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5 Ways to Reach Colombian Internet Users

In 2011 Colombia’s Internet audience grew by 15%, very close to Latin America’s overall growth of 16% in terms of Internet users. While comScore reports that Colombia has 14.3 million Internet users, Internet WorldStats lists 25 million. The discrepancy may be due to the varied ways that Latin Americans access the Internet—in certain calculations, users who go online from Internet cafes aren’t counted.

Regardless, even using comScore’s 14.3 million figure, Colombia is #3 in Latin America in terms of the amount of Internet users. It has more than Argentina (13.4 million), Chile (7.4 million) and Venezuela (4.8 million), trailing only Brazil and Mexico. Combining this large audience with a 2010 comScore study that showed that 94% of Colombians say the Internet is important in providing information for purchase decisions, it’s not surprise that online ad spend went up 33% in Colombia in 2011.
After analyzing Futuro Digital, ComScore’s latest study on Colombian Internet users, we spotted 5 effective ways for media, marketing and advertising professionals to reach this audience.

#1 Social media. They have a deep penetration in Colombia, as they do in all of Latin America. In Colombia, social media have a penetration rate of 96% among Internet users. And Colombia is among the top 10 countries on the planet in terms time spent on social networks: its users average 7.6 hours per month on them.
While Facebook is #1 in reach (90%) and time spent (492 minutes a month, other growing social media sites in Colombia include Badoo, Twitter and Slideshare. In fact, Colombia is among the top 10 countries in terms of Twitter reach, ahead of the United States, Spain and Mexico.

#2 Entertainment sites. Around 96% of Colombian Internet users visited an entertainment site in January 2012. Within entertainment, multimedia is the most popular subcategory, with 83% reach among Colombia’s online audience. In March 2012, comScore results show that the top multimedia sites for Colombia are YouTube, iTunes Software, Daily Motion, Real.com and Cuevana.tv.

#3 Newspapers. In Colombia, newspapers attract a significant audience, nearly 50% of Internet users, which is more than the average for Latin America (43%) and the world (40.8%). In March 2012, El Tiempo was the #7 Web site in Colombia, drawing 5.2 million unique users, while El Espectador drew 1.9 million. Typically, users spend more time on newspaper sites, so it’s easier for advertising to stand out and draw attention—as opposed to some of the larger portals that people use primarily for webmail and instant messaging.

#4 Search. Last year comScore indicated that Colombian Internet users do more searches per user (233) than internautas from any other country. While Futuro Digital didn’t specify if Colombians are still #1, their average of 226 per user suggests strongly that search is a good way to reach this audience.

#5 Mobile. In 2011 Colombia’s Information Technology and Communications Ministry reported that mobile phone penetration in Colombia had reached 100%. That same year El Tiempo.com reported that out of every two mobile phones that are replaced in Colombia, one of them is a smartphone. More recently, Futuro Digital cites data from late 2011 that indicates that tablets are the source of 41% of non-computer web traffic in Colombia. Overall, Colombia ranks #3 in Latin America in terms of percentage of web traffic from non-computer devices. When put together, these facts suggest that mobile ads show strong potential to reach a key segment of Colombia’s Internet audience.

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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Reaching Latam—the Hottest Retail Market in the World

Nine Latin American countries are among the top 30 emerging countries for retail development, according to a report by consulting firm A.T. Kearney. As an emerging retail region, Latin America far outstrips any other, even Asia and the Middle East.

Brazil is the number one emerging retail market, followed by Uruguay (#2) and Chile (#3), with Peru coming in at #8. Mexico is #22, Colombia is #24, Argentina is #25, Panama is #27 and Dominican Republic is #28.

What’s behind the high rankings? Booming Latam economies and dedicated shoppers. For advertisers and marketers, this report further confirms that now is the best time to reach out to this market.

Considering the boom in Latin American media, there are multiple options for taking advantage of the region’s hot retail market.

Online. A recent study by Microsoft Advertising indicates that 71% of Latin Americans go online to research before buying. Besides information, they want savings. That’s why Groupon has exploded in popularity in Argentina, for example.
>How we can help: An online campaign on high-traffic Web sites customized to the demographic you’re after. We can set this up for the whole region or for specific countries. Either way, our longtime relationships will get you great CPMs.

Print. Newspapers and magazines are expanding their reach in Latin America. In 2010, circulation spiked 5% overall for Latam newspapers. Brazilian newspapers have enjoyed a 4% increase in circulation so far in 2011, while Brazilian magazine circulation went up 7% in 2010.
In addition, Latin American newspaper sites draw big traffic. For example, according to comScore, Colombian newspapers El Tiempo and El Espectador rank #7 and #20 among the country’s most popular sites. In Argentina, Clarín is #5 in amount of unique visitors per month and La Nación is #10.
>How we can help: Our close relationships with all the major newspapers in Latam stretch back nearly a decade. We can easily set up a combination print/online campaign to allow you to reach the readers of these popular newspapers with both media. Or we can conduct a print-only campaign—again, our relationships can get you superb pricing, a variety of  formats and premium positions

TV. Latin America’s  traditional leader in ad spend remains firmly in place. However, going beyond free TV to pay TV allows you to reach the more affluent customers that are powering this retail surge. And pay TV is exploding in the region. Currently there are 42 million subscribers, but by 2015 half the homes in Latin America will have pay TV.  
>How we can help: Our relationships with major networks like Televisa, Globosat  and Bloomberg TV will deliver competitive pricing to match their impressive reach.

