Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 | 5 min read
Acai bowls might be all the rage in the United States right now, but exotic fruit isn’t the only reason people have their eyes on Brazil. It’s no secret that Latin America’s largest country is a rising tech star and a business powerhouse; it boasts 25 of the world’s largest 2,000 companies and has the 8th-largest GDP across the globe.
Naturally, it’s one of the first countries enterprise organizations look at when they start to think about expanding south of the border. In fact, we recently picked Brazil as the ideal home for our new offices in South America.
But what’s so special about Brazil? Here are five statistics on the country’s digital landscape that any company considering expanding into the Latin American market should take a look at.
Brazil’s internet users are highly active. In fact, they spend more time on the internet than they do watching TV. There’s no denying that internet penetration is still a problem in the country (as it is in the rest of the Latin American region): less than half of Brazilians – 48% – have regular access. Still, that nearly 48% represents a digital audience of 100 million, and this number continues to grow. In 2014, only 26% of Brazilians used the internet every day; a year later, that number jumped to 37%.
Those who do have access to internet in Brazil use social media constantly. A recent Comscore report shows that Brazil’s internet users spend more time navigating social media than any other category of usage, such as business or services. Moreover, Brazil outpaces all other Latin American countries when it comes to the number of users who visit social media sites on a daily basis.
The average time spent on social media each day by Brazilian social media users is 3.8 hours. Meanwhile, in the United States, that number is just 2.7. Facebook is by far the most popular social platform, boasting 25% of the total population as users. Next comes Whatsapp (24%), Facebook Messenger (22%), and Skype (14%).
In 2015 eMarketer predicts Brazil will rank number six in worldwide ad spend and number nine in global digital ad spend, investing a projected $3.04 billion in digital (ahead of all other Latin American countries). Meanwhile, mobile ad spend in Brazil is expected to reach over 1 billion by 2016 and over 3 billion by 2019.
Not only is Brazil a leader in mobile in the region; social media is one of the main activities people do on their mobile devices. 88% of the cell phones of younger Brazilian Internet users have the Facebook app installed. Most also have YouTube (81%) and WhatsApp (79%) on their phones.
Moreover, tablet sales are booming in Brazil; they increased by 119% in 2013 to nearly 8 million. Currently, it’s estimated that there are more than 11 million tablets in use in Brazil.
Brazil’s internet users are generally quite young. And, on average, the 15-32 age group has seven social media profiles – the main ones being Facebook, where 96% have a profile, followed by YouTube (79%), Google + (67%), and Twitter (64%).
This probably has something to do with the fact that Brazil has an overall youthful population. Around 85% of the country is under the age of 55, and 40% is under the age of 25. To put things in perspective, only 33% of the United States’, 32% of China’s, and 30% of the United Kingdom’s population are under the age of 25.
About the Author: Chloe Mason Gray is the Blog Content Manager at Sprinklr. Her writing on marketing, travel, and career development has been published by Mashable, Forbes, KISSmetrics, Entrepreneur, The Daily Muse, the Human Parts Medium collection, and other sites across the web.