The Data Digest: A Deep Dive Into Asia Pacific Consumers' Online Behavior

Q3 is always a very exciting quarter for the market research team at Forrester. Not only do we analyze, write and publish our annual State Of Consumers And Technology  Benchmark report (which my colleague Jackie Anderson is very busy with at the moment), but we also start analyzing our annual reports looking specifically at consumers' online behavior. In Q3 we will first publish the US version of the document, followed by European, Asia Pacific, and LATAM versions later in the year. These reports are internally referenced as “the Deep Dive” reports, not only for the level of detail these reports contain but also because of the depth of analysis included. What really makes these reports unique is that they're similar in setup, making it possible to compare online consumer behavior across regions and within regions.

For example, our 2009 APAC Deep Dive report shows that Asia Pacific consumers are active Internet users compared with North American and European consumers but that their interests and activities varied greatly.  And within Asia Pacific it's definitely not one-size-fits-all: The following graphic shows for example how the different countries vary in their uptake of media and entertainment activities:

Also for other activities there are big differences in the way consumers across Asia are adopting the Internet.  Some of these major trends include the following:

  • Urban Chinese use the Internet for entertainment
  • Urban Indians like to create content
  • Online Japanese are big shoppers
  • Online South Koreans see the Internet as an extension of the real world
  • Online Australians love social networks