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Online Ad Spend Grows Strongly in Latam

Despite the strength of traditional media in Latin America, Internet advertising’s share of ad spend continues to grow impressively in the region. While we are still waiting for final 2012 figures to be released for markets like Chile and Mexico, we were able to obtain totals for other key markets in Latin America.

Argentina
According to the Camara Argentina de Agencias de Medios (Argentina Chamber of Media Agencies or CAAM), online ad spend in Argentina grew by 28% in 2012 to reach 1.4 billion pesos (US$271 million). That said, it’s important to note that the physical volume of the Argentine ad market went down by 4.6% in 2012, so inflation could be responsible for at least some of this growth.

Brazil
According to IAB Brasil, online ad spend in Brazil grew by 32% in 2012 to reach R$  4.5 billion (US$2.25 billion). This figure brings together search, social media, display and classifieds. IAB Brasil projects that online ad spend in Brazil will grow by another 31.8% in 2013 to reach more than R$ 6 billion (US$3 billion).

Colombia
IAB Colombia recently reported that online ad spend in Colombia grew by 15% in 2012 to reach 145 billion pesos (US$78.5 million). When revenues from classified ads and directories are included, the total reach 162 billion pesos. IAB Colombia also indicates that online now takes up 7% of overall ad spend in Colombia, up from 5.6% in 2011.

Perú
Online ad spend in Peru in 2012 grew by 50% to reach 101 million nuevos soles (US$36 million), up from US$24 million in 2011. While display is quite dominant in other Latam markets, taking up 60% or more of Internet ad spend, in Peru display accounted for only 45% of the online ad spend, with classified/directories taking up 32% and search was responsible for 6%.

Overall, in 2013 Latin America should experience 10% growth in ad spend across all media to reach a total of US$38 billion, according to projections from eMarketer. In addition, eMarketer forecasts that ad spend in Latin America should reach US$51 billion by 2016, with mobile advertising growing by 87% between now and then.

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

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The State of E-Commerce in Latin America in 2013

We’ve written quite a bit about e-commerce in Latin America but a lot of our earlier posts were focused on buying patterns or offered projections. But now that we’re in 2013, it’s important to review what happened in 2012. To that end, we have created some data portraits to help professionals in marketing, media and advertising get a quick but essential sense of what happened in e-commerce in Latin America in 2012 and what’s ahead in 2013.

ARGENTINA

  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: 16.7 billion pesos (US$3.3 billion at current exchange rates)*
  • 2011 e-commerce total sales: 11.5 billion pesos (US$2.3 billion, so overall e-commerce increased by nearly 32% in Argentina in 2012*
  • In a survey of 540 online shoppers in Argentina, 57% indicated that they buy products online using credit cards*
  • Argentina has the highest digital buyer penetration rate in Latin America—43.9% of Argentina’s Internet users made purchases online in 2012, compared to 34% in Brazil, 19.6% in Mexico and 31.7% in Latin America in general**

Sources: *Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico, **eMarketer

BRAZIL

  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: R$ 22.5 billion (US$11 billion at current exchange rates)*
  • 2011 e-commerce sales: R$ 18.7 billion (US$9.2 billion), so overall e-commerce increased by 20% in Brazil in 2012*
  • Black Friday has definitely arrived in Brazil: on November 23rd, 2012, Brazilians spent more than R$ 217 million (US$110 million) in online purchases*
  • E-commerce increased by 18% during Christmas 2012 in Brazil and overall Brazilians spent more than R$ 3 billion (US$1.5 billion) in online purchases during the holidays*
  • The most popular products purchased on MercadoLivre, one of Brazil’s top e-commerce sites, include cell phones (#1), car accessories (#2), computer products (#3), electronics (#4) and clothes/shoes (#5)**
  • Online sales through tablets and smartphones in Brazil went up significantly in 2012, from 5% to 10%—the most popular mobile device for online shopping among Brazilians was the iPad, which accounted for 51% of these mobile purchases***
  • Mobile commerce in Brazil should increase by 657% in Brazil in 2013 to teach R$ 2 billion (US$1 billion)***
  • For 2013, e-commerce sales in Brazil should grow by 28% to reach R$ 28 billion (US$14 billion)*

