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Three lesser-known platforms for digital marketing in France

The French market is wealthy and digitally mature, making it very attractive to businesses wanting to expand internationally.

With 92.6% of the French population being online, digital marketing is one strategy you definitely need to pursue if you want to succeed there.

You are probably familiar with how to do digital marketing on the global platforms like Google, Facebook and Amazon – but did you know that the French have many of their own platforms, that are worth considering if you want to target this market?

This blog post will look at three lesser-known, home-grown platforms that you should be aware of when doing digital marketing in France.

1. Qwant

Qwant is a French-grown search engine that promises to protect user privacy by providing neutral search results and not using tracking cookies. Its target audience is government institutions, companies and individuals concerned about their online privacy and security. Currently, Qwant only has 0.52% of the search engine market. However, it has huge future growth potential due to the fact that the French government strongly recommends the use of Qwant in all schools in the country. The fact that all French children are growing up using Qwant as their main search engine at school means that Qwant’s market share could skyrocket as these children grow up. For this reason, it is definitely a search engine to keep an eye on.

2. Heypster

Heypster is a French alternative to Facebook. It has a vintage design and targets people aged 15-35 years old. Advertising on Heypster is much less intrusive than what we are used to seeing on other platforms, with ads being integrated into the design. As an advertiser, you can target your audience very easily, as Heypster connects users to their passions via badges that users select from over 200 choices. Just target the badges most relevant to your product/brand! Famous brands such as Levi’s, Mazda and Converse are already advertising on Heypster with simple vintage designs, which lead users to the brands’ websites.

3. Cdiscount

Cdiscount is the second-largest e-commerce platform in France, after Amazon. It has an average of almost 19 million unique visitors per month, making it hugely important if you want to sell your products in the country. A very wide range of items can be listed on Cdiscount, including household appliances, furniture, electrical/tech items, food, sports items, baby items and shoes/clothing.

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

  • the current digital landscape in the country, including internet penetration rates and characteristics of French internet users
  • the dominant search engines in France, plus those with huge future growth potential
  • the most popular social networks in France, both global and home-grown
  • the complexities of the French language and what this means in terms of digital marketing
  • how to optimise your website to achieve success in France
  • how to succeed at e-commerce in France
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Cécile Bonleu-Pastore

Cécile Bonleu-Pastore

Team Leader of Content Care at Webcertain
Cécile is the Team Leader of the Content Care department at Webcertain. She is responsible for recommending the most appropriate services to clients and ensuring that her team delivers the highest level of quality in the deliverables. She has experience of working with multiple content management systems (CMSs) and bespoke platforms. Cécile has been working in marketing for seven years. She is originally from France and now lives in the UK.
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