The report contains data & insights explaining how corporates will change marketing budgets in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, how competition will change and how consumer behaviours will drive changes in digital marketing in 2016.
Saudi Arabia 2016: Business Insights & Digital Landscape
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1. Business: Summary
2. Global innovation index, local competition and market concentration
3. Global opportunity index
4. Economics, Society & Technology
5. Summary of digital
• Annual growth
• Digital device ownership
• Time spent with media
• Internet users: perspective
• Frequency of Internet use
• Share of web traffic
6. Social media use
• Top active social platforms
• Facebook user profile
7. Mobile users & connections
• Mobile connections
• Mobile activities
8. E-commerce by device
• KSA is among three the most attractive countries in terms of global
innovation index, local competition and market concentration in the Gulf &
• KSA is among six the most attractive countries in terms of global
opportunity index in the Gulf & Africa.
• KSA is among the most attractive countries in terms of digital landscape.
• KSA is among six the most attractive countries according to results of
economic, social and technological factors analysis.
See summary below & details further in the report.
KSA Yes Yes Yes Yes
* Conclusions are based on cross-country comparisons among Bahrain,
Egypt, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South
Africa and UAE
Global Innovation Index,
Local Competition and
Global Innovation index,
Local Competition and
KSA is among three the most attractive countries in terms of global innovation
index, competition and market concentration. *
Intensity of Local
Extent of Market
KSA 0.70 73.5 4.6
Key to table
Sources: (1) www.globalinnovationindex.org/content/page/data-analysis/ ,
(2) 100 = extremely intense https://www.globalinnovationindex.org/content/page/data-
analysis/ , Higher competition means healthier markets and more demand for marketing and
advertising services (other things equal).
(3) how corporate activity is characterized in the below countries (1 = dominated by a few
business groups; 7 = spread among many firms) http://www3.weforum.org/docs/GCR2013-
* Conclusions are based on cross-country comparisons among Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait,
Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Africa and UAE
Global Opportunity Index
Ease of Doing
Rule of Law (1)
KSA 6.41/36 5.45/52 6.79/41 6.40/40 7.00/21
Source: (1) http://www.globalopportunityindex.org/opportunity.taf?page=compare
Explanation: Each category measures an aspect of the power of economic and institutional factors to attract foreign direct
investment. The assigned composite index value is the average score of the four categories (called component scores). Each
variable is normalized from 0 to 1. Within each category, the normalized variables are then given equal weight and aggregated,
resulting in a normalized category score between 10, indicating the most favorable conditions for investment, and 0, signaling the
Economic Fundamentals measures the extent to which a country's macroeconomic environment is conducive to foreign direct
investment. A value of 10 indicates very strong economic fundamentals, while a value of 0 indicatesrelatively weak conditions.
Ease of Doing Business measures explicit and implicit costs associated with business operations. A value of 10 indicates very low
costs of doingbusinessin a country, 0 – very high.
Quality of Regulations/Regulatory Barriers to Investment assesses the effectiveness of policymaking and enforcement in a country
and similarly reflects the extent to which a country's laws and regulations prevent the free flow of trade and investment. A value of
10 indicatesefficient enforcementof policies andminimalbarriersto capital flows,while a value of 0 indicatesthe opposite.
Rule of Law reflects the extent to which a country's legal system protects investors and property rights to support and enhance
business investment. A value of 10 indicatescommitment tothe rule of law, while a value of 0 indicates the opposite.
* Conclusions are based on cross-country comparisons among Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, KSA,
Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Africa and UAE
Key to table
KSA is among six the most attractive countries in terms of global
opportunity index in the Gulf & Africa. *
Economics, Society & Technology
• Weakening economies of other oil producing countries will allow KSA to strengthen its dominating
positions in the global oil market. This way KSA will strengthen its global economic positions and
growth of its markets.
• State policies will keep the markets running for a while generating demand for business development
e.g. marketing and advertising
• Activation of equity market, broadening of investor base
• The Saudi Riyal is pegged to the US dollar, it is an attractive aspect for foreign investors considering
the stability of currency, trade and income flows
• Average size of consumer markets
• High demand for luxury goods and premium trademarks
• Relative variety of ethnic groups and niche demand, need of targeted marketing strategies
• Business opportunitiesfor businesses targeting youth and parents of young children
• Multinational companies need expert support in marketing their products due to cultural and legal
• Development of smart telecoms, smart industries, smart governments and smart cities all running on
smart infrastructure, hence new jobs opening & establishing of new businesses
• New employment opportunities & establishing of new businesses
• New digital ways of doing business, demand for digital marketing and advertising
Key to table
threats are balanced
More threats than
KSA is among six the most attractive countries according to results of EST analysis. *
* Conclusions are based on cross-country comparisonsamong 11 countries: Bahrain, Egypt,
Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Africa and UAE
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KSA Digital Landscape – 2016
• Corporates will at least maintain same marketing budgets and will
even increase it in order to rectify any possible recession caused by
the drop of oil prices.
• The competition will be very aggressive due to the above
• People in KSA are spending 2 hours daily on TV and 8 hours on
internet (4 times more). Corporates should consider this ratio while
• KSA Digital landscape is very rich and powerful, empowered by the
percentage of the young generations as well as the dominance of
• In digital & e-commerce, corporates should pay more attention to
the mobile optimization of their digital assets and services.