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The State of E-Commerce in Latin America in 2013

We’ve written quite a bit about e-commerce in Latin America but a lot of our earlier posts were focused on buying patterns or offered projections. But now that we’re in 2013, it’s important to review what happened in 2012. To that end, we have created some data portraits to help professionals in marketing, media and advertising get a quick but essential sense of what happened in e-commerce in Latin America in 2012 and what’s ahead in 2013.


  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: 16.7 billion pesos (US$3.3 billion at current exchange rates)*
  • 2011 e-commerce total sales: 11.5 billion pesos (US$2.3 billion, so overall e-commerce increased by nearly 32% in Argentina in 2012*
  • In a survey of 540 online shoppers in Argentina, 57% indicated that they buy products online using credit cards*
  • Argentina has the highest digital buyer penetration rate in Latin America—43.9% of Argentina’s Internet users made purchases online in 2012, compared to 34% in Brazil, 19.6% in Mexico and 31.7% in Latin America in general**

Sources: *Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico, **eMarketer


  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: R$ 22.5 billion (US$11 billion at current exchange rates)*
  • 2011 e-commerce sales: R$ 18.7 billion (US$9.2 billion), so overall e-commerce increased by 20% in Brazil in 2012*
  • Black Friday has definitely arrived in Brazil: on November 23rd, 2012, Brazilians spent more than R$ 217 million (US$110 million) in online purchases*
  • E-commerce increased by 18% during Christmas 2012 in Brazil and overall Brazilians spent more than R$ 3 billion (US$1.5 billion) in online purchases during the holidays*
  • The most popular products purchased on MercadoLivre, one of Brazil’s top e-commerce sites, include cell phones (#1), car accessories (#2), computer products (#3), electronics (#4) and clothes/shoes (#5)**
  • Online sales through tablets and smartphones in Brazil went up significantly in 2012, from 5% to 10%—the most popular mobile device for online shopping among Brazilians was the iPad, which accounted for 51% of these mobile purchases***
  • Mobile commerce in Brazil should increase by 657% in Brazil in 2013 to teach R$ 2 billion (US$1 billion)***
  • For 2013, e-commerce sales in Brazil should grow by 28% to reach R$ 28 billion (US$14 billion)*

Sources: *e-bit, **MercadoLivre, ***Câmara Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico


  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: 79.6 billion pesos (US$6.2 billion)*
  • 2011 e-commerce sales: 54.5 billion pesos (US$4.2 billion), so in 2012 e-commerce in Mexico grew by 46%*
  • The most popular products for Mexican online shoppers include, in descending order, plane/bus tickets (64%), hotel reservations (37%), music & movies (37%), tickets to shows (34%), books & magazines (27%), computers (26%), electronics (23%), clothes (23%), software (23%) and mobile phones (18%)*
  • In 2012 nearly half of Mexican online buyers (47%) made e-commerce purchases with a mobile device*
  • Each Mexican online shopper spent an average of US$854 in 2012 and this will increase to more than US$1,000 by 2016**
  • Starting in 2013, Mexico’s online shoppers will lead Latin America in amount spent per shopper—more than 20% higher than Brazil’s average by 2016**
  • B2C commerce in Mexico looks to grow significantly in coming years—projected sales in 2013 will be nearly US$8 billion and will reach US$12.9 billion by 2016**
  • By 2016, Mexico will have 12.1% of the online shoppers in Latin America—more than any country except for Brazil, which will have 34.7%**

Sources: *Asociación Mexicana de Internet (AMIPCI), **eMarketer

It’s challenging to find the same level of detail for other e-commerce markets in Latin America besides the big three that we just highlighted. That’s because e-commerce, while growing, has still not taken off at the same level in other countries in the region. However, marketers, advertisers and media professionals should still take into account the emerging e-commerce markets in Latin America. Here’s a quick review of some numbers for these markets:

