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Lavan Marketing Agency Report 2017: Is Iran Digitally Booming?
[January 24, 2018]

Lavan Marketing Agency Report 2017: Is Iran Digitally Booming?

TEHRAN, Iran, Jan. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- (Lavan Marketing Agency): Thus, in reality, this so-called "isolated society" is very much in touch with the world via traveling and, more importantly, the INTERNET. While borders seem to be stricter from the outside in, most Iranian citizens have kept close contact with all the happenings in the world; Internet statistics are proof of that, showing an almost 53% Internet penetration rate in Iran as of 2016. Among all users, youngsters account for nearly 60% of the total. According to an interview with Mr. Azar Jahromi, the new minister of ICT, 41 million people actively use 3G and 4G Internet.

In the case of online businesses, the numbers are fascinating as well. The emergence of new e-commerce websites and expansion of existing ones is an indication of this booming trend in Iran, and this is not ignored by foreign investors. holds the 6th spot on Iran Alexa ranking, while its global equivalent e-commerce website, occupies a 6th ranking. As mentioned before, the fact that nearly 60% of internet users are in search of products and services online makes these numbers even more worthy of consideration. This has been a motivational factor for foreign investors such as Rocket Internet and its partner MTN to invest in online businesses such as Bamilo, Zoodfood and Snapp.

On the other hand, the fact that the native language of Iran is Farsi, not a broadly spoken language in the world, makes the online market unique to itself. According to the latest ata on the language preference of Internet users, nearly 70% of the content distributed and communicated in online platforms is in Farsi. To ensure high returns, this requires a more in-depth knowledge of this unique market in terms of its spoken language, and cultural and behavioral factors prior to making a large investment. 

Iranians trust online shopping today more than before. According to the E-namad organization, which regulates online businesses in Iran, more than 29,000 online stores are operating, and the overall trade value for these stores has passed 17.4 billion dollars, and this number is expected to grow 60% per year.

Instagram has 16-20 million users in Iran. Due to restrictions on Facebook in Iran, Instagram is the most popular social network in the country. Mobile messaging apps are popular among Iranians, and Telegram is the most widely used messaging app; as of September 2017, it has more than 40 million Iranian users. According to the National Center for Cyberspace, the total "reach" or view for the published content over 600 thousand Farsi channels is close to two billion per day.

Due to restrictions and sanctions, Iranian users cannot use many global online services, so there are many local alternatives available in Iran. Some of these local versions are very successful, such as:

  • Cafe Bazaar' app (local alternative for Google Play Store) has been installed on more than 32 million smartphones.
  • Snapp (local alternative for Uber) is downloaded more than three million times from Café Bazaar and working in Tehran and four other major cities in Iran.
  • Aparat (local alternative for YouTube) is the most visited Iranian website, attracting 10.5 million video views per day.
  • Divar is Iran's largest online-classified advisement mobile app, which has expanded to the neighbor country of Afghanistan. Divar has been downloaded more than 12 million times.

Brought to you by Lavan Marketing Agency.

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