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The Top-Selling Products in Brazil

Despite reports that the retail market in Brazil is cooling off, our team keeps seeing a flood of statistics that suggest otherwise. We went through a wide range of reports to identify some of the products in Brazil that show either dramatic increases over the past few years or especially strong leaps this year.

 


Appliances

IBOPE recently projected that appliance consumption in Brazil will increase by nearly 12% in 2013 and that Class C will account for 44% of appliances consumption in the country.
Source: IBOPE


Autos

Brazil posted a 5% increase in car sales in the first half of 2013 and overall it’s projected that the country will have a 4% increase in car sales in all of 2013.
Source: Fenabrave


Cell Phones
A recent study by Nielsen and the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Indicated that in the first half of 2013, sales of cellphones in Brazil went up by 121%.  Nielsen and MMA also reported that 38% of the cell phones sold in Brazil in this time period were smartphones. However, it’s important to note that IDC/Abinee reported a much more modest increase in cell phone sales in Brazil during the first half of 2013: 8%. What IDC/Abinee did note is that 13.7 million smartphones were sold in Brazil in this period—versus 15.9 million feature phones. As such, IDC, a firm that specializes in technology research, is saying that around 46% of the cell phones sold in Brazil in this period were smartphones. Given IDC’s specialization in tech, their figures could be more accurate than those of Nielsen. Either way, that fact that smartphones make up 38% to 46% of cell phone sales in Brazil is significant and points to the need to divert more investment to mobile campaigns.
Sources: Nielsen, MMA, IDC/Abinee


Cleaning Products
The average amount that Brazilians spend on cleaning products has gone up by 41% over the past 5 years and grew by 8% just in 2012. The Brazilian cleaning product market is #4 in the world, just behind those of the United States, China and Japan. Overall, Brazil’s cleaning product sector had sales of R$ 14.9 billion (US$7.5 billion) in 2012, which represents an increase of 3.5% compared to 2011.
Sources: Kantar Worldpanel, Anuário Abipla 2013


Computers

In most world markets, consumers seem to moving away from PCs and towards tablets, and Brazil is no exception. In the first half of 2013, notebook sales went down by 7% compared to 2012 and desktop sales went down by nearly 13%. But tablet sales in Brazil spiked by 165% during the first half of 2013 and totaled 3.3 million, which is more than the tablet sales total for all of 2012 in Brazil (3.1 million).
Source: IDC


E-books

Sales of e-books skyrocketed by 350% in Brazil between 2011 and 2012. While a recent survey of Brazilian publishers revealed that e-books make up less than 1% of their sales, publishing consultant Carlos Carrenho has predicted that in 2013 e-books will make up nearly 3% of publisher sales in Brazil.
Source: Câmara Brasileira do Livro


Luxury Products

Brazil’s luxury market grew by 24% in 2012 and is projected to post 25% growth over the next 5 years. In terms of specific categories, luxury watch sales in Brazil grew by 30% in 2012. In addition, in 2013 a number of luxury car brands posted massive sales increases between January and July 2013:

  • Porsche: 140%
  • Rolls-Royce: 100%
  • BMW: 68%
  • Audi: 46%

In Brazil, the luxury car model with the biggest increase in sales so far in 2013 has been the Jaguar XF, with a 572% increase, while sales of the Porsche Cayman are up by 240% and Porsche 911 sales are up by 132%.
Sources: Digital Group, World Watch Report, Associação Nacional de Veículos Automotores


Nail Polish
Sales of nail polish have grown by nearly 12% in the past year to reach R$ 600 million (US$285 million). In fact, Brazil is #2 in the world in the consumption of nail polish, trailing only the United States. Overall, in Brazil the beauty products sector is growing by more than 10% a year, with hair care responsible for 22% of sales. In addition, over the past 5 years, the amount of new beauty salons in Brazil has grown by 78%.
Sources: Associação Brasileira de Embalagem, Associação Brasileira de Indústrias de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosmético, Associação Nacional do Comércio de Artigos de Higiene Pessoal e Beleza


Pharmaceuticals

In 2012 the pharmaceutical market in Latin America grew by 15.8%, an even bigger rate of growth than the Asian pharma market (10%). Among the markets with the most growth, not surprisingly, is Brazil, which should see pharmaceutical sales double to reach R$ 100 billion (US$48 billion) by 2017; in fact, the country’s growth has even attracted U.S. pharmacy chains like CVS, which bought the Paulo drugstores chain, and Walgreens, which is currently looking to purchase a local chain.
Sources: IMS Health, Brasilpar