To learn more about how we can help you reach Latin America’s booming retail market, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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3 Reasons Why Latam Newspapers Are Hot

It’s a major contrast. While U.S. and European newspapers are losing circulation, readership and revenue, Latin American papers are booming, just like all Latam media outlets. During the last 5 years their circ has gone up by 5%. They also boast a 65% revenue increase between 2006 and 2011. And revenues look to keep going up—projected increases are 14% a year through 2016. There are 3 key reasons behind this boom.

 

New Audience
The region’s economic upturn has lifted millions out of poverty. Now they can afford newspapers…and many can also afford the products advertised in them. “Indeed, in Costa Rica both the demographic growth—like the poverty level reduction, income increases and access to wide credit sectors—have created new markets in which, from a business perspective, limited buying power is made up for through a huge amount of buyers,” explains Jorge Robert, Corporate Media Director for Grupo Nación, which publishes La Nación, Costa Rica’s largest daily.

New Products
That said, more new readers isn’t enough. According to Robert, “these changes haven’t affected traditional products positively but have sparked new products that are journalistic and commercial successes never before seen in the country.” This means that La Nación and other newspapers have launched new broad-based publications designed to connect with this new group of readers. Examples include tabloid-style  or niche pubs like Grupo Nación’s La Teja, El Salvador’s El Gráfico, Puerto Rico’s En Punto and Guatemala’s El Nuevo Diario. They cover lifestyle topics with a simpler, easy-to-read style.  One of the biggest success stories among new launches has been the tabloid Super Noticia. Launched in 2002 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third largest city, it serves up a mix of crime and entertainment news spiced up by models in bikinis. Its circ stands at 295,701, number one in the country, according to the Instituto Verificador de Circulação, Brazil’s version of the Audit Bureau of Circulation.


New Platforms
Relatively low Internet penetration in Latam is another reason for the surge. Logically, fewer Internet users mean more potential newspaper readers. But Latam newspapers haven’t just coasted on a having a captive audience with no other information choices. They’ve created dynamic Web sites that have established their brands among Internet users. In other words, the reader that knows Colombia’s El Tiempo from the print version will keep reading it when they migrate to the Web. In fact, according to comScore, Colombian newspapers are among the country’s most popular sites: El Tiempo ranks #7 in unique visitors and El Espectador is at #20. In Argentina, Clarín’s website ranks #5 in unique users and La Nación is at #10. Chile’s El Mercurio is the #5 Web site, followed closely by La Tercera at #7. In Perú, El Comercio’s Web site is at #5, while Mexico’s El Universal newspaper ranks #24 among the country’s most popular Web sites.
     Beyond just rebranding on the web, Latam newspapers are also smart about using online media.  For instance, La Nación has more than 100,000 Facebook followers. “We hook them into reading our newspaper either in print or online. We don’t take the content to Facebook, we take them from Facebook to La Nación,” explains Robert. El Tiempo does something similar. It posts its headlines on Twitter and drives traffic to its site. In fact, the Colombian daily frequently hired a Twitter header to manage its messaging with the hyper-popular social medium.

To learn more about how we can help you leverage the power of newspapers in Latin America, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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Reaching Around Segmentation in Latam

Typically, segmentation is key to a campaign’s success. Know your customer, tailor your campaign to that knowledge and enjoy your success. But segmentation isn’t the only path to success.

Redefining the Segment
Recently, one of our tech clients was looking for buying strategies for Latam sites. They wanted their ads to deliver unit sales, not branding. So these ads needed to get in front of eyeballs and convert a user into a buyer. While a tech site would have been an obvious route to try to yield segmentation, the client wanted to sell computers. We realized quickly that anyone who’s online is potentially a customer—all Internet users were the segment to go after.

Quality Content = Conversion
With that in mind, we looked to high-traffic sites. Typically, portals for certain countries like Brazil, Mexico and Argentina are a good target. And they worked. However, this one size didn’t fit all. We discovered that for certain Latam countries, newspaper sites also worked well. Examples include Colombia’s El Espectador and El Tiempo and Argentina’s Clarín and La Nación. Why? Local content. Running traffic numbers through comScore, we noticed that the highest traffic from portals for certain countries ran through e-mail or IM programs. People see the ads when checking e-mail or sending IMs to friends and family, but they often responded better when the ads ran in content-rich sites like newspapers. They spent more time browsing these sites. So they were more receptive to the messaging from the ads than when they were focused on checking and responding to emails and IMs.
     This is not to say that portals don’t offer great reach—they do, especially if they have local content for the market. But the content made the difference in conversion with this campaign, and we noticed that in certain markets, like Peru and Central America, local newspapers function as de facto portals because of their brand equity.

Tighten the Pitch
Of course, strategic placement to deliver big reach was only part of why this campaign worked so well. The client created time-sensitive ads with great offers and strong calls to action—and they refreshed them regularly. Combining this with high-reach sites is what drove the success.

The Takeaway

  • Reach can be more important than segmentation if the product has broad appeal
  • Latam portals have great reach, but in certain markets local newspapers work just as well or better because they have millions of loyal readers who migrated from the print
  • Look at what users DO on high-traffic sites. E-mails and downloads keep them too busy to focus on ads. But quality content gets them to browse around and makes them more open to add messaging.

 To learn more about how we can create a powerful online ad campaign for you, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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