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The 10 Top Brands Expanding into Latin America

A number of key brands are targeting Latin America in 2013 and beyond. To help marketers, media agencies and advertisers get a quick sense of what’s next, we developed a list of some of the major players for easy reference.

Aloft
After debuting new properties in Colombia in December 2011 and in Costa Rica this year, Starwood has announced plans to expand its Aloft hotel brand through 4 new properties: Aloft Panamá  in 2013, Aloft Mérida and Aloft Asunción in 2014 and Aloft Montevideo in 2015.

Amazon
In fall 2012 Amazon opened its first e-commerce site in Brazil. Rather than directly challenge large e-commerce players like Mercado Livre by selling all types of products, Amazon’s Brazil operation is focused strictly on the sales of e-books. Given the strong sales of tablets in the country and its booming books market, we could see a spike in Kindle sales in Brazil during 2013. No word yet on whether Amazon will target other countries in Latam.

Apple
In 2013 Apple plans to open its first Latin American store in Río de Janeiro, Brasil. While not exactly a huge incursion into the Latam marketplace, it seems likely that success with this store should lead to more, especially when you consider that Apple’s iOS system is dominant among the mobile devices owned in many Latam countries and the increasing sales of both smartphones and tablets in other Latam markets, including México and Peru.
Also noteworthy is that Apple has opened its iBookstore in Latin America, selling books in U.S. dollars in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. So far only 3,000 titles are available in Portuguese, while some 12,000 are available in Spanish.

Colloky
This chain specializes in children’s clothes and recently indicated it plans to open at least 30 stores in Colombia over the next 5 years. It’s currently the market leader in shoes in Chile, where it has 34 stores, and has recently expanded to Guatemala.

Dunkin Donuts
In summer 2012 the company announced plans to open 125 stores in Latin America over the next 10 years via a partnership with Fagase, S.A., Donucol and Nutra. The expansion includes 38 new stores in Chile, 70 in Colombia and 25 in Peru. Currently there are 300 Dunkin Donuts stores in Latin America in countries that include Chile, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Ecuador. Honduras and Guatemala.

Express
The apparel retailer will be opening more than 30 stores over the next 5 years in Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Gap
The clothes retailer noted strong initial success with its store in Santiago, Chile, as well as with its store in Panama. As such, the chain has plans to expand to Colombia, Uruguay and Peru, with Brazil as another possibility.

HBO GO
The company launched this service—which allows download of HBO content to mobile devices to subscribers—in Colombia in November 2012, after a successful launch in Brazil earlier in the year. In Colombia the service will only be available via the Internet at first but eventually subscribers will be able to access it via tablets and other mobile devices. Available content includes not only popular American shows like The Sopranos, Rome and Boardwalk Empire, but also ones produced in Latin America, like Capadocia and Prófugos. The company previously announced plans to expand the service to 23 markets in Latin America in the coming years.

Hilton
The hotel chain recently announced that it will be opening its first hotel in Río de Janeiro in June 2014, to be called the Hilton Barra. Currently Hilton has 51 hotels and resorts in Latin America, with plans to develop more in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.

Sephora
The beauty company opened its 6th store in Latin America in Mexico in November 2012, with plans to open 5 more in the country in 2013, including one in Cancun and another in Guadalajara. The brand plans to open 50 new stores in Latin America by 2016, with the majority of them in Brazil—not surprising given the booming beauty market in the country.

Starbucks
In June 2012 the company announced plans to open “several hundred” stores in Brazil over the next 5 years and more than 300 new stores in Argentina and Mexico by 2015.

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Latam’s Emerging Internet Markets

In covering the rise of Internet in Latin  America, there seems to be a wealth of information about the larger markets such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. In contrast, it’s harder to find data about smaller but surging Internet markets, such as Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay.

To help marketers, advertisers and media agencies plan their campaigns in these markets, we decided to put together some quick Internet data portraits for them.

 


CHILE

>Penetration: In June 2012 there were 10 million Internet users in Chile out of a total population of 17 million, which is 58% Internet penetration*. Chile is edged out by Colombia (59.5%) and Argentina (66%) in Internet penetration, but ranks higher than Mexico, Brazil and many other Latin American countries.
In terms of reach within socioeconomic classes, Internet penetration in Chile is 81% with classes ABC1, at 70% with class C2 and at 57% with class C3.**

>Future Growth: There will be 16.4 million Internet users in Chile by 2015, 64% growth. This will undoubtedly be helped by 97% PC penetration in Chilean homes by 2015.***

