a smartphone
In addition to using their mobile phones to make purchases, shoppers in the region are also using it to compare prices between physical and online stores. Close to half (45%) of respondents have conducted price comparisons, with a similar proportion (44%) also stating that they have conducted research online prior to making a purchase in-store.
Overall, consumers from China (70%), India (63%) and Taiwan (62%) are the most likely to shop using their smartphones with the most popular mobile shopping purchases amongst Asia Pacific shoppers include clothing and accessories (27%), followed by apps (21%) and daily deal coupons (19%).
Asia Pacific consumers are also adopting new mobile technologies, with 28% of respondents saying that they use mobile banking apps. Group buying apps (40%) and digital wallets (28%) are the most popular amongst Chinese consumers.
Increased smartphone ownership is clearly having a massive impact on the way people across Asia Pacific shop and spend. Brands and online shopping portals need to continue to develop easy and simple ways to browse and pay, as convenience remains paramount to consumers whether they are shopping on their phones or in-store.
MicroAd Singapore today announced a Series A investment in Ambient Digital Group aiming to expand market share across South East Asia.
MicroAd will also connect its programmatic ad platform to Ambient Digital’s vast regional supply of inventory – a big win for programmatic ad buyers in South East Asia. Continue reading MicroAd leads funding round for Ambient Digital in South East Asia
For the latest in our seasonal review series we look at the top 5 topics on DIA over 2014.
We aggregated info across Facebook, Twitter, Slideshare and here on site to understand the topics that were hot over the year.
There aren’t many surprises – our Top 5 Most Engaged Content and Top 5 Articles reviews have already introduced the key themes for 2014. Indonesia, Mobile and Ecommerce were a huge focus, and we expect this to continue into 2015. Interest in Programmatic and Data point to the future of advertising in the region. Continue reading 2014 in Review: Top 5 Digital in Asia Hot Topics
For the second in our seasonal review we look at our 5 top pieces of engaged content from DIA over 2014. Of course we’ve weighted our rankings so that content posted in November has as much chance as the early starter from January.
Clear themes emerge: Indonesia, Mobile and Social Media are all a focus. Finding benchmarks to understand campaign performance is also important. Continue reading 2014 in Review: Top 5 Most Engaged Digital in Asia Content
‘Tis the season for a review, and we’re not ones to miss an excuse here at DIA.
We’ll be looking back at top Digital in Asia content over the year, reviewing 2014 – an exciting year for digital and programmatic in Asia – and looking forward to 2015.
To get started, here’s our overview of the top 5 Digital in Asia articles for 2014. Continue reading 2014 in Review: Top 5 Digital in Asia Articles
Digital advertising investment across Asia-Pacific is projected to increase 17.9% to $41.07 billion this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimates of global digital ad spending. Continue reading APAC Digital Ad spend to grow almost 20% in 2014
According to latest forecasts from Mediacells, consumers in India and China alone will buy almost 600m smartphones in 2014, comprising half of the global total.
Smartphone penetration will grow fastest in China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia where half a billion new users will be added in 2014. Continue reading Half a Billion New Smartphone Users Across China, India, Vietnam and Indonesia in 2014
Vserv in partnership with the MMA have compiled a series of presentations covering key mobile consumer stats for many of the Asian markets. These provide comprehensive summaries of the mobile landscape in each market, covering apps, ads and social amongst other topics. Continue reading Mobile Marketing in Asia
In just a few years the hashtag has gone from a humble and obscure symbol, also known as the pound sign, to a powerful online tool. The # initially gained prominence on Twitter, but has spread to use across a plethora of other online social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram. Continue reading The Rise of the Social Media Hashtag