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Top Growth Trends for Latin American Media

We took a look at some recent figures from a variety of sources and noticed some noteworthy growth in a variety of areas.


Newspapers

According to a new study from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), newspaper advertising revenues in Latin America grew by 9.1% in 2012—the largest growth of anywhere in the world. In contrast, in 2012 many other regions experienced a drop in newspaper ad revenues, including North America (7.6%), Eastern Europe (5.6%), Western Europe (3.4%) and Australia/New Zealand (8.3%).

Magazines
According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Global entertainment and media outlook 2013-2017, magazines in Brazil will have a current adjusted growth rate of 7% a year for this time period.

Pay TV
A recent report from LAMAC (Consejo Latinoamericano de Publicidad en Multicanales) indicated that 55% of Latin Americans have pay TV, up from 51% in 2012 and 44.8% in 2011. The countries with the deepest pay TV penetration are Colombia (84%), Argentina (83%), Chile (60%), Mexico (44%) and Brazil (40%). That said, Mexico recently posted a significant increase in subscribers in the first quarter of 2013 and is on track to reach 14.5 million, not far behind Brazil’s pay TV audience of 16.97 million.

Internet
In its Futuro Digital Latinoamérica report, comScore indicated that the amount of Internet users in Latin America grew by 12% in 2012, a larger growth than any other region in the world. In addition, Latin American internautas spend an average of more than 10 hours a month per user on social media sites, more than double the world average.

Mobile
First, Informa Telecoms & Media projects that by the end of 2013, Latin America will have 742 million mobile subscriptions and nearly 141 million smartphone connections. At Mobile World Congress in February 2013, César Alierta, president of telecom giant Telefónica, said that he believes smartphone penetration in Latin America will reach 43% by 2016. According to IDC, more than 81 million smartphones will be sold. This rapid adoption of mobile devices will impact Latin America in several key ways:

  • Tata Consultancy Services projects a 35% increase in mobile transactions done in Latin America between 2012 and 2015
  • The Federación Latinoamericana de Bancos reported recently that 18 million Latin Americans engage in mobile banking right now but that by 2015 more than 140 million Latin Americans will use mobile banking
  • eMarketer projects an 85% increase in mobile advertising spend in Latin America in 2013, followed by an additional 95% increase in 2014 so that by 2016 mobile advertising spend in Latin America will total US$374 million: 15.5 times more than what it was in 2011 (US$24 million)
  • Mobile Internet will explode, as Ericcson predicts that by 2018 Brazil will have 350 million mobile subscriptions, Mexico will have 150 million mobile subscriptions, Argentina will have 70 million mobile subscriptions, Colombia will have 65 million mobile subscriptions, Chile will have 50 million mobile subscriptions and Peru will have 40 million mobile subscriptions

To find out how we can help you reach Latin American consumers via media campaigns of all types, please contact us.

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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.

To learn more about how we can help you with a media campaign in Latin America, please contact us.

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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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The Top 3 Sites for Latin America’s Internet Users

Broadcasted in March 2012, ComScore’s recent webinar—Futuro Digital Latinoamerica—offered a number of fresh insights into Latin America’s Internet audience. One relevant point for online marketers and advertisers is where Latin American Internet traffic flows the most.

ComScore’s results indicate that three types of sites draw the most Latin American Internet users.

#1 Google Sites
According to comScore, Google sites (which should include YouTube) drew the most Latin American Internet users in December 2011. Despite the heavy draw of Google, Latam’s internautas actually spent spent the most time on Facebook: 46,165 minutes. This is in line with the rapid rise of Facebook in Latin America and the region’s heavy engagement with social media.

#2 News Sites
News sites have 86.3% reach in Latam, nearly 10% more than the global average of 76.1%. Between December 2010 and December 2011, the news category grew by 32% in users. Among the Latin American countries where news sites have the biggest reach:

  • Brazil (97.6%)
  • Peru (95.9%)
  • Argentina (94.8%)
  • Chile (94.3%
  • Mexico (84.8%)

Argentina is #1 in online news consumption in Latin America, with an average of 99 minutes per visitor, well above the world average of 64 minutes. While Grupo Clarín and Grupo La Nacion are #1 and #2 in the news category in Argentina, Grupo Infobae seems to have the highest engagement—each visitor spent 75 minutes on the site in December 2011.

#3 Entertainment Sites
In Latin America, entertainment Web sites have a long reach of 96.7%, which is significantly higher than the global reach of entertainment sites: 88.6%. The countries where entertainment sites have the most reach include Argentina (97.6%), Brazil (97.5%) and Peru (96.9%). However, other countries aren’t very far behind: entertainment sites have 96.3% reach in both Chile and Mexico, and 94.5% in Colombia. Entertainment sites may be a particularly good way to reach Internet users in Peru, Colombia and Chile: they each spend an average of 4+ hours a month on these sites.

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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