  • In Chile, e-commerce sales in 2012 are projected to reach US$1.7 billion, a 14% increase from the 2011 total of US$1.489 billion*
  • A significant portion of Chile’s e-commerce transactions (38%) involve paying taxes, though 29% are travel-related and 17% are for retail products*
  • 65% of Chile’s Internet users engage in e-commerce, significantly higher than in other Latin American markets**
  • In 2012, e-commerce sales in Colombia reached nearly US$2 billion—nearly triple the amount registered in 2010, which was US$600 million***
  • According to the general director of Linio, an e-commerce portal, e-commerce in Peru will go up by 50-60% in 2013
  • E-commerce was projected to reach US$502 million in Costa Rica in 2012, a 29% increase compared to 2011*

Sources: *Visa, **Cámara de Comercio de Santiago, Cámara de Comercio Electrónico de Colombia

To find out how we can help you reach Latin American consumers via an online campaign or any other type of media, please contact us.

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Why Brazilians Buy

Marketers and advertisers are constantly looking to understand the motivations of their customers—the details that make the difference between adding a product to your shopping cart or leaving it on the shelf. While proprietary research offers insights for specific targets and products, some recent studies also offer some general guidance that all marketing, media and advertising professionals may benefit from. After a review, we identified a number of factors that spur Brazilians to buy, including:

Brand Reputation
Nearly half (49%) of Brazilians who responded to a survey from Draft FCB indicated that a brand’s reputation has the greatest weight when it comes to a purchase decision. In contrast, only 35% of U.S. consumers and 22% of German consumers gave the most weight to a brand’s reputation. In addition, a study from IBOPE Media showed that 66% of Brazilians (classes A, B and C) favor brands that have proven track records in the market, while 67% of class D Brazilians feel this way. Finally, in the same survey, 56% of Brazilians from classes AB think that a brand’s popularity means its products are of higher quality, while 59% of class C Brazilians and 67% of classes D/E Brazilians feel this way.

In response to a survey from IBOPE Media’s Target Group Index, 83% of Brazilians said that it’s necessary for them to find discounts and deals before buying any product.

Another IBOPE survey showed that 70% of Brazilian consumers take durability into consideration when buying a product, along with price. Interestingly, this survey also showed that a product’s sustainability or a brand’s reputation for being concerned about the environment do not yet seem to strongly influence the purchase decisions of Brazilian consumers.

Previous Experience
Another Target Group Index survey showed that for 75% of Brazilians, their previous experience with a product determines their decision to purchase it.

Opinions of Family
In the same Target Group survey cited in the previous point, 68% of Brazilians say that the opinions of family members influences their purchase decisions. In contrast, only 31% of Brazilians said that friends’ opinions influence their purchase decisions.

Social Media
Recent data from IBOPE Media’s Many-to-Many study indicates that 77% of Brazilians follow brands on social media. However, it’s important to note that 84% of Brazilians under 34 follow brands on social media, underscoring the importance of social media when trying to reach a younger audience in Brazil.
On average, Brazilian women tend to follow brands on social media more than Brazilian men (82% of women follow brands versus 72% of men), and each Brazilian who follows brands on social media follows an average of 6 brands.
However, the most important statistic to consider from this study is that 84% of Brazilians take opinions of others on social media into consideration during a purchase decision. These Brazilian consumers say opinions found on social media are most relevant when they are considering the purchase of electronic products (64%), telephone services (50%) and tourism (38%).

Other key points to consider when it comes to Brazilians and social media:

  • Irrelevant or repetitive content posted by brands on social media are the main reasons Brazilians stop following them
  • For 60% of Brazilians, too many messages posted on social media by brands lead to unfollows
  • Promotions, learning new things about the brands and being a customer are the top reasons for Brazilians following brands on social media

Online Advertising
In another IBOPE survey done in 2012, 22% of Brazilians said that web ads served as motivation for them to buy products or services on the Internet during the past and 17% said that ads on sites they visited were instrumental in their purchase decisions. In addition, 49% said that online sponsorships are an effective way to advertise a product and 37% said that banners are useful for finding interesting subjects on the Internet. Finally, nearly half of Brazilians (47%) say they prefer ads that are related to the content on the websites they visit and 28% are influenced by advertising on social networks.
To explore how we can help you reach Brazil’s growing ad market, please contact us.

