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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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The 7 Hottest Products Among Latin American Shoppers

The new surge in purchasing power for Latin American consumers is being felt in all types of industries. To offer media, advertising and marketing professionals a quick reference guide, we put together a list of some of the hottest product categories among Latin American shoppers.


CARS
In 2011 car sales in Latin America went up by 7% to total 6.4 million units, which set a new record in the region: 12 vehicles for every 1,000 people. The most motorized company seems to be Argentina, with 20 vehicles for every 1,000 people, followed by Chile with 19.4 and Brazil with 17.7. In fact, 2011 was the best year ever for car sales in Argentina. Also, several carmakers had record-breaking sales in Latin America in 2011, including Audi, BMW, Nissan and Peugeot.


COMPUTERS

Latin Americans will buy nearly 40 million computers in 2012, according to market research firm IDC. This will be a 5% increase compared to 2011, during which Latin Americans bought 37.7 million computers. Growth will be marginal (0.3%) for desktop computers but laptop sales should go up by 8.7%. In addition, IDC forecasts that 2.1 million tablets will be sold in Latin America in 2012. Although it’s not a large percentage of the total, it could be an important trend with implications for mobile advertising.


COSMETICS
According to Research firm Euromonitor International, the total value of beauty/cosmetic and personal care products sold in Latin America in 2010 was $65 billion. These strong sales made Latin America the #4 market in the world for cosmetics/beauty products. Between 2005 and 2010 the Latin American beauty market doubled in size and now experts think the region will surpass North America to soon become the #3 beauty products market in the world.


LUXURY PRODUCTS
According to Boston Consulting Group, Latin America’s luxury market is growing by 15% every year. In Mexico, 5.2% of the population can buy luxury goods, according to consulting firm KPMG. Brazil’s luxury goods sales are expected to hit $12 billion this year, a 33% increase compared to 2011. Argentina is also a solid luxury market, moving 230 million euros in its luxury market in 2011. Given this, it’s no surprise that Sephora foresees opening 12 to 13 stores in the region and that Salvatore Ferragamo has announced expansion plans in the region.


MOBILE PHONES AND SMARTPHONES
During the second half of 2011, Latam smartphone sales went up by 25% to reach nearly 50 million units. Although the complete total of mobile phone units sold in Latin America in 2011 hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s known that 31 million smartphones were sold in the region in 2011. In Argentina, 24% of the mobile phones sold in 2011 were smartphones. In Mexico, smartphone sales spiked up by 78% in 2011. In Brazil, 2011 smartphone sales jumped to over 100% higher than in 2010. And the smartphone surge continues: 40% of the mobile phones sold in Argentina during the first quarter of 2012 were smartphones. In addition, IDG predicts spectacular increases in smartphone sales in other countries this year, including a 43% upsurge in Chile and a 70% leap in Brazil.


REAL ESTATE
According to new figures reported by the Association of Miami Realtors, Venezuelans were the largest group of foreign buyers in 2011. That said, Brazilians and Argentines were not far behind. Thanks to these Latin American buyers, Miami real estate has gotten a strong—and quite welcome—push: home sales went up 46% in 2011.


TRAVEL
Trips to foreign destinations by Latin American tourists went up by 15% in 2011, according to Consulting firm IPK. According to IPK, the strongest markets for trips to foreign destinations from Latam are Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
The United States is one of the most popular destinations for Latin American tourists. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 18% more Latin American tourists will visit the U.S. in 2012 than in 2011: 1.78 million. By 2016, the department estimates that 2.5 million Brazilians will visit the United States. In addition, Brazilians rank #3 in spending among foreign tourists that visit the U.S. They’re just behind Japanese and British tourists, spending $6.8 billion in 2011 during trips.

Florida is probably the most popular U.S. destinations for Latin Americans. In fact, 4 of the top 10 foreign countries who sent the most visitors to Florida in 2011 were Latin American: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia. In addition, a survey by hoteles.com showed that Florida is the preferred foreign destination of both Argentine and Colombian tourists.

That said, Latin Americans don’t just travel to the U.S. Many enjoy traveling within their own region. For example, a recent survey showed that Argentine tourists rank 3 Mexican destinations—Mexico City, Riviera Maya and Cancun—among their top destination choices. And Brazilians are the foreigners that visit Argentina the most. More than 35% of the tourists that Argentina welcomed in 2011 were from Brazil, while Europe was in second place with 19.8%. For their part, when surveyed, Chileans say their favorite destinations are Argentina, Brazil and Peru.

According to Mandala Research, Mexicans seem to favor U.S. destinations, and one study showed they also outshop other tourists. On average, Mexicans spend 40% of their travel budgets at shopping malls, compared to Japanese tourists, who spend 25% of their travel budgets at malls, and British tourists, who spend 25%. The preferred U.S. destinations for Mexican tourists are Los Angeles, New York and Houston, although Miami and Orlando are also in the top 10.

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.

 

Brazil’s Online Ad Spend to Grow by 40% in 2012

Advertisers have clearly realized the power of Brazil’s huge online audience: IAB Brasil’s Indicadores de Mercado report projects a growth of more than 39% in Internet advertising billing in 2012. IAB Brazil notes that overall billing for online advertising in Brazil in 2011 totaled 3.33 billion reales (US$1.6 billion) and predicts that it will grow to 4.6 billion reales (US$2.3 billion) in 2012.

IAB Brazil’s calculations take into account both display and search advertising. Other authorities tend to focus solely on display advertising, so sometimes you’ll see a different set of numbers for Brazil’s online ad spend.
It makes sense for IAB Brazil to include search in its calculations, especially since the organization reports that search makes up more than half of online advertising billing: in 2011, out of the 3.33 billion reales spent on Internet advertising in
Brazil, 1.88 billion went to search, or 54%.

