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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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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 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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Brazil’s Best Sellers

Despite conservative macroeconomic projections, it seems like Brazilians are shopping more than ever. A study from the firm IPC Marketing Editora projects that consumption in Brazil will surpass US$2.7 trillion in 2012, with household spending exceeding GDP. Classes B and C account for half of what is consumed in Brazil, though Class B seems to show the strongest purchasing power.

We’ve observed some strong spikes in sales of a number of products in Brazil. Here’s a look at what grew the most in sales in 2011 and what’s selling strongly so far in 2012.

Autos
Car sales in Brazil grew by 2.9% in 2011, according to the Associação Nacional dos Fabricantes de Veículos Automotores (National Association of Automakers). The Volkswagen Gol was the biggest selling model in Brazil in 2011, followed by the Fiat Uno. Chevrolet’s Celta and Corsa Sedan ranked #3 and #4, respectively, in sales. Overall, Fiat sold the most cars in Brazil in 2011: 273,000. In 2012, the Federação Nacional da Distribuição de Veículos de Veículos Automotores (National Federation of Motor Vehicle Distribution), predicts car sales will go up 4.5% in Brazil.   

Computers
Research firm IDC reported recently that computer sales in Brazil went up by 12% in 2011 to reach 15.4 million units sold. According to the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), a Brazilian higher education and research institution, sales of computers in Brazil will reach 17.9 million in 2012, an increase of 16%. FGV’s study indicates that currently there are 99 million computers in Brazil, roughly one computer for every two Brazilians. According to Fernando Meirelles, who led the research team from FGV, by 2017 there will be one computer for every Brazilian.
Notebooks and tablets are among the hottest types of computers among Brazilian consumers. Sales of notebooks grew by 60% in 2011 to reach 5 million, according to Gfk Consumer Choices, with 800,000 units sold in December 2011 alone.
Tablets posted comparatively modest sales of 450,000 units in 2011, but research firm Navegg predicts that Brazilians will buy 1 million tablets in 2012.

Cosmetics
Brazil’s cosmetics industry logged US$14 billion in ex-factory sales in 2011, 7.9% higher than in 2010, according to Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos. According to projections from Euromonitor International, in 2013 Brazil will overtake Japan to become the #2 cosmetics market in the world, just behind the United States.

E-commerce
The most recent report from market research firm e-bit indicated that in 2011, the e-commerce market in Brazil reached US$10.1 billion in sales, up 26% compared to 2010, when e-commerce sales totaled US$8 billion. In 2012, e-commerce sales in Brazil should reach US$12.6 billion, 25% higher than 2011, projects e-bit. Over 9 million new customers bought a product online for the first time in 2011, and overall around 32 million Brazilians have engaged in e-commerce. Top products for Brazilians who shop online include appliances, computers, electronics, health/beauty items and clothes/accessories.

Mobile Broadband Connections
According to Anatel, the country’s national telecommunications agency, there are now 54.3 million mobile broadband connections in Brazil, which means an overall 28% mobile broadband penetration rate. Forecasts from Teleco—an organization that tracks telecommunications in the country—suggest that Brazil will have 73 million mobile broadband connections by the end of 2012 and 124 million connections by 2014 when it hosts the World Cup. As mobile broadband connections have grown, so have the number of mobile phones with 3G services: currently 20% of the cell phones in Brazil have 3G.

Pharmaceuticals
According to IBOPE, sales of pharmaceuticals in Brazil will grow by 13% in 2012 and be four times more than the Gross Domestic Product. Classes B and C will account for 80% of the sales, spending 23 billion and 27 billion reales, respectively. A number of companies are benefiting from this surge, including Bayer HealthCare and Pfizer, which experienced increases of 13% and 14%, respectively, in their 2011 Brazil sales.

Smartphones
According to a projection by IDC, smartphone sales in Brazil will increase by 73% in 2012. In total numbers, this means that Brazilian shoppers will buy 15 million smartphones this year, whereas in 2011 they bought 8.9 million. This is a huge increase compared to 2010, when 4.8 million smartphones were sold in Brazil. IDC considers phones with operating systems, like iPhones or Blackberrys, to be smartphones. According to the firm, over 50% of the smartphones in Brazil use the Android operating system.

Videogame Consoles
According to market research firm GfK Consumer Choices, sales of video game consoles in Brazil shot up by 53% in 2011 to reach 935,000 units, up from 642,000 units in 2010.

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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What Latin American Shoppers Want

We recently covered what Latin Americans buy the most. However, it’s also helpful to understand the factors that influence the purchase decisions of Latin American shoppers and what they look for from both products and companies. Analyzing the following trends may help marketing, advertising and media professionals create even stronger campaigns.

Preference #1: Socially Responsible Companies
The facts: In a recent Nielsen survey, 77% of Latin Americans said that they prefer to buy products from socially responsible companies—and 49% would pay more for those products. The socially responsible qualities that the respondents seem to value the most in companies are environmentally sustainable practices, supporting small businesses, eradicating poverty and creating well-paying jobs. Nielsen’s survey also showed that 76% of the respondents look at the opinions and information that other people post online to find out about socially responsible companies.
The opportunity for advertisers: Creating online video diaries about a firm’s socially responsible programs in Latin America and promoting them through a crossmedia campaign that integrates social media, TV, print and online video sites. 

