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MediaDesk Nominated for Portada Award

MediaDesk has been nominated for an award as the Mejor Innovador Digital en el Mundo Latino (Best Digital Innovator in the Latin World) from Portada, a leading Latam media industry publication.

Developed by US Media Consulting’s technology team, MediaDesk is the premier programmatic buying platform in Latin America. Find out more here and here.

Click HERE to see the nominees for Portada awards and cast your vote.

If you’re not registered on Portada, the first screen will be to set up the registration, which takes 30 seconds. After that, you’ll see the list the of categories, we are the 5th category from the top:

MEJOR INNOVADOR DIGITAL EN EL MUNDO LATINO

The Portada Awards will be distributed at the 2014 Latam Advertising and Media Summit, taking place June 3-4 in Miami.

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Fast Facts for Latin American Media

Keeping up with what’s happening in Latam media is tough—even for a media representation and placement company like ours. We realize that this is even harder for professionals in the media, advertising and marketing industries who specialize in Latin America.

That’s why we put together some newer developments in Latin American media for you in short sections below. With a quick scrolldown, you can get updated on a variety of media in several important markets and access more information if you need it with a quick click.  We start off regionally:

LATIN AMERICA
>Digital Advertising Will Grow 15% in 2012 in Latam
This is according to a recent survey done by Portada. Read more here.

>Latin American Newspapers Keep Growing in Circulation
According to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, circulation of Latin American newspapers went up by 2% in 2010 and by 4.5% over the past 5 years.

>Social Gaming Surges in Latam
At IAB Now in Argentina in fall 2011, Daniel Kafie, founder and CEO of Vostu, predicted that the social gaming market will hit US$1.6 billion in 2012. In Latin America social gaming is already a $330 million market. Read more here.

>E-commerce Booms In the Region
German research firm Ystats reports that the number of online shoppers in Latin America will grow by 20% a year over the next few years. More stats available here.

>3 Latin American Countries Among Top Facebook Markets
As of January 2012, Colombia was the fastest-growing Facebook market in the world, followed by Brazil and Mexico.

>Latin America is Growing Fastest in Ad Spend for Social Media
A survey by Grant Thornton LLP indicated that 78% of Latin American advertisers plan to increase their social media spend in 2012, more than advertisers in North America, Europe or Asia.

>Pay TV Revenues in Latin America to Reach $25 billion by 2016
This is according to a new report from Informa Telecoms and Media.

>Latin Americans Among the World’s Biggest Moviegoers
IBOPE AGB Mexico’s newest report offers these and other interesting facts about Latin American media.

Being More Specific
Here are some more fast facts about major media types  in specific markets of Latin America.

ARGENTINA
>Pay TV Penetration reaches 81%
This is according to a new study from the Latin American Multiadvertising Council (LAMAC).

>66% of Argentine Internautas Watch TV Online
A study from Mindshare Argentina recently reported these results, along with the fact that a lesser amount of Argentine Internet users—47%—watch free TV.

BRAZIL
>6% of Shopping Searches in Brazil Come From Mobile Devices
This is according to Peter Fernandez, head of Mobile Marketing for Google in Latam, during the Mobile Marketing Association Forum in São Paulo in fall 2011. More info here.

>Brazilians A Huge Online Gaming Market
According to Juan Franco, founder and CEO of Mentez, 35 million Brazilians play online games on social media. In total, Brazilians spend US$2 billion a year on online gaming overall, which includes gaming on social media and mobile devices as well as massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

CHILE
>Online ad spend grew by 35% in 2011 in Chile
IAB Chile projects that online ad spend will make up 7% of the country’s overall ad spend in 2012, which is comparable to the 10% that online has reached in Brazil.

>88% of Chilean Internet Users Have Made An Online Purchase
A new study from Universal McCann Chile suggests that e-commerce is strong in Chile and breaks down the top products that Chilean Internet users buy.

MEXICO
>Mexico has 46 million Internet Users
According to E-Marketer, the country now has 40.5% Internet penetration.