Scooters

In 2007 only about 3,200 scooters were sold in Brazil but in 2012 the number reached 29,566, an increase of 801%.
Source: Associação Brasileira dos Fabricantes de Motos (Abraciclo)


Travel

A 2013 study that focused on travel habits of 25 major markets found that Brazil is among the top 5 countries in travel spending. Brazilians spend an average of US$3,000 during international trips and rank in 4th place behind travelers from Saudi Arabia, Australia, China and South Africa.
August 2013 was the most recent month in which travel spending numbers were released by Brazil’s Central Bank. In that month, Brazilian travelers spent US$2.22 billion on their trips abroad, nearly 16% more than they did in August 2012. In addition, Brazilian travelers spent nearly US$17 billion on foreign travel between January and August 2013, nearly 15% more than in the same period during 2012.
Sources: Visa, Banco Central do Brasil


Videogames

Between 2012 and 2013, video game sales in Brazil went up by 24%. This increase came on top of an even more massive one of 131% between 2011 and 2012. The top selling video games in Brazil for 2013 are:

  • FIFA 13
  • PES 13
  • Grand Theft Auto 5
  • God of War: Ascension
  • The Last of Us
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Just Dance 4
  • Assassin’s Creed 3
  • Grand Theft Auto 4
  • Assassin’s Creed 2

Source: Gfk

To find out more how we can help you reach Latin American consumers with a strategic media campaigns, please contact us.

Why Retargeting in Facebook Exchange Will Change Online Advertising in Latin America

Internet advertising is clearly successful in Latin America, but often it’s based on typical profiles of target audiences that visit certain sites. In other words, if your target is men aged 18-34 in Brazil, you buy impressions on web sites whose visitors fit this profile.

But you don’t know if that target knows and is interested in your product.

What if you did know this? What if you knew for a fact which Internet users in Brazil and the rest of Latin America had shown interest in your product? And what if you could reach just those Internet users with your ad? And if your ad could be optimized so that only the best-performing version would be shown to the Internet users you know are interested in your products?

This is all possible through retargeting on Facebook Exchange, a service that’s now available for advertisers targeting Latin America.

What is Facebook Exchange?
Launched in September 2012, Facebook Exchange is a platform that makes available part of Facebook’s social ad inventory. But Facebook Exchange is not open access for anyone like Google AdWords—less than 20 demand side platforms (DSPs) in the world have access to Facebook Exchange. Basically, the clients of these particular DSPs can purchase impressions on Facebook Exchange, and they do it via a real-time bidding (RTB) system, with the market setting the price of impressions of different target audiences.

Precision Targeting via Triggit
US Media Consulting has partnered with Triggit, one of the DSPs that has access to Facebook Exchange. What sets Triggit apart is its dynamic creative optimization technology. Dynamic creative optimization generates the ads in Facebook that the users see and also measures which of these ads deliver the best response. Based on this data, future users only see the ads which have performed the best.

How It Works
Triggit’s software is installed on an e-commerce or travel site and tracks the specific products that each user looks at—but doesn’t buy—when navigating the site. So let’s assume that Rolando from Argentina visits an e-commerce site and looks at a brand of sneaker without buying it. Then later that day he goes into Facebook to check status updates from friends. When he does, he’ll see an ad for that same sneaker brand. In fact, that ad may even offer a special discount for those sneakers. The result? Rolando is a lot more likely to click on that ad…and buy that product. How much more likely? Initial results indicate that CTRs for these types of ads are 8 times higher than a regular banner—and that conversion rates are 10 times higher.

Below we offer some screenshots that show how the process works.

#1 The user views the product on an e-commerce site without buying it.

#2 Later, upon entering Facebook, the user sees an ad for the same product he or she viewed earlier.

What This Means for Latin America
Retargeting via Facebook Exchange is a major development for Latin America for three major reasons.

First, e-commerce is growing spectacularly in the region. According to a study by América Economía and Visa, e-commerce sales in Latin America will grow by 28% in 2013. Key individual markets with powerful growth include Brazil (24% projected growth for 2013), México (30% projected growth for 2013), Peru (20% in 2013) and Argentina (45% in 2013).  Chile’s e-commerce growth in 2013 is projected to be around 15%, on top of 20% growth in 2012. While no 2013 e-commerce projections are available yet for Colombia, the country’s e-commerce sales grew from US$1.4 billion in 2011 to more than US$2 billion in 2012.

