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The Top-Selling Products in Brazil

Despite reports that the retail market in Brazil is cooling off, our team keeps seeing a flood of statistics that suggest otherwise. We went through a wide range of reports to identify some of the products in Brazil that show either dramatic increases over the past few years or especially strong leaps this year.

 


Appliances

IBOPE recently projected that appliance consumption in Brazil will increase by nearly 12% in 2013 and that Class C will account for 44% of appliances consumption in the country.
Source: IBOPE


Autos

Brazil posted a 5% increase in car sales in the first half of 2013 and overall it’s projected that the country will have a 4% increase in car sales in all of 2013.
Source: Fenabrave


Cell Phones
A recent study by Nielsen and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Indicated that in the first half of 2013, sales of cellphones in Brazil went up by 121%.  Nielsen and MMA also reported that 38% of the cell phones sold in Brazil in this time period were smartphones. However, it’s important to note that IDC/Abinee reported a much more modest increase in cell phone sales in Brazil during the first half of 2013: 8%. What IDC/Abinee did note is that 13.7 million smartphones were sold in Brazil in this period—versus 15.9 million feature phones. As such, IDC, a firm that specializes in technology research, is saying that around 46% of the cell phones sold in Brazil in this period were smartphones. Given IDC’s specialization in tech, their figures could be more accurate than those of Nielsen. Either way, that fact that smartphones make up 38% to 46% of cell phone sales in Brazil is significant and points to the need to divert more investment to mobile campaigns.
Sources: Nielsen, MMA, IDC/Abinee


Cleaning Products
The average amount that Brazilians spend on cleaning products has gone up by 41% over the past 5 years and grew by 8% just in 2012. The Brazilian cleaning product market is #4 in the world, just behind those of the United States, China and Japan. Overall, Brazil’s cleaning product sector had sales of R$ 14.9 billion (US$7.5 billion) in 2012, which represents an increase of 3.5% compared to 2011.
Sources: Kantar Worldpanel, Anuário Abipla 2013


Computers

In most world markets, consumers seem to moving away from PCs and towards tablets, and Brazil is no exception. In the first half of 2013, notebook sales went down by 7% compared to 2012 and desktop sales went down by nearly 13%. But tablet sales in Brazil spiked by 165% during the first half of 2013 and totaled 3.3 million, which is more than the tablet sales total for all of 2012 in Brazil (3.1 million).
Source: IDC


E-books

Sales of e-books skyrocketed by 350% in Brazil between 2011 and 2012. While a recent survey of Brazilian publishers revealed that e-books make up less than 1% of their sales, publishing consultant Carlos Carrenho has predicted that in 2013 e-books will make up nearly 3% of publisher sales in Brazil.
Source: Câmara Brasileira do Livro


Luxury Products

Brazil’s luxury market grew by 24% in 2012 and is projected to post 25% growth over the next 5 years. In terms of specific categories, luxury watch sales in Brazil grew by 30% in 2012. In addition, in 2013 a number of luxury car brands posted massive sales increases between January and July 2013:

  • Porsche: 140%
  • Rolls-Royce: 100%
  • BMW: 68%
  • Audi: 46%

In Brazil, the luxury car model with the biggest increase in sales so far in 2013 has been the Jaguar XF, with a 572% increase, while sales of the Porsche Cayman are up by 240% and Porsche 911 sales are up by 132%.
Sources: Digital Group, World Watch Report, Associação Nacional de Veículos Automotores


Nail Polish
Sales of nail polish have grown by nearly 12% in the past year to reach R$ 600 million (US$285 million). In fact, Brazil is #2 in the world in the consumption of nail polish, trailing only the United States. Overall, in Brazil the beauty products sector is growing by more than 10% a year, with hair care responsible for 22% of sales. In addition, over the past 5 years, the amount of new beauty salons in Brazil has grown by 78%.
Sources: Associação Brasileira de Embalagem, Associação Brasileira de Indústrias de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosmético, Associação Nacional do Comércio de Artigos de Higiene Pessoal e Beleza


