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5 Ways to Improve Results with Online Campaigns in Latin America

Recently comScore released its Futuro Digital Report for Latin America. As always, there’s great intelligence here. We took a look at some of the key findings in order to apply them strategically and offer ideas for professionals in marketing, media and advertising.

#1 >>>Increase Social Media Campaigns
Social Media take up a huge portion of the time online spent by Latin American Internet users: 10 hours per visitor per month. In comparison, they only spend 4.5 hours per month on portals, 4 hours per month on services and 4 hours per month on entertainment. In addition, 5 of the top 10 countries with the highest engagement with social media sites are in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico.
Beyond campaigns in Facebook, which clearly commands the most users of all social sites in Latin America, other options include sites with impressive growth in the region during 2012. ComScore’s report highlighted sites like ask.fm (770% growth), Pinterest (270%), LinkedIn (236%), Tumblr (98%) and Scribd (88%)

#2 >>>Use E-Commerce Tools to Boost Conversions
E-commerce continues to grow in Latin America. ComScore notes that visits to retail sites in Latin America went up by 16% and that retail sites have a 74% reach among the region’s Internet users. Department store sites (102%), home furnishings sites (65%) and sports equipment sites (65%) were among the retail Web sites with the most growth in 2012.
New technology offers a way to track e-commerce shoppers who navigate sites without buying and retarget them with ads in Facebook.  Contact us to find out more about how this works and how it may help you boost conversions.

#3 >>>Consider More Campaigns on Music Sites and Video Sites
In its report, comScore noted that 94% of Latin American Internet users visit entertainment sites, which include both music and online video.
More than 95% of Argentine Internet users watch online videos and these sites have strong penetration in other key markets, like Chile (91%), Brazil (86%) and Mexico (81%).
In terms of music, sites like last.fm—represented by US Media Consulting—rank among the top 10 entertainment sites in Argentina and Mexico and among the top 20 in Brazil and Colombia. In addition, it’s important to note that between 2011 and 2012, Internet radio sites in Argentina posted a 17% increase in unique visitors. Internet users in other Latin American countries are also starting to migrate to online radio, which explains why Spotify recently opened an office in Mexico and will be targeting Latin America.

#4 >>>Target Users on News Sites
Overall, comScore reports that 85% of Internet users in Latin America visit news sites, higher than the global average of 76%. In terms of specific markets, 94% of the Internet users in Peru, Argentina and Chile visit news sites, while 88% of internautas in both Mexico and Brasil do so. Nearly 85% of Internet users in Colombia visit news sites, while the rates are lower for the online audiences of Venezuela (66%) and Puerto Rico (55%).

#5 >>>Add Mobile to the Mix
The comScore report indicates clearly that the large majority of web traffic in key Latam markets is from PCs as opposed to mobile devices. For example, 93% of the web traffic in Argentina and Brazil is from PCs, while PCs account for 90% of the web traffic in Chile and for 86% of Mexico’s.
That said, nearly 10% of the web traffic in Mexico is from mobile phones and another 3.5% comes from tablets—that’s a  total of 13% that can be reached via a mobile campaign. In addition, the significant growth in mobile device adoption in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina will continue to boost mobile’s share of web traffic.
In fact, Ericcson predicts that by 2018 Argentina will have 70 million mobile subscribers and that Chile will have 50 million. In Brazil, mobile broadband subscriptions grew by 60% in 2012 and Yahoo! Insights reported that at the end of 2012 Brazil had 51 million mobile Internet users—and will have 110 million mobile Internet users by 2015.

To find out how we can help you reach Latin Americans via Internet or any other type of media, please contact us.

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Speaking Latam

Can English-Only Sites Offer Big Reach to Latam?

Nearly all the top 40 Web sites in Latin America are either in Spanish or Portuguese. But 5 are only in English—and they still draw millions of unique visitors from the region. Here’s why.

Top 40 Countdown
Not surprisingly, per comScore the 40 most popular Web sites in Latin America include big brands like Microsoft, Facebook, Terra, iG and Vevo.

While almost all of them are in Spanish or Portuguese, 5 are not—their content is English-only:

Site comScore Latam
# of uniques per month
MTV Networks Music #21 13.5 million
Conduit #28 12.8 million
Amazon sites #33 12.8 million
CBS Interactive #34 10.94 million
English-language Wikipedia #9* 9 million

A Handy Tool
Do these numbers mean that these 5 web properties are pulling a desirable, high-income audience that’s highly fluent in English? Not exactly. With all of these sites, Google Toolbar provides a rough translation into Spanish or Portuguese. It’s not perfect or similar in quality to content originally written in these languages for the audience, but it works. As such, users can go to all of them and get what they want. With MTV, they’re likely to be watching videos, TV shows and movie trailers that don’t need a pitch-perfect translation to enjoy them. The same applies with a shopping site like Amazon or a tech site like Conduit: as long as you can follow the basic directions, navigation is relatively easy. With Wikipedia, the start page lets you choose Spanish or Portuguese as an option. Or you can use the toolbar to translate English Wikipedia content into either language.

English Exceptionalism
However, toolbar translations don’t drive traffic. These 5 English-language exceptions attract a combined 64 million Latam users because of:

  • Worldwide brand equity
  • Unique services

And CBS Interactive is the exception to the exceptions. Unlike most of these other sites, it draws readers with content. CBS’ site portfolio offers tech news, reviews and downloads with CNET and ZDNET (4.6 million combined monthly uniques), playing tips and reviews for gamers with Gamespot (1.7 million), music downloads via last.fm (3.6 million) and news/entertainment info through CBS News and TV.com (1 million).

This broad mix delivers a deeper reach with different audiences that tend to skew A/B in terms of socioeconomic class. And because of the unique, high-quality content on CBS Interactive’s sites, they’re stickier, so users stay longer—all the better to reach them with ads.

*#9 ranking is for all Wikipedia sites, including Spanish Wikipedia and Portuguese Wikipedia

To find out more about reaching Latin America with online advertising, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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