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Latin American Internet Users: Key 2017 Trends

Latin American Internet Users: Key 2017 Trends

Posted by PanamericanWorld on March 16, 2017

As Internet penetration in Latin America continues to grow, companies need to stay abreast of trends among users so as to adjust their digital marketing efforts for maximum effectiveness, particularly when it comes to e-commerce. Here’s a look at some of the key trends we at Americas Market Intelligence are seeing for LatAm Internet users in 2017, based on our review of recent studies. 

#1 Adblocking Is Less Prevalent in LatAm than in Other Markets

Beyond fraud and viewability issues, adblocking is another major concern for digital marketers. When it comes to Latin America, the good news for marketers is that adblocking is not as prevalent, at least thus far.

The 2017 Global Adblock Report from PageFair shows that in most Latin American countries, adblock penetration is 5-14% per online capita, compared to 15-24% in the U.S. and more than 25% in Canada and a number of European countries.

The average adblock penetration per online capita is 7% for Latin America, below the worldwide average of 11% and the North American and Western European averages of 18% and 20%, respectively.

Argentina has the highest adblock penetration in Latin America, with 14%, followed by Chile at 13%. Adblock penetration is significantly lower in other markets, including Uruguay (11%), Peru (10%), Mexico (9%), Ecuador (9%), Colombia (8%), Brazil (6%), Costa Rica (6%), Panama (5%), Puerto Rico (5%), El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua (all 4%).

#2 Mobile Drives Internet Use in Latin America

ComScore’s recent Digital Future 2016 report for Latin America highlighted the impact of mobile on the region’s Internet use in several ways:

  • A 29% increase in incremental Internet users in Brazil and a 12% increase in Argentina, all thanks to mobile
  • Mobile seems to boost online time in Latin America rather than cannibalize from desktop: the report shows a 270% increase in minutes spent online in 2016 in Brazil and a 263% increase in Mexico, driven mostly by mobile Internet use
  • Peak mobile phone and tablet usage in LatAm occurs between 7 and 10 a.m. and also go up starting at 5 p.m. until 12 a.m., while PC usage peaks from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Significant percentages of Internet users in Latin American countries are multiplatform users: 46% in Argentina, 43% in Chile, 42% in Colombia and 38% in Mexico
  • However, despite these mobile inroads, marketers should factor in that 66% of page hits in Latin America during 2016 came from desktops, versus nearly 34% from mobile


#3 Video Gains Ground in LatAm Social Media Usage

According to the 2016 State of Social Media in LatAm report from Shareablee, total video actions (likes, comments, shares and retweets for video content posted by brands) went up by 56% in Latin America between January and November 2016. The biggest growth was with Twitter at 373%, but there was also solid growth with Facebook (55%) and Instagram (50%).

While Brazil accounted for 42% of all video actions taken in Latin America in this time period, Peru actually grew the most in the amount of its users’ overall video actions: 287%. But Mexico (177%), Argentina (120%) and Chile (112%) also grew impressively. But video is not just a necessary social media marketing tactic for brands because it spurs action in general, but because of the type of action it spurs:

While regular posts are shared 12% of the time, video posts are shared more than double the amount by Latin American social media users, suggesting brands will get much more traction by developing memorable videos for social media as opposed to other forms of content. The importance of sharing seems particularly high for certain types of sectors:



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