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Creative Saves with Brazilian OOH

Usually, our consulting work with firms centers on what type of media to use and how to use it. We almost never get involved with the creative. It’s usually not necessary. But recently we had to step in to help a client avoid some major creative missteps with an out-of-home (OOH) advertising campaign.

Save #1: The Setting
Originally, the client approached us to help pick a format and determine placement for some panels. The setting was to be beaches in the Rio de Janeiro area. However, the client wasn’t targeting all the right beaches in Rio, so we immediately made suggestions based on our expertise. Since I’m a native of Brazil—as are two of our media division heads and our VP of Ad Sales—we knew exactly where the panels should go for maximum impact.

Save #2: The Set-Up
In terms of the OOH ads themselves, the client wanted to combine panels in one area of the beach with an inflatable billboard in the water. A clever idea, but we quickly pointed out that Brazil’s laws would make it tough—if not impossible—to get permits for an inflatable billboard in a timely manner.  Instead, we suggested a plane with an aerial banner. Perfectly legal and great exposure as people looked up while sunning themselves or splashing around. For panel placement, we recommended backlight panels that would be placed on the back of newsstands. As it turns out, a number of newsstands in Brazil are located very close to major beaches. With this placement, most beachgoers would see the panels just as they were arriving. As such, our strategy would allow the ads to reach the audience upon arrival and then while enjoying the beach—with no legal obstacles.

Save #3: The Copy
When the creative for the banner arrived, we spotted a huge problem. The campaign concept was about unity between Brazil and another country. While the approach was playful, it also involved nudity and its message could be interpreted as offensive to Brazilian women. We knew instantly that this could lead to a backlash with the public—not to mention that the government could conceivably ban the ads because of their content. After discussions with the client, they agreed to go with an all-type aerial banner. With the client’s input, our team created the messaging. We managed to tie it into the overall campaign concept yet still work culturally for Brazilians. Our new copy stressed unity but in a broad sense that left no room for misinterpretation.

End Result
Our OOH campaign generated positive buzz in the media, drove response for the advertiser and the overall campaign even earned industry recognition, winning Gold awards in a number of ad competitions.

To learn more about how we can help you with your next OOH campaign, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com. You can get the big picture on Brazil’s media market here and can learn more about why you should advertise in Brazil even without a local presence here.

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In Brazil, Advertise Now, Sell Later

Taking advantage of the Brazilian boom has been a challenge for companies. Not only are import tariffs high, it’s not exactly easy to set up shop there: regulations and local taxes can also be barriers. Even Apple, which probably has a few dollars saved up, passed on opening a store in Brazil.

But you should advertise anyway. You’ll still reap nice ROI. Here’s why.

First, Brazilians are very brand-conscious: they love Nike sneakers, Diesel jeans and Toyota Corollas, for example. If they can’t buy them outright, they’ll pay for them bit by bit. The nation’s top retailer is Casas Bahia, and it earn a good portion of its profits from the interest on installment plan payments.

And if Brazilians can’t afford to pay for these brands at home, they’ll buy them when they travel.

Brazilians are traveling more than ever, especially the emerging class C middle class. In fact, 10.7 million Brazilians will travel for the first time this year—and 8.7 million of them are from classes C and D. When they get to their destination, they’ll shop for the brands they know. Miami is just one city benefiting from this trend: Brazilians spent more than US$1 billion there in 2010. And in 2011, just from January to May, Brazilian tourists spent US$8 billion, a new record.

So build your brand in Brazil. Even without setting up shop there, you could end up with many new loyal customers.

To learn more about how we can help you leverage the power of Brazilian media, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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6 Basics about Brazil’s Media Market

Brazil is big these days. No surprise there: a spiking GDP, 190 million potential customers and a well-developed media market are getting lots of attention. You also can advertise there and make money without a local presence. These basics on the country’s media market will give you a sense of the potential rewards and challenges.

#1     Brazil’s media market is big. And small. While there are lots of media choices, only 7 firms control 80% of what’s read, heard or seen in Brazil. Organizações Globo rules TV, film and radio and is competitive in print and web media. It commands around 75% of Brazilian TV ad spending. Beyond free TV, Globo’s has interests in Net Serviços, the country’s largest cable company, and SKY, the largest satellite dish company. In print, Abril produces 73% of the highest-selling magazines in the country.

Domingão do Faustão is one of Brazil's top shows.

#2     TV still rules the media mix. This medium has the most penetration in Brazil (over 90%) and commands 60% of the overall ad spend. Other forms of media lag way behind, with newspapers a distant second at 12.7%. This is markedly different from the U.S., the U.K. and even Argentina, in which TV dominates but other forms of media don’t lag as far behind. Brazil is closer to Mexico in this sense, where 76% of ad investment goes to TV.