Pharmaceuticals

In 2012 the pharmaceutical market in Latin America grew by 15.8%, an even bigger rate of growth than the Asian pharma market (10%). Among the markets with the most growth, not surprisingly, is Brazil, which should see pharmaceutical sales double to reach R$ 100 billion (US$48 billion) by 2017; in fact, the country’s growth has even attracted U.S. pharmacy chains like CVS, which bought the Paulo drugstores chain, and Walgreens, which is currently looking to purchase a local chain.
Sources: IMS Health, Brasilpar


Scooters

In 2007 only about 3,200 scooters were sold in Brazil but in 2012 the number reached 29,566, an increase of 801%.
Source: Associação Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Motos (Abraciclo)


Travel

A 2013 study that focused on travel habits of 25 major markets found that Brazil is among the top 5 countries in travel spending. Brazilians spend an average of US$3,000 during international trips and rank in 4th place behind travelers from Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and South Africa.
August 2013 was the most recent month in which travel spending numbers were released by Brazil’s Central Bank. In that month, Brazilian travelers spent US$2.22 billion on their trips abroad, nearly 16% more than they did in August 2012. In addition, Brazilian travelers spent nearly US$17 billion on foreign travel between January and August 2013, nearly 15% more than in the same period during 2012.
Sources: Visa, Banco Central do Brasil


Videogames

Between 2012 and 2013, video game sales in Brazil went up by 24%. This increase came on top of an even more massive one of 131% between 2011 and 2012. The top selling video games in Brazil for 2013 are:

  • FIFA 13
  • PES 13
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • God of War: Ascension
  • The Last of Us
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Just Dance 4
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Grand Theft Auto 4
  • Assassin’s Creed 2

Source: Gfk

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5 of the Hottest Growth Markets in Brazil for 2013

Last year Brazil’s economy briefly overtook that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s sixth-largest. By the end of 2012, the United Kingdom’s economy—with a value of US$2.4 trillion—edged out Brazil’s—with a value of US$2.28 trillion—to gain back its sixth place ranking. However, that still leaves Brazil in 7th place in the world economic ranking, and a lot of markets within the country are showing impressive growth. Here’s a look at them.

CARS

According to the consulting firm Jato Dynamics, Brazil is the #4 market in the world for cars, behind China (#1), the United States (#2) and Japan (#3). In 2012 the Brazilian car market grew by 6.1% and had overall sales of 3.63 million units.

CREDIT CARDS

Consulting firm Capgemini reports that Brazil is the world’s second-largest market in the world for credit and debit cards in terms of the amount of transactions. In 2010 the country registered more than 20 billion transactions, much more than the 13 billion transactions registered in the other BRIC countries, Russia, India and China.

FRAGRANCES
In 2012 Brazil led the world in the consumption of perfumes and deodorants, according to Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos (Brazilian Association of the Personal Hygiene, Perfume and Cosmetics Industry). In 2012 fragrance sales in Brazil were R$ 5.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) and R$ 3.3 billion (US$1.65 billion). When measuring sales beyond these two specific categories to factor in beauty products in general, Brazil is the world’s #3 market behind the United States and Japan. That said, consulting firm AT Kearney projects that beauty product sales in Brazil will surpass US$50 billion in 2013 and that country will move ahead of Japan to become the world’s #2 beauty products market.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Brazil now ranks fourth in the world in terms of information technology (IT) spending, with a total spend of more than US$233 billion in 2012—an amount that represents 51% of the total spent on IT in Latin America. In 2011 the country was #7 in the world, yet in a year it moved up 3 rankings; currently Brazil has double the IT spend of both Russia and India.

PETS
Brazil is now the #2 market in the world for pet products. In 2012 sales of pet products in Brazil reached R$ 14 billion (US$7 billion), an increase of 16% compared to 2011.

 

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US Media Consulting Shares New Report on Latin Media

On March 8, US Media Consulting presented the results of its new report on the Latin American media market in an exclusive event in Miami. Titled The 2013 Media Market Report for Brazil and Latin America, the report synthesizes data from more than 200 studies to offer insights into the latest trends in media use among Latin American consumers.

