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3 tips for digital marketing in the Philippines

With a young, tech-savvy population and a growing middle class, the Philippines is a demographic sweet spot for global brands.

As such, more and more businesses are turning their attention to the Filipino market, but launching in a new country can be challenging.

Never fear, we have put together an in-depth guide that explains the key things to consider for a successful digital marketing strategy in the Philippines.

Let’s look at three tips for digital marketing in the Philippines.

1. Sell your products on Shopee, the top e-commerce website in the Philippines

When you think of e-commerce in the West, your mind probably goes straight to Amazon. But Amazon is not the top e-commerce platform in the Philippines – in fact, it only comes in third place! In the Philippines, Shopee is the most popular e-commerce platform, so it is Shopee that should be your first choice when thinking of selling your items online in the country. Lazada, Amazon and Carousell take second, third and fourth place, respectively.

2. Internet speeds are very slow, so optimise for speed

Internet speeds are very slow compared to more developed countries. As of January 2021, the Philippines ranks 86th in the world for mobile internet speed, with an average speed of 25.77 MB per second. It ranks 100th for fixed broadband speed, with an average speed of 32.73 MB per second. Given the very low internet speeds in the country, it is of utmost importance that your website is optimised for speed. If your website is too heavy and loads too slowly, this will result in higher bounce rates, meaning you could lose potential customers before they even have a chance to see what you have to offer.

3. Tap into Filipinos’ strong family values

Filipinos have a very strong sense of family. Close extended family ties are encouraged and cultivated, with many Filipinos living with members of their extended family. Grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles and cousins support each other financially and can live under the same roof or in family compounds. When localising your website, you could capitalise on highlighting family values. By carefully working in themes around the family, you can create content that will resonate very well with the local audience.

I hope this blog post has given you a useful introduction to digital marketing in the Philippines. For more in-depth information, read the full-length guide here. The guide covers:

  • the current digital landscape in the country, including internet penetration rates
  • the typical Filipino internet user, including their gender, age, location and online activities
  • device usage breakdowns and internet speeds in the Philippines
  • search engine marketing in the Philippines
  • social media marketing in the Philippines
  • the local culture and language in the Philippines
  • e-commerce in the Philippines
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Elin Box

Content Marketing Manager at Webcertain
Elin is a Content Marketing Manager at Webcertain. She is responsible for Webcertain's Self-learning platform, producing in-depth guides on a range of international digital marketing topics. She is also part of the Webcertain TV team, where she writes scripts for short educational videos and helps with the day-to-day management of the YouTube channel. She also supports the Director of Marketing with a wide range of other marketing tasks, as and when required. Elin is from the UK.

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