>Time Online: Chilean internautas spend an average of 24 hours a month online per user, in line with the global average of 24.5 hours per user per month.****

>Reaching This Audience: The types of sites with deepest reach among Chilean Internet users are social media sites (96% reach), community sites (95%), multimedia sites (93%), news sites (93%), blogs (87%) and game sites (87%).****

>Social Media: Chileans spend nearly 9 hours a month on social media and the country ranks #6 in the world in terms of its social media use. Facebook rules in Chile as it does in the rest of Latam, with 91% reach and 6.7 million visitors from Chile in May 2012.****

>Social Media to Watch: Despite Facebook’s reach, advertisers should also look to other fast-growing sites in Chile, like Tumblr (209% growth between 2011 and 2012), Scribd (258%), Slideshare (58%) Deviantart (36%) and LinkedIn (32%).****

>Online Video: Chileans watch many more online videos than the rest of Latin America, offering advertisers a fresh, effective format for reaching this market. Internet users in Chile watch 172 videos per viewer per month, significantly higher than the monthly online video consumption of Mexico (154 videos per viewer per month), Brazil (125) and Argentina (117). The vast majority of online videos watched by Chileans (82%) are on Google Sites, with VEVO and Viacom responsible for 5% and 1%, respectively, of the online videos watched by the audience. Current market indicators suggest the growth should continue strongly: between August 2011 and August 2012, the overall numbers of online videos that Chileans watched went up by 48%.****

>E-Commerce: Projections from Visa suggest that e-commerce in Chile will grow 14% from US$1.4 billion in 2011 to US$1.7 billion in 2012.

>Mobile Penetration: Currently it’s at 129%.******

>Smartphone Penetration: Currently at 30% but one estimate says that by 2015, 54% of the cell phones sold in Chile will be smartphones.******* However, Chilean Telecommunications Ministry subsecretary Jorge Atton recently estimated that in 2013 as many as 75% of the mobile phones sold in Chile will be smartphones.

>Mobile Internet: In 2011 mobile broadband connections in Chile grew by 105% to reach 2.96 million and surpass fixed broadband connections, which totaled around 2 million.********

Sources: *Internet WorldStats, **Estudio General de Medios, ***Pyramid Group, ****comScore, *****Cámara de Comercio de Santiago, ******Subsecretaría de Telecomunicaciones de Chile, *******Entel, ********Ministerio de Transporte y Telecomunicaciones

 


ECUADOR
>Penetration:
Currently there are 4 million Internet users in Ecuador, which means an Internet penetration rate of 27%.*

>Future Growth: By 2015 there will be 7.5 million Internet users in Ecuador, nearly 90% growth.**

>Social Media: Ecuadorian Internet users spend 6 hours a week on social media.*** Facebook is by far the most popular site, with 4.9 million users in Ecuador.**** Among the five brands with the most amount of Facebook engagement in Ecuador are KFC Ecuador, Pingüino Ecuador, Nine West Ecuador, McDonald’s Ecuador and Fioravanti.****

>Mobile Penetration: Overall, 78% of Ecuadorian homes have a mobile phone.*****

>Smartphone Penetration: Currently at 8%, which suggest there are 1.2 million smartphone owners in Ecuador. Demographically, 53% of smartphone owners in Ecuador are men and 47% are women. Smartphone owners skew fairly young, with 11.7% between 16 and 24, 11.5% between 25 and 34, 10.1% between 25 and 34, 7.2% between 35 and 44 and 5.7% between 45 and 54.*****

Sources: *Internet WorldStats, **Latin American & Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), ***Wave 6 study by UM, ****Socialbakers, *****Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos

 


PERU

>Penetration: In June 2012 there were 10.7 million Internet users in Peru out of a total population of 29.5 million, which is 36.2% Internet penetration*.

>Time Online: Peruvian internautas spend an average of 26.5 hours a month online per user, higher than the global average of 24.5 hours per user per month and higher than the averages for Internet users in Mexico (22.8 hours/month), Argentina (25.4 hours), Chile (24.9 hours) and Colombia (23.3 hours).**

>Reaching this Audience: The types of sites with deepest reach among Peru’s Internet users are community sites (97% reach), social media sites (96%), multimedia sites (96%), news sites (95%), directories (91%), blogs (82%) and game sites (81%).**

>Social Media: Peruvians spend 8.6 hours a month per user on social media, which is higher than Latam’s average per user (7.6 hours) and the global average per user (6.1 hours). Facebook is the #1 social media site, reaching 87.9% of Peru’s online population.**