Sources: *e-bit, **MercadoLivre, ***Câmara Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico

MEXICO

  • 2012 e-commerce total sales: 79.6 billion pesos (US$6.2 billion)*
  • 2011 e-commerce sales: 54.5 billion pesos (US$4.2 billion), so in 2012 e-commerce in Mexico grew by 46%*
  • The most popular products for Mexican online shoppers include, in descending order, plane/bus tickets (64%), hotel reservations (37%), music & movies (37%), tickets to shows (34%), books & magazines (27%), computers (26%), electronics (23%), clothes (23%), software (23%) and mobile phones (18%)*
  • In 2012 nearly half of Mexican online buyers (47%) made e-commerce purchases with a mobile device*
  • Each Mexican online shopper spent an average of US$854 in 2012 and this will increase to more than US$1,000 by 2016**
  • Starting in 2013, Mexico’s online shoppers will lead Latin America in amount spent per shopper—more than 20% higher than Brazil’s average by 2016**
  • B2C commerce in Mexico looks to grow significantly in coming years—projected sales in 2013 will be nearly US$8 billion and will reach US$12.9 billion by 2016**
  • By 2016, Mexico will have 12.1% of the online shoppers in Latin America—more than any country except for Brazil, which will have 34.7%**

Sources: *Asociación Mexicana de Internet (AMIPCI), **eMarketer

OTHER MARKETS
It’s challenging to find the same level of detail for other e-commerce markets in Latin America besides the big three that we just highlighted. That’s because e-commerce, while growing, has still not taken off at the same level in other countries in the region. However, marketers, advertisers and media professionals should still take into account the emerging e-commerce markets in Latin America. Here’s a quick review of some numbers for these markets:

  • In Chile, e-commerce sales in 2012 are projected to reach US$1.7 billion, a 14% increase from the 2011 total of US$1.489 billion*
  • A significant portion of Chile’s e-commerce transactions (38%) involve paying taxes, though 29% are travel-related and 17% are for retail products*
  • 65% of Chile’s Internet users engage in e-commerce, significantly higher than in other Latin American markets**
  • In 2012, e-commerce sales in Colombia reached nearly US$2 billion—nearly triple the amount registered in 2010, which was US$600 million***
  • According to the general director of Linio, an e-commerce portal, e-commerce in Peru will go up by 50-60% in 2013
  • E-commerce was projected to reach US$502 million in Costa Rica in 2012, a 29% increase compared to 2011*

Sources: *Visa, **Cámara de Comercio de Santiago, Cámara de Comercio Electrónico de Colombia

To find out how we can help you reach Latin American consumers via an online campaign or any other type of media, please contact us.

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How Top Companies are Using Social Media in Latam

It’s clear that social media are hugely popular in Latin America and reach more than 90% of the region’s 232 million Internet users. Given this, how are companies in Latin America using social media to further their marketing efforts? A new study from Burson-Marstellar analyzed these efforts by looking at the social media strategies of the top 25 companies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

We’ve grouped together some of the key takeaways of the study for marketing, media and advertising professionals.

65% ARE USING AT LEAST ONE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM
This is an improvement from 2010, when only 49% of the Latin American companies were using social media. However, Latam firms are clearly behind the rest of the world in this regard: globally, 87% of companies are using at least one social media platform.

BRAZILIAN AND VENEZUELAN COMPANIES LEAD THE REGION IN SOCIAL MEDIA USE
In 2012, 88% of the Brazilian companies and 84% of the Venezuelan companies analyzed by the Burson-Marstellar study were using social media platforms. Other countries in which a large percentage of top firms report using social media include Colombia (76%), Mexico (76%), Chile (76%) and Argentina (64%). The lowest percentage was found in companies in Puerto Rico, where only 28% of top firms use social media. However, only 5% of companies in Puerto Rico were using social media in 2010, so the rate quintupled in just two years, obviously indicating growth in this area. 

