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The Drive to Bank on Digital

Across Latin America’s two most populous countries, people are starting to expect more from their banks. But are banks in Brazil and Mexico rising to the occasion? Recent research reveals that 1 in 2 online bankers don’t think so.

In a previous post, we looked at how mobile is reshaping the way people shop across Latin America. And now, a recent study allows us to shed new light on how digital and mobile are transforming the way people bank. Read more

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Rio Welcomes the World: A Glimpse of the 2016 Games

Excitement about the Rio Games is running high, and this summer, people will channel it into mobile.

According to a Facebook-commissioned survey by GfK, an average of 72% of people around the world are enthusiastic about the Rio Games. And that number is even higher in Brazil despite mounting financial worries, political instability and the Zika virus.
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Moments That Matter: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

We are marketers participating in arguably the most important medium shift in marketing since the first television ad for Bulova watches in 1941. Mobile has delivered us from a mass media world to a personally relevant one—from a world in which marketers would buy TV, magazine and radio ads as a way to reach people based purely on context to a world in which marketers can reach individuals based not just on demographics but also on passions, behaviors, interests and so on. It’s driven the shift from a world of appointment-driven media ruled by rigid 15-, 30- and 60-second frameworks to a world of anytime/anywhere media.

And thanks to mobile, we’re moving from fewer bigger, longer moments manufactured by the media and marketing industry—moments like soap operas, the “Seinfeld” finale and pivotal sports games—to a time when people are manufacturing and consuming their own and each other’s moments en masse—every minute, every day, 365 days a year. From meals to memes, from first steps to first jobs and from moving on to moving up, millions of people go on Facebook and Instagram to share—and share in—these types of moments every day.

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The Mobile Lives of Millennials in Latin America

Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina are making it a priority to stay connected. Whether that means toggling between devices or checking Facebook first thing in the morning and last thing at night, many are willing go that extra mile. And as the world’s first generation of digital natives and the largest generation, by population, in Latin America, Millennials are a driving force in the region’s evolving mobile landscape.

To illuminate the most important shifts, Facebook commissioned a study from global media analytics expert comScore. We explored how and why Millennials (defined as people ages 13–34 in this study) connect across the 3 most populous Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America. We found that mobile is now clearly the first screen for Millennials in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina—and that there are interesting (and actionable) differences in the ways Millennials in each country access and use mobile.

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Growing Up in a Visual World

For today’s teens and young adults, image is everything—particularly when it comes to how they communicate.

Take it from Aria, a 22-year-old from Canada: “People don’t really want to read through text all the time … they just want to see it visually. It’s more appealing.”

People look to visuals not just to learn what others have to say but also to express themselves, making images essential in today’s universal language. And Instagram, a visual member of the Facebook family of brands, is where people fluent in that language come together.

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Making an Impact: Measuring the Value of Facebook Video

People have a growing appetite for creating, posting and interacting with video online, especially on mobile. Facebook, for instance, averages more than 3 billion video views per day—more than 65% of which happen on mobile. With just the swipe of a thumb, people have not only the power to control what content and advertising they view but also the power to decide how much attention they pay to that content. This environment of on-demand video consumption on mobile is compelling marketers to create impactful videos that deliver value. While the paradigm of content consumption has changed, marketers’ objectives have not.

As a step to better understand if video ads are changing people’s brand perceptions and purchase behaviors, the Facebook Marketing Science team commissioned Nielsen to analyze how Facebook video ads move brand metrics (Ad Recall, Brand Awareness and Purchase Consideration) in its BrandEffect database. What we learned is that every part of a video view—from initial impression to a complete view and everything in between—drives value.

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Celebrating Easter Together

Easter is a time to share and celebrate with friends and family. And mobile is allowing people to share and share in the celebrations more widely and instantaneously than ever.

We conducted a poll and studied Easter-related conversation in 9 countries across 5 continents to learn about people’s holiday festivities. We found that when people in Latin America and the Philippines talk about Easter, the religious aspects of the day dominate the conversation. And in Australia, Canada and the US, Easter is a social holiday often fueled by chocolate and candy.

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