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Ad Spend in Brazil to rise by 10% in 2013

According to Warc, a global marketing information service, ad spend in Brazil will increase by 9.8% in 2013, growing by another 12% in 2014.

Warc published this projection as part of its Consensus Ad Forecast report. The sharp increase for Brazil is significantly higher than the increase in global ad spend, which Warc predicts will be 4% in 2013. Brazil’s projected 2013 growth in ad spend is less than that of Russia (12.3%), but higher than that of China (10.9%) and of the United States (2.2%). In 2014, Warc projects that Brazil will lead the world in ad spend, with growth of 12.1%.

Growth in Different Forms of Media
According to Warc’s forecast, Internet ad spend will grow by 20.5% in Brazil in 2013, while TV ad spend will grow by 10.3%, out of home ad spend will grow by 9%, radio ad spend by 6%, magazine ad spend by 3.9% and newspaper ad spend will grow by 5%. In fact, Brazil is one of only three countries in the world (along with Russia and India) in which newspapers will post growth in ad spend in the next two years: everywhere else, newspaper ad spend will contract by 2.7%, says Warc.

To explore how we can help you reach Brazil’s growing ad market, please contact us.

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Latin America’s Media Landscape 2015-2017

Predicting the future is always tricky, but different industry associations have made forecasts for different forms of media in Latin America for the next few years, all based on current trends. Using this data, here’s what experts say that Latin America’s media market will look like in the near future.

Currently the population of Latin America is at around 575 million but according to the Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), by 2015 Latin America will have 598 million people. (This count includes Puerto Rico, projected to have 4.1 million people by 2015, but excludes non-Spanish-speaking countries like Haiti and French Guyana.)
According to a May 2012 projection from Registro de Direcciones de Internet para América Latina y Caribe (LACNIC), by 2015 Internet penetration will reach 60% in Latin America. Since 60% of 598 million is 359 million, it appears that Latin America will add 127 million Internet users over the next 3 years to its current total of 232 million Internet users.

Not surprisingly, the growth will be driven by the powerhouse Internet markets. Brazil’s Comitê Gestor da Internet estimates that 80% of Brazil’s homes will have Internet access by 2015. Given Brazil’s population of 193 million and an average of 3.3 people per household, this means that by 2015 Brazil could have 154 million Internet users—up considerably from the 85 million it has today per comScore. LACNIC also predicts that Mexico will have 65 million Internet users by 2015, up hugely from its current total of 40.6 million. Other markets predicted to gain lots of new users include Chile (16.4 million Internet users by 2015) and Ecuador (7.5 million Internet users by 2015).

According to Dataxis, by 2017 pay TV penetration in the 7 biggest Latin American markets will reach 68% and offer advertisers and audience of 97 million people. The biggest growth markets for pay TV will be Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. In addition, the head of Brazil’s national telecommunications agency (Anatel) recently said that 90% of Brazilian homes could have pay TV by 2018. For its part, Mexico could have more than 50% of pay TV penetration by 2015.

The downturn experienced by newspapers around the world does not seem to be affecting Latin America. According to a recent projection from PricewaterhouseCoopers, revenues for Latin American newspapers will grow annually by 5.5% through 2016 to reach US$10.4 billion.

According to the GSMA, Latin America will have 750 million mobile connections by 2015. Overall mobile penetration in the region is above 100%. Brazil’s mobile penetration is at well over 100%, as is Argentina’s, but in October 2012 Brazil reached a total of 258 million active mobile lines, up from 232 million just a few months back. Mexico is slated to reach 94% mobile penetration by the end of 2012 and over 100% by the first quarter of 2013.
Beyond simple penetration, mobile is changing Latin American markets through the adoption of mobile devices. It’s really not a question of whether a brand needs a mobile ad strategy for Latin America—it’s what this mobile ad strategy will be. Just look at the numbers:

To find out how we can help you reach Latin America via a strategic campaign across all media, please contact us.

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3 Reasons Why Brazil Has Become a Major Luxury Market

In 2011, Brazil’s luxury market grew by 4.7% in terms of designer clothing and footwear while sales of luxury accessories went up by 3.5% to reach US$294 million, according to research firm Euromonitor.

