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E-Commerce Set to Keep Surging in Latin America in 2013

Last year, America Economía and Visa published a study of e-commerce in Latin America that predicted overall sales of US$69 billion in 2013, a 53% increase from the US$43 billion in e-commerce sales posted in 2011. While 2013 e-commerce sales results aren’t available for most of Latam yet, a number of sources in major markets are predicting significant growth for this year. Here’s a quick rundown of them:

ARGENTINA
E-commerce in Argentina will grow by 45% in 2013, according to the Cámara Argentina de Comercio Electrónico (Argentine Chamber of E-Commerce). As such, projected sales should exceed 20 billion Argentine pesos, given that 2012 e-commerce sales in Argentina were more than 16.3 billion pesos (US$2.8 billion).

BRAZIL
In the first half of 2013, e-commerce sales in Brazil were 24% higher than in the first half of 2012, reaching a total of R$12.7 billion (US$5.3 billion), according to e-bit. Clothes and accessories were the #1 product that Brazilians bought online in the first half of 2013, followed by appliances (#2), beauty products (#3), tech products (#4) and books and magazines (#5). Overall, e-commerce in Brazil will grow by 25% in 2013.

CHILE
According to the Cámara de Comercio de Santiago (Santaiago Chamber of Commerce), total e-commerce sales in Chile are projected to reach US$1.5 billion in 2013. This represents a 15% increase compared to 2012, in which e-commerce sales totaled US$1.3 billion.

COLOMBIA
According to a recent story in Portafolio.com, e-commerce sales in Colombia will grow by 40% in 2013 to top more than US$2 billion, compared to the 2012 total of US$1.4 billion. Also of note is that a study by the firm Cushman & Wakefield ranked Colombia among the top 50 most advanced e-commerce markets in the world.

MEXICO
B2C e-commerce should grow by 30% in Mexico in 2013 to reach nearly US$8 billion, according to eMarketer. However, Bernardo Cordero —cofounder of e-commerce site Linio— has a rosier projection, estimating growth of 40-45% for online sales in Mexico in 2013.

PERU
Projected e-commerce growth for Peru in 2013 is 20%, according to the Cámara de Comercio de Lima (Lima Chamber of Commerce or CCL). The CCL indicates that overall online sales in Peru should top more than US$800 million in 2013.

To find out how we can help you reach Latin American consumers with a precisely targeted campaign in any form of media, please contact us.

Profiling the Average Internet User in Brazil

As we all know, proper targeting is everything when it comes to a campaign, especially in the online world. A new report from IAB Brasil called Indicadores Mercado Online may help you refine your targeting. It includes statistics from a variety of studies that seem to paint a picture of the average Brazilian internautas. Here’s a brief profile of the typical Internet user in Brazil, based on this research:

Most Are Young Males
Based on March 2013 results from research produced by IBOPE Media in partnership with Nielsen, nearly 53% of active Internet users in Brazil are men and 47% are women. The largest age group among Brazilian Internet users is 25 to 34 (25.6%), and #2 is 35 to 49, with 25.5%. So slightly more than half of your target audience in Brazil is 25 to 49. If we decide to include slightly younger age groups, we find that 11.6% of Brazilian internautas are between 18 and 24 and 10.5% are 12 to 17. This means that 73% —basically 3 out of 4 Brazilians who are active Internet users—are between 12 and 49 and significantly ore more likely to be male rather than female.

Most are Classes AB
According to  2012 research from IBOPE called Internet POP, Internet has 92% reach among class A Brazilians and 79% among Class B Brazilians, with significantly lesser reach among the growing class C (54%).

The Majority Are Located in the South or Southeast of Brazil
Research from comScore MediaMetrix indicates that more than half (54.9%) of Brazilian Internet users are in the southeastern part of the country and another 18% are in the south, meaning that your web banners are more likely to be seen by people in those parts of the country. In contrast, only 4.7% of Brazilian Internet users are in the north, only 13% are in the northeast and only 9% are in the center-west region.

Their Favorite Web Sites Include News and Entertainment
The research from IBOPE and Nielsen also looked at the top Web site categories for Brazilian Internet users. Search engines were the #1 category, followed by telecommunications/Internet sites (#2), entertainment sites (#3), computer/consumer electronics sites (#4) and news/information sites (#5). Other important categories include family/lifestyle (#9), travel (#10) and finance/investment (#12).
Interestingly, here at US Media Consulting we represent or work directly with major international brands in all of these areas. For example, in Brazil we represent The Wall Street Journal (news and finance), CNET (computers and tech), Clickhoteles (travel), last.fm and SongPop (entertainment). In addition, we frequently work with top technology sites like Mashable, Wired and NetShelter, top lifestyle sites like Glam Media and Enfemenino, top entertainment sites like Grooveshark and top news sites like Forbes, Bloomberg and The New York Times.

