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Remi Cackel, Chief Data Officer, Teads tells Portada that Teads has built deep capabilities to understand how people consume and engage with premium editorial content. “We have taken a privacy-first approach in using this unique knowledge to deliver non-intrusive personalization capabilities to our clients. This is why we believe that most of the targeting needs can still be effectively covered today without cookies and have developed cookieless solutions with proven effectiveness.” Below is an article by Cackel on Google’s recent announcement on ad-targeting on the open web.

This announcement from Google is not a surprise as it comes a few weeks before the release of the Chrome v89 containing their initial proposed alternative part of the Privacy Sandbox and called the FLoCs.

To be successful in this new era we will continue following the same strategy of smartly combining the most relevant cookieless initiatives. Among others, we keep on supporting the adoption of unique IDs by publishers and are participating in these initial tests of the Privacy Sandbox.

Understanding what Google Just Announced

What Did Google Just Announce?

That their buying platforms (DV360, Ad Manager) will not be leveraging cookie alternatives, other than their own, for targeting on the open web.

Why are so many people talking about this?

Some corners of the industry had speculated that the Google tech stack might support Email/Login based initiatives on the open web for personalized 1-1 targeting. They have just confirmed that they will not.

Is this new news?

Not really. They have been emphasizing their Privacy Sandbox which would not allow individual-level targeting but rather cohorts of at least 1000 people as the preferred alternative they will be focusing on for targeting in the open web. These cohorts (so-called FLoC) will be rolled out over the next few weeks as part of the new Google Chrome 89 version.

Are unified IDs the solution for open web targeting?

Unified IDs are a part of the solution but will not be compatible with the Google buy-side stack and will have a limited scale.

What are the solutions then for open web targeting?

To target effectively, advertisers will use a combination of contextual, predictive audiences, browser APIs (including the Chrome Privacy Sandbox), unified IDs, publisher 1st party data. Over-reliance on one approach is not healthy.

How does this impact publishers?

Google accounts for an important share of publishers’ ad revenue. Google’s willingness to monetize open web publisher revenue will likely be negatively affected in favor of Google’s own properties. This is not a new trend but accelerating in light of their recent announcement.

What does this mean for programmatic buying?

Heavy OX-based strategies will be severely challenged for both buyers and sellers. By limiting 1-1 precision marketing capabilities within Chrome, the value of long-tail publishers will be reduced. Quality contexts and content should see higher demand.

How does this impact advertiser 1st party data?

Advertisers will need intelligent solutions to action their 1st party data outside of the walled gardens.

Is Google Really looking out for user privacy or their business interests?

You decide.

Teads Position

What are Teads unique assets in this context?

Our direct technical integration with premium editorial publishers gives us an edge compared to buy-side platforms both for technical access to browser-APIs and deep experience around content consumption.

The historical data analysis and predictive models around content consumption allowing precise audience profiling without cookies.

Multiple years of building, measuring and optimizing various targeting cookieless approaches.

How do we solve for cookieless audience targeting today?

As a result of these unique assets, we can already combine several cookieless strategies and make it actionable at scale for clients:

Predictive audiences. For several years we have been activating cookieless audience targeting leveraging our knowledge of premium editorial content consumption.

  • FLoC and others new Browsers’ API such as the Privacy Sandbox.
  • Unique IDs.
  • Publishers’ 1st party data.

What role does contextual targeting play for Teads?

Contextual targeting delivers outstanding media effectiveness. It should be tested and adopted alongside cookieless audience targeting strategies.
Our unique catalogue of 500+ segments can be used to truly amplify the marketing message of brands by finding the highest moments of receptivity, right in the core of the articles.

How do cookieless solutions perform?

20% of our current audience targeting is already delivered without using any cookies. Using our cookieless solutions to activate demographic targeting, we have delivered an accuracy of at least 30% above cookie-based industry benchmarks.

When will these cookieless solutions be available?

The audience and contextual targeting solutions we described are already available now. It can be used across all buying channels (MS, PRG DID and directly in our self-serve interface TAM), as well as TFP Suite for publisher direct sales.

What about precision marketing needs?

Precision marketing often goes with the 1o1 targeting of individuals which contributed to the diminution of trust from the end-user.

Approaching precision marketing in a responsible way is possible using our proprietary tool called ‘Teads cookieless translator’ which turns any custom audiences into the most relevant cookieless activation strategy.

Among others, we expect the Google Turtledove/Fledge proposal to be rolled-out this year and extend the ability to cover 1o1 targeting needs in a privacy-compliant way.

Any other points to consider beyond targeting?

Campaign planning, frequency capping or measurement have been relying on cookies for the past decades. Browser APIs, identified traffic or probabilistic methods can already cover the related needs and functionalities.

How can I accelerate my cookieless transformation?

  • Get in touch to participate in:
  • Teads cookieless bootcamp (education)
  • Teads cookieless readiness program (test & learn activation program)
  • Self-serve cookieless media buying using Teads Ad Manager

How Teads supports publishers in their cookieless transformation

We help publishers seamlessly monetize their cookieless inventory with our Teads demand. We provide them access to our latest cookieless functionalities (including enablement of first-party data and support for unified IDs) for their direct-sold campaigns within our Teads For Publishers suite.

– Remi Cackel, Chief Data Officer, Teads

People change positions, get promoted or move to other companies. Portada is here to tell you about it. Check out last week’s Changing Places here.

 

Marie Gulin-Merle, who recently quit the CMO post at Calvin Klein, has been appointed Vice President of Global Ads Marketing at Google. In this role, she will manage Google’s global media spend and set the vision for Google’s marketing business worldwide.

 

 

 

Pernod Ricard has named Ann Mukherjee as Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s North American operations. Mukherjee replaces Paul Duffy, who has decided to move back to Ireland.

 

 

 

 

 

Rajaa Grar is now Vice President of Marketing at Snap Kitchen, where she leads brand, digital customer acquisition, and retention strategies across the full marketing funnel. Previously, she filled the role of Senior Director of Marketing at Paula’s Choice Skincare.

 

 

 

 

Mcgarrybowen is combining U.S. and global offices to introduce a more integrated global offering. Gordon Bowen, founder and Global Chairman of mcgarrybowen and Global Chief Creative Officer of Dentsu, will oversee the global brand vision.  Jon Dupuis will take the role of Global President.

 

 

 

 

Entravision Communications Corporation has announced the promotion of Jose Mateo III and the appointment of Erika M. Marrero to Vice Presidents of Entravision’s Audio Network Sales, effective immediately. Ms. Marrero and Mr. Mateo will be based in New York and will report directly to Liliana Aristizabal, Entravision’s Senior Vice President National Sales for the Eastern region.

What: Google Flights, with its dominant search engine positioning, has turned the competition for online airline ticket sales upside down.
Why it matters: Airlines are scrambling to keep up and compete in new ways in response to what Ernesto Echeverri, Director of Marketing for North America, the Caribbean & Asia for LATAM Airlines Group, says is Google Flights’ complete disruption of the business of directing consumers to the best flights online.

It isn’t easy to compete with Google. In fact, Google’s owner, Alphabet, Inc., finds itself under intense scrutiny by governments and regulators. In these instances, Institutions have accused Google and in some cases won court judgments for antitrust violations. Now, airlines are discovering Google’s entry into the online ticket advertising and sales market has both good and bad consequences.

