Recent research from IAB Mexico, comScore, Microsoft Advertising and Asociación Mexicana de Internet (AMPCI), among other sources, offers insights into this growing market.
In 2010 there were 34.9 million Internet users in Mexico, with 40 million projected by the end of 2011 and 56.4 million by 2014—50% penetration. Mexico is currently the fastest-growing Internet market in Latin America, ahead of Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile.
Online Ad Spend
In 2010, it was 3.3 billion pesos ($273 million), 7% of the overall ad spend. However, online ad spend in Mexico in 2011 is projected to be 10% of the overall spend. It’s #2 in the region in online ad spend, second only to Brazil, whose online ad spend will also hit 10% of the overall spend this year.
Mexican Internet users are split evenly by gender, 51% men and 48% women. They skew younger: 64% of the Mexican online population is under 35 but has significant purchasing power.
Mexicans spend 25.8 hours a month online, very close to major markets like Colombia (26.6 hours), Brazil (27 hours) and Argentina (28.7 hours). Another interesting fact about Mexican Internet users is that they spend double the amount of time online than they do watching TV, whether free TV or cable.
Desktop and laptops are the most common way for them to connect, but in 2010 30% of Mexican users went online via cellphones and 14% went online with smartphones.
What Mexicans Most Love to Do Online
Search (91% reach), social media (90%), multimedia (78%) and email (77%) are the top activities in terms of reach. Mexico ranks #6 in Facebook usage in the world and is among Twitter’s top 16 markets. Mexico is also one of LinkedIn’s fastest-growing markets.
Activities Growing in Popularity Among Mexican Internet Users
Online entertainment: Among Mexican Internet users, this category has 86% penetration, bigger than that of all of Latam (84%). Mexicans spend 3.4 hours per visitor on entertainment sites, more than any group of Internet users in the world.
Reading about technology and news: 58% of Mexican Internet users go online for news or to technology sites. Not surprising, since computers and software are what Mexicans mostly buy online. In addition, 33% of Mexican Internet users visit a newspaper site every month.
Listening to music: According to IAB Mexico’s 2010 study, 22% of Mexican Internet users listened to music online in 2010, up from 16% en 2009. Music is part of their multimedia consumption, which has 78% penetration in the market.
Shopping: 15% of Mexican Internet users shopped online in 2010, triple the amount in 2009. Mexico is #2 in e-commerce in Latin America and it’s growing by 50% a year. Forrester’s projects it will reach $3.4 billion by 2016.
Reaching the Mexican Online Market
A number of the media we represent may be helpful in targeting these important segments in the Mexican online market, including:
• Technophiles: CNET.com draws 1.4 million unique users a month in Mexico
• Music lovers: last.fm draws 1.3 million unique users a month in Mexico
• Gamers: Gamespot.com draws 560,000 unique users a month in Mexico
• Entertainment: TV.com reaches 200,000 female unique users a month in Mexico
• News: Our Jumba ad performance network includes 25 of the top newspapers in Mexico, including those with the biggest online reach
To learn more about how we can help you reach Mexico via online or other media, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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