If you work in a digital industry, the ubiquity of the internet is practically taken for granted. But that doesn't mean that the percentage of consumers accessing the internet on a regular basis isn't impressive. And it doesn't mean that percentage isn't growing.
In fact, according to Forrester Research, the number of adults in the United States who access the internet on a daily basis is growing more than one might imagine.
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?
Chris Anderson's book, The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, sits on the bookshelves (or e-readers) of countless entrepreneurs. For many, it has even been an influential book whose ideas have played a role in key business decisions.
Over the years, however, some have asked "Just how long is the long tail?" and interestingly, in many cases, the answer appears to be "not that long at all."
Nine out of ten Australian consumers use online media to discover more about products and just over 50% have used a smartphone or tablet to price compare.
These findings come from Nielsen's latest research study, which was conducted in partnership with eBay and PayPal.
Over 3,000 adult Australians were surveyed as part of the study in an effort to better understand how Australians are using their mobile devices - something all the more pertinent, given the recent revelation that mobile is seeing rapid growth across the region.
For many publishers, the future is mobile, and that means that figuring out how to monetize mobile eyeballs is a top priority.
Many observers believe that it's only a matter of time before companies like Facebook crack the mobile monetization nut, and the most bullish observers go so far as to suggest that mobile ad spend could one day surpass television ad spend, which exceeds $100bn globally on an annual basis.
With only weeks left before the end of the 2012, most retailers already have their strategies in place to ensure success and growth for their business in the new year.
We've already detailed how retailers in the region are currently, optimistic about overall sales performance, but are still generally neglecting the opportunities found online.
As part of an analysis towards changing this mindset, there are three areas of focus that needs to be considered.
Everyone loves statistics, so as the year comes to a close, we’ve pulled out some juicy data for the region.
All the information has been taken from Econsultancy’s Australian Internet Statistics Compendium, a data-behemoth document that’s more than 450 pages long and updated on a monthly basis.
So, what’s happening in digital, Down Under?
Digital channels continue to provide advertisers with an ever-growing number of options for marketing to consumers, but there's a problem: many of their messages don't get through.
Many consumers, bombarded by ads, many of which they see as annoyances, have blinded themselves to certain types of ad units, and some, in an attempt to squash ads altogether, have turned to ad blocking software. Coupled with poorly-placed units, advertisers often have no idea how many of their ads have actually been viewed or were even viewable, prompting calls for viewability standards.
In Australia, 98% of shoppers would like to buy local, but the vast majority turn to overseas retailers in search of lower prices.
Fortunately for digital High Street retailers in the U.K., British shoppers are less influenced by prices than their friends in the Southern Hemisphere according to a survey conducted by digital marketing solutions provider EPiServer.
In a recent survey, 98% of Australians cited that they would prefer to make online purchases from local retailers - but a huge 85% are instead turning to overseas stores, in order to secure cheaper prices and better deals.
The findings come from MasterCard’s latest survey, which found that Australians consciously want to support local online retailers and would actively seek them out to make purchases, but only if prices were competitive to those offered by overseas retailers.