In addition, the Indicadores de Mercado report projects that in 2012, Internet advertising will make up 13.7% of Brazil’s overall ad spend, up from the final figure of 11% listed for 2011. While online ad spend in Brazil is not quite at the level it is for other markets—such as the U.S., where online makes up 19% of the overall ad spend—this figure still marks some impressive gains. With comScore recently reporting that Brazil is #7 in the world in Internet users with 85 million, it makes sense that advertisers take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing online population.

And so far this year, this is exactly what they’re doing. Over 190 billion display ads were delivered to Brazil’s Internet population during the first quarter of 2012. A recent comScore press release reported these figures, which are from the company’s Ad Metrix service. In March 2012, Brazil’s top online display advertisers were Dafiti.com.br and Netshoes.com.br, with each delivering more than 2 billion impressions.

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 at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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E-commerce in Mexico Will Grow by 25% in 2012

New figures released by eMarketer show some robust projections for the B2C e-commerce market in Mexico. Compiled in October 2011, the figures show Mexico’s B2C e-commerce sales growing by 32% in 2011 and projected growth of 25.8% in 2012. This figure is similar to the projection made by the Asociación Mexicana de Internet (AMIPCI), which forecast growth of 28 percent in e-commerce for Mexico in 2012.

According to eMarketer, travel purchases are what mostly drives Mexican B2C e-commerce, while AMIPCI research from 2010 identified a different range of favored products for Mexico’s online shoppers, such as computers, cell phones and consumer electronics.

One challenge with Mexican e-commerce has been the country’s relatively low credit card penetration rate. However, some new payment options are helping consumers buy online even if they don’t have credit cards. One new way is a system called BanWire. Users buy a product online, print a payment voucher and pay for the product in person at a convenience store like Oxxo. This is similar if not identical to Brazil’s boletos bancários, which have been helpful in boosting that country’s e-commerce sales. In addition, eMarketer indicated that PayPal Mexico will develop a version of its service to handle payments through mobile phones. This could also help Mexico’s online shoppers make purchases without credit cards.

Given these developments, eMarketer has forecasted 20.7% compound annual growth for Mexico’s B2C e-commerce market between 2010 and 2015.

To find out how we can help you reach Mexico’s online consumers via a powerful digital campaign, please contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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US Media Consulting Grows Staff by 20%

It’s been a busy 2012 for us on many fronts, but hiring has perhaps been the busiest. New developments in our business and rapid expansion have led to us growing our staff by more than 20% in the first quarter of 2012.

We needed these new team members to handle a variety of duties for us. Some will focus on our general business development as one of the leading independent media services providers for companies looking to reach Brazil, Latin America and U.S. Hispanics. Others will help us develop new products and services for the digital media marketplace. Still others will help grow us in well-developed sectors of our business, such as online and offline ad sales. Here’s a look at some of these new team members.

Salvador Calogero. Based in our Buenos Aires office, Salvador will work with Pablo Veliz, our VP of technology, to develop new products and platforms for Latin America’s digital marketplace.

Lesley Canal. Lesley’s strong sales track record in both offline (Miami Herald) and online media (Centro and Living Social) make her a strong addition to our digital sales team.

Raúl Galofre. Raúl will leverage more than a decade’s worth of digital media and business development experience to create new ventures and partnerships for us.

Verónica Lizama. Verónica, formerly Director of Advertising for América Economía, is the new Ad Sales Director for our Offline Media Division and will oversee sales operations in print, broadcast and out-of-home media.

David Petitone. David’s background in sales for the Miami Herald and other media firms will serve him well as Media Relations Specialist. He’ll focus on nurturing existing media relationships and forging new ones.

Juan Carlos Ruiz. His strong background in digital sales and strategy will serve him well in his new position as Digital Ad Sales Manager for the Andean Region, which includes Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela.

We’re proud to welcome all of these new team members and are confident that their contributions will help us grow even more.

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 at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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Almost 60% of Latin American Internet Users Are Buying Online

E-commerce is clearly growing stronger in Latin America. A recent survey of Internet users in Latin America shows that 59% report buying products online in the past year.

Research firm Tendencias Digitales did the survey, which included 18,000 Latin American Internet users in 13 countries. It’s important to note that the survey did not include Brazil, which research indicates is the top Latin American country for e-commerce. However, the survey did research the habits of Internet users in large markets such as Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

The chart below breaks down the percentage of Internet users in each country that reported buying a product online in the past year. Argentina is clearly the leader at 71%, tied by Chile.

While this is just one survey, the results show some interesting parallels with other research into e-commerce in Latin America. For instance, Argentina’s e-commerce market spiked by 50% in 2011, while the head of Colombia’s Chamber of E-Commerce projects 100% growth for 2012. In Mexico, research from the Asociación Mexicana de Internet (AMIPCI) indicated that 8 out of 10 Mexican Internet users had made an online purchase. AMIPCI also projects a 28% increase in e-commerce in Mexico in 2012.

Beyond these 3 countries, other Latam markets are showing strong e-commerce growth. This may be why eMarketer estimates $15.2 million in e-commerce sales for all of Latin America (except Brazil) in 2012 and then a powerful jump to $28 billion in sales by 2015.

What are these Latam shoppers buying online? Well, the Tendencias Digitales survey suggests that these are the hot products:

  • Tickets for entertainment or travel
  • Computer accessories
  • Clothing/footwear/accessories
  • Books

Other research we’ve covered has shown a slightly different list for Latin America and specific countries, such as Argentina and Mexico.

To learn more about how we can help you reach Latin American shoppers all over the region or in specific countries, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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