Second, Facebook rules social media in Latin America. Before discussing Facebook, it’s key to recognize social media’s immense popularity in Latin America: it’s the #2 most popular activity among Internet users (after search) and 5 of the top 10 countries in social media usage are from Latin America.
In other words, if you’re not including social in a campaign to reach Latin American Internet users, you are missing a gigantic opportunity. And if you do plan on including social, Facebook is by far the best choice. The numbers show why: in August 2013, Facebook reported that it had 200 million users in Latin America. More importantly, comScore indicated in its Futuro Digital report that Facebook takes up 94% of the time that Latin Americans spend on social media.

Third, online travel sales have taken off in Latin America. According to a recent study from Barclays Capital, Latin America will lead all world regions in online travel sales growth through 2016. Online travel sales in Latin America will grow by 30% in 2013, by 25% in 2014, by 20% in 2015 and by 18% in 2016. In addition, this year Latin America will surpass the Asia Pacific region in terms of online travel sales as a percentage of the total, 26.8% vs. 26.6%. By 2016, online will represent 39% of the total travel sales in Latin America, not far the 53.9% projected for the United States.

So overall, it’s clear that the surging e-commerce and e-travel firms in Latin America now have a unique, powerful tool to grow their sales even further via the strategic use of the region’s most popular social media site.

The next step? Contact us to see how we can help you leverage retargeting in Facebook Exchange to spike your sales.

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5 of the Hottest Growth Markets in Brazil for 2013

Last year Brazil’s economy briefly overtook that of the United Kingdom to become the world’s sixth-largest. By the end of 2012, the United Kingdom’s economy—with a value of US$2.4 trillion—edged out Brazil’s—with a value of US$2.28 trillion—to gain back its sixth place ranking. However, that still leaves Brazil in 7th place in the world economic ranking, and a lot of markets within the country are showing impressive growth. Here’s a look at them.

CARS

According to the consulting firm Jato Dynamics, Brazil is the #4 market in the world for cars, behind China (#1), the United States (#2) and Japan (#3). In 2012 the Brazilian car market grew by 6.1% and had overall sales of 3.63 million units.

CREDIT CARDS

Consulting firm Capgemini reports that Brazil is the world’s second-largest market in the world for credit and debit cards in terms of the amount of transactions. In 2010 the country registered more than 20 billion transactions, much more than the 13 billion transactions registered in the other BRIC countries, Russia, India and China.

FRAGRANCES
In 2012 Brazil led the world in the consumption of perfumes and deodorants, according to Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Higiene Pessoal, Perfumaria e Cosméticos (Brazilian Association of the Personal Hygiene, Perfume and Cosmetics Industry). In 2012 fragrance sales in Brazil were R$ 5.4 billion (US$2.7 billion) and R$ 3.3 billion (US$1.65 billion). When measuring sales beyond these two specific categories to factor in beauty products in general, Brazil is the world’s #3 market behind the United States and Japan. That said, consulting firm AT Kearney projects that beauty product sales in Brazil will surpass US$50 billion in 2013 and that country will move ahead of Japan to become the world’s #2 beauty products market.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Brazil now ranks fourth in the world in terms of information technology (IT) spending, with a total spend of more than US$233 billion in 2012—an amount that represents 51% of the total spent on IT in Latin America. In 2011 the country was #7 in the world, yet in a year it moved up 3 rankings; currently Brazil has double the IT spend of both Russia and India.

PETS
Brazil is now the #2 market in the world for pet products. In 2012 sales of pet products in Brazil reached R$ 14 billion (US$7 billion), an increase of 16% compared to 2011.

 

To find out how we can help you reach Brazilian consumers via 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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8 Insights about E-Commerce in Latin America

It’s pretty obvious that e-commerce has taken off in Latam and in fact, in July we reported that online sales in the region will reach US$69 billion in 2013.

However, what may be more relevant to professionals in media, advertising and marketing is how Latin Americans are buying online. Recently comScore published a study about this—focusing on online consumers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela—and below we highlight 8 key insights to consider.

#1:       MOST RESEARCH ONLINE BEFORE BUYING
According to comScore, every week 8 of 10 Latin Americans search for and research products online before buying. This figure isn’t exactly surprising, since it dovetails with other studies that have reported similar results. For instance, a study from Google, IAB Europe and TNS Infratest indicated that between January and May of this year, 57% of online consumers in Mexico and 63% of online consumers in Brazil researched products online before buying. And according to the  Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico (Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce), 75% of Argentines research products online before buying.
In addition, another study done by Google and D’Alessio IROL in 2011—focusing on more than 3,500 online shoppers from Peru, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Chile—indicated that 6 out of 10 shoppers first become interested in a product after finding it online and the same amount said they ended up buying a product after finding it via an Internet search.

