Digital Marketing Strategies for E-commerce in Qatar

Created: Jun 20, 2023

Updated: June 19, 2024

Introduction

The development of Qatar’s economy has been unprecedented in the past few years. The increased transformation in online retail and internet penetration, pertaining to the growth of eCommerce, has offered huge opportunities for businesses to expand into new areas and increase their sales globally. So exactly, how has the advent of eCommerce has made Qatar a global phenomenon? Qatar’s thriving economy and a tech-savvy population, making digital marketing techniques crucial for any eCommerce business, is looking to expand to greater horizons. As a result, there are some useful tactics that have raised Qatar’s chances of becoming a successful e-commerce entrepreneur.
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Infographics by GO-Globe Qatar

Mobile-Optimized Website

A mobile-optimized website is essential since the majority of internet users in Qatar choose to browse on their mobile devices, necessitating websites that properly suit screens and enable them to utilize content on the go.This phase improves uninterrupted surfing experiences, which increase user engagement and eventually result in higher discussion rates. Therefore, it makes sense to spend money on responsive designs, faster page loads, and easier site navigations to enhance the user experience globally.

Increase Sales Through Social Media Marketing

When intending to enter the Qatar eCommerce market, every online store owner must take appealing images, outstanding graphics, and intriguing content into account. Social media marketing is a reliable instrument that helps visitors flow into any successful business in addition to Google Ads and other conventional advertising methods. It helps share customized tales that appeal to consumers' desires on well-known channels while informing potential customers about upcoming new product lines or discount deals. It also allows them to join forces with industry leaders that can create interactive campaigns to raise user engagement and brand recognition.

Implement Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

To increase organic visibility and attract relevant traffic, optimization of the eCommerce website for search engines is very crucial. Conducting keyword research to identify popular search terms related to the products and incorporate them strategically into the website's content, meta tags, and product descriptions. Creating high-quality, informative content that aligns with the search intent of our target audience, helping to enhance the website's ranking on search engine result pages (SERPs).

Email Marketing Campaigns

Implementing targeted email marketing campaigns to nurture relationships with our existing customer base and drive repeat purchases. Segmentation of our email lists based on customer preferences, purchase history, and demographics to deliver personalized content, promotions, and recommendations. Leverage automation tools to send cart abandonment reminders, product recommendations, and special offers, enhancing customer engagement and loyalty.

Content Marketing

Investing in content marketing will engage a large number of users and educate our target audience. Creating valuable and relevant content such as blog articles, videos, and infographics to address our pain points, provide solutions, and showcase our products. Sharing this content through various channels, including a well-crafted website, social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and email newsletters, would help establish our brand as a thought leader and build trust among potential customers.

Influencer Marketing

Collaboration with bloggers and renowned, famous celebrities who share the same values as our business and target market help gain traction to the online market. Together, marketing our eCommerce offerings by partnering on sponsored posts, product reviews, and giveaways plays a huge part. This type of marketing may greatly improve brand recognition, credibility, and trust with potential consumers, which will increase traffic and sales to our eCommerce website.

Localize Digital Marketing Efforts

To target the Qatari market efficiently, modification of digital marketing methods to account for regional tastes and cultural quirks is necessary. To appeal to the local market, translation of our website and marketing materials into Arabic, which is Qatar's official language, is essential for widespread user attention and traction. To improve the user experience, consider introducing regional payment and delivery alternatives to better cater to Qatari customers' specific demands.

Marketing Data Analytics for Business Decisions

Data Analytics provides interesting opportunities for huge businesses to gain valuable insights, increase companies and markets greater relevance, and establish them to stand out as major market players. The use of analytics helps businesses to stand out and help our brand to attract educated and targeted consumers. Instead of a more broad outreach, analytics helps create an established roadmap to allow utilization of precise and accurate information, reducing haphazard and general details, and boost a brand’s growth and sales development.

Conclusion

Qatar has proven to be a major player as an essential trend setter in expanding the eCommerce space. A major reason for this change could be attributed to the decision to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, which was initially met with huge criticism and skepticism from the international world. However, it turned out to be “The Most Successful” global event, with the  expenditure turned out to be more than $220 billion, the most expensive world cup ever held.

Statistics and Major Information

  • Qatar has a internet population of 2.88 million, about 99.2% of the residents
  • In 2023, 98.9% of the active population have access to social media
  • As of December 2023, Ad spending in the Digital Advertising market is estimated to reach USD 570.5 million
  • The average ad spending per user is projected to amount USD 71.80 million by the end of 2023
  • As of February 2023, the largest market is Banner Advertising with a market volume of USD 204.3 million
  • Video advertising has increased by 11.1% since January 2022
  • Ad spending has increased by 9.84% in the past one year
  • Influencer Marketing has reached new heights with an increase of 12.8% since March 2022
  • In 2023, Median mobile internet connection speed via cellular networks is 176.18 Mbps.
  • In 2023, Median fixed internet connection speed is 90.86 Mbps.
  • In April 2023, Qatar had 3,315,200 Facebook users, up by 24% compared to April 2022
  • In April 2023, there were 1,661,700 Instagram users in Qatar, representing 55.9% of the country’s total population
  • In 2022, the market share from Google amounts to an estimated 31% of the digital market
  • By 2027, it is predicted that 45.8% of total ad spending will be generated through mobile
  • By 2027, it is also predicted that 79.1% of the Digital Advertising revenue will be generated through programmatic advertising

Data for Active Internet Users (2017-2023)

Internet Users

Year

Population (in Millions)

2017

2.25

2018

2.64

2019

2.69

2020

2.83

2021

2.88

2022

2.95

2023

2.98

Comparison of Active Social Media Users (2017-2023)

Active Social Media Users
Year
Population (in Millions)
2017
2.4
2018
2.64
2019
2.69
2020
2.83
2021
2.87
2022
2.94
2023
2.97

People (including tourists) subscribing to mobile services (2017-2023)

Mobile Subscriptions
Year
Population (in Millions)
2017
4.15
2018
4.21
2019
4.27
2020
4.34
2021
4.67
2022
4.73
2023
4.76

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