First launched in 2011, Google’s airfare search tool has become a dominant player among travel booking sites. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Thrifty Traveler columnist Jared Kamrowski says Google Flights is “leaps and bounds better than any other flight searching tool.”Google Flights

“Google Flights is the most powerful flight search tool,” Kamrowski wrote in a recent column. “[It] should be your go-to flight search engine.”

A Matter of SEO

But the tool’s success is turning out to be a double-edged sword for airlines. Since it directs users to the best fares, brands have to compete harder —and spend more— for first-page search-engine results.

“No one else has as much access to online flights information as Google. That means Google can outperform any other online flight aggregator,” Ernesto Echeverri, director of marketing for North America, the Caribbean & Asia for LATAM Airlines Group, and a member of Portada’s Travel Marketing Board, told Portada. “It makes it a little bit uneven because they have a tremendous advantage.”

Google Flights is the most powerful flight search tool. It should be your go-to flight search engine.
Ernesto Echeverri

As a result, it makes it more difficult for brands like LATAM to ensure top positioning on search engine results, especially on mobile platforms where appearing on the first page is even harder due to the smaller screens on mobile.

To compete with Google Flights’ dominant positioning in search results, LATAM will have to spend more money on purchasing first-page positioning, increasing its digital advertising costs, Echeverry said.

Competing with Google

Portada typed the words “flight to Paris from Boston” into Google recently and the following results popped up:

The first four search engine results were paid positioning by companies including Expedia, Cheap Flights, and Opodo.com. Google Flights took the fifth spot, the first unpaid position.

“We see players like Kayak and Priceline or Expedia who are also struggling to remain relevant with Google Flights,” shared Echeverri. Competing with Google for first-page search results is going to cost LATAM more. “What I think is going to start happening is that this will start increasing my costs.

A Silver Lining

The consequences of Google Flights’ entry into online flight search haven’t been all bad, however.

Echeverri declared that LATAM ticket sales tied to searches on Google have increased as a result of Google Flights directing consumers to LATAM flights. “Google Fights is increasing our sales. The multiple is probably ten-fold per year in the category of metasearch.”

Google Flights’ dominance on Google search has also forced LATAM to compete harder for other ways to win customers, including making improvements to its mobile application, frequent flyer program, and CRM.

We see players like Kayak and Priceline or Expedia who are also struggling to remain relevant with Google Flights.

A Better Deal for Consumers

Another consequence of Google’s disruption of flight search has been the possibility to break down the geographic barriers that allow airlines to sell tickets on the same routes at different prices, based on the market where the ticket is purchased.

According to Echeverri, the same round trip ticket between Mexico and Chile may cost more or less, depending on whether the purchase is made, in Chile or Mexico.

LATAM faces tough competition against Google flightsGoogle’s massive database of online information means Google Flights looks at fares from all over the world, so consumers can find a cheaper price on the same route, depending on where they choose to pay. It’s great for the consumer, but it will force airlines to adopt single pricing. “It’s hard on the airlines that used to have geographic barriers to manage their markets,” Echeverri asserted.

As a company you can do two things: start crying right now, or start doing stuff. LATAM has started doing stuff.

Here to Stay

“As a company, you can do two things: start crying right now, or start doing stuff. LATAM has started doing stuff. You don’t want all your eggs in one basket,” Echeverri warns.

Google Flights is “dominant and they are leveraging that dominance, which is good in the short term,” but could produce consequences that will have to be examined over the long term, according to Echeverri. “Google Flights is here to stay.”

 

Leading executives from the brand, agency, media, and tech sectors will gather at an exclusive Luncheon Roundtable at our upcoming twelfth annual  Portada Miami on April 12 to discuss the topic: Redefining the Role of Miami as a Marketing and Media Hub. During the exclusive lunch meeting, Portada will present the results of its Panregional Marketing and Media Report. The exclusive function will take place within the framework of Portada Miami on April 12, 2019, but will only be accessible to a select group of Miami based brand marketers and other Latin American regional brand marketing decision makers.If you’re interested in attending the Luncheon Roundtable, or wish to know more about the opportunities Portada Miami offers to meet your marketing and networking needs, please reach out to Sales Coordinator Michelle Lopez.

Miami has a rich history and a preeminent role as a Latin American marketing and media hub. In order to grow its leadership, and in light of structural changes in the marketing and media industry, the role of the South Floridian city needs to be redefined by key sector decision makers. Portada, a trade platform that has published the Panregional Advertising and Marketing Report for many years; convenes C-level thought leaders from the Miami brand, agency, tech and media sectors for an exclusive Thought Leadership Luncheon Roundtable under the name “Redefining the Role of Miami as a Marketing and Media Hub”​.

Check out the highlights of last year’s Portada Miami!

During the luncheon, Portada will present the findings and market volume forecasts of the ​“2019 Panregional Marketing and Media Report”​. The report will be the stepping stone for a conversation of C-level decision makers about the role, opportunities and growth drivers of the Miami marketplace.

Brand, Media and Agency leaders who will participate in the Luncheon Roundtable include:

Andres Amezquita, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (VP Digital and Commercial Excellence Latin America)

Adriana Bellinatti Grineberg, (Facebook Regional Director, Pan-regional Latam, CENAM & Caribbean)

Facebook’s Adriana Bellinatti Grineberg at the Americas Board’s Meeting during Portada Miami 2018

Maria Budet, Miami-Dade Beacon Council (Vice President, Marketing & Communications)

Pablo Chiozza, Latam Airlines Group (SVP USA, Canada & Caribbean)

Alan Duggan, Meliá Hotels (International Regional Vice President Business Development The Americas)

Elena Feoktistova, Mastercard (Regional Head of Consumer and Product Marketing LAC)

Lorena Holguin, Mastercard (LAC Sponsorship Director)

Eric Melis, Pepsico (Sr. Director Carbonated Soft Drinks Category, Latam Region)

Rafael Lopez-De-Azua, Coty (Head of Media and Digital – Latam)

Luis Perillo, Hilton, (VP, Sales & Marketing, Caribbean & Latin America)
GroupM Latam’s CEO José María Sanabria, speaking at Portada Miami 2018

Julian Porras, Omnicom Media Group (Chief Executive, Latin America)

Luciana Resende Lotze, Visa Inc. (Sr. Vice President Marketing Latin America and Caribbean)

Ana Cristina Rivadeneyra Balsa, WeWork Marketing Manager México

José Maria Sanabria, GroupM Latin America (CEO Latam)

Guillermo Rivera Hernández, Amazon (Sr. Marketing and Content Manager)

Trinidad Tagle, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (Marketing Manager Latam)

Sebastian Valderde, Google (Managing Director Spanish-Speaking Latam)

Fabiola Vega, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (Regional Marketing Director)

What: Portada talked with Acuity Ads Chief Strategy Officer Seraj Bharwani about how machine learning is expanding brands’ reach to specific cultural audiences.
Why it matters: Machine learning is paving the way to a new, more effective approach for reaching specific cultural audiences and will be a featured topic at Portada Los Angeles on March 15. But digital platforms, like Google and YouTube need to do more to protect brands from inappropriate content, Bharwani says.