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER ARE THE PLATFORMS OF CHOICE
In 2012, 50% of the firms studied were using Facebook and 53% were using Twitter. In third place was YouTube (31%), with Google+ in fourth place (20%). This data is interesting when you consider that comScore results indicate that Google+ is not among the top social media sites in Latin America’s largest markets. For example, in November 2012, the top social media sites in Brazil in descending order were Facebook, Orkut, LinkedIn, Twitter, Ask.fm, Tumblr, Scribd, Badoo, Deviantart and Vostu. With the exceptions of Orkut and Vostu, these are the top social sites in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.
Of course, the issue could be about fit. LinkedIn is for professional contacts, Badoo doesn’t accept advertising and is focused on meeting people, Deviantart is about posting artwork, Scribd is a document sharing site and Ask.fm is a Q&A site.
That said, Latin American firms may want to consider Pinterest, a site that many American firms are including in their social media mix. Pinterest is gaining ground in all of these markets and has cracked the list of the top 20 social media sites in Latin America, though not the top 10—yet.

COMPANIES IN BRAZIL AND MEXICO HAVE THE MOST TWITTER FOLLOWERS
Compared to 2010, companies in Brazil and Mexico have skyrocketed in followers. For example, Brazilian firms had an average of 4,206 social media followers per account in 2010 and in 2012 this figure reached 66,958; in Mexico, the average went from 2,240 social media followers to 43,107. That said, companies in other countries have also seen huge increases in the amount of followers per account:

  • Argentina: from 777 in 2010 to 19,023 in 2012
  • Chile: from 1,624 in 2010 to 13,000 in 2012
  • Colombia: from 525 in 2010 to 8,496 in 2012
  • Peru: from 85 in 2010 to 4,814 in 2012

In all of Latin America, the average amount of social media followers of these top 25 firms went from 2,626 to 33,077.

THE PERCENTAGE OF COMPANIES WITH FACEBOOK PAGES SPIKES IN ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, PERU AND PUERTO RICO

In these countries, the percentage either doubled or nearly doubled: up by 48% in Argentina, by 52% in Brazil, by 60% in Chile and by 52% in Peru. However, the firms in Colombia showed the most impressive growth. The amount of firms in Colombia with Facebook pages went up by 76% between 2010 and 2012.

BRAZILIANS TALK THE MOST ABOUT COMPANY FACEBOOK PAGES
An average of nearly 45,000 Brazilians are talking about company Facebook pages, much more than in any other country.  No other country in Latin America even comes close to this massive level of engagement. The country that occupies second place in the amount of people discussing company Facebook pages is Peru, with just 7,781 doing so.

30% OF LATIN AMERICA’S TOP FIRMS ARE SHARING CONTENT ON YOUTUBE
Mexico has the highest percentage of firms that share content on YouTube at 52%, followed by firms in Chile and Brazil (each with 48%) and Argentina (32%). These figures are somewhat surprising given that Latin Americans are watching online videos more than ever.

THE MAJORITY OF LARGE COMPANIES IN LATIN AMERICA ARE NOT USING GOOGLE+
Currently 20% have a Google Plus page, compared to the global average of 48%.

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

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Ad Spend in Brazil to rise by 10% in 2013

According to Warc, a global marketing information service, ad spend in Brazil will increase by 9.8% in 2013, growing by another 12% in 2014.

Warc published this projection as part of its Consensus Ad Forecast report. The sharp increase for Brazil is significantly higher than the increase in global ad spend, which Warc predicts will be 4% in 2013. Brazil’s projected 2013 growth in ad spend is less than that of Russia (12.3%), but higher than that of China (10.9%) and of the United States (2.2%). In 2014, Warc projects that Brazil will lead the world in ad spend, with growth of 12.1%.

Growth in Different Forms of Media
According to Warc’s forecast, Internet ad spend will grow by 20.5% in Brazil in 2013, while TV ad spend will grow by 10.3%, out of home ad spend will grow by 9%, radio ad spend by 6%, magazine ad spend by 3.9% and newspaper ad spend will grow by 5%. In fact, Brazil is one of only three countries in the world (along with Russia and India) in which newspapers will post growth in ad spend in the next two years: everywhere else, newspaper ad spend will contract by 2.7%, says Warc.

To explore how we can help you reach Brazil’s growing ad market, please contact us.

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A Merry Christmas for Brazil’s Businesspeople

Recent research from a variety of sources indicates that this Christmas will bring the gift of many sales for businesspeople in Brazil. The following factors show why this is.