#2:       THEY SPEND A LOT
Of the Argentines surveyed by comScore, 75% said they spent between US$100 y US$1,000 in online purchases during the past 3 months, with the majority (31%) spending between US$100 and US$250. For their part, 66% of Brazilians spent between US$100 and US$1,000 in online purchases in the past 3 months, with 14% spending more than US$1,000. It’s also worth noting that 17% of Venezuelans reported that they spent more than US$1,000 through e-commerce in the past 3 months, with 73% reporting that they spent between US$100 and US$1,000 in the same period. The same high percentage reports spending in the latter range in several other countries, including Chile (76%), Colombia (69%), Mexico (78%) and Peru (78%). That said, in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, most people reporting spending between US$100 and US$250 on e-commerce purchases in the past 3 months.

#3:       MOST USE CREDIT CARDS
Despite the relatively low penetration of credit cards in Latam, in comScore’s study, 74% of the Latam Internet users surveyed said that they use credit cards to buy online. Among the other payment methods they reported using were electronic funds transfer (41%), debit card (41%) and cash on delivery or COD (26%).

#4:       WHAT THEY BUY THE MOST ARE CLOTHES AND ELECTRONICS
The comScore survey found that 43% of Latin American online consumers buy clothes and 41% buy electronics. Among the other hot products for Latam e-commerce shoppers are music/movies/videos (36%), appliances (35%), and computer hardware (33%), tickets to shows and events (31%) and apps (31%).
These results are similar to those reported by other sources, including the Brazilian Chamber of E-Commerce, the Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce, the Mexican Internet Association (AMIPCI) and the study from Google/D’Alessio IROL cited earlier.

#5:       ONLINE ADVERTISING INFLUENCES E-COMMERCE IN LATAM
According to the comScore study, there are 4 factors that influence in the online purchase process for Latin Americans. In order of importance, the first is going directly to an e-commerce site, the second is putting in a keyword into a search engine, the third is online advertising and the fourth is recommendations from family or friends.

#6:       MERCADO LIBRE CLOSES MORE SALES
Mercado Libre (known as Mercado Livre in Brazil) attracts 81% of Latin American online shoppers and 55% buy on the site. This makes Mercado Libre the most popular international e-commerce site in the region. While 53% of Latam consumers surveyed by comScore say that they visit Amazon, only 22% buy on it. And while 35% visit Wal-Mart, only 10% buy on it. The same happens with Carrefour: 28% visit it but only 8% buy on it. Based on these results, it seems that Mercado Libre is the market leader for e-commerce in Latin America among international sites targeting the region’s shoppers.

#7:       THEY TEND TO BUY LESS FROM LOCAL SITES
Based only on the purchase rates, it appears that Latin Americans do more of their e-commerce transactions on international sites rather than local sites. For example, even though 55% of Latin Americans buy on Mercado Libre, just 23% buy on Garbarino, an e-commerce site in the Argentine market. And Garbarino seems to have a higher rate of purchase than other local Argentine e-commerce sites, such as Fravega (17%), Falabella (17%), Sodimac (3%) and Netshoes (4%). In Brazil, consumers buy the most from Americanas (27%), while in Chile the top local e-commerce site in terms of purchase rate seems to be Falabella (41%). In Colombia, the site with the highest reported purchase rate is Éxito (31%). However, Falabella is the local site that Peruvians most buy from (41%), while Mexicans buy the most from Liverpool (25%).

#8:       90% USE THEIR SMARTPHONES FOR E-COMMERCE
Now, it’s important to note that this doesn’t mean that 90% are buying with their smartphones. In fact, only 23% of the Latin Americans that comScore surveyed reported making online purchases with their smartphones. However, Latin Americans are using their smartphones in other parts of the e-commerce process. For example, 60% use them to take photos of products, 56% send text messages to family or friends about products, 42% look for nearby stores, 40% read comments about products from other consumers and 39% use their smartphones to compare prices. In addition, 34% click on mobile ads and 24% scan QR codes to compare prices.

To learn more about how we can help you with a media campaign in Latin America, please contact us.

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3 Reasons Why E-Mail Marketing May Be the Best Way to Reach Brazilians

We hear a lot about social media these days, with multiple experts claiming to know how to use them to deliver amazing ROI. But recent studies suggest that an older tactic—email marketing—may be the best choice for reaching Brazilian consumers. Here’s why.