Seraj Bharwani has his eye on decision sciences, specifically: machine learning and computer algorithms which he says give brands powerful new tools for penetrating deeper into multi-cultural market segments than ever before.

It used to be that speaking the language of a specific ethnic market segment was all advertisers could do to put their messages before those audiences. But new technology has changed the rules of the game, Bharwani tells Portada.

“Computer algorithms that can process vast amounts of user data to assess user preferences and propensities by aggregating their social, search, shopping and viewing behavior in real-time are now being used to create what we call live personas of in-culture audience.”

Portada: Why are traditional in-language targeting tools insufficient to reach cultural audiences today?

Seraj Bharwani: There appears general consensus among sociologists, anthropologists, agency planners, and the like that defining the US Hispanic population by language is simply too limiting. This audience lives a rich life defined by their unique core family values, cuisine, music, festivals, celebrations and other characteristics more indicative of their preferences.

Another unique aspect of this audience is their rapid, scaled adoption and prolific use of digital and social media. These online behavior signals in aggregate provide robust cultural cues that allow us to reach the other two-thirds (40 million) of the US Hispanic population that is bi-cultural and bilingual with more relevant advertising.

Acuity Ads Chief Strategy Officer Seraj Bharwani will be a featured speaker atPortada Los Angeles on March 15 when he will provide insights in how machine learning tools are expanding brand marketers’ ability to reach multi-cultural audiences.

Portada: What role do decisioning technologies, i.e. Machine learning or Artificial Intelligence play in updated efforts to target specific cultural market segments in the US?

S.B.: Computer algorithms these days can process vast amounts of user data to assess user preferences by aggregating their social, search, shopping and viewing behavior in real-time, and are now being used to create what we call live-personas of in-culture audience.

By incorporating what keywords people type, who they follow, which videos and content they watch, which mobile apps they download and check into, etc., the “learning” algorithms can predict (in real-time) if a given PERSONA is sensitive to the cultural context and will respond to specific ads, products, or brands with a culturally relevant message.

Computer algorithms that can process vast amounts of user data to assess user preferences and propensities by aggregating their social, search, shopping and viewing behavior in real-time are now being used to create what we call live personas of in-culture audience.

Portada: Have the sources of consumer data changed as marketers have begun to use machine learning tools to reach specific cultural targets?

S.B.: Publishers like Facebook, Google and Amazon possess substantial consumer data individually within their respective lanes – social, search or shopping data respectively that could provide selected “In-culture” cues. What advertisers need are in-culture personas aggregated from a full spectrum of consumer behaviors across social, search, viewing, and shopping behaviors. 

Portada: Several major brands recently pulled their advertising from YouTube after it was revealed that viewers were exchanging child pornography links in the video comment sections. How can marketers better protect their brands?

 S.B.: This is not the first time we have heard of the brand safety scandal on YouTube. Advertisers need to be clear about why they are buying advertising on YouTube/Google. If an advertiser wants great audience REACH, then the environment within which the ads run may not always be brand appropriate or brand safe. As sophisticated as Google happens to be with its pattern recognition algorithms, it is unrealistic to expect the platform to police every video and comment posted on the platform. And Google isn’t about to shut down the commenting altogether like the PBS News Hour as it would severely curtail the engagement potential of the YouTube platform.

 If on the other hand advertisers want fully brand-safe and brand-appropriate environment for their ads, their best bet would be to buy access to the YouTube audience through premium publishers like Disney, Vevo, Buzzfeed, and others who have captive channels on YouTube to ensure control over the quality of the media environment. There is a good chance that advertisers would sacrifice media efficiency (premium environments command higher prices) and REACH.

A bi-weekly summary of the most exciting recent news in marketing technology and trends. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • You can now speak to Alexa on your Amazon Echo by talking to Cortana on your Samsung smartphone. Amazon and Microsoft are making their virtual assistants compatible in the US as they take on Alphabet’s Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. How well this new marriage of voice recognition technologies works will be open to users’ feedback.

 

  • Email has the highest ROI (59 percent) when communicating with customers and prospects, according to a study by Campaign Monitor. While 53 percent of the marketers and experts surveyed said they use automated email campaigns, only 5 percent said they plan to manage their campaigns with artificial intelligence.

 

  • Ready for your close-up? Mediapost reports that L’Oréal and Facebook are planning to deploy augmented reality using Facebook’s camera apps to help consumers choose their makeup. L’Oréal has bought the AR firm ModiFace. Consumers will be able to test lipstick shades and other makeup brands in real time using the AR technology on Facebook.

 

  • The popular website cars.com plans to use machine learning to make the car purchasing experience even easier. Deploying AI, the website will match vehicle features with consumers’ answers to a series of lifestyle questions, offering up to 20 different recommended vehicle options. The app gets smarter as users give a thumbs up or down to the different options offered.

 

  • The Singapore startup WhereIsWhere has launched a location-based mobile app that lets retailers send promotions to mobile phone users conducting searches within a kilometer of a brick-and-mortar store. The app, dubbed “WhereIsWhere,” is downloadable on Apple and Android and will include push notifications and live updates from stores based on the mobile phone user’s location.

 

  • The geofencing market is expected to grow to US $1.7B by 2024, according to a Global Market Insights study. The technology that allows retailers, restaurants, and many other businesses to send push notifications and other types of messages to nearby mobile phone users is expanding rapidly, with the fastest growth predicted in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and India.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to the Annual Auto Reliability Survey, Cadillac is the least dependable car brand, followed by GMC, Ram, Dodge, and Volvo. 

A study by Mailjet revealed that engagement with Halloween marketing increases by 74% when the show Stranger Things is mentioned.

According to New York-based global communications firm Cohn & Wolfe, Google is the most authentic brand in the country, followed by Microsoft, Amazon, Maruti Suzuki and Apple.

Coca-Cola announced that it wants to release more alcohol mixers and smaller-batch beverages to adapt to people’s changing tastes, which are moving away from mass-produced sodas.

Cuties, a brand of mandarin oranges grown by Pasadena, California-based Sun Pacific Inc., came in on top of the lists of parents’ most preferred mandarin and favorite healthy snack brand according to the 2017 Brand Love Study, released by youth research firm Smarty Pants LLC. The brand saw a 43-point increase from the 2016 study, placing it at number 13 on the list of top 50 parent-preferred brands.

According to a study by Brand Keys, United States consumers feel the most loyalty toward Amazon and Google.

A study by The Ehrenberg Bass Institute (EBI) revealed that most of us take less than 10 seconds to arrive at a decision, while online purchases take 15 seconds or less.

Twitter announced in a company blog post that it’s bringing more transparency into advertising on its platform via an online Transparency Center, along with improving user controls over ad preferences and adopting stricter ad policies. At the same time, the company has agreed to have the industry watchdog the Media Rating Council (MRC) independently audit its ad measurements in order to appease brands, according to Marketing Land.

According to a new study published by Market Research Hub, “Hard Luxury Goods Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 – 2022,” with the rising presence of branded products among consumers, fueled by the significant increase in their disposable income, the hard luxury goods market is likely to continue perceiving strong growth over the next few years.

According to a new survey by marketing research center Ipsos and beauty brand Sally Hansen, most women wear makeup because they want it. 84 percent of women say beauty can be empowering, 69 percent say they wear nail polish for themselves, and 49 percent saying having a manicure gives them more confidence.

