Ranya Barakat

Digital Marketing Trends in Chile

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Digital Marketing Trends in Chile

We know that investment in digital marketing is on the rise, and we need to appeal to real benefits. However, what do we write about? Ann Handley (@MarketingProfs), author of the bestselling book Everybody Writes calls for a review to content writers: they have to be real and strategic.

Digital marketing in Chile received excellent news. According to IAB Chile (Interactive Advertising Bureau), the investment in online advertising in Chile grew 24% in 2015.

According to the last report from this institution, investing in digital reached CLP 105,376mn (USD 155,000) which represents a growth of over CLP 2,000mn (nearly US$3,000) since 2014, and a continual increase in rates for over 20%.

These figures reveal and support the importance of digital marketing within the realm of investment for advertisement in Chile.

According to the Chilean Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel) today there are 76 internet connections for every 100 inhabitants. Rodrigo Saavedra, manager of IAB Chile, stated that the key to success in the world of interactive marketing in 2016 is content. “Formats such as digital video will have an active role, thanks to their dynamic character, while key influencers will only be relevant if they are hand in hand with content that appeals to concrete benefits, beyond the description of products”.

We know that investment in digital marketing is on the rise and that we need to appeal to the down to at pain points. However, what do we write about? Ann Handley (@MarketingProfs), author of bestselling book  Everybody Writes calls the industry to attention:

“Everyone said Content Marketing had such potential. Everyone said it was the hope for the future that would save marketing from itself. Everyone said Content was the very thing that would align storytellers, artists, writers, technologists, and analysts. Everyone said he or she’d all work together to create marketing that doesn’t feel like marketing.”

“So what happened to all that? The promise? The hope? The plan? In the harsh morning light of 2016, Content Marketing realized that somewhere along the way… it got lost. It got distracted. Content Marketing admitted to itself that it had been impulsive and immature and short-sighted and (sometimes) lazy.”

The author sentenced: content marketing needs a digital marketing strategy - a real one. It implies planning, processes, frameworks, creativity, and metrics in place to legitimize itself.

 What can we do in Chile then?

Analyze our consumers before appealing to them. The Subtel figures, in a survey of access, users, and uses of the internet in Chile, provides signals of what consumers do and want through the web.

  1. One out of three Chileans considers searching information as the most significant activity in the past twelve months: the use of the internet to communicate is, the priority for many. However, the fact that 32% of respondents claim that the most important thing they do on the web is to acquire information” is a call for our attention. We are called to offer it, through Inbound Marketers.


Source: designed by IDS Agency with data from Subtel-“Sexta Encuesta sobre Acceso, Usos y Usuarios de Internet en Chile”.

  1. Chileans look to educate themselves: 10% of Chileans say that the most important activity they’ve done on the internet is looking for some information, and 8,13 % claims its use as a priority to do reports for their job, while 7,67% use it in the first place to do reports or courses or qualifications.


Source: designed by IDS Agency with data from Subtel-“Sexta Encuesta sobre Acceso, Usos y Usuarios de Internet en Chile”.

As the studies show everyone is online to research or engage with other users and businesses.

These people are located mainly in the Awareness stage of the Buyer Journey. They are experiencing symptoms of a problem or an opportunity, and they do educational research to understand them better. They can:

  • Log into social media such as Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin to see what approaches their peers or decisionmakers are taking with a given challenge, asking questions and engaging in conversations. 
  • Send and receive emails from friends, colleagues, experts and businesses in order to discuss in a more personal note certain worries.
  • Log into a Whatsapp forum of peers, colleagues or followers of a given radio or tv show, to provide opinions and receive updates in real-time about their day-to-day pain points and concerns.
  •  Browse randomly on the world wide web to see what is going on in their industry.
  • Download statistics, news or reports to incorporate business reports or class assignments where they face a challenge that a given product or service could address.  
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Our job, as inbound marketers, is to engage with buyers in every stage of their buyer journey by providing them with educational and relavent content.

  1. 2 out of 3 Chileans are attentive of channels where content marketing is offering value: 16,44% of respondents considers the use of social media their most valuable tool in the utilization of the internet. Another 16,2% put email as their priority use. However, there are a long tail of activities directly or indirectly linked with the value propositions from companies to customers: ebooks, online courses, looking for new clients, and research to buy goods or services.


Source: designed by IDS Agency with data from Subtel-“Sexta Encuesta sobre Acceso, Usos y Usuarios de Internet en Chile”.

Undoubtedly: there is indeed interest in content, and the potential to use content marketing. The pain points of potential customers are evident from these figures. We need to take care of them.

How can your company use its expertise to educate its potential customers? 

Ranya Barakat

Ranya Barakat

Ranya is an entrepreneur with over a decade experience in pulling up her sleeves and getting S*** done. She is specialized in inbound marketing and inbound sales.

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