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4 Reasons to Look at Online Videos in Latam When Planning for 2013

A new study from comScore called Tuning In: The Rise of Online Video en Latin America underscores the surge in popularity of online videos in Latin America—and their impact on advertising. Below we break out the study’s most important points to highlight the 4 reasons you should take advantage of this ad platform in 2013.

#1 A Growing Audience
In December 2011, Brazilian Internet users watched 4.7 billion online videos, 74% more than in December 2010. Mexican Internet users increased their online video consumption by 80% between December 2010 and December 2011 to reach 3 billion videos viewed. Argentine internautas are also avid online video watchers: they reached a total of 1.5 billion videos watched in December 2011, a 75% increase compared to December 2010. However, Chileans grew the most in this category: they upped their online video consumption by 91% between December 2010 and December 2011 to reach 1 billion videos watched.
Essentially, there’s been an enormous upswing in online video watching in the biggest 4 Internet markets in Latin America.

#2 Broad Reach
According to comScore, online videos have 85% reach with Internet users in the U.S. and 84% reach among Internet users worldwide.
In contrast, online videos reach 96% of Argentine Internet users, 92% of Chilean Internet users, 81% of Brazilian Internet users and 82% of Mexican Internet users.
Doing the math reveals:

  • Argentina has 28 million Internet users* and 96% of that total is 26.8 million
  • Brazil has 85 million Internet users** and 81% of that total is 68.8 million
  • Mexico has 40.6 million Internet users*** and 82% of that total is 33.2 million
  • Chile has 10 million Internet users* and 92% of that total is 9.2 million

Sources: *Internet World Stats, **comScore, ***AMIPCI

Adding up these totals means that you can reach 138 million people with online video in just these 4 markets—without counting the millions of Internet users in the rest of Latin America.

#3 Room to Grow
In these 4 countries, each viewer spends an average of 11 to 13 hours a month watching online videos, while in the United States, a more mature market, viewers spend 22 hours per month watching online videos. This means that there is good potential for online videos to take up more and more online time of Latin American Internet users. The same applies when you look at the amount of videos watched per user: between 120 and 168 per month in these 4 countries, compared to 245 online videos per month in the U.S.

#4 Market Evolution
First, numbers from IBOPE show that free TV has a penetration of over 90% in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Numbers from LAMAC show that pay TV is growing its reach in these countries: 74% penetration in Argentina, 61% in Chile and 40% in both Brazil and Mexico.

Beyond the reach of TV, a comScore study shows that 71% of online video viewers do this because they missed an episode of a TV show and 57% watch online videos for convenience. Only 38% watch online videos to avoid commercials. In addition, online video watchers indicate in surveys that they are open to seeing at least 6.5 minutes more per hour of ads.

Finally, according to comScore, advertisers fail to reach at least 30% of the audience via just television. On the other hand, according to comScore’s projections, the effective reach of the target audience can go up by 16% when advertising on TV is combined with online video ads. This could be why more American advertisers are investing more in online videos: they spent $1.8 billion in 2011 on online video ads, a 40% increase compared to 2010.

Without a doubt, we’ve been able to help various firms take advantage of the reach of online video in Latin America through our Jumba Video Network.

To explore how we can help you reach Latin America via online video or another medium, please contact us.

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Latin America: The World’s Fastest-Growing Ad Market

Recently we noted the positive growth that both eMarketer and MagnaGlobal projected for ad spend in Latin America. Zenith Optimedia has joined these two sources with its own strong projections for the region.

Zenith Optimedia predicts that in 2013, Latin America will grow by 10.1% in ad spend, which is more than any other region in the world and nearly three times the rate of growth of the United States (3.6%) and double the rate of growth of the entire world (4.6%).

In terms of specific figures, Zenith Optimedia forecasts that 2013 ad spend in Latin America will reach nearly US$42 billion and then grow another 8.7% in 2014 to total US$45.6 billion.

Of course, these are projections. To get a sense of how accurate these projections may be, we researched actual ad spend figures for Latin American markets for 2012. Here’s a look at what we found.

Argentina
According to the Cámara Argentina de Agencias de Medios, ad spend value seems to have increased in Argentina during the first half of 2012. Overall, the ad spend value is up by nearly 20% compared to 2011, with the biggest increases in Internet ad spend (56%), radio (47%), newspapers (35%), pay TV (29%) and newspapers in the capital (22%)

Brazil
According to Projeto Inter-Meios, in Brazil ad spend in the first half of 2012 increased by 11% compared to the first half of 2011 to reach 14 billion reais (US$6.8 billion). Free TV continues to dominate the Brazilian ad market, commanding nearly 65% of the ad spend and growing by 13% compared to the first 6 months of 2011. However, the two forms of media that grew the most in the first half of 2012 in Brazil were Internet and pay TV, each of which registered growth of 18% in this period. It’s also interesting to note that Brazilian newspapers grew by 4% in ad spend during the first half of 2012.

Colombia
Overall ad spend grew by 5% in Colombia during the first half of 2012, according to figures from Asomedios, Andiarios and IAB Colombia. The total reported by these organizations —which reflects ad spend in regional and local TV, magazines, newspapers, national TV, radio and Internet— is one trillion Colombian pesos, which is about US$555 million. During the first half of 2012 Internet grew the most of all Colombian media in ad spend: 12%. However, national TV still commanded the largest share of ad spend, with 45.8%, followed by newspapers (21%), radio (20%) and magazines (4.5%).

More Markets
While we could not find 2012 ad spend numbers for other Latin American markets, the figures from last year suggest that Zenith Optimedia’s positive projections make sense. For example, in 2011 ad spend grew by 11.9% in Mexico, by 10% in Chile, by 16% in Peru, by 6.5% in Ecuador, by 7.% in Uruguay and by 7.8% in Venezuela.
As such, it’s likely that we’ll be reporting strong 2012 ad spend figures for all of these markets during the first quarter of 2013.

To explore how we can help you reach Latin America’s growing consumer market through a campaign in any type of media, please contact us.

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