Facebook announced that it is allowing advertisers to match the most appropriate images and videos with the settings in which the ads will appear for more customized creative in ad placement.

In a new Morning Consult survey, 91 percent of respondents said they’d pay up to $10 per month for Netflix.

Affluencers, a powerful grouping of Affluent consumers who also influence others’ shopping and buying behaviors, represent 71% of all Affluents, according to the Fall 2017 Ipsos Affluent Survey released this month. The Survey defines “Affluent” as adults living in households with at least $125,000 in annual household income, a group that reflects the top 16% of American households.

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Cint, an Insight Exchange, today announced a strategic partnership with eCGlobal Research Solutions, a marketing technology solutions provider, to gain significant reach into the Latin America (LATAM) market.

The World Trademark Review’s Country Data Report ranked Mexico among the top countries for trademark registration activity and noted its huge potential in economic growth, alongside other key Latin America jurisdictions.

Emerging technology investment hub VelocityTX is planning a new fast-track program to help companies go international with its Brazilian partner Outsource Brazil.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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North American marketers are more likely to be increasing their marketing budgets for Amazon than they are for Google, Bing, Facebook or Twitter, according to new research published today. An Amazon-focused study by ClickZ Intelligence, produced in partnership with Catalyst, part of GroupM, has found that 63% of companies advertising on Amazon are planning to increase this budget over the next 12 months, compared to 54% for Google, 53% for Facebook, 27% for Bing and 23% for Twitter.

B2C marketing and analytics company Zaius released a report that shows that companies are not adopting Omnichannel marketing strategies like they claim to be. 40% of those surveyed say they have no omnichannel strategy in place for the 2017 holiday season.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner” campaign is being brought back with a new Millennial-friendly, all-digital media strategy.

The United States, China, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom have the strongest national brands, according to Brand Finance’s annual study.

More than 90% of leading global companies with high levels of customer satisfaction use artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to increase customer satisfaction, compared to 42% of companies in their fields overall, according to a new report from MIT Technology Review and Genesys.

According to research from digital marketing company Netsertive, 87% of appliance purchasers said they prefer to buy in local stores, rather than online. 

Mintel announced the four key trends set to impact North American consumer markets over the coming year. Transparency, value, self-care, and automation are identified as the four trends to watch.

MediaCom is partnering with ad tech company Unruly to provide access to its proprietary ‘Cultural Connections’ research, which “quantifies culture” for the first time.

Ford has announced a new branding strategy, which is meant to disrupt the auto industry: The shift will include greater focus on accelerating the introduction of smart vehicles and services.

According to a study by coin-counting kiosk company Coinstar, most (65%) holiday shoppers set a budget and 25%  look out for sales to buy all or most of their gifts at a discount throughout the year. 14% shop at the last minute, 7% finish most of their shopping before Thanksgiving and 12% take advantage of Black Friday or Cyber Monday discounts, according to the report. The report claims that Black Friday will be the busiest online shopping day in US history. 

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According to research from Nielsen, Mexican consumers are increasingly seeking value as prices rise due to inflation. “As consumers seek higher value for their money, they’re spending more time shopping at discount and wholesale outlets, which allow consumers to shop for retail brands at lower prices. In addition to adjusting the channels they frequent, consumers are assessing price vs. volume in light via promotions, multi-packs, and larger pack sizes.”

New research from Rabobank predicts that demand for premium coffee will rise 6 to 7 percent in Brazil this year, and brands like Nestle and Coca-Cola are hoping to cash in.

According to research firm Gartner, the PC market has stabilized in Latin America, counteracting the decline observed in North America.

A summary of the most exciting recent research in brand marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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According to a study from Advertiser Perceptions, 78 percent of marketers said that a recent digital or mobile campaign included ads that ran on more than 50 sites.

According to Interbrand‘s new2017 Best Global Brands Report, Apple, Google, and Microsoft are the top brands in the world.

According to a study by 9Honey and Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi, single women gave brands a score of 6/10 when it comes to understanding their needs.

A new report from the CMO Council and Dow Jones reveals that 78 percent of marketers say that the brand safety scandal has hurt their brand’s reputation, and 50 percent that it has impacted brand affinity.

A study by CBD Marketing of more than 12.5 million social media posts and online commentary by millennials over 2016 revealed that millennials prefer healthy and natural foods, to cook and prepare meals, and are in favor of alternative food distribution vehicles like meal delivery and meal services.

Adidas and Jordan brand are the most popular sneakers in the U.S., according to market research firm NPD Group.

According to research from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and MarketingProfs, 80 percent of B2B content marketers agree their organization is focused on building audiences for their brand.

According to YouGov BrandIndex’s July release of favorite brands, Facebook and Netflix top the list of favorite brands for the past 12 months, with Facebook receiving a score of 83.5 percent and Netflix receiving 75.8 percent.

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According to a new study from market research firm Euromonitor, mass beauty brands grew by 4.4 percent in 2016 in Brazil whereas luxury products rose 9.1 percent.

McCann Worldgroup was named Network of the Year at the 2ndedition of the Latin American Effie Awards during an awards ceremony at the Cartagena Inspira Festival in Colombia. The agency was the most-awarded network at the Latin American Effie Awards, after winning 21 metals.

J Walter Thompson‘s ‘Brand America’ report revealed that more than 40% of Mexicans have negative attitudes toward the United States.

Oath, the umbrella brand for all of AOL and Yahoo’s media and tech properties, is launching its first South American ad campaign, “#BuildYourBrand,” in Brazil, (as well as the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Taiwan, Singapore & Hong Kong). The campaign includes broadcast, digital, print, social and out-of-home components

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Early next year, a new version of Google Chrome will include an ad filter that takes out sites with poor ad experiences. Chrome will then block all ads on offending sites.

YouTube has updated its advertising guidelines for its creator community. Among content that is deemed ineligible for advertising are controversial issues and sensitive events; drugs and dangerous products or substances; harmful or dangerous acts; sexually suggestive content; and violence.

According to AdColony’s Spring 2017 App Install Marketing Survey, 50 percent of all app install spending now goes to video advertising. Half of that is for full-screen video ads, while the rest is for in-feed, social, and television video ads.

According to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report, Internet ad spending is projected to top TV ad spending within six months

Verizon has completed its $4.48 billion acquisition of Yahoo. Assets will be combined with AOL brands such as the Huffington Post under a new subsidiary called Oath.

Kantar‘s survey of advertising media preferences found that 68 percent of connected adults either like or tolerate advertising. 36 percent say advertising is changing for the better, while 20 percent say it’s getting worse.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau announced Q1 U.S. digital advertising revenue hit $19.6 billion, the highest ever for a first quarter and representing a 23% year-over-year increase.

According to a recent report from Reuters, Facebook is signing deals with companies like BuzzFeed, Vox, and Group Nine for TV-style video with both short clips of about 10 minutes in length and longer shows of 20 minutes or more.

The US’s linear TV ad market will likely suffer a recession in 2017, according to Us finance analysts who follow the media sector. Michael Nathanson, analyst for MoffetNathanson, this week lowered his projections for TV ad revenue growth in 2017, saying that the 2017 TV upfronts lacked the urgency of last year’s market.