Black Friday Boomed
According to comScore, Brazil’s Black Friday sales were up 368% compared to an average online shopping day in the rest of November 2012. Growth was huge in a variety of areas: 185% more buyers, 64% more spending per buyer, 202% more transactions and an order value that was 55% higher. Besides Mercado Livre, Brazil’s leading e-commerce company, other online shopping companies did well on Black Friday, including Americanas, Pontofrio, Casabahia, Submarino, MagazineLuiza and Netshoes.

More Sales
According to Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo State Goods, Services and Tourism Business Federation or Fecomercio), there should be a 5% increase in sales in Brazil this Christmas.
Walmart Brasil foresees a 20% increase in sales this Christmas, while the Associação Brasileira de Shopping Centers (Brazilian Shopping Centers Association) projects a 15% increase in sales this year.

More Spending
A study from the Serviço de Proteção ao Crédito (Credit Protection Service or SPC) and the Confederação Nacional dos Lojistas (National Merchants Association or CNDL) indicate that 7 out of 10 Brazilians intend to buy Christmas gifts for their loved ones this year, with 68% paying cash and only 9% using credit cards and 4% using debit cards.
According to consulting firm Deloitte, 28% of Brazilians say they will spend more this Christmas than last Christmas and 39% say they’ll spend the same. In terms of amount, 76% of Brazilians expect to spend up to R$ 500 (US$250) on Christmas gifts, while 24% expect to spend more than this amount.

The Hottest Gifts in Brazil for Christmas 2012
According the SPC and CDNL study, 68% of Brazilians intend to give clothes as gifts, while 28% plan on giving toys and 26% plan to give footwear and accessories. The gift-giving pattern among Brazilians is a bit different from their usual buying habits, since the most popular items to buy during the rest of the year have included tablets, smartphones, flatscreen TVs and books. However, IDC does project that in 2012, smartphone sales will go up 82% in Brazil, and that 30% of these sales will take place during the last three months of this year. IDC also projects that in Brazil—compared to the second half of 2011—smartphone sales in the second half of 2012 will increase by 85%.
With 80% purchase intent, clothes were also the most popular gift item among Brazilians surveyed in the Deloitte study, followed by shoes (49%), though it is interesting to note that this study showed that 26% of Brazilians intend on giving tech gifts (gadgets, tablets, phones or computers) this Christmas.

More Christmas Shopping Online and via Mobile
Besides the huge amount of sales on Black Friday in Brazil via e-commerce, the Câmara Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico projects that Christmas 2012 e-commerce sales in Brazil will reach R$ 3 billion (US$1.4 billion), 20% more than in Christmas 2011. One of the interesting results from the study by Deloitte was that 37% of the Brazilians surveyed say they will buy Christmas gifts this year via tablets or mobile phones.

To find out more about how to reach Brazilians with an effective media campaign during Christmas or at any time of the year, please contact us.

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Latin America’s Media Landscape 2015-2017

Predicting the future is always tricky, but different industry associations have made forecasts for different forms of media in Latin America for the next few years, all based on current trends. Using this data, here’s what experts say that Latin America’s media market will look like in the near future.

#1 THERE WILL BE 359 MILLION INTERNET USERS IN LATIN AMERICA BY 2015
Currently the population of Latin America is at around 575 million but according to the Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), by 2015 Latin America will have 598 million people. (This count includes Puerto Rico, projected to have 4.1 million people by 2015, but excludes non-Spanish-speaking countries like Haiti and French Guyana.)
According to a May 2012 projection from Registro de Direcciones de Internet para América Latina y Caribe (LACNIC), by 2015 Internet penetration will reach 60% in Latin America. Since 60% of 598 million is 359 million, it appears that Latin America will add 127 million Internet users over the next 3 years to its current total of 232 million Internet users.

Not surprisingly, the growth will be driven by the powerhouse Internet markets. Brazil’s Comitê Gestor da Internet estimates that 80% of Brazil’s homes will have Internet access by 2015. Given Brazil’s population of 193 million and an average of 3.3 people per household, this means that by 2015 Brazil could have 154 million Internet users—up considerably from the 85 million it has today per comScore. LACNIC also predicts that Mexico will have 65 million Internet users by 2015, up hugely from its current total of 40.6 million. Other markets predicted to gain lots of new users include Chile (16.4 million Internet users by 2015) and Ecuador (7.5 million Internet users by 2015).

