Singapore Digital Marketing Statistics

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80% of the Singapore population (5.5 million) uses the internet. (Internet Live stats, 2014)

 Singaporeans of all age groups use the Internet, with most users in the 25 - 34 age range at 31%. 

15 - 24: 28%
25 - 34: 31%
35 - 44: 21%
45 - 54: 13%
55+: 8%
(Statista, 2013)

Singaporeans have about 3.3 connected devices each, with Smartphones being the most used device.
Smartphone: 85%
Computers: 74%
Tablets: 40%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

Singaporeans still spend significantly more time on the computer (4h 41m), compared to Smartphones (2h 18m) per day. (We Are Social, 2015)

• Singapore has the highest download broadband speed in the world in January 15, 3rd time in a row since November 2014. (Ookla, 2015)

Singaporeans who make purchases online still prefer using a computer.

Computer: 79%
Smartphone: 17%
Tablets: 4%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

Singapore has a mobile penetration rate of 152%, with about 8.3m active mobile subscriptions. (We Are Social, 2015)

Singaporeans from all age group use the internet daily, with 96% of the 25 - 34 age group being the most active.

15 - 24: 93%
25 - 34: 96%
35 - 44: 93%
45 - 54: 75%
55+: 78%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

•  About 93% use the Internet everyday. On average, Singaporeans are on the internet for seven hours and nine minutes every day. (We are social x Hootsuite, 2018)

98 percent of internet users between the ages of 25 and 34 were accessing the internet every day (Statista, 2016)

Singaporeans engage their phones in many various ways. Percentage of the total population (adult internet users):

    • Use a search engine 64%
    • Visit a social network 62%
    • Play games 24%
    • Watch videos 56%
    • Look for product information 39%

(We are social x Hootsuite, 2018)

84% or 4.83 million of Singaporeans are now internet users
Total population 5.75 million
Total internet users 4.83 million
Active social media users 4.80 million
Unique mobile users 4.71 million
Active mobile social users 4.30 million

(HootSuite, 2018)

The demographic breakdown of internet users in Singapore:

  • Under 25 years: 96%
  • 25 – 34 years: 97%
  • 35 – 44 years: 98%
  • 45 – 54 years: 90%
  • Over 55 years: 82%

(consumerbarometer, 2018)

Share of web traffic by device based on each device's share of all web pages served to web browsers in Singapore

Laptops and desktops 20%
Mobile phones 78%
Tablet devices 2%
Other devices 0.01%
(HootSuite, 2018)

About 93% use the Internet everyday. On average, Singaporeans are on the internet for seven hours and nine minutes every day. (HootSuite, 2018)

Speedtest data from Q4 2016-Q1 2017 is in, showing that Singapore has an average fixed broadband download speed of 180.61 Mbps and an average mobile download speed of 44.37 Mbps, the country ranks second in the world for both. (Speedtest, 2017)

39% made an online purchase via laptop or desktop computer, 39% made an online purchase via a mobile device

(We are social x Hootsuite, 2018)

  • Total number of mobile connections 8.61 million
  • Mobile connections as a percentage of total population 150%
  • Percentage of prepaid mobile connections 39%
  • Percentage of postpaid mobile connections 61%
  • Percentage of mobile connections that are broadband (3G/4G) 100%

(We are social x Hootsuite, 2018)

There are currently 12,228,800 broadband users (includes all retail broadband Internet access subscriptions (i.e., for connection speeds equal to, or greater than, 256 kbit/s, in one or both directions) provided via wireless platforms such as 3G, 3.5G/HSDPA, 4G/LTE, WiMAX or its equivalent and Wi-Fi hotspots (including Wireless@SG subscriptions) and and 10,758,400 total wireless broadband (Infocomm Media Development Authority, 2018)

Social Media Marketing

• Singaporeans embrace social media, with 77% of the population having an account on a social media platform. (We Are Social)

• Most Singaporeans prefer to use social media on the go.