>19% of Mexican Internet Users Watch TV on a Mobile Device Every Day
This is from Motorola Mobility’s Global Media Engagement study. See more here.

>Games Spending in Mexico Hits US$1.2 billion in 2011
Mexico’s gaming market continued to grow in 2011 and players spend 60% of their time on online or mobile gaming.

>E-Commerce in Mexico Grew 28% in 2011
This is one of many fascinating numbers from a recent study done by Asociación Mexicana de Internet and Visa.

URUGUAY
>Online ad spend went up 50% in 2011
Uruguay joined other countries in Latam with spiking online spend—Internet now makes up 4% of the overall ad spend in the country. Read more here.

>Overall ad spend in Uruguay reached $249 million in 2011
This is a 7% increase compared to 2010, according to a report issued by the Asociación Uruguaya de Agencias de Publicidad—the Uruguayan Ad Agency Association.

To find out how we can help you reach Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico or all of Latin America with an innovative media campaign, please contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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5 lecciones acerca de los internautas argentinos

En junio 2011 comScore publicó un estudio llamado El Estado del Internet en Argentina. Los hallazgos son muy interesantes… si uno sabe interpretarlos. He aquí algunas de las conclusiones del estudio y lo que significan para los profesionales en mercadeo y publicidad.


N°1: Los argentinos pasan más tiempo en línea que nadie

Con unos 12,9 millones de internautas, Argentina se encuentra en el puesto N°3 en Latinoamérica en cuanto a su cantidad de usuarios, detrás de Brasil (41,5 millones) y México (19 millones) y justo antes de Colombia (12,7 millones). Pero los argentinos ocupan el puesto N°1 cuando se trata del tiempo pasado en línea. Pasan 27,4 horas al mes en línea, mientras que los brasileños y los mexicanos pasan un promedio de 25 horas por mes en internet. Los argentinos exceden el promedio mundial —23 horas— por 4 horas.
>>>Lo que significa: Más tiempo en línea significa que hay mayores oportunidades y frecuencia para llegarle a esta audiencia con sus anuncios. Y se trata de un mercado al que vale la pena llegar. El e-comercio creció en un 48 por ciento en Argentina en 2010 y el país se encuentra entre los 30 mercados minoristas emergentes principales del mundo.

 


N°2: Los argentinos se la pasan buscando

Al igual que al resto del mundo, a los argentinos les fascina la búsqueda por internet. Casi el 97 por ciento de ellos utilizan el internet para realizar búsquedas y el 89 por ciento de ellos prefiere Google. Cada usuario argentino que busca realiza un promedio de 175 búsquedas al mes, lo cual ubica al país entre los más “buscones” del mundo. Varios países latinoamericanos se encuentran en esta lista de “buscones”, entre ellos Colombia (N°1 porque sus usuarios realizan 233 búsquedas al mes), Perú (203), México (178), Venezuela (168) y Brasil (150).  
>>>Lo que significa: Es probable que los anuncios de búsqueda con Google generen una gran cantidad de impresiones y clics mientras que expongan su marca a casi todos los internautas del país. Contamos con varios profesionales con certificaciones de Google que pueden planificar, administrar y optimizar campañas con anuncios de búsqueda. 

 

 


N°3: Los jóvenes argentinos son los que más usan el internet

Los jóvenes entre 15 y 24 años de edad son los que más usan el internet en Argentina. Llevan un promedio de 30 horas por semana en línea. Se trata de un contraste marcado con los EE.UU., donde las personas que más usan el internet tienen entre 45 y 54 años. Casi el 28 por ciento de los hombres internautas de Argentina tienen entre 15 y 34 años mientras que el 26 por ciento de las mujeres internautas tienen entre 15 y 34, así que es obvio que los usuarios más jóvenes comprenden la mayoría de la audiencia argentina en línea. 
>>>Lo que significa: Para los anunciantes que quieren atraer esta audiencia más joven, las categorías de tecnología, entretenimiento y videojuegos ofrecen buenas oportunidades para llegarles. De hecho, CNET, el cual representamos exclusivamente en Latinoamérica, es el sitio de tecnología  N°3 en Argentina. Atrae unos 500.000 visitantes únicos al mes. Por su parte, last.fm ocupa el puesto N°8 entre los sitios musicales que visitan los argentinos. Gamespot se encuentra en el puesto N°12 entre los sitios de videojuegos; según comScore atrae 182.000 visitantes únicos cada mes. Por supuesto, el hecho que colaboramos estrechamente con más de 1.000 editoriales en la región significa que podemos crearle una campaña personalizada con muchísimos sitios que atraen estos usuarios jóvenes.

