In order to assist companies with identifying which geographic markets are the most digitally attractive and offer the best prospects for future deployment of digital initiatives, Euromonitor International developed the Digital Consumer Index. This tool pinpoints a country’s relative digital standing in the present, as well as offering forecasts for where it is expected to be five years from now.
The number of internet users has doubled over the last seven years to reach 3.2 billion globally in 2016. An estimated 43% of the population uses the internet as of 2016. This rapid uptake of digital services has underpinned generational shifts in how consumers live, work, shop and play.
This connectivity has driven a fundamental shift across all corners of commerce. Today’s connected consumer browses and buys goods and services differently from the previous generation. Digital is how consumers of tomorrow expect brands will interact with them before, during and after a purchase.
It is no longer a question as to whether a digital strategy is needed. In order to assist companies with identifying which geographic markets are the most digitally attractive and offer the best prospects for future deployment of digital initiatives, Euromonitor International developed the Digital Consumer Index.
In general, developed nations lead in internet access, with many establishing this connectivity years ago through a fixed broadband connection in the home. Digital connectivity in emerging markets has been far more often driven by mobile, due in large part to cheaper network investment and falling prices of mobile devices.
The Digital Consumer Index examines the interplay of digital connectivity and digital commerce to identify promising markets for digital commerce opportunities. Of the top 20 markets on the Digital Consumer Index, all but two are developed markets. China and the UAE outperform other emerging markets on both components that feed into the overall Digital Consumer Index score.
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