3 gears that have enabled the Vernacular market in India to reach more than INR 3500 Cr in FY’22: Ken Research
Due to rapid digitalization in the country, more and more people have started consuming regional content online which has enabled the vernacular news and content industry to grow with ~60% CAGR during the years 2017 and 2022. The market has a huge potential to continue its growth with double-digit CAGR in the coming years as well owing to the increase in monetization efforts, and the entry of new players.
1. With over 50 Crore smartphone penetration and tremendously increasing internet users, India shows a high potential for the vernacular market to expand in the country
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India is the most populated country with over 80 Crore internet users and 50 Crore smartphone penetration in the nation. This rapid digitization gave a big push to the regional content market in India because the majority of internet users are from lower-tier cities as compared to metro-city users and these users prefer reading, listening to, or watching content in their local language. YouTube even stated that 95% of its users opt for regional language videos.
2. Presently, English is used by less than 1% of the population as their primary language, explaining the growing demand for the vernacular market in India
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9 out of every 10 new internet user is likely to be non-English user in India. English is used by less than 1% of the population as their primary language and less than 10% as a second or third language, explaining the huge opportunity for the vernacular content market to tap the country. Presently, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada have the highest proportion of users preferring their native language over English or Hindi for online content consumption. This has additionally given an edge to the vernacular market to flourish in India with double-digit growth.
3. The government is also playing a key role in building the vernacular ecosystem in the country and assisting entrepreneurs to boost the vernacular market growth
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To empower innovators and entrepreneurs across the country, Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog has announced the Vernacular Innovation Program (VIP), which will help innovators and entrepreneurs in India to have access to the innovation ecosystem in 22 scheduled languages by the Government of India. To build the necessary capacity for the VIP, AIM has identified and will be training a Vernacular Task Force (VTF) in each of the 22 scheduled languages. Each task force comprises vernacular language teachers, subject experts, technical writers, and the leadership of regional Atal Incubation Centers (AICs). This is done in order to break the language barrier and help the vernacular industry to continue booming in the country.