A formidable group of media companies including AMC, Amazon, BBC, Twentieth Century Fox, Netflix, NBC Universal, Telemundo, Televisa and Univision have formed the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to fight online video piracy.

A study by Neustar commissioned by Turner Broadcasting and Horizon Media found that for a $1M investment, television’s lift is consistently seven times better than paid search and five times better than online display advertising across a broad list of advertising categories.

Apple confirmed rumors that its set-top box will be getting an Amazon Prime app for the tvOS platform later this year.

Ooyala has released its Q1 2017 Global Video Index, revealing, for the first time, long-form content represents the majority of time spent watching video on every screen.

NBC News unit has launched a digital video service that targets viewers who get their news on social media. The service, called “NBC Left Field,” is producing short documentaries and features for Alphabet’s YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram.

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According to Ooyala’s Q1 2017 Global Video Index, in LATAM, mobile video plays topped 56 per cent—up from 46 per cent last year, with tablets representing 5 per cent, the least of any region.

Research conducted by Dataxis predicts that LTE penetration will grow in Latin America from today’s 21% to 90% by 2022. While 4G penetration varies in the region, Uruguay by far being the most advanced country with a 50% penetration.

VidaPrimo, the premier Latin Music video network, will distribute its vast library of music-related video content onto branded channels on both Roku and Amazon Fire, two of the world’s largest digital streaming platforms.

According to the Advertising Bureau‘s “Always On – A Global Perspective of Mobile Consumer Experience,” smartphone users in South America noted the most progress in their mobile ad experiences, but smartphone users in Brazil saw moderate advancement with mobile advertising relevance.

 According to The Competitive Intelligence Unit (CIU), average mobile data consumption has doubled in Mexico over the past two years, driven by online video viewing.

Check out our new roundup for brand marketers, where you’ll find the most relevant new insights and research published over the last week.  If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook took the top 5 places in the ‘2017 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands’ ranking released by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown.

Toyota came in first on the list of the world’s most valuable automakers by overall brand value. BMW took second place.

Marketing Week has released its 100 Disruptive Brands 2017 list.

Twitter and IPG Media Lab conducted a study on the success of paid video ads appearing in users’ feeds. “The Art of the Takeover: Optimizing What Consumers See First” and found that First View — promoted videos that run at the top of users’ time lines — are more effective than “standard view” ads that appear throughout the same feeds.

According to One Click Retail’s research, Amazon‘s consumer product sales in the health and personal care, baby and grocery segments saw double-digit growth in the first quarter 2017, while the overall global health and personal care markets declined 1% and the grocery market declined 10%.Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford (

Research from Cambridge Analytica, looked at brand preferences by Americans across a wide array of categories, finding that Ford was the most popular auto brand, followed by GM. Men prefer BMW, followed by Ford. Ford is the most desired brand for couples without children and Millennials.

A survey by Ipsos found that 25% of Americans said they had stopped using a brand’s goods or services in the previous three months because of protests, boycotts or the brand’s perceived political leanings.

In the study “Trade Marketing in Transition” from Criteo and Kantar Millward Brown, 50% of respondents rated online sales as “disruptive to hugely disruptive” to their industry. Other worries were Amazon setting prices (29%), conflicts between brand and retail sites (28%), and the complexity of process (27%).

Kantar Media also found the $117.9 million spent on marketing in the U.S. last year by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Pinterest. 

By 2021, business-to-business ecommerce will reach $1.2 trillion in the U.S., or 13 percent of the space according to Forrester Research said.

Create & Cultivate and marketing research agency Buzz MG surveyed more than 400 millennial females about their jobs, finances and social habits, and found that 51 percent believed that LinkedIn had been the most beneficial social platform for their careers.

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Vice Media announced that it will be doing scripted video programming through a partnership with digital media studio Blackpills. All of the content will be made for mobile viewing and distributed exclusively through Vice’s online video channel.

AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and other leading U.S. advertisers are pulling hundreds of millions of dollars in ads from Google and YouTube due to worries that their ads appear next to extreme, hateful content. AT&T will halt all ad spending on Google except for some search ads.

Adobe has revealed two new “clouds,” Experience Cloud, which includes an extensible platform, data, and content systems, and Advertising Cloud, which “rings performance and brand advertising data together so advertisers can see it all in one place, and view their campaigns in a cohesive way.”

Instagram announced that users will now be able to save live videos to re-watch later. At the end of a live video, a ‘Save’ button will now appear in the upper right corner.

Comcast Technology Solutions has entered into an international channel deal with broadcasting and media technology systems architect Qvest Media to offer Tier-1 broadcasters, telecommunication operators and pay-TV companies tools that simplify the publishing, distribution and monetisation of online video content.
Altice N.V. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire advertising marketplace Teads, which has an audience of more than 1.2 billion unique visitors including 720 million via mobile.
 MGID, a provider of native advertising and marketing solutions, announced that its user dashboard is now available in Spanish. The launch is the first in a series of localized user interface rollouts, and will provide a more streamlined experience for MGID’s Spanish-speaking clients.
 DMP Lotame announced the general availability of Lotame Onboarding — a people-based marketing service powered by LiveRamp™ IdentityLink — following a successful beta testing period.

Deloitte‘s latest study, the “Digital Democracy Survey” asserts that 80% will skip digital TV/video commercials, and that over 70% of Millennials and younger Gen Z viewers find mobile ads to be “irrelevant.”Ad-blocking software is a big part of Millennials’ digital media usage: 45% use ad blocking software, with 89% saying that they use it to avoid all advertising. 40% of these respondents use ad-blocking software on their smartphones.

A study of Kellogg Co. brands by Nielsen Catalina Solutions found that when online video ads that meet the Media Rating Council standard saw higher sales lift than those that did not. Ads deemed “likable” by panelists for copy testing firm Ace Metrix had the strongest sales lift of all – a 172 index where 100 is the average for people exposed to ads in the study.

Akamai Technologies announced it has a new technology, Akamai Media Acceleration, to improve the viewing experience for people who watch over-the-top video services.

The Association of National Advertisers has called on digital “walled gardens” — platforms that intermediate their users’ identities with advertisers who target them through the platform’s closed ecosystem — to “allow independent audits” by industry audience ratings self-regulatory watchdog, the Media Rating Council (MRC). The ANA issued an advisory calling on the platforms and explicitly citing the likes of “Amazon, Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter,” following a member survey, which found that 90% favored independent audits by the MRC.

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AT&T‘s operations in Mexico have been successful, partly thanks to their online video efforts, as the service saw 1.3 million wireless net subscribers in 4Q16. In Latin America, DIRECTV lost 21,000 video subscribers in 4Q16, with weak performance in Brazil. The total number of Latin American subscribers for the company now stands at 12.5 million.

The Brazilian ad tech company Predicta has entered into an agreement with video ad platform YContent, whose products allow publishers to attach video to any form of content on websites.

New research from Interact and the Argentinian Association of Digital Agencies reveals that 60% of respondents professionals forecast positive results by the end of the year, with uninterrupted growth, despite a surrounding changing environment.

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Research by eMarketer claims that total numbers of U.S. digital video viewers will increase from 221.8 million in 2017 to 239.2 million in 2021 and that the penetration rate among internet users will increase from 81.2% to 83.5%.