Overall, Brazil’s luxury market doubled its growth rates between 2008 and 2012. As such, the country’s luxury goods market is worth more than US$7 billion. Mexico is in second place—Euromonitor reports that its luxury market is worth US$1.5 billion.

The following factors are driving Brazil’s growth as a luxury market:

#1 Economic growth
Despite relatively weak economic growth of 1.5% in 2012, Brazil’s economy should grow by 4% per year from 2013 through 2016. In addition, a recent study from IPC Marketing Editora projects that Brazilian consumption will surpass 2.7 trillion reales in 2012, with household spending growing by 3.6%, more than double the growth of the country’s GDP this year.

#2 Many HNWIs
According to research firm Global Information, Brazil has the largest amount of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in Latin America. In fact, the country ranks 11th in the world in terms of the amount of high net worth individuals. In addition, a recent report by McKinsey&Company estimates that 3 million Brazilians can afford luxury goods and that the country has 24 billionaires and 155,000 millionaires—and a third of the millionaires are under 35.

#3 Projected future growth
MCF Consultoria & Conhecimento, a retail and luxury consultancy firm based in Sao Paulo, estimates that Brazil’s luxury market will grow by 25% in 2012. In addition, Euromonitor forecasts that BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) will account for 16% of global luxury sales by 2016, up from 11% in 2012.

To find out how we can help you reach Brazil, Latin America or U.S. Hispanics via a strategic campaign across all media, please contact us.

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Millions of Brazilians Use the Internet to Plan Travel

More than ever before, Brazilians are using the Internet to plan and book their travel. Recent research from comScore’s Media Metrix Service shows that 16.5 million Brazilians visited travel sites in July 2012. This is an 18% increase compared to 2011. Here’s a look at the top 10 travel sites that Brazilian Internet users are visiting, organized by amount of unique visitors during July 2012:

  1. Hotelurbano.com.br                       3.1 million
  2. Decolar.com                                     2.3 million
  3. TAM.com.br                                     2.2 million
  4. Voegol.com.br                                 1.9 million
  5. Submarinoviagens.com.nr            1.6 million
  6. Mundi.com.br                                  1.1 million
  7. Viajanet.com.br                              1.1 million
  8. Booking.com                                   1 million
  9. CVC.com.br                                     823,000
  10. Tripadvisor.com.br                        780,000

Who These Brazilian Travelers Are
Visitors to Brazilian travel sites are 50.6% male and 49.4% female. However, 1 in 3 visitors to Brazilian travel sites are between 25 and 34, making this the largest age group. Overall, the visitors tend to be younger: 73% are between 15 and 44.

In terms of geotargeting a campaign, Sao Paulo would be a good choice: 32% of visitors to Brazilian travel sites are from that city. Around 13% of the visitors are from Rio, 7.3% are from Minas de Gerais and Paraná, 6% are from Rio Grande do Sul and 4.5% are from Catarina.

Where They Are Going
While comScore didn’t report on popular destinations for Brazilian travelers, other sources have. The United States Commerce department projects that 1.5 million Brazilians will visit the United States during 2012 and that amount will increase to 2.5 million by 2016. In 2011, Brazil sent more tourists to Argentina than any other country. In terms of specific cities that Brazilian travelers visit, a study from Hotel Price Index showed that Orlando is #1, New York is #2 and Buenos Aires is #4. Also in the top 10 were Miami, Las Vegas and Paris.

To find out how we can help you reach Brazil, Latin America or U.S. Hispanics via a strategic campaign across all media, please contact us.

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Magazines Surge in Popularity in Brazil

The most recent edition of Estudos Marplan EGM Next Gen show that print media continue to do well in Brazil. Between 2011 and the first quarter of 2012, magazines’ media penetration rose from 39% to 45%. This was the biggest gain of all forms of media. In second place was pay TV, which went from 35% to 40% penetration. Other forms of media in Brazil that gained in penetration in 2012 were newspapers (from 46% to 47%) and Internet (49% to 51%). Free TV’s penetration remained constant at 97%, while radio’s penetration dropped slightly from 77% to 74%.