#1 Brazilians Are Very Open to Receiving Marketing Emails

A recent study from ExactTarget surveyed more than 1,400 Brazilians to measure their response to email, Twitter and Facebook. The survey revealed that 91% of Brazilians who are online have registered to receive email marketing messages from at least one source. In addition, 68% of Brazilians said they made a purchase as a result of an email marketing message and 53% say they are more likely to buy from a company after receiving an email marketing message. However, only 42% have made a purchase after receiving a social media marketing message through Facebook.
What may further validate these results is that Netshoes recently reported that it has increased the volume of opens of its email marketing messages by 70% in the past year.

#2 Email Marketing Has a High Rate of Conversion among Brazilians
A study from Experian Marketing services showed that email marketing has the highest rate of conversion for e-commerce companies in Brazil, 2.53%. Search marketing yields 2% conversion while social media marketing has half the rate of email marketing, with a little over 1%. Another study from the firm Monetate found even more impressive results: 4% conversion rate from email marketing, compared to .59% from social media and 2.49% from search marketing.

#3 Mobile Opens of E-Mail Marketing Has Increased Significantly
A recent study from Spli showed that the number of Brazilians that open email marketing messages using mobile devices went up by 44% between September 2011 and June 2012. The study looked at responses from consumers not only in Brazil, but also in France, Italy, Spain and China. The open rate for Brazilians receiving email marketing messages on their mobile devices was 7%, and only consumers from Spain had a higher open rate (17%). Despite the dominance of Android in the Brazilian mobile market, mobile users with the iOS system—either iPhone or iPad, proved to account for most of the opens, with 47% and 30%, respectively. Brazilian mobile users with the Android operating system accounted for only 21% of the opens.

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

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Latin America: The World’s Fastest-Growing Ad Market

Recently we noted the positive growth that both eMarketer and MagnaGlobal projected for ad spend in Latin America. Zenith Optimedia has joined these two sources with its own strong projections for the region.

Zenith Optimedia predicts that in 2013, Latin America will grow by 10.1% in ad spend, which is more than any other region in the world and nearly three times the rate of growth of the United States (3.6%) and double the rate of growth of the entire world (4.6%).

In terms of specific figures, Zenith Optimedia forecasts that 2013 ad spend in Latin America will reach nearly US$42 billion and then grow another 8.7% in 2014 to total US$45.6 billion.

Of course, these are projections. To get a sense of how accurate these projections may be, we researched actual ad spend figures for Latin American markets for 2012. Here’s a look at what we found.

Argentina
According to the Cámara Argentina de Agencias de Medios, ad spend value seems to have increased in Argentina during the first half of 2012. Overall, the ad spend value is up by nearly 20% compared to 2011, with the biggest increases in Internet ad spend (56%), radio (47%), newspapers (35%), pay TV (29%) and newspapers in the capital (22%)

Brazil
According to Projeto Inter-Meios, in Brazil ad spend in the first half of 2012 increased by 11% compared to the first half of 2011 to reach 14 billion reais (US$6.8 billion). Free TV continues to dominate the Brazilian ad market, commanding nearly 65% of the ad spend and growing by 13% compared to the first 6 months of 2011. However, the two forms of media that grew the most in the first half of 2012 in Brazil were Internet and pay TV, each of which registered growth of 18% in this period. It’s also interesting to note that Brazilian newspapers grew by 4% in ad spend during the first half of 2012.

Colombia
Overall ad spend grew by 5% in Colombia during the first half of 2012, according to figures from Asomedios, Andiarios and IAB Colombia. The total reported by these organizations —which reflects ad spend in regional and local TV, magazines, newspapers, national TV, radio and Internet— is one trillion Colombian pesos, which is about US$555 million. During the first half of 2012 Internet grew the most of all Colombian media in ad spend: 12%. However, national TV still commanded the largest share of ad spend, with 45.8%, followed by newspapers (21%), radio (20%) and magazines (4.5%).

More Markets
While we could not find 2012 ad spend numbers for other Latin American markets, the figures from last year suggest that Zenith Optimedia’s positive projections make sense. For example, in 2011 ad spend grew by 11.9% in Mexico, by 10% in Chile, by 16% in Peru, by 6.5% in Ecuador, by 7.% in Uruguay and by 7.8% in Venezuela.
As such, it’s likely that we’ll be reporting strong 2012 ad spend figures for all of these markets during the first quarter of 2013.

To explore how we can help you reach Latin America’s growing consumer market through a campaign in any type of 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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