Similarweb’s report reveals Australia’s fastest growing online brands in 2022

With its annual Digital 100 ranking for 2022, Similarweb is recognising 10 top-performing digital domains from 10 categories, ranked by growth. This year’s winners include a range of services from robot vacuum cleaners to designer fashion and online car dealerships.   

This ranking is based on traffic from Australian desktop and mobile web internet users, focusing on digital domains that were active throughout 2021 and averaged at least 100,000 monthly visits in 2022. Parallel reports for the United States, UK, Germany, France, and Japan, are also being released, and separate reports for additional countries will follow.

What were the findings of the Australian report?

The fastest growing websites among Australian audiences in each of the categories are:

  • Automotive: Top site, up 174.6%. Online car dealership.
  • Beauty & Cosmetics: Top site, up 106.6%. Reservation and booking platform for beauty treatments.
  • Technology & Services: Top site, up 76.8%. Productivity platform.
  • Consumer Electronics: Top site, up 95 .7%. Robot vacuum cleaners.
  • Health & Fitness: Top site, up 301%. Health and fitness guides and supplements.
  • Apparel & Accessories: Top site, up 144%. Social marketplace for pre-loved clothing.
  • Financial Services: Top site, up 91%. Superannuation and investments.
  • News & Media: Top site, up 332%. International news site.
  • Travel: Top site, up 884.8%. Budget airline. 
  • Hobbies & Leisure: Top site, up 341%. Ticket retailer and event guide.

Common Theme: Back to life

A common theme across many categories was life returning to a sense of normalcy after two years of pandemic lockdowns. For example, in the Hobbies and Leisure category, not only was the ticket retailer and event guide Live Nation the fastest growing digital property, six of the ten websites were all ticket retailers. These included (+302%), (+282.8%), and (+151.6%).

This trend also played out in the travel sector as the four fastest growing websites were all airlines offering flights between Australia and South-East Asia. Along with the category leader, (+703.6), (+486.2%), and (+362.5%) witnessed significant traffic increases throughout 2022. 

“After all those years in lockdown, it’s clear there is a pent up demand among Aussies to live their lives again. Ticket and gig guide websites dominated the Leisure category last year and airlines offering affordable flights to South East Asia topped the travel category as Australians rushed to head overseas,” said Holly Joshi, Head of Account Management, Similarweb A/NZ. 

Cost of living pressures still taking their toll

Despite the desire to get back to normal, this year’s results show Australians are changing their behaviour in response to economic pressures beyond their control. This is particularly apparent in the Financial Services sector. Last year’s Digital 100 was dominated by home loan providers but, with rapidly rising interest rates, this year tells a very different story.

With retirees, or those close to retirement, concerned with how long their superannuation and investments will support them, traffic to Colonial First State almost doubled in 2022.

“The impact of the economic squeeze is having an impact on Aussie consumer behaviour, and one category in which we can see this clearly is in the automotive industry. Although cars24 had the fastest growth in the category, had by far the largest traffic of the top 10 sites. Over 2022, over 39 million Australians logged in to find cheap petrol while the rest of the top 10 averaged around 2.5 million visitors for the year each,” Joshi said.

“So, while there’s a real desire among consumers to live life to fullest again, it isn’t all festivals, international holidays, and sunshine – Aussies are facing real economic pressures.”