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More than 500 years ago, European colonizers got surprised by the richness and beauty of the “New World”. One they hadn’t been aware of because of their erroneous self-centered theories or their lack of courage and imagination to face the dangers and mysteries of the sea, and look further than the skyline in front of their eyes.

by Martin Carniglia , Data & Media Consulting Manager, DBi Latin America (Havas)

We are now close to what seems to be a new inflection point, where the wealth of connected people, and the abundance of business opportunities will surprise the ones who dare to care about Latin America’s Data arouse.

Now more Latin People than ever are connected

In a region that represents almost 8,5% of global population, Internet Users already rise over 10% from world total figures. Internet penetration overcomes 65% over total population in 8 countries across the region: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Yes, don’t go back and try to find on the list other big countries in the region, such as Mexico, Colombia or Peru. They are still under that level with forecast figures going up faster in the next few years, followed by the smaller markets.

*Source: US Census Bureau, Nielsen-Online, ITU, Facebook, © Miniwatts Group

Social Media is part of our daily lives

Social networks are also hugged over the region: seven Latin American markets rank among the world’s top 25 for Facebook total amount of users users, close to Europe level.

Some countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Mexico show spend time and daily connection figures that rank in top 5 level worldwide. Facebook penetration rates have an average level over 50%, with some countries even higher than North America level.

Internet penetration overcomes 65% over total population in 8 countries across the region

Mobile technology is araising

The size of the overall market in the region, and its potential for ongoing growth, continues to attract investment from international Telcos (Telefonica, America Movil and Millicom being the leaders across the region) and local cable & Internet service providers that expand their offering.

Improved mobile 4G technology has stimulated the adoption of smartphones among consumers, which in turn has led to increasing mobile data traffic and consequently the ability of network operators to develop revenue growth.

In the fixed-line sector, fibre backhaul networks have proliferated, giving access and broadband highspeed connections to new areas. This has partly been stimulated by regulatory efforts to promote the sharing of network components, but also by the take-up among consumer of bundled packages requiring higher bandwidth. The need to future-proof networks to cope with the demands of digital communities has also encouraged telcos and cable companies to invest more.

Seven Latin American markets rank among the world’s top 25 for Facebook total amount of users users, close to Europe level

More Connected People means More Data Access

It’s logical to deduct that from here to less than five years we could be doubling the amount of connected people, and so the quantity of collected data touchpoints.

We are seeing new technology companies and startups that offer Universal Data Hub approaches to leverage information among Desktop, Mobile, POS, beacons and other IoT sources.

From Data integration, Data Management Platforms, through new Stadistical approaches and Machine Learning models connected to Programmatic Buying technologies. The whole ecosystem is already getting available across the whole region.

Integrating data, being able to learn from it and making smart business decisions will be the biggest challenge for all companies across our region.

Contextual and structural barriers are falling down. Online travelers are already engaged, Mobile Sails are Set, and low connection anchor is already coming out from the depths.

The question is, will we be ready as investors, entrepreneurs, marketers, small, middle or big companies to dare and face this upcoming growth? New skills will be required, new integral ways to gather data needed, and more than anything, new capabilities to transform it into insights and better profile or segment our clients.

Latin America is appearing as a promised land, and we should all be ready to start this amazing journey towards Data-Driven Marketing and Communications. Make sure you count with the right maps and the best sailors to face it!

Martin Carniglia, is a 31-year-old Argentinian with vast experience in Digital and Data consulting across LatAm Region. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Buenos Aires he joined Havas Group, where he lead Performance team and launched a new department focused on Digital Data. He is currently part of DBi -Data Business Intelligence- consulting team, where he occupies the role of Regional Data & Media Consulting Manager.

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What: Cisneros Interactive becomes Facebook’s official reseller in Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela.
Why it matters: In addition to its own media and ad-tech businesses – Adsmovil, Redmas, Tail Target,  Audio.Ad and Fluvip,  Cisneros Interactive is expanding into the representation business with this Facebook partnership. The deal will bring Facebook’s best practices, support and local payment options to those markets. The company already has offices in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.

Cisneros Interactiveunnamed-3unnamed-5, a digital advertising division of Cisneros, signed on to become the reseller partner for Facebook in four key Latin American markets: Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela.  Cisneros Interactive will hire local teams exclusively dedicated to servicing Facebook’s clients in these countries.

The partnership will bring Facebook’s best practices, support and local payment options to the markets of Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela.  With a combined 27 million people on Facebook in these four countries, the platform is already helping local advertisers drive real business results.  As investment in the platform scales, Cisneros Interactive will help advertisers apply effective strategies in Facebook to achieve their business objectives.

“We are very exiting about this partnership with Facebook,” said Victor Kong, President of Cisneros Interactive.  “Over the past five years, we have expanded our business across Latin America and the Hispanic market in the United States, making us one of the main players in the digital industry.  Being Facebook’s reseller for Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Venezuela represents a great opportunity to continue this solid growth in the region.”

“We are pleased to count on Cisneros Interactive as our reseller partner in Latin America,” said Joao Adao, Facebook’s Regional Director for the Southern Cone.  “Cisneros Interactive’s strong experience will allow us to offer local advertisers the same service and expertise we provide clients at a global level.”

Cisneros Interactive will be opening offices in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay, and increasing its operations in Venezuela, which reinforce its presence in the region, where it already has offices in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.