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Hyperconnected consumers spend about 54 per cent time on WhatsApp and Facebook: GfK

There are around 41 million hyperconnected consumers in India with cities like Delhi and Mumbai reporting the highest concentration of consumers in this segment. The Hyperconnected Consumer study in India also says they spend almost six hours daily online – double the amount of time compared to the average consumer

Market research body GfK in its new study has said that the hyperconnected consumers spend more than half (61 per cent) of their total time using smartphones for communication and social networking. WhatsApp and Facebook together account for 54 per cent of the time spent on the smartphones. Compared to the average consumer, hyperconnected consumers access Instagram thrice as much, use taxi apps more often (1.3 times), and downloaded six more apps to total 16 new apps in the last month.

The Hyperconnected Consumer study was conducted in India between June and August 2017 among more than 2,500 smartphone owners, and a subset sample of 750 was tracked on its Android smartphones for six weeks to generate behavioural insights. The survey covered nine urban cities of India with the objective of gaining a deeper understanding of hyper-connected consumers’ media habits in the digital space.

As per the study, a hyperconnected consumer is someone who owns a smartphone, at least one other connected device, accesses the internet daily and spends more than four hours daily on the smartphone.

Improving internet infrastructure across India, rising ownership of smartphones, and ubiquitous of its usage has made the mobile device the gateway of choice for the internet.

“This study has uncovered an emerging category of connected consumer who is embracing and actively opting for digital modes of lifestyle,” highlighted Nikhil Mathur, Managing Director, South Asia, GfK. “This evolution of the ‘hyper’ segment takes consumers’ connectivity level up by a notch, proving that digitisation is indeed taking place at a rapid pace, with smartphones being instrumental in the process.”

There are around 41 million hyperconnected consumers in India, with major cities like Delhi and Mumbai reporting the highest concentration of consumers belonging in this segment. According to the Hyperconnected Consumer study in India, they spend almost six hours daily online – double the amount of time compared to the average consumer. Prime time for them is 9pm to 12 midnight: the hyperconnected consumers have the most intense usage on their smartphone during the traditional media opportunity window.

“With the number of internet users in India expected to cross 450 million by June, the usage of smartphone for high social activity goes beyond simple networking and has evolved into a perpetually connected, digital-led lifestyle,” said Karthik Venkatakrishnan, Regional Director, Digital Market Intelligence, GfK.

The frequency of engaging with brands online is also higher for this group of consumers. Four in five (80 per cent) like or follow a brand on Facebook while two-third (65 per cent) forward brand content to others, showcasing that they have some level of engagement with at least one brand on social media. In particular, hyperconnected consumers tend to search for coupons/vouchers from a particular brand nearly twice as much as the average consumer.

“These valuable insights can help brands targeting the Indian market to rethink their strategy, such that they can seamlessly integrate their offline and online offerings in the consumer purchase journey in order to be ready for them when and where they are wanted the most,” commented Mathur. “Digital India will continue to spur the growth of hyperconnectivity with the plethora of opportunities it brings to the table. It is even more imperative for companies to have an in-depth understanding of how to deal with today’s hyperconnected consumer and make the best use of it,” he concluded.

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