Most are Avid Watchers of Online Videos
The IAB Brasil report cites comScore Data that indicates that 8 out of 10 Brazilian Internet users watch online videos, which have the biggest reach among those between 25 and 34 (13 million) and those between 35 and 44 (9 million). This is why we launched Jumba Video Network, which brings together many top sites with online videos all over Brazil and Latin America.

Internet Drives Their Purchase Decisions
A TG.Net survey from June 2012 shows that 74% of Brazilians said they had gone on the Internet in the past 6 months to obtain information about products before buying them. In addition, 68% agree either totally or partially with the statement “A internet me ajuda mais que a televisão para decider que produto comprar” (“The Internet  helps me more than TV does in terms of deciding which product to buy.”) In addition, nearly 7 out of 10 Brazilian Internet users (69%) say that the Internet gives them product information that they can’t get anywhere else.

They Search for Social Sites the Most, then Multimedia
IAB Brasil’s report also cites March 2013 data from Hitwise that indicates that the type of Web sites that Brazilians search the most for are social media sites (30%). The #2 type of site category that Brazilian internautas search for are multimedia sites, which means music and video. Rounding out the top 5 are game sites, portal home pages and education sites.

They Are Fairly Likely to Be Online Shoppers
In 2012 more than 42 million Brazilians bought products online. Currently, comScore estimates that there are 89 million Internet users in Brazil. This means that 47% of Brazilian Internet users engage in e-commerce. For perspective on the explosive growth of e-commerce in Brazil, consider that in 2008 only 13 million Brazilians bought products via the Internet. According to e-bit the top 5 types of products that Brazilians bought online in 2012 were appliances (#1), clothes (#2), health and beauty products (#3), tech products (#4) and home décor products (#5). Overall, Brazilians spent R$ 22 billion (US$11 billion) on e-commerce purchases in 2012 and it’s projected that Brazilians will spend R $28 billion (US$14 billion) on e-commerce in 2013.

A Significant Portion Go Online Via Mobile Devices
The IAB Brasil report includes data from a survey of more than 20,000 Brazilian Internet users done between July 2011 and August 2012. Nearly 4 out of 10 Brazilian Internet users reported using a laptop, netbook or notebook to go online, compared to just 15% in 2009. In addition, 8% of Brazilians said they used smartphones to go online in 2012. That said, 2013 data from IBOPE Media—just published in Blue Bus—paints an even more potent picture of mobile Internet in Brazil. According to IBOPE, 52 million Brazilians can access the Internet via cell phones. Out of this total, 20 million Brazilians access the Internet using a smartphone. This IBOPE study also notes some interesting facts that marketers and advertisers should keep in mind: 64% of Brazilians who go online with smartphones read news, 47% to see what’s new in the music scene and 44% to watch videos.

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

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The Most Valuable Brands in Latam

A recent report from marketing communications firm WPP—entitled BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Latin American Brands 2012—offers a ranking of the region’s brands.

Overall, these top 50 brands have a total value of US$136 billion. Not surprisingly, Brazil accounts for the largest amount of this total (US$45.9 billion), with Mexico in second place (accounting for US$36.8 billion), while Chile accounts for US$27 billion, Colombia accounts for US$22 billion and Argentina accounts for US$3.76 billion.

To create the ranking, WPP worked with Millward Brown Optimor and generated the valuations based on a brand’s economic impact, i.e. its ability to generate long-term earnings for shareholders and sustained demand among consumers. Several key variables were used as part of the process, including corporate earnings, future earnings prospects and customer viewpoints about brands based on extensive quantitative research.

Here’s the list of the top 50 brands in Latin America as per the report:

 

The top 50 brands in Latin America in this ranking cut across a range of categories, but retail (with 14 brands) is the dominant category, with finance in second place.

The report also listed top brands for specific markets. Here’s a quick look, country by country:

Top 5 Brands in Argentina

  1. YPF (fuel provider)
  2. Personal (mobile telecommunications)
  3. Telecom (telecommunications)
  4. Quilmes (beer)
  5. Banco Galicia (bank)

Top 5 Brands in Brazil

  1. Petrobras (fuel)
  2. Bradesco (bank)
  3. Itaú (bank)
  4. Skol (beer)
  5. Banco do Brasil (bank)

Top 5 Brands in Chile

  1. Falabella (department store)
  2. LAN (airline)
  3. Sodimac (home improvement chain)
  4. Banco de Chile (bank)
  5. COPEC (fuel)

Top 5 Brands in Colombia

  1. Comcel (mobile services)
  2. Ecopetrol  (fuel)
  3. Bancolombia (bank)
  4. Banco de Bogotá (bank)
  5. Banco Popular (bank)

Top 5 brands in México

  1. Telcel (wireless service)
  2. Corona (beer)
  3. Telmex (telephone service)
  4. Televisa (media)
  5. Bodega Aurrera  (retail)

 

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

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