Vimeo has added a 360° feature with tutorials for creators, support for 8K files, offline viewing, and bespoke apps for specific mobile headsets.

Google has expanded its image recognition AI tools into the realm of video, announcing that users will be able to search through video content that is automatically assigned tags by an AI system.

According to new research from Ooyala, mobile represented 54% of all online video viewing in Q4 2016 and is tipped to hit nearly 60% in Q1 2017.

According to the NFL, their investment in online video platforms paid off: video-on-demand (VOD) starts grew by 76% over the previous year; mobile was up 235%. The average viewing session was 65.6 minutes, up 43%; and streaming across all devices was up 43%.

Google’s YouTube and Daydream groups are introducing the equi-angular cubemap (EAC), a new projection technique that increases the practical level of detail for 360-degree footage.

Ericsson’s annual ConsumerLab TV and Media Report reveals that a mobile subscription plan that allows affordable streaming of TV and video content on a mobile device – with reasonable video quality and without having to ration data – is of great interest to 40% of consumers globally. Millennials are the most interested group at 46%. 40% of consumers globally are “very interested” in a mobile data plan that includes unrestricted video streaming.

Facebook has signed a broadcasting agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) and Univision Deportes that will see the social giant live stream at least 22 matches of the upcoming 2017 MLS season, beginning March 18, Mashable reports.

Ooyala has released its Q4 2016 Global Video Index, finding that pre-roll mobile impressions for broadcasters grew to 47 percent, up from 44 percent in Q3. Both smartphone and tablet percentages increased, taking share from computers, which dropped to 39 percent from 44 percent in Q3. For publishers, mobile pre-rolls showed a slight decline, falling from 39.7 percent in Q3 to 38.4 percent in Q4.

Outbrain released its ‘State of Global Content Marketing’ Report, revealing that 52% of all Outbrain pageviews were mobile in 2016.

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Discovery platform Taboola announced an exclusive strategic alliance with Televisa, who will integrate Taboola’s high-impact content recommendation platform with the goal of increasing revenue through sponsored content and video as well as driving engagement through on-site personalization.

Facebook has arranged distribution deals for both Mexico’s and Spain’s top soccer divisions, Liga MX and La Liga.

According to Ericsson’s annual ConsumerLab TV and Media Report claims that in Colombia 60% of consumers would be very interested in a mobile subscription plan that allows affordable streaming of TV and video content on a mobile device.

According to the new Irdeto Global Consumer Piracy Survey, almost three-fifths of consumers who watch pirated content in Latin America stated they would watch less or stop watching pirated video content after learning that piracy results in revenue loss from studios, affecting investments in future content creation.

Outbrain’s ‘State of Global Content Marketing’ Report revealed that in Brazil, social and video are particularly popular, and that mobile advertising generates 12.5% of awareness for brands in the country, 8.9% more than the average generated by desktop.

What: AppsFlyer has released the 2017 Mobile World Congress Edition of The AppsFlyer Performance Index, which presented a ranking of the top media sources in mobile advertising.
Why It Matters: Facebook, Google AdWords and Vungle rounded out the top three on the rankings, whose results were based on analysis of six billion app installs and 22 billion app sessions/app opens.

Facebook, Google AdWords and Vungle are the top media sources in mobile advertising, at least according to AppsFlyer’s 2017 Mobile World Congress Edition of The AppsFlyer Performance Index.

The study generated some interesting results, and it was the first time that the company took a deeper look into regional variations in North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, North Pacific Asia and the Indian subcontinent.

Facebook held the top spot across regions on both Android and iOS, while Google held the second spot everywhere on Android, and most regions on iOS.

Twitter, which came in at #5 globally, climbed three places to hit the #3 spot in the global Android Power Ranking because of their first place retention score, and also performed well in delivering volume and valuable users on iOS.

Mobile video was found to engage potential gamers with a 23% higher retention score than the global median retention score, and comparing iOS with Android, despite Android’s far larger market-share, the top 30 media sources on iOS delivered roughly half of all gaming app installs driven by paid media. But their average Power Rankings and retention scores on both iOS and Android were roughly the same.

Mobrain delivered particularly impressive results in Latin America, while Taptica and StartApp also showed growth.

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Online marketplace operator Rubicon Project has partnered with data tech company Integral Ad Science (IAS) to offer advertisers third-party visibility scores for display and video advertising.

tom-bradyA new study from Alphonso, Inc. reveals that Super Bowl 2017 was the most watched Super Bowl, with 115M viewers tuning in across TV networks (108M viewers) and live streaming (7M viewers).

Mobile app developer Cheetah Mobile has appointed video inventory management platform, SpotX, to help monetize video in its global suite of apps on iOS and Android devices.

Portada‘s 2017 Online Marketing Guide is out! Download it for free and get the latest in opportunities and challenges in the industry, video ad market forecasts and video audience development.

According to Visible Measures, Budweiser‘s Super Bowl LI story of immigration “Born the Hard Way” had the most online video views as of the morning after the game. “Disruptive World” by Wix.com, and #UnlimitedMovies by T-Mobile came in second and third, respectfully. 

YouTube is launching mobile live streaming for all creators with over 10,000 followers. Soon, they will enable it for all users. YouTube also launched Super Chat, a monetisation feature for live streams enabling viewers to purchase highlighted messages within the chat feed and have them pinned for up to five hours to the top of the chat window.
Influencer video platform Gen.Video releasedState of the Union for Influencer Marketing, Trends, and Best Practices for 2017,” which claims that brands are increasing their investment in influencer marketing in 2017. 45.5 percent plan to spend more in 2017 while 4.5 percent plan to spend significantly more. The study also found that 91 percent of the brands it surveyed were already doing influencer marketing.

According to a new Parks Associates report, churn rates for OTT video services are 19% of U.S. broadband households, which would mean that about one in five households have cancelled an OTT service in the past 12 months.

According to Cisco’s new Mobile Visual Networking Index for 2017, by 2021, video will make up 78 percent of all global mobile data traffic, compared to 60 percent in 2016.

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Digital platform security specialist Irdeto is partnering with Brazilian online video platform Samba Tech to secure delivery of online video content for Latin American operators. The company announced its first joint customer, Universal Church in Brazil, which recently launched its own over-the-top (OTT) video platform for its 12 million global members.

hands-coffee-smartphone-technologyThe Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in Mexico released stats from Google‘s global project for branding and communication. The study found  that mobile is the main device used for viewing video in Latin America, and that ads work better if they ar designed for smartphones and tablets. 

In a new report, Portada estimates that the Hispanic Online Video Ad market volume will climb to US $450 million by 2020. Particularly high growth is to be expected by branded content videos. Among video ad-tipes, in-stream will continue to have the largest share, although out-stream will grow at a higher rate.

Warc‘s latest Consensus Ad Forecast claims that global advertising expenditure rose 4.5% in 2016, but is expected to dip to 4.2% in 2017. But in BRIC countries like Brazil, the story will be different: Brazil’s global ad spending is expected to grow 2.1% in 2017.

Singaporean dating platform Paktor has announced that it is acquiring Brazilian Groupify, which operates European- and Latin American-based group dating app called Kickoff.

