Australians already spend a large percentage of their time online, interacting on social media and spending on online shopping, but these figures are set to grow even further in the next few years, highlighting yet again the importance of having a working mobile website.
A new report by IBISWorld looks at how the average Australian spends their leisure time, attempting to predict how this will change by 2025, and everything points to the internet becoming even more entrenched in our everyday lives.
Not only will we be using the internet more, but we will be using it constantly on the go - at the gym, on the train, from our beds and even, at our kids soccer games.
The digital scene across the Asia-Pacific region is already booming, but industry experts are also predicting that APAC businesses will begin to rethink their current digital plans this year, finding alternative ways to enhance their online offerings to better appeal to consumers.
But what else is expected to happen across the region this year?
The number of NFC-enabled smartphones available in Australia is expected to rise dramatically, growing from 375,000 in Q1 2012 to 2.125 million in Q1 2013 - a growth of 467% year-on-year - according to Tapit.
It has also been forecast that by Q4, the number of NFC handsets in Australia will reach some 4 million - or 30% of all smartphones on the market.
According to many industry experts, Australian retailers need to start incorporating new technologies into their stores this year in order to better engage consumers.
The use of technology in stores has grown significantly over the past few years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. QR codes on shopfronts, iPads in restaurants and businesses, mobile wallets, interactive advertising walls - the list goes on.
If Australia wants to take a leadership position in the increasingly global and digital economy, corporations and corporate leaders must make changes to their business plans and direct their resources accordingly.
This view is expressed in a recent report co-produced by Telstra and Deloitte Digital, which discusses the expected growth rate of the Australian digital economy and highlights the best ways for corporations to cope and respond to the change that will come from this.
Two Australian retailers have made it onto a list of the top-20 global retailers, showing that despite the current economic situation, some businesses are still thriving.
Both Woolworths and Wesfarmers made it on to Deloitte’s Top-250 retailers list, which was released in their 16th annual Global Powers of Retailing report. Ranked 17 and 18 respectively, they were the only Australian companies to have the required $3.5bn turnover needed to make the cut.
It seems small and medium businesses are still neglecting social media, with only 27% and 34% respectively having a presence on social networking sites.
These figures come from the Yellow Pages Report, which looked at the social media habits of nearly 2,000 Australian SMEs and puts forward a case for why Australian businesses need to invest more time and funding into their social media strategies.
Travellers from the Asia-Pacific region are leading the way when it comes to social media usage, with over 70% of APAC travellers saying they used the channel to gain inspiration for at least one element of a recent trip, compared to only 51% globally.
These figures come from recent research, the Digital Index: Travel and Tourism Study, which is based around the responses of 4,600 people from 13 different countries.
The report examines how digital technologies have contributed to fundamental changes in the tourism industry, and specifically highlights findings that demonstrate APAC respondents are ahead of average in terms of digital usage.
Online sales in Australia reached a record high in the year to November 2012, with Australian consumers spending some $12.6bn online.
November proved to be the peak month for internet sales, with online retail surging by 15% and the National Australia Bank Online Sales Index rising to 241 points, up 32 points from October.
The promise of a new year has resulted in a lot of speculation about what the state of retail will look like over the next twelve months.
Mobile has continually been hailed as the top trend to watch, along with an increase in the number of Aussie retailers heading online and a focus on using data more intelligently to personalise communications and customer experiences.
But this is from within the boundaries of the industry itself... What are the thoughts and opinions of consumers?