This post was most recently updated on September 14th, 2021
Latin America is a group of 21 countries located south of the US-Mexico border. Over the past few years the Latin American region, also known as LatAm, has slowly grown to be an economic force to reckon with.
Forecasts state that Latin American advertising revenues will have a 9.3% growth in 2018 which would amount to a market size of $26.3 billion compared to a 7.3% growth in 2017.
Though television advertising remains to be the top media category in Latin America, digital advertising is still expected to grow by 23% and reach 32% of the media share by the end of 2018.
The steady rise in Internet usage in the region will boost the growth in digital advertising with Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia having the highest internet penetration of online populations.
Brazil also remains to be the sixth largest advertising market in the world, and it accounts for over half of Latin America’s advertising spend.
The monetization potential for Latin America, also rightfully labeled as the “Next Great Advertising Ecosystem,” is indeed very promising. LatAm is one the most dynamic advertising regions and publishers should not ignore the potential of traffic coming from this geography.
The question remains, how does one take advantage of ad budgets in this region? One of the critical factors in any traffic optimization/monetization model is understanding what works for specific geographic locations while focusing efforts on areas that would lead to maximizing revenue generation.
Here are MonetizeMore’s suggestions for monetizing Latin American traffic in the most optimal way possible.
The Mobile market in Latin America is the fourth largest mobile market in the world. Smartphones are a necessity, and not a luxury anymore – something that will make the mobile market continuously grow.
Taking advantage of this growth and monetizing mobile traffic will significantly contribute to your site’s revenue.
It is essential first to evaluate your current mobile traffic performance. It would require checking statistics in Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager to analyze key metrics so that you can serve and optimize ads that are relevant to LatAm users.
It is also important to note that when it comes to Latin American mobile user engagement, sports is a very popular vertical. Most mobile users often search for quick information like match scores or updates of an ongoing football match.
Also, entertainment topics are proven to monetize well as users tend to search and stay engaged with this type of mobile content.
Here are more tips for making your mobile monetization strategy strong and effective:
Always aim to maximize viewability for your mobile ad units. This will require a review of your site’s layout to ensure that your user “eyeballs” are directed to your mobile ads and that there are no ad display issues.
Aim to have your mobile ads fit accordingly with your mobile site’s layout and maximize viewability.
We have seen lots of ad networks deliver excellent results for LatAm – this can include those that cater to mobile websites, apps or both.
For more ad networks visit this guide.
Native ads are effective in boosting engagement as it usually results in twice the visual focus as compared to banner ads. This is because native ads blend well with content which results in higher CTR. These ads are also adaptable and look less “disruptive” compared to traditional types.
Related Read: How to effectively add native ads to you ad stack with DFP
PMP spend has grown over the last few years while it is estimated that PMP impression volume has increased by 22% in 2017. PMP and PMP-Guaranteed are also expanding outside of the display, mobile, and video into new formats such as radio and TV.
Advantages of PMP and PMP-Guaranteed for the publishers are:
Find more information about PMP optimization here: How to Increase your Lift with First Party Data
Latin America’s market has one of the highest rates of social media usage, mostly accessed through the mobile internet. According to statistics, more than 95% of the LatAm’s internet users participate in at least one social network.
Use social media to drive users to your site. Finding the right social media channel is essential when you want to capture and drive users to your website. Publishers can use Facebook to post content from their site – either through their own Facebook account or encouraging users to share their content.
Also, the use of this social media channel can be maximized – revenue wise – by signing up and using the Facebook Audience Network to deliver targeted ads to your users.
Pinterest is also a popular driver of social media traffic – it is now ranked 2nd after Facebook. Now is the perfect time for publishers to consider having a presence on Pinterest as it has more than 70 million users and it is growing super fast.
Here are also some additional tips on how you can effectively convert casual visitors to repeat users:
Related Read: Facebook Referral Traffic Declines: Pinterest, Google & Instagram Gain Ground
As mobile traffic began to surge in Latin America, mobile video advertising has also emerged as a leading area of growth in the region.
According to InMobi, Latin America has made a 40x increase in video ad consumption in Q1 2016 – Q1 2017, especially in Brazil.
Brazil is also ranked as the 3rd country with the highest mobile video ad spend on app install campaigns. This means that as the demand for video content on mobile increases, advertisers will most likely want to invest in mobile video ads.
Find more info about video advertising here.
Newsletter and user subscriptions will increase your chance to improve page views by growing your user base. These newsletters will be another source of revenue for display ads.
One way to help boost your newsletter and user subscription campaigns is by using social media to capture sign-ups. You could offer a signup incentive or offer users a chance to sign up directly through Facebook or other social media channels.
Partnering with a publisher monetization platform that has the best optimization strategies and growing ad technology lessens a publishers workload and stress of daily ad optimization.
Partner with Monetizemore and we will help you to monetize your Latin America traffic and even more importantly, increase ad revenue for your site.
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