#2 PAY TV PENETRATION IN LATIN AMERICA WILL REACH 68% BY 2017
According to Dataxis, by 2017 pay TV penetration in the 7 biggest Latin American markets will reach 68% and offer advertisers and audience of 97 million people. The biggest growth markets for pay TV will be Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. In addition, the head of Brazil’s national telecommunications agency (Anatel) recently said that 90% of Brazilian homes could have pay TV by 2018. For its part, Mexico could have more than 50% of pay TV penetration by 2015.

#3 LATIN AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS WILL GROW BY 5.5% PER YEAR THROUGH 2016
The downturn experienced by newspapers around the world does not seem to be affecting Latin America. According to a recent projection from PricewaterhouseCoopers, revenues for Latin American newspapers will grow annually by 5.5% through 2016 to reach US$10.4 billion.

#4 LATAM WILL HAVE 750 MOBILE CONNECTIONS BY 2015 PLUS MAJOR MOBILE DEVICE PENETRATION
According to the GSMA, Latin America will have 750 million mobile connections by 2015. Overall mobile penetration in the region is above 100%. Brazil’s mobile penetration is at well over 100%, as is Argentina’s, but in October 2012 Brazil reached a total of 258 million active mobile lines, up from 232 million just a few months back. Mexico is slated to reach 94% mobile penetration by the end of 2012 and over 100% by the first quarter of 2013.
Beyond simple penetration, mobile is changing Latin American markets through the adoption of mobile devices. It’s really not a question of whether a brand needs a mobile ad strategy for Latin America—it’s what this mobile ad strategy will be. Just look at the numbers:

To find out how we can help you reach Latin America via a strategic campaign across all media, please contact us.

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3 Reasons Why Brazil Has Become a Major Luxury Market

In 2011, Brazil’s luxury market grew by 4.7% in terms of designer clothing and footwear while sales of luxury accessories went up by 3.5% to reach US$294 million, according to research firm Euromonitor.

Overall, Brazil’s luxury market doubled its growth rates between 2008 and 2012. As such, the country’s luxury goods market is worth more than US$7 billion. Mexico is in second place—Euromonitor reports that its luxury market is worth US$1.5 billion.

The following factors are driving Brazil’s growth as a luxury market:

#1 Economic growth
Despite relatively weak economic growth of 1.5% in 2012, Brazil’s economy should grow by 4% per year from 2013 through 2016. In addition, a recent study from IPC Marketing Editora projects that Brazilian consumption will surpass 2.7 trillion reales in 2012, with household spending growing by 3.6%, more than double the growth of the country’s GDP this year.

#2 Many HNWIs
According to research firm Global Information, Brazil has the largest amount of high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in Latin America. In fact, the country ranks 11th in the world in terms of the amount of high net worth individuals. In addition, a recent report by McKinsey&Company estimates that 3 million Brazilians can afford luxury goods and that the country has 24 billionaires and 155,000 millionaires—and a third of the millionaires are under 35.

#3 Projected future growth
MCF Consultoria & Conhecimento, a retail and luxury consultancy firm based in Sao Paulo, estimates that Brazil’s luxury market will grow by 25% in 2012. In addition, Euromonitor forecasts that BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) will account for 16% of global luxury sales by 2016, up from 11% in 2012.

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.

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70% of Argentines Watch TV and Movies Online

According to a new report entitled Manifiesto de nuevos medios 2012—produced by Consulting firm Business Bureau—70% of Argentines watch both movies and TV shows online. More than 85% of Argentinians between 18 and 25 reporting using the Internet to watch TV and movies—not a huge surprise given that quick digital adoption skews young.

But what is surprising is that watching TV and movies online isn’t just popular among younger Argentines. The study found that 68% of Internet users between 45 and 49 watch movies and TV shows online…and 59% of people over 50 also do this.

In addition, comScore has reported that Argentine Internet users watch an average of 132 videos a month per user. When you put these trends together, advertising on sites with online video seems less like an experiment and more like a necessary tactic to reach your target audience.

That’s why we created Jumba Video Network, Latin America’s most extensive online video advertising network.

For more information on how we can help you reach this growing audience of online video watchers in Latin America, please contact us.

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