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Taking advantage of the Brazilian boom has been a challenge for companies. Not only are import tariffs high, it’s not exactly easy to set up shop there: regulations and local taxes can also be barriers. Even Apple, which probably has a few dollars saved up, passed on opening a store in Brazil.
But you should advertise anyway. You’ll still reap nice ROI. Here’s why.
First, Brazilians are very brand-conscious: they love Nike sneakers, Diesel jeans and Toyota Corollas, for example. If they can’t buy them outright, they’ll pay for them bit by bit. The nation’s top retailer is Casas Bahia, and it earn a good portion of its profits from the interest on installment plan payments.
And if Brazilians can’t afford to pay for these brands at home, they’ll buy them when they travel.
Brazilians are traveling more than ever, especially the emerging class C middle class. In fact, 10.7 million Brazilians will travel for the first time this year—and 8.7 million of them are from classes C and D. When they get to their destination, they’ll shop for the brands they know. Miami is just one city benefiting from this trend: Brazilians spent more than US$1 billion there in 2010. And in 2011, just from January to May, Brazilian tourists spent US$8 billion, a new record.
So build your brand in Brazil. Even without setting up shop there, you could end up with many new loyal customers.
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