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The highest demand dog treat states and cities for 2017 in Australia are ..

map-of-australia-dog-treat-interestWelcome to the murky state of dog treat interest on Google Australia.  Having around 80-90% market share of searches in Australia, Google is a good barometer of the interest in any particular industry. 

In the case of my interest "dog treats"  the attached map gives you a good graphical representation of how concentrated (by state) the interest in dog treats are (number of searchers per state population) between sep 2016 and Sep 2017.

We will look at the numbers behind that below,

.. but of particular interest is the difference in state interest and Metro area interest in Australia..

If you were wondering what the whole of Australia interest over the last year looked like, then that is shown in the graphic below:

 

Dog Treat relative interest over TIME on Google Australia Sep2016 to Sep 2017

dog-treat-interest-sep16-to-sep-2017The above graph represents search interest relative to the maximum spike listed as 100 in 9- 15 April  2017 -  and YES, that is JUST before EASTER 2017.

The lowest interest week in dog treats was 12-18 March 2017 with a whole bunch of Monday holidays landing on the 13 March.

Apart from that you will see relatively regular fluctuations of about 25% in volumes for this core term from month to month.

Dog Treat relative interest BY STATE on Google Australia Sep2016 to Sep 2017

Now this table might make sense to some people taken alone, however when Metro interest in dog treats is considered the picture is a little more complicated.

dog-treat-interest-by-state australiaThe data table shows that for the year sep 2016 to Sep 2017 that dog treats interest (per person) was highest in WA overall (base 100). Then Queensland 86%, SA 85%, NSW 64% and Vic 64%.  That means The interest in WA relative to VIC per person, was 100/64 =  1.56 or  56% more in WA !

However Google drills down to show that by CITY  Sydney was the greatest "dog treat" interest in searches over the last year (100) compared to Melbourne 95%  (and the other cities interest was too low for Google to display).

Taken together this infers a lot more information.  WA overall has 56% more interest per person than Victorians, but Melbourne City has the second highest rate of interest per city in Australia.  As Victoria came fifth highest state interest, it means that Melbourne is massively over represented by its interest in dog treats and/ or regionally very unrepresented in interest in dog treats. 

To be fair Melbourne does comprise the lion's share of population of the state.

CONCLUSIONS

Of course the issue with such 'relative data' is that it is a little harder to quantify into real numbers and there is so much guess work as to where regional interest in dog treats might lie. 

If you were a marketer you might put all of your efforts into Sydney and Melbourne cities. But being the two largest cities in Australia, even with the higher density of interest, you would be competing with more online companies for these prime markets, and a lot more physical stores.

If you were interested in targeting WA, that might make sense, but the reason that the state rates highset in interest is probably because Perth is a relatively smaller proportion of the total states population compared to NSW and VIC. So targetting in specific smaller regional WA town is problematic.

 We have had a look at the interest in dog treats over time (a few years in a row), and the good news is that there is a slight upward trend in interest in dog treats.  The main issue of course for the buyer is knowing that Healthy Treats are meat based treats, and in finding our company among the maize of pretenders ...

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