Smartphones: 69%
Computers: 43%
Tablets: 27%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

As many as 4 million Singaporeans are accessing social media through their mobile devices. (We Are Social)

• Both genders use Facebook almost equally, with 51.7% Males and 48.3% Females that use Facebook between the age group of 15-55+ (Facebook, 2014)

• The Top 5 Facebook brands pages ‘liked’ by Singaporeans are:

1. Singapore Airlines
2. MDSCollections
3. Flyscoot
4. Limited Edt
5. Brandsfever

(Social Bakers)

3.5 million Singaporeans are active Facebook users, and most of them use their mobile devices to access the platform. (MediaOne, 2018)

Social Media Statistics for the top 20 brands in Singapore
Facebook 181,261
Twitter 54,376
Youtube 19,764 (SocialBaker, 2018)

84% of Viewers are Watching Social Video via Mobile
When are they watching? 33% during the lunch hour, 43% during the afternoon, 56% during the evening, 38% before bed, and 16% in the middle of the night.
(Animoto, 2017)

There are 4.80 million active social media users (wearesocial x Hootsuite Global Digital Report 2018)

• 83% of the Singapore population are on social media (wearesocial x Hootsuite Global Digital Report 2018)

3.3 million of Singaporeans Internet users are mobile social media users (Hashmeta, 2019)

Social media use has increased by 21 per cent, reaching 2.8 billion users. Mobile social media use has increased by 30 per cent year-over-year to surpass 2.5 billion users globally, with 91 percent of social media users accessing social from mobile. (Digital in 2017)

50.6% of all social media users are women, and men only account for 49.4%. (Global Digital Report 2018),

Facebook Pages Stats in Singapore
1 Joseph Prince SINGAPORE
2 Changi Airport SINGAPORE
3 JJ Lin SINGAPORE
4 Your Food Lab SINGAPORE
5 Channel NewsAsia SINGAPORE

(Social Bakers, 2018)

Singaporeans spend at least 2 hours and 6 minutes every day on social media platforms. (Global Digital Report 2018)

The top 5 most viewed and used social media networks in Singapore are Whatsapp in first place with 73%, YouTube with 71%, Facebook at 70%, Instagram with 40% and Facebook Messenger with 42%. (MediaOne, 2018)

Learn more about Social Media Marketing

Search Marketing

 Singaporeans mostly use the internet to help them make purchasing decision, with the highest percentage using it for comparing choices.

Compare choices: 42%
Immediate purchasing of product: 26%
Looking for opinions and reviews: 25%
Looking for Inspiration: 25%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

 60% of Singaporeans used a Search Engine to help them in the purchase process before they bought their last product. (Google Barometer, 2014)

• Top 10 websites Singaporeans visit comprise mostly search engines and social media sites:

1. Google.com.sg
2. YouTube
3. Google.com
4. Facebook.com
5. Yahoo.com
6. Wikipedia.org
7. Reddit.com
8. Live.com
9. Qoo10.sg

10. Instagram
(Alexa)

Mobile phones and smartphones are the most used devices for browsing the Internet, used by 95% and 91% of the population, respectively (Singapore Business Review, 2018)

Singaporeans’ top 10 searches on Google in 2018 in order are:
1. World Cup
2. Malaysia Elections
3. Australian Open 2018
4. Najib Razak
5. Stan Lee
6. Thai Cave Rescue
7. Black Panther
8. Trump-Kim Summit
9. Meghan Markle
10. Avengers: Infinity War
(Google Trends, 2018)

• Millennials will soon become the largest consumer group in Singapore. They generally make informed buying decisions based on online research, social media and peer recommendations.
Close to half (48%) use the internet to compare prices and features of products
29% of shoppers use the internet to read reviews
26% look for undiscovered brands that may have similar offerings but better prices. (iPrice, 2017)

• When Singaporeans were asked which places to find shopping information:
60% said they used Google
14% said Youtube
12% said social media
12% said price comparison sites
(iPrice, 2017)

Top 10 websites Singaporeans visit comprise mostly search engines and social media sites:

  1. Google
  2. YouTube
  3. Facebook
  4. Google.com.sg
  5. Wikipedia
  6. Yahoo.com
  7. Live.com
  8. Linkedin.com
  9. Reddit.com
  10. Intagram.com

(Alexa, 2018)

60% Singaporeans prefer to use smartphones when shopping. Desktop shoppers were only half of mobile shoppers with 34%. Meanwhile, 6% still prefer tablets when shopping (iPrice, 2017)

Revenue in the Digital Advertising market amounts to US$352m in 2019.
The market's largest segment is Search Advertising with a market volume of US$127m in 2019.
The retail industry accounts for the largest revenue share, that is 4.3% of Display Advertising revenues in 2019
(Statista, 2018)

Learn more about Search Marketing

Web Design and Optimization

 If the website is not mobile optimized, 42% of singaporeans would use the site on another device. (Google Barometer, 2014)

 Marketers have used marketing techniques to optimize a better user experience.

Optimizing Email for mobile/browser: 50%
Having a mobile optimized website: 35%
(Statista, 2012)

 28% of Singaporeans would just find another site that work better on mobile. (Google Barometer, 2014)

• 90% of marketers agree that mobile marketing works, with two thirds already incorporating mobile as a regular marketing channel. (Experian, 2013)

• Being mobile optimized is more important then ever as Singaporeans are switching from PC to mobile platforms.