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Time just flies by! December is almost over and 2017 is almost here! Come on Q4… we’re almost done. Let’s get ready for the most beautiful part of the year: The Holidays!. Let the celebrations, parties and holiday travel begin! But first here a round up of what I saw happening in the Latin American/Digital sector, with emphasis on Argentina, over the last few weeks. (By Latin America correspondent Lorena Hure).

Breakfast (and lunch) at Google

I was invited by Tomás Odell, from Google’s Communications team, to the launch of consulting firm Millward Brown’s latest research study on Argentineans’ expectations when choosing a bank. According to the study, 8 out of 10 Argentineans chose a bank for its’ digital banking, while 83% of respondents would change their financial institution for another one with better online services. Following the event (which took place at the beginning of November in Google’s premises) I stayed for lunch with Tomás. Thanks Tommy for inviting me!

Clarín Creatividad 2016 Awards – Netflix and Viacom

I went to the 30th edition of the Clarín Creatividad 2016 Awards on November 8 in Buenos Aires. Among other winners, Netflix and Viacom stood out in the Digital Campaigns and Online Movies and Banners categories, respectively. We could not expect less from these two players; when you’re good, you’re good.

Jerry Goldenberg Awards

My social networks were revolutionized with the Jerry Goldenberg Awards for Excellence in Communications, which took place at the end of November in an important hotel in Buenos Aires. Nominees were designated by Editorial Dossier (organizer of the event,) while winners were chosen by its’ subscribers. Some of the winner companies were BBDO Argentina, PHD Argentina, La Nación and Wunderman.

Facebook & Cisneros, one love

I’ve recently learned that Cisneros Interactive is now a Facebook partner in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Venezuela. This is like a déjà vu of Fox‘s business model of representation in Latin America (currently led by IMS, especially following the closure of Punto Fox in the region.) These guys from Cisneros have always ants in their pants.

Which are the preferred video platforms by U.S. Hispanics? What types of content do they prefer? How do they establish their consumption priorities when it comes to media? The answers to those questions and more, according to comScore‘s August 2016 rankings.

In August 2016, 60% of Hispanic users in the United States consumed video content through Google sites.

MediaTotal Unique Viewers (000)
    Total Internet:  Hispanic All31.313
    Top 100 Video Properties
1    Google Sites21.444
2    Facebook10.632
3    Yahoo Sites9.533
4    VEVO5.783
5    BroadbandTV5.681
6    Warner Music5.477
7    Microsoft Sites5.344
8    Vimeo4.957
9    Comcast NBCUniversal4.339
10    Machinima Entertainment4.195

In second place on the list of preferred audiovisual platforms is Facebook, with 34% of unique users, followed by Yahoo, with 30% of the Hispanic visitors in the United States.

Music via video format is nothing to underestimate: as much as VEVO (Universal Music, Sony Music) and Warner appear in fourth and sixth place, respectively, the sum of unique users that they attracted in the informed month is more than the total number of visitors that watched videos on Facebook.

A similar case to that of music is observed on MCN platforms on this ranking: the sum of BroadbandTV and Machinima‘s users places this category in third place, moving Yahoo to fourth on the list.

Microsoft sites, in seventh place, received 17% of the users, while Vimeo attracted 16%.

When it comes to online television content, the only company that appears is NBCUniversal, with 14% of the users.

A summary of the most exciting recent news in online video and ad tech in the US, US-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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Ooyala has released research that indicates that mid-roll video ad placements are becoming more popular. In February 2015, studies showed that three-quarters (75%) of online video ad placements consisted of pre-rolls in February 2015, against just 20% for mid-rolls. But by April 2016, mid-rolls rose by 25% accounting for 33% of video ad placements while pre-roll has gone down to 60%.

univisionUnivision Communications has tapped BroadbandTV to manage its YouTube content and channels as a part of its outreach efforts for Hispanic audiences in the U.S. and internationally. BroadbandTV has proprietary technology to upload and monetize fan-generated content for Univision.

Walmart has announced that it is expanding Vudu, an on-demand mostly-centric movie video service, launching a free movie digital service called Vudu Movies on Us, which will be supported by advertising. The movies will have both pre-roll and mid-roll commercials.

Google has launched a “skinny” bundle of TV networks called “Unplugged.” CBS has signed a carriage deal, and Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox are  thought to be close to signing. The bundle of live TV channels at around $25 to $50 per month, and will launch in early 2017.

IHS Market Research has released studies showing that Netflix and Amazon spent $7.5 billion on programming in the last year, more than CBS, HBO and Turner. And the World TV Production Report revealed that between 2013 and 2015, Amazon’s investment in SVOD and online video went from $1.22 billion in 2013 to $2.67 billion in 2015, and Netflix spent $4.91 billion in that period.

In Netflix‘s quarterly letter to shareholders, it stated that while Amazon is picking up momentum in the streaming market, it’s not too worried about them catching up.

According to Eurodata TV Worldwide research, released at MIPCOM Comcast, Time Warner, Sky, Germany’s Kabel Deutschland, India’s Sun Direct, France’s Orange, Mexico’s TelMex and China Telecom are the world’s most powerful players in global distribution. Additionally, it revealed that at least 50 new mainstream SVOD platforms have launched around the world since Netflix launched in 2010. It also tracked the expansion of niche services targeted at specific demographics.

Video inventory management platform, SpotX, and BrightLine, the market leader for advanced TV and OTT advertising, have joined forces to accelerate the automated purchasing workflow of advanced TV ads across millions of U.S. households. The integration will empower publishers to automate the sales of personalized, household-addressable advanced ad units within connected TV (CTV) environments.
Ooyala has announced their partnership with Toca Boca, the number one ranked mobile-first kids brand in Apple’s app store. This way, Toca Boca will be able to deliver its video library of original and curated content to its global audience base to drive engagement and loyalty as well as higher revenue through subscriptions.

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ESPN has launched its flagship ESPN App in Spanish-speaking Latin America. Available on Android and iOS, it has dedicated local editions in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela and has the same capabilities and functionalities as the U.S. edition.

Microsoft has launched its first Transparency Center in Latin America in the city of Brasília (DF), Brazil to promote trusted and safe computing, which is key to the industry and to abating security concerns in the sector. The first Microsoft Transparency Center was launched in 2014 in Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.The World Bank‘s investment arm, the netInternational Finance Corporation, has made a $1 million commitment to Argentine accelerator NXTP Labs as part of its $30 million Startup Catalyst initiative, which backs accelerators and seed funds in emerging markets.AT&T’s focus on growing the newly acquired Mexican operations in 2015 has been successful: the company added 742,000 wireless net subscribers in 2Q16, and Mexican wireless subscribers are nearing a total of 10 million. DIRECTV added 87,000 video subscribers in LatAm in the last quarter. 

PORTADA RESEARCH: Hispanic Online Video Ad Market to Soar to US $450 million. In a new report Portada estimates that the Hispanic Online Video Ad market volume will climb to US $450 million by 2020. Particularly high growth is to be expected by branded content videos. Among video ad-tipes, in-stream will continue to have the largest share, although out-stream will grow at a higher rate.

A summary of the most exciting recent news in travel marketing and media in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

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JetBlue Technology Ventures announced its investment in Mozio, the San Francisco based tech startup, specializing in providing holistic ground transportation solutions that streamline the traveler experience to and from the airport.

