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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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Our New Office in Colombia Debuts

US Media Consulting’s Colombia team has a new headquarters in Bogotá’s exclusive Chico Zone. This is the city’s advertising nerve center, home to the country’s most important creative and media agencies. “The new office will centralize our Colombian operations and allow us to more efficiently serve not only Colombia, but also the entire region,” says Catalina Abadia, Regional Sales Manager, Andean Region, for US Media Consulting. Although the office may be new, US Media Consulting is not new to the market. We’ve been operating in Colombia since 2006, handling online campaigns for a variety of clients of OMD Colombia, McCann-Erickson and Starcom, among other agencies. Our success has allowed us to expand the team and we hope to keep growing. You can find us here  at Calle 93B, #16-66 Oficina 210, or call us: +57-1-704-3472. We look forward to receiving current and future clients in our new office!

To learn more about how we can help you leverage our expertise in the Colombian and Andean media markets, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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Speaking Latam

Can English-Only Sites Offer Big Reach to Latam?

Nearly all the top 40 Web sites in Latin America are either in Spanish or Portuguese. But 5 are only in English—and they still draw millions of unique visitors from the region. Here’s why.

Top 40 Countdown
Not surprisingly, per comScore the 40 most popular Web sites in Latin America include big brands like Microsoft, Facebook, Terra, iG and Vevo.

While almost all of them are in Spanish or Portuguese, 5 are not—their content is English-only:

Site comScore Latam
rank
# of uniques per month
MTV Networks Music #21 13.5 million
Conduit #28 12.8 million
Amazon sites #33 12.8 million
CBS Interactive #34 10.94 million
English-language Wikipedia #9* 9 million


A Handy Tool
Do these numbers mean that these 5 web properties are pulling a desirable, high-income audience that’s highly fluent in English? Not exactly. With all of these sites, Google Toolbar provides a rough translation into Spanish or Portuguese. It’s not perfect or similar in quality to content originally written in these languages for the audience, but it works. As such, users can go to all of them and get what they want. With MTV, they’re likely to be watching videos, TV shows and movie trailers that don’t need a pitch-perfect translation to enjoy them. The same applies with a shopping site like Amazon or a tech site like Conduit: as long as you can follow the basic directions, navigation is relatively easy. With Wikipedia, the start page lets you choose Spanish or Portuguese as an option. Or you can use the toolbar to translate English Wikipedia content into either language.

English Exceptionalism
However, toolbar translations don’t drive traffic. These 5 English-language exceptions attract a combined 64 million Latam users because of:

  • Worldwide brand equity
  • Unique services

And CBS Interactive is the exception to the exceptions. Unlike most of these other sites, it draws readers with content. CBS’ site portfolio offers tech news, reviews and downloads with CNET and ZDNET (4.6 million combined monthly uniques), playing tips and reviews for gamers with Gamespot (1.7 million), music downloads via last.fm (3.6 million) and news/entertainment info through CBS News and TV.com (1 million).

This broad mix delivers a deeper reach with different audiences that tend to skew A/B in terms of socioeconomic class. And because of the unique, high-quality content on CBS Interactive’s sites, they’re stickier, so users stay longer—all the better to reach them with ads.

*#9 ranking is for all Wikipedia sites, including Spanish Wikipedia and Portuguese Wikipedia

To find out more about reaching Latin America with online advertising, contact us at info@usmediaconsulting.com.

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