Even if 2014 isn’t exactly in the rearview yet, there’s not much of it left. So when we look at 2015, we wanted to consider which digital media trends will be the strongest in Latin America. So we sat down with an expert—Fernando Monedero, Regional Digital Director for MEC—to get his take on what’s next in 2015.
It seems like every year is predicted to be “The Year of Mobile” in Latin America, in which mobile will occupy a top slot alongside the other forms of media. How do you see the role of mobile in 2015 in Latam?
I don’t know if it will be “The Year of Mobile,” but we do know that Latin America is growing rapidly in terms of Internet connections through broadband on smartphones and tablets, as well as in the number of these devices. This indicates the relevance that this form of media is gaining with the population and, as a result, with the consumers of brands. I think that brands are realizing this and that mobile will have a larger presence in their marketing strategies.
How strong will social TV be in 2015? Will we see more buys that integrate TV advertising with complementary advertising on social media?
We’re living in a multiscreen world in which marketing professionals are looking for innovative ways to connect with consumers.
Our TV watching experience is becoming a social event. TV and social media are changing our passive experience to make it more social and interactive: now a conversation about the shows we watch is taking place. We’re experiencing the rapid rise of social TV.
Some companies have projected that in 2015, we’ll see strong increase in programmatic ad spend in Latin America. Do you agree?
Totally. It’s a much more efficient way to buy media. With this new media landscape, marketing professionals will need smart systems to buy media, with new algorithms to increase their understanding of consumers and improve targeting based on behavior. [Programmatic buying] involves a big-picture understanding of brand messaging, facilitating customization, transparency and real-time integration to connect brands to consumers through greater credibility and the continual visibility and relevance of the brand.
Do you think that we’ll see greater investment with the programmatic purchase of mobile advertising or with online videos? If so, do you think that brands will spend more with these two types of advertising through programmatic buying?
Mobile is just another channel within programmatic buying and as an ad format, video is becoming much more relevant due to its wide range of possibilities for communication and interaction; it’s not necessarily where brands will spend more, but we’ll surely see an increase in spend.
In the United States, marketing professionals are investing more in native advertising. In 2015 will we see a parallel increase in Latin America in terms of native advertising?
Yes, I believe so; it’s minimally intrusive form of communication that lends itself to multiple platforms, which brands like. On the part of the consumer, I think that it will be more accepted by older rather than younger consumers, since the latter will be able to identify native ads as advertising with greater ease.
Have you observed any preference for any particular type of native advertising on the part of advertisers? Perhaps online video?
I think it’s interesting how mobile native advertising will be bought and sold programmatically.
According to comScore, in 2014 Facebook continues to dominate the social media scene in Latin America. But in the United States, marketing professionals are taking advantage of other social networks like Snapchat, Pinterest and Instagram, among others. Do you think that in 2015 we will see newer social networks become stronger in Latam?
Facebook is not the only option, but it is and in 2015 will continue to be the first option for any advertiser when it comes to communication through social networks. In my opinion, Pinterest will indeed take on more relevance, especially in categories related to higher social strata; the rest [of the social networks] will have growth but won’t be that significant.
Will there be a trend that we have not cited so far that you think will be strong in 2015?
I think that the intelligent use of data will be a determining factor in the communications strategies of brands, as well in their optimization processes. These days, technology allows us to understand much better who the consumer is and what they want, and the use of data management platforms (DMPs), tools and dashboards to understand information will be of great importance in 2015.