Representatives from a range of top media firms and consumer brands attended the event, including Havas, Initiative, Sony Pictures Television, Cartier, Mediacom, Yahoo,  Jardens and more. Highlights of the report were presented by Abel Delgado, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for US Media Consulting. After discussing the huge growth in the middle class in Latin America that is likely fueling the corresponding growth in ad spend and media in the region, Delgado covered key trends with different types of media for both specific Latam markets and for the region as whole. Topics included:

  • Revenue and circulation numbers that point to a robust print media industry in Latin America
  • The rise of pay TV in Latin America, including projections for 68% penetration by 2017
  • The rapid expansion of Latin America’s Internet audience—and the potential for the region boasting 359 million Internet users by 2015
  • Why mobile advertising may be the next important frontier in reaching Latin American consumers
  • The hottest new social media sites in the region and how social media influences purchase decisions in Latin America

Other topics included in the report are online video consumption in Latam’s major markets, trends in e-commerce and the spike in mobile Internet use.

The full report is available for download here.

In June 2013 the company will be presenting the results of a new report on the Latin American market, all with an eye towards helping professionals craft even more effective campaigns in all forms of media and consequently spiking their ROI.

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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.

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8 Insights about E-Commerce in Latin America

It’s pretty obvious that e-commerce has taken off in Latam and in fact, in July we reported that online sales in the region will reach US$69 billion in 2013.

However, what may be more relevant to professionals in media, advertising and marketing is how Latin Americans are buying online. Recently comScore published a study about this—focusing on online consumers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—and below we highlight 8 key insights to consider.

#1:       MOST RESEARCH ONLINE BEFORE BUYING
According to comScore, every week 8 of 10 Latin Americans search for and research products online before buying. This figure isn’t exactly surprising, since it dovetails with other studies that have reported similar results. For instance, a study from Google, IAB Europe and TNS Infratest indicated that between January and May of this year, 57% of online consumers in Mexico and 63% of online consumers in Brazil researched products online before buying. And according to the  Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico (Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce), 75% of Argentines research products online before buying.
In addition, another study done by Google and D’Alessio IROL in 2011—focusing on more than 3,500 online shoppers from Peru, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile—indicated that 6 out of 10 shoppers first become interested in a product after finding it online and the same amount said they ended up buying a product after finding it via an Internet search.

#2:       THEY SPEND A LOT
Of the Argentines surveyed by comScore, 75% said they spent between US$100 y US$1,000 in online purchases during the past 3 months, with the majority (31%) spending between US$100 and US$250. For their part, 66% of Brazilians spent between US$100 and US$1,000 in online purchases in the past 3 months, with 14% spending more than US$1,000. It’s also worth noting that 17% of Venezuelans reported that they spent more than US$1,000 through e-commerce in the past 3 months, with 73% reporting that they spent between US$100 and US$1,000 in the same period. The same high percentage reports spending in the latter range in several other countries, including Chile (76%), Colombia (69%), Mexico (78%) and Peru (78%). That said, in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, most people reporting spending between US$100 and US$250 on e-commerce purchases in the past 3 months.

#3:       MOST USE CREDIT CARDS
Despite the relatively low penetration of credit cards in Latam, in comScore’s study, 74% of the Latam Internet users surveyed said that they use credit cards to buy online. Among the other payment methods they reported using were electronic funds transfer (41%), debit card (41%) and cash on delivery or COD (26%).

#4:       WHAT THEY BUY THE MOST ARE CLOTHES AND ELECTRONICS
The comScore survey found that 43% of Latin American online consumers buy clothes and 41% buy electronics. Among the other hot products for Latam e-commerce shoppers are music/movies/videos (36%), appliances (35%), and computer hardware (33%), tickets to shows and events (31%) and apps (31%).
These results are similar to those reported by other sources, including the Brazilian Chamber of E-Commerce, the Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce, the Mexican Internet Association (AMIPCI) and the study from Google/D’Alessio IROL cited earlier.

#5:       ONLINE ADVERTISING INFLUENCES E-COMMERCE IN LATAM
According to the comScore study, there are 4 factors that influence in the online purchase process for Latin Americans. In order of importance, the first is going directly to an e-commerce site, the second is putting in a keyword into a search engine, the third is online advertising and the fourth is recommendations from family or friends.