#3     Magazines are an emerging force. Circulation has been rising since 2005, spiking 7% in 2010. Biweeklies saw the biggest growth at 21%, followed by 8.1% for the weeklies and nearly 5% for the monthlies. The U.S.’s Condé Nast recently launched a joint venture with Globo, Brazil’s biggest media conglomerate, to create a new company. Edições Globo-Condé Nast will launch popular Condé Nast titles in Brazil, including Vogue.


#4     Online is gaining ground. Brazil has 73 million Internet users, the 8th largest Internet audience in the world according to comScore. Often, 43 million is the figure reported, but that doesn’t factor in the many users at LAN houses in the country. ComScore’s calculations take that into account.
     Since the country’s overall population is 190 million, this means there’s a 38% penetration rate. Not as deep as that of the United States or European countries, but this is changing quickly. The amount of Brazilian Internet users grew by 20% in 2010 and research firm Forrester’s estimates that it will grow 18% a year between 2011 and 2016. E-commerce grew by 40% in Brazil in 2010 and Forrester’s projects it will grow 178% by 2016 to reach US$22 billion. Seven out of 10 online Brazilians visited a retail site in December 2010, with Mercado Livre, Lojas Americanas and BuscaPe boasting the most uniques. Group-buying sites like Clubeurbano attracted 50% more unique users between August and October 2010. And banking giants Itau and Banco do Brasil each had a 50% growth in uniques during 2010. For its part, Brazilian portal iG draws in more than 29 million uniques a month.


#5     OOH is a power performer. Laws restricting billboards in Sao Paulo and Rio did nothing to stop the message getting out. Agencies just got more creative, using projections onto buildings, plasma screens in restaurants and digital panels in airports and malls to reach the audience. And it worked. That’s why out of home (OOH) ad investment shot up by 16% in 2010 to reach US$464 million. Digital OOH ad investment is growing particularly quickly in Brazil. It went up by 58% in 2010 and is projected to grow by another 60% in 2011 to reach $147 million.


#6     For print, consider buys with niche titles. The top two socioeconomic classes in Brazil are A and B, followed by class C, a lower middle class, then the poorer classes, D and E. Around 6 million people are expected to move from class C to class B in 2011 as the economy expands and government programs target poverty. One tendency of the emerging classes in Brazil is to consume more media, particularly magazines. In fact, Brazilians spend more than double the amount of money on magazines than they do newspapers. And when they look to spend, they show an interest in specialized information on decoration, fashion and food. This has given rise to more niche magazines, like Gloss, a teen magazine with a circulation of 140,000.  Other hot niche pubs include luxury magazine Wish Report and yachting magazine Nautica.

To learn more about how we can help you leverage the power of Brazilian media, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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

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Using OOH to Spike Scent Sales in Latam Airports

Strategy and execution made all the difference for a recent OOH campaign by US Media Consulting for a luxury client focused on fragrances. End result? Unit sales shot up by 1.5 to 3 times in different markets.

The Goal
A luxury brand wanted to increase fragrance sales in airport duty-free stores in key markets.

A Strategic Solution
After thorough research of layouts for 17 international airports—including 8 in Latin America—US Media Consulting crafted a specific OOH media solution for the client. This involved strategically placed branding ads in the form of panels, backlights, wall wraps and dioramas. US Media Consulting used its local production partners to print and install the panels in arrival and departure areas as well as near duty-free stores and even on their walls. Target markets included:

  • Argentina (Buenos Aires airport)
  • Brazil (Rio and Sao Paulo airports)
  • Chile (Santiago airport)
  • Mexico (Mexico City and Cancun airports)
  • Panama (Panama City airport)
  • Uruguay (Punta Del Este airport)

The campaign also covered cities with major traffic to Latam, including Miami, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver.

Rapid, Powerful Results
In just one month, the duty-free stores in these airports reported sales increases ranging from 200%  to well over 300%, with several of them selling out of the promoted fragrance brands. “The campaign speaks to the success of OOH advertising. But what’s truly important is the strategy behind it. In this case, we were able to advise the client where to position the ads for maximum impact, and that generated the traffic that spiked sales,” says Fabiano Bernardo, OOH Sales Manager for US Media Consulting.

Ultimate Impact
Possibly inspired by this successful OOH campaign, other luxury/premium clients are now working with US Media on strategic OOH solutions both in and outside of major airports.

To learn more about how we can help you with OOH campaigns, 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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