Australia may have been a slow starter in ecommerce, but the pace is definitely picking up. Consumers are regularly buying goods and services via the internet, with 20% of our Australian panellists having made a purchase online in the last 24 hours. And with 79% of Australians using the internet, meaning a massive 18 million consumers are active online across the country. It is no wonder that marketers, businesses and researchers alike are taking notice.
This week, we asked panelists in the Asia Pacific region how they plan to celebrate Valentine's Day this year. In Australia, 51% of respondents said that they do not celebrate Valentine's Day, as did 42% in Korea. In other countries, such as China and Japan, panelists will be celebrating by exchanging gifts, flowers and chocolates, and/or dining out for the occasion. See the full results of our survey below.
Marketers are arguably in a better place than ever to communicate with their audience – whether through Facebook followers, Twitter addicts or the ever engrossed mobile population. Technology is producing a familiar and comfortable means of constant engagement.