We’re Willing to Share Things More Than Ever Before.

Sixty-eight percent of global online consumers are willing to share or rent their personal items in share communities for payment, according to a new study by Nielsen. Two-thirds (66 percent) are likely to use the products and services from others in a share community. Revenue gained by consumers turning personal assets into income via a share economy is expected to surpass $3.5 billion this year, with growth exceeding 25 percent.

In a share economy, also known as collaborative consumption and peer-to-peer rental arrangements, consumers rent or share items they already own, such as furniture, sports equipment, cars and homes, or services they have, for a profit.

Trust is what makes sharing work!

“Share communities have given rise to an economic revolution that is having an impact,” said John Burbank, president, Strategic Initiatives, Nielsen. “There is now an established comfort level that has opened the door for sharing personal property via the Internet that may have seemed unfathomable even a few short years ago. Connecting online for activities such as shopping, managing finances, conducting research or watching videos have become an integral part of the daily routines for many.”

Asia-Pacific respondents are more receptive to participation in share communities, with the highest percentage willing to share their own goods (78%) and likely to rent from others (81%). In Latin America and the Middle East/Africa, 70 percent and 68 percent of respondents, respectively, are willing to share their personal property and 73 percent and 71 percent, respectively, are likely to rent products from others.

Countries reporting the highest response rates for likelihood to utilize products or services from others in a share community include: China (94%), Indonesia (87%), Slovenia (86%), Philippines (85%) and Thailand (84%).

Source: Nielsen

According to Nielsen’s survey, more than a quarter (28%) of global respondents are willing to share or rent their electronic devices for a fee. Respondents in Asia-Pacific exceed the global average at 39 percent.

Other items global respondents are willing to rent include power tools (23%), bicycles (22%), clothing (22%), household items (22%), sports equipment (22%), cars (21%), outdoor camping gear (18%), furniture (17%), homes (15%) motorcycles (13%) and pets (7%).

Source: Nielsen

“While the Internet still has limited reach in many parts of the world, the comparatively high willingness of online consumers in developing regions to participate in share communities demonstrates how the web can quickly become part of the culture,” said Burbank. “Online consumers in developing markets often represent a younger and more affluent demographic than the general population, which can contribute to greater eagerness and enthusiasm.”

According to Nielsen’s survey, a combined 42 percent of global Millennial (ages 21–34) respondents (35%) and global Generation Z (under 20) respondents (7%) are likely to rent products from others in share communities. Meanwhile, 17 percent of global Generation X (ages 35 — 49) and 7 percent of global Baby Boomer (ages 50 — 64) respondents indicate they are likely to use or rent products from others in a share community. Latin America reports the highest percentage of older consumers as probable share community renters, with 22 percent of Generation X and 15 percent of Baby Boomer respondents willing to participate, exceeding the global average.


“While the ability to build trust between strangers in the digital world is the foundation for share community success, it’s increasingly vital for every other business model, too,” said Burbank. “And when it comes to reciprocal feedback shared via the Internet, consumers are not shy about voicing their opinions.”

Nearly seven of 10 respondents (69%) in Nielsen’s survey use the Internet to share their feedback — whether to voice a concern, offer praise or discuss a customer service issue. For the majority of these respondents (54%), social media are their go-to platforms. About one-third (32%) share their opinions via manufacturer websites and 30 percent voice their feedback on retailer sites.

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