Online Traffic to Property Related Websites in Hong Kong Fell by 40 Percent in August, According to Experian Hitwise

Online Traffic to Property Related Websites in Hong Kong Fell by 40 Percent in August, According to Experian Hitwise

Hong Kong, 15 September 2010 – According to Experian Hitwise, a leading online competitive intelligence service, visits by Hong Kong Internet users to property related websites fell dramatically in the month of August, decreasing by 40 percent (see figure 1). Despite the fall in August, the traffic to property related websites has increased overall by 31.8 percent since January this year (see figure 2). 

The recent announcement by the Hong Kong Government on August 14, to implement new measures to curb rapid real estate price rises is the likely reason for the drop in traffic in the month of August, as consumers in Hong Kong monitor the impact these measures will have on the market.

Prior to the announcement, Hong Kong Internet traffic to property websites was on the increase, up 15 percent from August 13 to 15, accounting for 0.39 percent of share of visits by Hong Kong Internet users. Following the announcement, share of visits to property related websites decreased by 23 percent over a five day period (August 15 to 20), accounting for just 0.30 percent of share of visits (see Figure 3).

Figure 1

Daily Performance of Property Category for Aug

Source: Experian Hitwise Hong Kong (September 2010)

Figure 2

Performance of Property Category from Jan until August 2010

Source: Experian Hitwise Hong Kong (September 2010)

“The insights that marketers can gain from these Internet statistics are extremely valuable to identify trends.  You also get predictive insights to improve targeting and engage consumers with performance-oriented marketing initiatives to win over competitors,” said Graeme Beardsell, Managing Director for South Asia at Experian. “With our depth of experience helping businesses convert data into insights, Experian Hitwise can play a vital role in helping companies identify opportunities and conduct marketing campaigns in response to different market trends specifically in Hong Kong. This will enable marketers to successfully engage and influence target customers in a timely manner.”

Figure 3

Daily Market Share Trends of Property Category

Source: Experian Hitwise Hong Kong (September 2010)

Search engines and portals remained the predominant navigation channel for Hong Kong Internet users to reach property related websites, with Yahoo! Hong Kong and Yahoo! Hong Kong Search accounting for 31.29 percent of referral traffic in August. Facebook was identified as the major social network representing 11.72 percent of upstream visits (see Figure 4).

“The fact that search engines and portals rank as the top navigation channel to property related websites for Hong Kong Internet users, highlights the need for businesses to closely monitor such online traffic trends. This will enable them to identify where they should target to engage their audience effectively. In addition, website owners should ensure their content is easily found through search engine optimization,” advises Beardsell.

Figure 4: Upstream websites visited before Business and Finance – Property

Upstream Websites visited before Business and Finance - Property

Source: Experian Hitwise Hong Kong (September 2010)

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