#6:       MERCADO LIBRE CLOSES MORE SALES
Mercado Libre (known as Mercado Livre in Brazil) attracts 81% of Latin American online shoppers and 55% buy on the site. This makes Mercado Libre the most popular international e-commerce site in the region. While 53% of Latam consumers surveyed by comScore say that they visit Amazon, only 22% buy on it. And while 35% visit Wal-Mart, only 10% buy on it. The same happens with Carrefour: 28% visit it but only 8% buy on it. Based on these results, it seems that Mercado Libre is the market leader for e-commerce in Latin America among international sites targeting the region’s shoppers.

#7:       THEY TEND TO BUY LESS FROM LOCAL SITES
Based only on the purchase rates, it appears that Latin Americans do more of their e-commerce transactions on international sites rather than local sites. For example, even though 55% of Latin Americans buy on Mercado Libre, just 23% buy on Garbarino, an e-commerce site in the Argentine market. And Garbarino seems to have a higher rate of purchase than other local Argentine e-commerce sites, such as Fravega (17%), Falabella (17%), Sodimac (3%) and Netshoes (4%). In Brazil, consumers buy the most from Americanas (27%), while in Chile the top local e-commerce site in terms of purchase rate seems to be Falabella (41%). In Colombia, the site with the highest reported purchase rate is Éxito (31%). However, Falabella is the local site that Peruvians most buy from (41%), while Mexicans buy the most from Liverpool (25%).

#8:       90% USE THEIR SMARTPHONES FOR E-COMMERCE
Now, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that 90% are buying with their smartphones. In fact, only 23% of the Latin Americans that comScore surveyed reported making online purchases with their smartphones. However, Latin Americans are using their smartphones in other parts of the e-commerce process. For example, 60% use them to take photos of products, 56% send text messages to family or friends about products, 42% look for nearby stores, 40% read comments about products from other consumers and 39% use their smartphones to compare prices. In addition, 34% click on mobile ads and 24% scan QR codes to compare prices.

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3 Reasons Why E-Mail Marketing May Be the Best Way to Reach Brazilians

We hear a lot about social media these days, with multiple experts claiming to know how to use them to deliver amazing ROI. But recent studies suggest that an older tactic—email marketing—may be the best choice for reaching Brazilian consumers. Here’s why.


#1 Brazilians Are Very Open to Receiving Marketing Emails

A recent study from ExactTarget surveyed more than 1,400 Brazilians to measure their response to email, Twitter and Facebook. The survey revealed that 91% of Brazilians who are online have registered to receive email marketing messages from at least one source. In addition, 68% of Brazilians said they made a purchase as a result of an email marketing message and 53% say they are more likely to buy from a company after receiving an email marketing message. However, only 42% have made a purchase after receiving a social media marketing message through Facebook.
What may further validate these results is that Netshoes recently reported that it has increased the volume of opens of its email marketing messages by 70% in the past year.

#2 Email Marketing Has a High Rate of Conversion among Brazilians
A study from Experian Marketing services showed that email marketing has the highest rate of conversion for e-commerce companies in Brazil, 2.53%. Search marketing yields 2% conversion while social media marketing has half the rate of email marketing, with a little over 1%. Another study from the firm Monetate found even more impressive results: 4% conversion rate from email marketing, compared to .59% from social media and 2.49% from search marketing.

#3 Mobile Opens of E-Mail Marketing Has Increased Significantly
A recent study from Spli showed that the number of Brazilians that open email marketing messages using mobile devices went up by 44% between September 2011 and June 2012. The study looked at responses from consumers not only in Brazil, but also in France, Italy, Spain and China. The open rate for Brazilians receiving email marketing messages on their mobile devices was 7%, and only consumers from Spain had a higher open rate (17%). Despite the dominance of Android in the Brazilian mobile market, mobile users with the iOS system—either iPhone or iPad, proved to account for most of the opens, with 47% and 30%, respectively. Brazilian mobile users with the Android operating system accounted for only 21% of the opens.

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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.

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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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