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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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Fast Facts for Latin American Media

Keeping up with what’s happening in Latam media is tough—even for a media representation and placement company like ours. We realize that this is even harder for professionals in the media, advertising and marketing industries who specialize in Latin America.

That’s why we put together some newer developments in Latin American media for you in short sections below. With a quick scrolldown, you can get updated on a variety of media in several important markets and access more information if you need it with a quick click.  We start off regionally:

LATIN AMERICA
>Digital Advertising Will Grow 15% in 2012 in Latam
This is according to a recent survey done by Portada. Read more here.

>Latin American Newspapers Keep Growing in Circulation
According to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, circulation of Latin American newspapers went up by 2% in 2010 and by 4.5% over the past 5 years.

>Social Gaming Surges in Latam
At IAB Now in Argentina in fall 2011, Daniel Kafie, founder and CEO of Vostu, predicted that the social gaming market will hit US$1.6 billion in 2012. In Latin America social gaming is already a $330 million market. Read more here.

>E-commerce Booms In the Region
German research firm Ystats reports that the number of online shoppers in Latin America will grow by 20% a year over the next few years. More stats available here.

>3 Latin American Countries Among Top Facebook Markets
As of January 2012, Colombia was the fastest-growing Facebook market in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico.

>Latin America is Growing Fastest in Ad Spend for Social Media
A survey by Grant Thornton LLP indicated that 78% of Latin American advertisers plan to increase their social media spend in 2012, more than advertisers in North America, Europe or Asia.

>Pay TV Revenues in Latin America to Reach $25 billion by 2016
This is according to a new report from Informa Telecoms and Media.

>Latin Americans Among the World’s Biggest Moviegoers
IBOPE AGB Mexico’s newest report offers these and other interesting facts about Latin American media.

Being More Specific
Here are some more fast facts about major media types  in specific markets of Latin America.

ARGENTINA
>Pay TV Penetration reaches 81%
This is according to a new study from the Latin American Multiadvertising Council (LAMAC).

>66% of Argentine Internautas Watch TV Online
A study from Mindshare Argentina recently reported these results, along with the fact that a lesser amount of Argentine Internet users—47%—watch free TV.

BRAZIL
>6% of Shopping Searches in Brazil Come From Mobile Devices
This is according to Peter Fernandez, head of Mobile Marketing for Google in Latam, during the Mobile Marketing Association Forum in São Paulo in fall 2011. More info here.

>Brazilians A Huge Online Gaming Market
According to Juan Franco, founder and CEO of Mentez, 35 million Brazilians play online games on social media. In total, Brazilians spend US$2 billion a year on online gaming overall, which includes gaming on social media and mobile devices as well as massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

CHILE
>Online ad spend grew by 35% in 2011 in Chile
IAB Chile projects that online ad spend will make up 7% of the country’s overall ad spend in 2012, which is comparable to the 10% that online has reached in Brazil.

>88% of Chilean Internet Users Have Made An Online Purchase
A new study from Universal McCann Chile suggests that e-commerce is strong in Chile and breaks down the top products that Chilean Internet users buy.

MEXICO
>Mexico has 46 million Internet Users
According to E-Marketer, the country now has 40.5% Internet penetration.

>19% of Mexican Internet Users Watch TV on a Mobile Device Every Day
This is from Motorola Mobility’s Global Media Engagement study. See more here.

>Games Spending in Mexico Hits US$1.2 billion in 2011
Mexico’s gaming market continued to grow in 2011 and players spend 60% of their time on online or mobile gaming.

>E-Commerce in Mexico Grew 28% in 2011
This is one of many fascinating numbers from a recent study done by Asociación Mexicana de Internet and Visa.

URUGUAY
>Online ad spend went up 50% in 2011
Uruguay joined other countries in Latam with spiking online spend—Internet now makes up 4% of the overall ad spend in the country. Read more here.

>Overall ad spend in Uruguay reached $249 million in 2011
This is a 7% increase compared to 2010, according to a report issued by the Asociación Uruguaya de Agencias de Publicidad—the Uruguayan Ad Agency Association.

To find out how we can help you reach Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico or all of Latin America with an innovative media campaign, please contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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