>Entertainment: 97% of Internet users in Peru visited an entertainment site in January 2012 and their usage of these sites (4.2 hours per user) is higher than that of overall Internet users in Latam (3.3). Not surprisingly, YouTube has 73% reach in Peru.**

>Mobile Penetration: Currently it’s at 110%.***

>Smartphone and Tablet Sales: While it’s difficult to pin down smartphone penetration, it’s known that 28% of the phones imported into Peru in 2012 were smartphones, double the amount imported in 2011.**** An article on the Web site Nexonet cited projections from Samsung that indicate that 50% of the cell phones sold in Peru in 2015 will be smartphones. For their part, tablet sales in Peru have spiked by 334% in the first half of 2012, with 57,800 units sold. In addition, while Samsung’s Galaxy had a 60% share of the tablet market in Peru in 2011, Apple is gaining: of the 57,800 tablets sold so far in 2012, 13,589 were from Apple.****

>E-commerce: While online shopping in Peru has yet to reach the levels that it has in Mexico, Brazil or Argentina, one recent estimate suggests that e-commerce will grow by 30% a year through 2015.*****

>Mobile Internet: In Peru, mobile Internet traffic grew by 1,700% between 2010 and 2012.******

Sources: *Internet WorldStats, **comScore, ***International Telecommunications Union, ****Dominio Consultores, *****Sociedad de Comercio Exterior del Perú, ******Telefónica Móviles

 


URUGUAY
>Penetration:
In June 2012 there were 1.8 million Internet users in Uruguay out of a total population of 3.3 million, which is 55.9% Internet penetration*. A 2012 study done by Grupo Radar of 1,800 Uruguayans—1,098 of whom were Internet users—showed that 77% of people in Montevideo and 74% of people in the rest of the country had PCs in the home. PCs were present in the homes of 97% of the highest socioeconomic classes and in 78% of the homes of the middle classes.**

>Connection: In Uruguay, 86% of Internet users connect from home, while 35% connect from the homes of family or friends, 24% from work, 23% from school and 17% from public places, while 42% connect from cybers, presumably Internet cafes. Interestingly, some 20% reported going online with mobile phones or tablets.**

>Time Online: According to Grupo Radar’s results, the average Uruguayan spends 10 hours a week online, which would average out to 40 hours a month, considerably higher than monthly figures reported for other countries in Latin America.**

>Reaching this Audience: The top activities reported by Uruguayan Internet users include search (79%), social media (77%), email (73%), chatting (72%), downloading music (65%), YouTube (63%) and reading news (62%). Relatively low numbers report playing games (35%), downloading or watching movies (34%) and buying or selling online (22%).**

>Social Media: Nearly all Uruguayans surveyed by Grupo Radar (99%) are on Facebook, while other social media sites have much lower numbers. For example, only 11% use Twitter, only 2% use Sonico or Badoo and only 2% use LinkedIn.**

>Facebook Use: The majority of Uruguayan Internet users surveyed by Grupo Radar (89%) use Facebook to chat. Other top Facebook uses include sharing links, commenting on friends’statuses, uploading photos, writing comments or joining groups. Only 42% report becoming fans of pages (57% do not) and 31% report clicking on social media ads.**

>Researching Brands: About half (52%) of Uruguayan Internet users go online to find information about brands, while 48% do not. Brand websites are were the large majority (70%) go, though social media are in second place with 29% of users going there to find out information about brands. A small amount (13%) writes comments about brands on social media.**

>Social Media Ads: Grupo Radar’s study indicates that 49% of Uruguayan Internet users like that brands promote themselves via social media, 4% do not like it and 47% don’t care one way or another.**

>E-commerce: Overall global numbers for e-commerce are difficult to pin down but only 22% of respondents in Grupo Radar’s survey reported buying online. With those online shoppers, top online products included PC accessories, appliances, cell phones, clothes and sports equipment.

>Mobile Penetration: Currently it’s at 71%, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas.

>Smartphone Penetration: Current data is scarce but Pyramid Research projects sales of 1.2 million smartphones in Uruguay by 2017.

>Digital Media: In Grupo Radar’s study, 39% of Internet users in Uruguay reported reading news on line, with 64% reading news on El País’ site. Other news sites drew significantly lower responses: Observa (17%), Montevideo.com (14%), La República (14%) and El Espectador (7%).**

>Mobile Internet: In 2011 the amount of mobile broadband connections in Uruguay grew by 60%***

Sources: *Internet WorldStats, **Grupo Radar, ***Unidad Reguladora de los servicios de Comunicación

To find out how we can help you reach these emerging Internet markets or any of the other markets in Latin America via a strategic campaign across all media, please contact us.

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