 


N°4: A los argentinos les encantan los sitios locales de noticias

Como categoría, noticias atrae a un 71 por ciento de la audiencia argentina que está en línea. Esta categoría cuenta con mayor alcance en Argentina que en muchos otros países, como Brasil (56 por ciento), México (55 por ciento) y Colombia (59 por ciento). Grupo Clarín y Grupo La Nación encabezan la categoría de noticias. Ofrecen alcances respectivos de las audiencias del 44 y del 31 por ciento. En tercer lugar queda muy atrás MSN News con un alcance del 13 por ciento.
>>>Lo que significa: Esto refleja la preferencia del mercado argentino por las editoriales locales. De hecho, hasta cierto punto esta preferencia ha presentado un reto para los anunciantes que han querido llegar al mercado argentino. Sin embargo, US Media Consulting ha estado vendiendo publicidad para editoriales argentinas —y las del resto de Latinoamérica— durante casi una década, incluso cuando a muy pocas empresas les interesaba el mercado online latinoamericano.
A través de estos contactos extensos podemos ayudar a los anunciantes ubicados fuera del mercado argentino a posicionarse con el fin de aprovechar esta preferencia y llegar a este público.

 


N°5: El argentino adora a los sitios de deportes

Este dato no sorprende cuando se toma en cuenta la gran pasión por el fútbol que existe en el país. En marzo 2011 el 38 por ciento de los internautas argentinos visitaron un sitio de deportes. Sólo Brasil cuenta con un porcentaje parecido. En cambio, el 25 y el 28 por ciento, respectivamente, de los internautas mexicanos y colombianos visitaron sitios deportivos. En Argentina los sitios deportivos de mayor alance son Ole.com.ar y Gran DT. Los usuarios argentinos pasaron un promedio de 70 minutos en Ole durante casa visita.
>>>Lo que significa: Si su producto se dirige a un público de hombres jóvenes, sitios como Ole.com.ar deben de generar bastantes clics. Nuestras relaciones con los medios argentinos pueden ayudarle a llegar a este grupo demográfico con múltiples opciones. 

Para aprender más acerca de cómo podemos ayudarle a ampliar su alcance en el mercado argentino, por favor contáctenos: info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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5 Lessons about Online Argentines

In June 2011 comScore released a study called El Estado del Internet en Argentina  (The State of the Internet in Argentina). The intelligence from the study is great—if you know how to interpret it. Here are some of the key findings from the study and what they mean to marketers and advertisers.


#1 Argentines Spend the Most Time Online

With 12.9 million Internet users, Argentina is third in Latin America, behind Brazil (41.5 million) and Mexico (19 million), and just ahead of Colombia (12.7 million). But Argentines spend more time online than all other Latin Americans: 27.4 hours a month compared to 25 in Brazil and Mexico and 4 hours more than the world average, which is 23 hours a month.
>>>What it means: More time online means more opportunities and a higher frequency to reach this audience with your ads. And this is an audience worth reaching: not only did e-commerce grow by 48% in Argentina in 2010, the country is among the top 30 emerging retail markets of the world


#2 Argentines Look a Lot

Like most of the rest of the world, Argentines love search. Nearly 97% of online Argentines use the Internet to search and 89% of these users prefer Google. Each Argentine search user averages 175 searches per month, which places the country among the world’s “heavy searchers.” A number of Latin American countries make this list, including Colombia (#1 with 233 monthly searches), Peru (203), Mexico (178), Venezuela (168) and Brazil (150). 
>>>What this means: Google search ads are likely to generate a huge amount of impressions while getting your brand in front of almost the entire online audience in Argentina. We have a number of Google-certified professionals to help plan, manage and optimize search ad campaigns.