Preference #2: Being True to Themselves
The facts: The Global Monitor Study, released in 2010, focused on consumer attitudes in 20 countries, including several from Latin America. When asked what will help them succeed in today’s world, 95% of Latin Americans chose “being true to who you are” over “being the person others think you are.” The same survey also showed strong agreement with the statement “I am constant striving to improve myself and my abilities in as many ways as possible.”
The opportunity for advertisers: Focusing ad campaigns on the idea of being true to yourself and working in elements of self-improvement, perhaps by using social media. For example, a campaign that references being genuine and relates that to the brand could also work in a component—promoted via social media—that includes a contest with a prize of free courses in IT or another discipline that could help Latin Americans advance in their careers. This could speak to both preferences expressed by Latin American consumers while taking advantage of the deep reach of social media in the region. While it didn’t take strict advantage of this preference, a recent Coca-Cola campaign offers ideas for emphasizing individual aspirations among consumers in a compelling way:

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Preference #3: Cultural Traditions
The facts: The same Global Monitor study also indicated that a strong majority of Latin Americans are concerned about aspects of their cultures and tradition being lost as the world converges into a single global culture.
The opportunity for advertisers: With specific Latin American markets, advertisers can work in the concept of traditions into their messaging and extend this into social media via contests or sponsored events.
In 2011 Televisa, one of Mexico’s main television networks, launched a campaign called Tradiciones Televisa in honor of the country’s Bicentennial. The campaign focused on traditional festivities and attractions throughout the country, subtly associating the network with Mexico’s time-honored traditions.

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 Latin America Spikes by Nearly 43%

According to a recent study done by América Economía Intelligence and Visa, e-commerce in Latin America grew by 42.8% between 2010 and 2011 to reach $43 billion, double the amount in 2009, which was $22 billion.

The study indicates that Brazil is the leader in e-commerce in Latin America: in 2011, it accounted for 59% of e-commerce sales in the region. Mexico is #2 in Latin America in e-commerce, with 14.2% of sales. The Caribbean is in third place, with 6.4% of sales, closely followed by Argentina, with 6.2%.

Overall, the study projects that e-commerce in Latin America will increase by 26% in 2012 and then by 28% in 2013.

Why It’s Growing
The study’s authors cited a number of factors for the growth, including:

• Increase in credit card usage, as well as debit cards: both bring more purchasers into the e-commerce marketplace
• Social media and group shopping sites: discounts online attract more shoppers
• Increased online security for safer transactions: this inspires greater consumer confidence
• A larger amount of e-tailers: more Latam companies are innovating online purchase platforms to reach customers via their Web sites
• Advances in banking: lower socioeconomic classes are becoming more involved with online banking, which in turn allows them to shop online more easily

One factor not cited is an additional payment method. In Brazil, buyers can use boletos bancârios, which are vouchers they print from e-commerce sites. They take these boletos to their banks, pay for the product in person and then go back to the Web site to finish the transaction. A similar system was recently introduced in Mexico on a limited scale.

The study also noted another possible factor that could drive e-commerce growth in Latin America: mobile commerce or m-commerce. The study indicated that smartphone and tablet penetration could reach 50% in Latin America by 2015, making mobile a significant platform for e-commerce in the future. Some recent data suggest this could be true. In April e-commerce site Mercado Libre reported that in the past 9 months, it’s registered 2.5 million downloads of its mobile apps and that mobile now represents 3.5% of its traffic.

Growth in Major Markets
Argentina. According to the Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico (Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce or CACE), total e-commerce sales in 2011 were 11.5 billion pesos (US $2.6 million), a 49.5% increase from 2010. In 2012, CACE estimates that e-commerce in Argentina will grow by another 41% to reach US$3.5 million.

Brazil. Research firm e-bit reported that e-commerce sales in Brazil reached US$10.1 billion in 2011. The firm also indicated that 53.7 million purchases were made over the Internet by Brazilians in 2011. In addition, in 2011 there were 9 million new e-commerce customers making a purchase for the first time online, and 61% of them were from the emerging Classe C middle class.

Mexico. In 2011, Mexico’s e-commerce sales totaled US$3.6 billion, according to AMIPCI (Asociación Mexicana del Internet or Mexican Internet Association). This represented 28% growth compared to 2010.

Colombia. There were nearly US$1.2 billion in e-commerce sales in Colombia in 2011, according to Alberto Pardo, president of the Cámara Colombiana de Comercio Electrónico (Colombian Chamber of E-Commerce). It’s projected that sales will grow by 100% in 2012 to reach US$2 billion.

Popular Products
Each market seems to favor different products when it comes to buying online. For Mexicans, for example, plane/bus tickets are the most popular group of products for  e-commerce purchases. Tickets to shows rank #2, while hotel reservations rank #3. Rounding out the top 5 are electronic equipment and clothes.

For Brazilians, appliances are the #1 product bought via e-commerce, followed by computers, electronics, health/beauty products and clothes/accessories.

For Argentines, top products to buy online include smartphones, women’s clothes, car accessories, men’s clothes and decorative items for the home.

For other Latin American markets, relatively little has been published about the top products purchased via e-commerce. However, a 2011 study done by Google and D’Alessio IROL that focused on other markets—including Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic—showed that top e-commerce products in those countries included mobile phones, clothes, CDs/DVDs, Internet connection services and computers.

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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