Computers : 56% (-14% from 2014)
Smartphones: 34% (+34% from 2014)
Tablets: 9% (+8% from 2014)
Other Devices: 1% (No change)
(We Are Social, 2015)

Learn more about Website Optimization

Email Marketing

 Singaporeans check their email at least weekly, with most emails checked on smartphones.

Smartphone: 76%
Computer: 60%
Tablet: 21%
(Google Barometer, 2014)

 Singaporeans tend to trust personal advertising such as Emails more than intrusive adverts.

Emails they signed up for: 62%
Search Engines: 47%
Social Networks: 46%
Online Banner: 38%
(Statista, 2014)

A 2016 report by Hubspot titled The Asia Pacific Content Marketing Report stated that 57% of all APAC businesses and marketers considered the production of high-quality content as their biggest obstacle to success (Asia Pacific Content Marketing Report, 2016)

Learn more about Email Marketing

E-COMMERCE & M-COMMERCE

  • 73% of online shoppers here bought items from overseas in the past year, with 14% shopping exclusively on foreign websites (Ipsos, 2018)
  • After completing their purchase:
    • 16% share their experience on social media
    • 14% post online reviews
    • 11% look for help on product usage and set-up

iPrice, 2017

  • There are currently 3.12 million eCommerce users in Singapore, with an additional 998,000 users expected to be shopping online by 2021. Four years from now, these 4.11 million eCommerce users will spend an average of 1234 USD online (Statista, 2018)
  • Total Singaporean eCommerce revenue across all product categories is 3.3 billion USD, and is expected to grow to 5 billion USD by 2021. Electronics and Media is currently the leading product category in Singapore, accounting for 918.1 million USD market share, followed by Toys, Hobby & DIY, which generates 843.7 million USD in sales (eShopworld, 2018)

E-PUBLISHING

  • Only 1.6% of digital marketers say that they are good at social media marketing. 45.9% say that they are average skills in social media marketing (Global Digital Report 2018)
  • 52.4% of digital marketers are the sole digital marketer in their company/department. 11.4% are in a team of 6 or more within their organizations (CoolerInsights, 2018)
  • 68% of Singaporeans watch videos online not only on YouTube but also on special media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. This makes video ads one of the best ways to reach out Singapore customers (MediaOne, 2019)
  • Revenue in the Social Media Advertising segment amounts to US$65m in 2019 (Statista, 2018)
  • Online advertising now represents only 14.7% of total advertising expenditure in Singapore versus 25.9% in Japan and 53.6% in China.

(Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2017-2021 by PWC)

  • 22% of social media users actively ignore content from brands. This is after 24% of the respondents in a survey by Kantar TNS reported that they feel that they are being tracked by online advertising (Kantar, 2018)
  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) currently amounts to US$1,296.47 in Singapore (Statista, 2018)
  • In 2017 advertisers spent US$302 million on internet advertising in Singapore (PWC Global Entertainment & Media Outlook, 2018)

Additional Info

As of January 2018, number of social media users in Singapore have grown 9% since January 2017(wearesocial x Hootsuite Global Digital Report 2018)

• The study revealed that mobile phones and smartphones are the most used devices for browsing the Internet, used by 95% and 91% of the population, respectively. Meanwhile, 71% use laptop or desktops, 42% use tablets, 86% use the television, 15% use a device for streaming internet content to their TV, 4% use an e-reader device, whilst 7% use a wearable tech device (HootSuite, 2018)

• 40% of social media users in Singapore use an ad blocking tool (Global Digital Report 2018)

Top online activities for Singaporeans in at least once a day

    • Reading personal emails 90%
    • Online messaging 79%
    • Social media and networks 71%
    • Work or business purposes 57%
    • News and sport updates 53%
    • Game apps on smartphones and tablets 29%

(Strait Times, 2017)

68 per cent of people in Singapore read news more than once a week, while 41 per cent read online articles on either social media (39 per cent) or websites (27 per cent) more than once a week (NLB Study, 2017)

60% Singaporeans prefer to use smartphones when shopping, desktop shoppers were only half of mobile shoppers with 34%. Meanwhile, 6% still prefer tablets when shopping (iPrice, 2017)

•  In making online purchase, Singaporeans:

  • 20% users buy fast. Only a few minutes of research is needed
  • 16% research for weeks in advance, looking for the best deals
  • 9% research for months

(iPrice, 2017)