#3 Argentina’s Heaviest Online Users Are Younger

Men and women aged 15-24 are online over 30 hours a week in Argentina, in marked contrast to the United States, for example, where the heaviest users are 45-54 years old. Nearly 28% of Argentine male users are 15-34, while 26% of female users are 15-34—the younger users are by far the biggest portion of the overall online audience.
>>>What it means: For advertisers looking for this younger audience, tech, entertainment and gaming are all good fits. In fact, CNET, which we represent exclusively in Latin America, is the #3 technology news site in Argentina, with 500,000 uniques a month, while last.fm. ranks #8 among music sites. For its part, Gamespot ranks among the top 12 gaming sites in the country, with 182,000 uniques per month. Of course, our extensive relationships with over 1,000 publishers in the region means that we can craft a custom campaign with many other sites that draw this younger audience.


#4 Argentines Love Local News Sites

As a category, news reaches 71% of Argentina’s overall online audience. This is significantly higher than the news category’s reach in Brazil (56%), Mexico (55%) and Colombia (59%). Grupo Clarín and Grupo La Nación are the leaders in the news category, with a 44% and 31% reach, respectively. MSN News is a distant third with 13%.
>>>What it means: This reflects the Argentine market’s preference for local news providers. In fact, this preference has made it a challenge for advertisers in the U.S. or outside Argentina to reach the market. However, US Media Consulting has longstanding relationships with Argentina’s leading newspapers—as well as those of all of Latin America. As such, we can help American and other non-Argentine advertisers position themselves to take advantage of this market preference and reach Argentina.


#5 Argentines Love Sports Sites

Given the country’s well-known soccer fever, this is not a surprise. In March 2011, 38% of online Argentines visited a sports site. Only Brazil equaled this figure—Mexico and Colombia trailed significantly in this category, with 25% and 28%, respectively. The sites with the biggest reach were Ole.com.ar and Gran DT, and users spent an average of nearly 70 minutes on Ole.
>>>What this means: If your product or products skew young and male, sports sites like Ole will generate a strong CTR. Our media relationships can help you reach this demographic with a variety of options.

To learn more about how we can help you increase your reach in Argentina’s market, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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Joining IAB in Latam

In July, US Media Consulting became a member of three branches of the Interactive Advertising Bureau: IAB Argentina,  IAB Colombia and IAB Mexico. We also traveled to Mexico to participate in that branch’s annual event—IAB Conecta—on July 28 and 29. The move is part of our continued expansion in these countries as our local offices continue to deliver powerful results with online advertising.  In Mexico, our sales have spiked by 7 times in just the first 2 quarters of the year. In Argentina, our sales are up 76% in the first 6 months of the year. And in Colombia, we’re set to increase sales by an eye-popping 600% by the end of the year.  

Our market expansion wasn’t the only reason we  joined these branches of IAB.  Another key factor was the opportunity to participate in Internet advertising research through the organization’s many committees. We’re also looking forward to the educational sessions offered by each branch. Finally, IAB offers the chance to connect regularly with our fellow Internet advertising professionals to share our market knowledge.

Besides selecting the committees we’ll be participating in, we’re also gearing up for IAB Now, IAB Argentina’s annual event that takes place this September. We look forward to working with our fellow members in all three countries to further best practices and research in the world of online advertising.

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Reaching Latam—the Hottest Retail Market in the World

Nine Latin American countries are among the top 30 emerging countries for retail development, according to a report by consulting firm A.T. Kearney. As an emerging retail region, Latin America far outstrips any other, even Asia and the Middle East.

