91 Percent of Indians plan to shop as optimism rides high for the upcoming festive season

Research indicates consumers are turning more to the open internet for their shopping needs

New Delhi, 31 August 2021 After an arduous year with the pandemic, consumers in India are gearing up to celebrate the festive season and making new purchases during the upcoming shopping sales for Diwali, Dussehra and Christmas. A survey conducted by global advertising leader, The Trade Desk (NASDAQ: TTD), and YouGov called The Festive Season Pulse 2021 found that 91 percent of Indian consumers are planning a purchase during the upcoming festive season and six in 10 are interested in learning about new brands during festive season sales.

The survey outlines consumer sentiments and behaviours toward India’s festive season sales and the channels that marketers can leverage on the open internet to maximise the effectiveness of their ad campaigns.

Indians gearing up for the festive shopping season

The festive period is important to Indian shoppers, and the research provides a positive outlook for marketers. Nearly three in five Indians are excited about the upcoming festive season sales with nine in 10 planning to make a purchase during this time.

The survey also reveals that 82 percent of respondents shopped online at least once a month in the past six months, and nearly one in four made online purchases several times a week or more often.

The open internet’s impact on consumers' purchase behaviour

When asked about the channels with the biggest impact on their purchasing behaviours, respondents cited channels on the open internet (34 percent), which includes video streaming platforms (OTT), music streaming services, websites and mobile apps while social media stands at 33 percent and traditional offline channels (direct mail, traditional TV commercials, outdoor advertising and word of mouth) at 32 percent. The findings demonstrate that just as many consumers turn to the open internet as they do to social media to inform their purchase decisions. This comes at no surprise as people are spending the majority of their time at home on the open internet, consuming content such as watching OTT, streaming music, and reading online content for entertainment.

The surging open internet has provided new opportunities for marketers to add these channels to their digital marketing mix, enabling them to influence the consumer at every stage of their journey.

The findings also highlighted the growing importance of OTT and music streaming in aiding consumers’ discovery of new deals and promotions. More and more frequent online shoppers are learning about new deals and promotions from either ads on OTT (nearly one in two) or from ads on music streaming services (more than one in four).

Tejinder Gill, General Manager of The Trade Desk in India, said, “An increasing number of brands are becoming more judicious about their marketing spends. As such, marketers are going beyond search and social media, and leveraging omnichannel strategies on the open internet to reach their target audience. The Festive Season Pulse 2021 affirms that the open internet is a powerful bridge to reach new customers and the upcoming festive season is an opportune time for marketers to capture consumer curiosity and test the efficacy of the open internet.”