In terms of socioeconomic groups, magazines increased their penetration significantly with classes AB, going from 52% in 2011 to 63% this year. In addition, magazines also gained penetration with class C: 38% in 2012 compared to 31% in 2011.

Beyond penetration, Estudos Marplan also highlighted how Brazilians use the different types of media. They use TV and newspapers primarily to get news, learn about general culture and spend their free time. Brazilians report that they use Internet and magazines to stay current with the news and for shopping information. Pay TV and radio are seen as companion media by Brazilians, and also as vehicles to cultural and sports information.

To find out how we can help you reach Brazilians via any form of media, please contact us.

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The Future of E-Commerce in Latin America

While it’s obvious that Latin Americans don’t buy online at the same huge volume of Americans or Europeans, it’s also obvious that the region’s e-commerce commerce market is no longer tiny and limited to just a wealthy few. According to a recent story from América Economía magazine, e-commerce sales in Latin America totaled $10 billion in 2007—and tripled to $30 billion by 2010. In 2011 e-commerce sales hit $43 billion and according to the magazine’s projections, online sales in Latin America will total $69 billion by 2013. While nowhere near the $161 billion in e-commerce spending of the United States in 2011, Latam has come a long way from the $1.6 billion in e-commerce sales it posted in 2003.

Brazil is the Biggest
It’s not surprising that the region’s largest country would be the biggest e-commerce market: currently Brazil accounts for 59% of the e-commerce sales in Latin America. In addition,  América Economía also notes that there are 173 million credit cards in Brazil, where the population totals 195 million. While this doesn’t necessarily mean that over 80% of Brazilians have credit cards, it does reveal one important factor that drives the size of the country’s e-commerce market. Another is the e-commerce division created by Correios, the country’s national postal firm, which currently has 40% market share in a shipping market with nearly 30 competitors. The country has also encouraged e-commerce by reducing taxes, interest rates and permitting free returns for products bought online. Given this, it’s no surprise that Wal-Mart, Apple and Amazon all have plans to open offices in Brazil this year.

Beyond Brazil
Mexico is #2 in e-commerce in Latin America, with 14.2% of the sales. The Caribbean is third at 6.4%, followed by Argentina (6.2%), Chile (3.5%), Venezuela (3.3%), Central America (2.4%) and Colombia (2.3%). The Asociación Mexicana de Internet released a study about e-commerce in Mexico for 2011 that covered buying habits and top-selling products. You can find it in our Resources section.

Recently, the Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electronico (Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce or CACE) released a study of the country’s online shopping market that showed growth of 49.5%.  Other interesting figures from the CACE study include:

• 29.5% of Argentina’s Internet users engage in e-commerce—9 million shoppers
• 57% of dotcom businesses have implemented an m-commerce option to handle the growing amount of shoppers who use their mobile phones to shop online
• The e-commerce market in Argentina will grow 41% in 2012 to reach a total of 16 billion pesos
• 75% of Argentina Internet users research products online before buying them offline
• 89.6% of Argentine online shoppers use local firms for e-commerce and the most popular is Mercado Libre, while 10% use foreign firms like ebay and amazon
• 63% of Argentines who buy products through the Internet use a credit or debit card, 49% pay cash and 6.7% use bank transfers

Find out more here.

Other Factors in Latam E-Commerce
In its coverage of e-commerce in Latin America, America Economía noted that the original projection was sales of $35 billion in 2011. To explain why sales ended up being greater ($43 billion), the magazine cited several contributing factors:

• The launch of newer firms like Geelbe like Cuponaso to supplement larger firms like Peixe Urbano and Mercado Libre
• Social gaming sites like Vostu and Mentez that contribute to e-commerce via the sales of lower-cost online games
• Other forms of social commerce via immensely popular sites like Facebook
• Companies offering customers the option to purchase products online but pick them up at the stores, which saves both money and time for them
• The explosion of Latin America’s mobile market, which has led to users making purchases via smartphones and tablets

To read the complete América Economía story, click here.

To find out how you can reach this growing market of Latin American consumers, please contact us.

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