Brazil is the number one emerging retail market, followed by Uruguay (#2) and Chile (#3), with Peru coming in at #8. Mexico is #22, Colombia is #24, Argentina is #25, Panama is #27 and Dominican Republic is #28.

What’s behind the high rankings? Booming Latam economies and dedicated shoppers. For advertisers and marketers, this report further confirms that now is the best time to reach out to this market.

Considering the boom in Latin American media, there are multiple options for taking advantage of the region’s hot retail market.

Online. A recent study by Microsoft Advertising indicates that 71% of Latin Americans go online to research before buying. Besides information, they want savings. That’s why Groupon has exploded in popularity in Argentina, for example.
>How we can help: An online campaign on high-traffic Web sites customized to the demographic you’re after. We can set this up for the whole region or for specific countries. Either way, our longtime relationships will get you great CPMs.

Print. Newspapers and magazines are expanding their reach in Latin America. In 2010, circulation spiked 5% overall for Latam newspapers. Brazilian newspapers have enjoyed a 4% increase in circulation so far in 2011, while Brazilian magazine circulation went up 7% in 2010.
In addition, Latin American newspaper sites draw big traffic. For example, according to comScore, Colombian newspapers El Tiempo and El Espectador rank #7 and #20 among the country’s most popular sites. In Argentina, Clarín is #5 in amount of unique visitors per month and La Nación is #10.
>How we can help: Our close relationships with all the major newspapers in Latam stretch back nearly a decade. We can easily set up a combination print/online campaign to allow you to reach the readers of these popular newspapers with both media. Or we can conduct a print-only campaign—again, our relationships can get you superb pricing, a variety of  formats and premium positions

TV. Latin America’s  traditional leader in ad spend remains firmly in place. However, going beyond free TV to pay TV allows you to reach the more affluent customers that are powering this retail surge. And pay TV is exploding in the region. Currently there are 42 million subscribers, but by 2015 half the homes in Latin America will have pay TV.  
>How we can help: Our relationships with major networks like Televisa, Globosat  and Bloomberg TV will deliver competitive pricing to match their impressive reach.

To learn more about how we can help you reach Latin America’s booming retail market, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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Driving Response with Strategic Service

Crafting an advance strategy for a campaign always makes sense. It’s essential to know a market and have your action steps ready to execute.
But this doesn’t always deliver great results. Sometimes, giving a client strategic service as the campaign unfolds is what really drives the impact.

First Impressions
Recently, we planned out a print ad campaign for an audio equipment manufacturer in Mexico. What initially drew the client to us was the discounted pricing we offered. We knew that we could get the client low costs per thousand (CPMs) and good exposure. The ads were call to action pieces that were focused on customer conversions to buy the equipment advertised. With that in mind, we drafted our initial strategy.

Refining for Reach
We set up a campaign with newspapers that were proven high-reach performers. The client tracked the results, and we delivered on both price and response.
But we knew it could be even better, so we expanded the campaign to magazines. Leveraging our longstanding relationships with print media in this market, we kept the great prices—but got the client even better positions.
Soon we were able to get the client premium placement on back covers, inside front covers and more.
Again, we saw great results when the tracking reports came in. Of course, we still knew they could be even better, so we continued to refine our efforts.

The Bonus Plan
To make sure the client was getting the most out of the power of print, we then focused on changing up formats. More negotiating made the numbers work while we tried out different ad sizes and formats like inserts, cover wraps and belly bands. The client’s continual tracking let us know what was delivering the best results—without any budget breaking.
As we worked out the details of new formats with newspapers and magazines, they often offered the client premium positions in their supplement publications as a bonus. We quickly agreed, getting even more exposure for the client plus a free test of new outlets.

What’s Next
Our next moves with the client will be like our previous ones—driven by strategic service. Based on tracking reports, our nonstop research into the market’s print media and never-ending negotiation, we’ll continue fine-tuning our efforts to deliver ever-better results for the client.

To learn more about how we can help you leverage the power of print in Latin America, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com. To get the big picture about Brazil’s media market, click here. You can learn about Latam’s media boom here.

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