Kenyan study on internet use reveals a need for more business presence online
A study on internet use in Kenya and elsewhere on the continent reveals growing technological savviness and the need for businesses to focus more on marketing themselves online.
Late in 2010, TNS released a Kenya digital study as part of a three month study of the habits of online Africans. In Kenya it involved 800 interviews – 400 online, 400 face-to-face and tried to answer various questions like – who is online? What are people doing online? How can brands connect? What messaging/digital communication channels are best?Skip to next paragraph
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Some findings included:
- Internet penetration: Kenya & Uganda is 10 percent, Tanzania is 1.6 percent, Nigeria is 29 percent, Egypt is 22 percent and South Africa is 11 percent. In local capitals: 49 percent of Nairobi residents have tried the internet, 53 percent of people in Kampala, 31 percent in Dar es Salaam (and 42 percent and 49 percent in Mombasa and Arusha) for an average of 45 percent of East Africa urban nationals
- Cyber café are the primary mode (67 percent) of Internet access in Sub-Saharan Africa, but in Kenya it's the mobile phone (60 percent)
- Many people started using Internet in last two years and are on a learning curve; Companies need to make sure they educate the users to use their sites more effectively. This is compared to countries like Japan which has high internet penetration but low interest (its a part of life, no longer exciting)
- In terms of daily media access, digital is still lower than conventional media – so you have to continue with old media. Radio is very important, compared to the rest of the world, where radio trails TV
- Top e-mail sites: Gmail Yahoo, Facebook, MSN
- Top social networks: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Youtube
- Top knowledge sites: Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Daily Nation
- Top news sites: Google, BBC, Standard, Daily Nation
- Top multimedia sites: Youtube, Google, Capital FM, Facebook
- Very few people (7 percent) say they are shopping online
- Kenyans (and Africans) want to do more activities online – like internet banking, paying utility bills, watching TV, making travel bookings, submitting taxes, and advertising. This will become an annual study by TNS to monitor trends in the online space.
- One of their partners, VML (Kansas, US) also did a complementary study on digital monitoring by monitoring some Kenyan and African brands over several months this year using SEER ecosystem to find a link between bloggers and brands. They looked at mobile companies Orange, Safaricom, and Yu; countries as brands Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa and the banks Stanbic and Ecobank.
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