This is JetBlue Technology Ventures’ second investment. Since launch, JetBlue Technology Ventures has captured the attention of hundreds of interested startups, as well as the investment community, recently being named the 2016 Global Corporate Venturing New Entrant of the Year. JetBlue Technology Ventures also recently partnered with the like-minded Cockpit Innovation Hub based in Tel Aviv.

American Express Global Business Travel has come to an agreement with Airbnb to offer their accommodation options to their customers. This will give Airbnb the opportunity to connect with more business travelers. According to the company, 10% of all their guests are company travelers.

Virgin America and Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines, announced the approval of their merger agreement to combine to create a premier airline for West Coast travelers. The two airlines anticipate completing the transaction in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Skyscanner improved its mobile app to let users search and book flights, hotels, and car rental all in the same platform.

TripAdvisor introduced a redesigned flight search, including user reviews of airlines. It has also launched a “flyscore” feature within its search results. On a 1 to 10 scale, “flyscore” measures a flight based upon reviews of the airline, type of aircraft used, amenities offered on the flight and length of itinerary.

Google added a few tricks to its flights and hotels metasearch on both desktop and mobile. Users can now choose to track price changes for date and route combination on specific flights. The tool will appear within the next month in the 26 countries where Google Flights is offered.

In addition, Google is adding filters, based on more granular shopping needs, such as hotel rating or rate range, with one tap on mobile devices.

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Latam Airlines will stop its flights to and from Venezuela starting July 30th. The airline explained it would cease its activity in Venezuela given the “complex macroeconomical scenery in the region.”

Qatar Airlines acquired 10% of Latam for US$ 613 million worth in stocks.

Grupo Presidente, one of the leading hotel chains in Mexico, has selected eRevMax to manage its online distribution through dynamic channel management and price intelligence.

 

What are the most popular sites and platforms among Latin American users? What activities do those sites and platforms enable? What are the similarities and differences between the different countries’ lists? The answers to these questions and more, according to comScore’s May 2016 rankings.

I Google, Therefore I Am

Users’ favorite activity in the covered countries is performing Google searches and interacting on social networks. Google is the access door to mass media consumption, which gives it a high spot on the list.

Facebook, the Social Control Board

The second favorite activity among Latin American users is connecting with friends and acquaintances through the technology provided by Facebook. The “Latest News” section, located on the homepage of the platform, is the place from which users “monitor” the activity of their friends and acquaintances before interacting with them.

YouTube Leaves TV in the Dust

The third most preferred activity among Latin American users is consuming online audiovisual content on YouTube: the devices, as well as respecting TV’s imposed scheduling, are irrelevant.

Bloggers Prefer Blogspot.com

Bloggers in Argentina, Brasil, Chile, México, Uruguay and Venezuela use the Google blogging platform. In Colombia and Peru, it seems that users aren’t as interested in expressing themselves on blogs (or at least they don’t place it among the most important online media consumption habits).

Whatever Google Doesn’t Know, Wikipedia Does

Except in the case of Brazil, Latin American users look to Wikipedia for answers to diverse questions about general topics. This way, Wikipedia works as a type of search motor specialized in encyclopedic knowledge, and is one of the most popular online destinations in the region.

E-Commerce

Users in Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela are the only ones interested in online shopping (or making online inquiries before going to a physical store to buy a product); when this happens, the platform they choose is Mercado Libre. The other countries aren’t as interested in e-commerce (or don’t assign it a high priority).

Yahoo Isn’t Dead

After the close of their LatAm offices, it is interesting to observe the importance that the informed countries (except Uruguay and Venezuela) assign the news and e-mail portal provided by this company.

Microsoft Stands Out

As much as Google and Facebook are the undeniable leaders in each of their categories, we can’t forget about Microsoft, and that Live.com and MSN.com belong to that group (which, in terms of the amount of monthly visitors, places Microsoft at the top of the list in each ranking).

Source: comScore Media Metrix, Argentina, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience26.676
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.AR23.879
2    FACEBOOK.COM20.231
3    YOUTUBE.COM18.800
4    GOOGLE.COM14.647
5    LIVE.COM12.692
6    MERCADOLIBRE.COM.AR11.947
7    BLOGSPOT.COM.AR10.976
8    YAHOO.COM.AR9.355
9    WIKIPEDIA.ORG8.504
10    MSN.COM8.463
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Brazil, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience80.073
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.BR69.904
2    FACEBOOK.COM58.518
3    YOUTUBE.COM50.985
4    GOOGLE.COM48.844
5    UOL.COM.BR47.876
6    LIVE.COM38.986
7    GLOBO.COM38.563
8    BLOGSPOT.COM.BR36.268
9    YAHOO.COM.BR30.791
10    MSN.COM29.932
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Chile, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience7.567
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.CL6.672
2    FACEBOOK.COM4.568
3    GOOGLE.COM4.560
4    YOUTUBE.COM4.473
5    LIVE.COM3.412
6    MSN.COM3.229
7    YAHOO.COM2.639
8    BLOGSPOT.CL2.441
9    BANCOESTADO.CL2.265
10    WIKIPEDIA.ORG1.837
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Colombia, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience16.438
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.CO15.003
2    FACEBOOK.COM11.961
3    YOUTUBE.COM11.813
4    GOOGLE.COM10.485
5    LIVE.COM9.460
6    WIKIPEDIA.ORG6.378
7    YAHOO.COM5.300
8    MSN.COM4.928
9    MICROSOFT.COM3.398
10    SLIDESHARE.NET3.207
Source: comScore Media Metrix, México, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience42.366
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.MX37.177
2    FACEBOOK.COM31.077
3    YOUTUBE.COM29.421
4    LIVE.COM22.853
5    GOOGLE.COM22.420
6    MSN.COM19.710
7    BLOGSPOT.MX16.285
8    YAHOO.COM.MX14.888
9    WIKIPEDIA.ORG14.232
10    MICROSOFT.COM9.235
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Perú, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience7.283
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.PE6.579
2    FACEBOOK.COM5.829
3    YOUTUBE.COM4.967
4    LIVE.COM4.637
5    GOOGLE.COM4.167
6    MSN.COM3.547
7    YAHOO.COM2.751
8    ELCOMERCIO.PE2.693
9    SLIDESHARE.NET2.250
10    WIKIPEDIA.ORG1.935
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Uruguay, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience2.043
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.COM.UY1.780
2    FACEBOOK.COM1.475
3    YOUTUBE.COM1.389
4    GOOGLE.COM1.269
5    BLOGSPOT.COM.UY962
6    MERCADOLIBRE.COM.UY924
7    WIKIPEDIA.ORG711
8    LIVE.COM693
9    ELPAIS.COM.UY547
10    MSN.COM470
Source: comScore Media Metrix, Venezuela, Home and Work, PC/Laptop only, May 2016Total Unique Visitors (000)
    Total Internet : Total Audience13.169
    Top 10 Web Domains
1    GOOGLE.CO.VE11.720
2    FACEBOOK.COM9.581
3    YOUTUBE.COM8.370
4    GOOGLE.COM6.899
5    LIVE.COM5.775
6    BLOGGER.COM5.396
7    MERCADOLIBRE.COM.VE5.136
8    MSN.COM3.854
9    WIKIPEDIA.ORG3.846
10    BANCODEVENEZUELA.COM3.357
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