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With oceans of data floating around, all from different sources and sometimes conflicting, it’s key to be able to drill down to the essentials. So in this post we do exactly that with the Latin American online market. A quick scroll down will show you some key numbers you can use for background in preparing proposals or memos or for sharing with colleagues.
Emarketer estimates there are 309 million Internet users in Latin America and that by the end of 2015 there will be more than 331 million. Here’s a look at eMarketer’s projections of Latin American Internet users with certain larger markets broken out (click to enlarge):
Average CTR for Online Ads in Latin America
Even though comScore and other sources rightfully point out that CTR is not really the best measure for the effectiveness of online ads, just for reference, Sizmek reported the following:
- Average CTR for a banner ad in Latin America: .12%
- Average CTR for rich media ads in Latin America: .29%
- Average CTR for rich media polite video formats: .48%
- Average CTR for polite banners in Latin America: .15%
- Average CTR for expandable banners in Latin America: .19%
While we don’t have recent numbers for all of Latin America, in late 2012 Return Path—an email intelligence company—reported that Latin America had the lowest inbox placement rate of all regions studied: 69%. In September 2014 Return Path noted that Brazil had 60% inbox placement rate for emails, compared to rates of more than 80% in the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Germany and Italy.
According to eMarketer, 194 million Latin Americans access the Internet with mobile phones and of these 126 million do so via smartphones. By the end of 2015 there will be more than 152 million smartphone users in Latin America and Chile will lead the region in smartphone penetration with 55.5%.
While in 2015 Mexico will have the highest tablet penetration in Latin America at 35%, Brazil will have nearly 35 million tablet users in 2015 compared to just under 23 million in Mexico. Overall, by the end of 2015 more than 92 million Latin Americans will own tablets. Given that the Population Reference Bureau reports that the region has a population of 618 million, this means that there will be nearly 15% tablet penetration in Latin America by the end of 2015. Below are some data tables from eMarketer on smartphone penetration and tablet penetration in Latam (click to enlarge):
According to a 2014 study from ING Global Solutions, 54% of Latin Americans have bought a product with their smartphones (click to enlarge):
A couple of sources offer guidance in this regard. The Digilats study from JWT surveyed more than 9,000 Latin American Internet users from 9 countries and found that 67% said they watched online videos (click to enlarge):
Now, it’s important to note that comScore lists a smaller amount of Internet users for countries than other sources. For example, if we extrapolate out the numbers above, it would seem that comScore is reporting a total of 75 million Internet users in Brazil, while both IBOPE and eMarketer indicate that their more than 100 million Brazilian Internet users.
In addition, data from Google and TNS indicates that Internet users in Brazil watch online video ads more frequently than those in Argentina or Mexico. In fact, 36% of Brazilian Internet users say they watch online video ads every day. Brazilians are also more likely than other Latin Americans to watch mobile video: 35% of Brazilian smartphone users watch mobile online videos at least daily, compared to 25% of Mexican smartphone users and 19% of Argentine smartphone users.
The Digilats study of Latin American Internet users by JWT indicated that significant percentages of Latin Americans are reading online reviews of products (click to enlarge):
Online Research Before Purchase
A recent eCMetrics study of Christmas shoppers in Latin America showed that a majority of Latin Americans tend to research products online before purchasing, including reading product reviews. This dovetails with results from other studies. For example, the Consumer Barometer study from TNS and Google showed that 47% of Argentines researched their last purchase online and offline while 53% of Brazilians AND 53% of Mexicans reported doing the same thing. In addition, the JWT Digilats study showed the products that Latin American Internet users were most likely to search online (click to enlarge):
It’s fairly obvious that this is a huge area with Latin American Internet users. Some of the key takeaways with this would be:
>>>Latin Americans spend more time on social media than people from any other region (click to enlarge):
>>>The overwhelming majority of the time that Latin Americans spend on social media is spent on Facebook (click to enlarge):
>>>Mobile is increasingly becoming an important way for Latin Americans to access social media (click to enlarge):