Did you know that there are now over 1.5 billion websites on the Internet? The Internet has been growing at a rapid rate and does not show any signs of slowing down. Whether you use the Internet for social purposes or it is integral to your working day, you may still be surprised at just how much people use the Internet on a regular basis.
There are now over 4 billion Internet users worldwide, which accounts for over half of the world’s population. Social media has become so popular there are over 3.2 billion users. Facebook has 2.2 billion monthly users and YouTube is getting more popular every day with current figures showing 1.5 billion users.
Businesses across all industries are starting to focus a lot more marketing efforts into digital techniques. For example, even small businesses understand that they require a website to help people to find them. Larger businesses are increasingly starting to benefit from e-commerce sales and other online sales tools. In the last two years e-commerce sales went up by an astounding 13%! As more consumers start to choose to buy their products using their phones or their tablets, we will see even more e-commerce sales.
Google needs no introduction, it has become so famous that the phrase ‘just Google it’ has become a regular part of daily conversation. Over 80% of UK consumers will use the Internet for research before they decide whether or not to buy a product. So it really is hugely important for businesses to have a strong digital marketing strategy.
Voice searches are expected to become even more popular, with over 1 billion voices searches taking place each month, with this figure set to grow rapidly over the next few years..
We all know that the Internet has become more popular with every year that goes by. Since smartphones, tablets and laptops became regular belongings rather than luxury items in many households, we have seen the capabilities of the Internet grow at a rapid rate. Just twenty years ago, those lucky enough to own a mobile phone could make calls and send texts but accessing the Internet was difficult even on the highest spec phones.
Now people expect to be able to access the Internet from wherever they are in the world; on the bus, in coffee shops, even when walking down the street. Not only is there an expectation to access the Internet, there is also a high expectation of what can be done online. People want to do their online shopping with a few touches of a screen. Stats show that there has been a 13% increase in eCommerce sales over the last two years, indicating how consumer behaviour is changing quickly.
Did you know that there are now over 3.2 billion social media users across the world? That represents over a third of the entire population. 91% of those social media users are accessing social media through their smartphones.
Other interesting stats from Top 10 Website Hosting reveal that there are now over 1.8 billion websites in the world and WordPress is used for 28% of those. Google is used 3.5 billion times each day for searches and there are now over a billion voice search queries taking place each month. These numbers are set to rocket over the next few years as more people turn to voice searches to get hold of information quickly and with ease. When you see how far the Internet has come in twenty years, it makes you wonder what will happen in the next twenty!