LATIN AMERICA ONLINE: WHAT A CONNECTED LATIN AMERICA MEANS FOR BUSINESSES

Sep 24, 15 LATIN AMERICA ONLINE: WHAT A CONNECTED LATIN AMERICA MEANS FOR BUSINESSES

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By Cassandra Bremer, Content Manager and Developer at The San Jose Group Latin America is young, online and social, and that creates a huge potential for American companies to win a market share of the continent’s booming emerging middle class. As digital and social strategies are becoming more paramount for brands in the U.S. to establish themselves and reach consumers, digital strategies are emerging as a core messaging platform to reach target markets in Latin America, and here is why. Whereas the mobile industry in the U.S. accounts about 2% of the economy, according to eMarketer, it accounts for between 4% and 5% of the Latin American economy. And the industry is growing. Earlier this year, the Latin American regional operator America Móvil served almost 300 million subscribers in 18 countries, and by the end of this year, eMarketer estimates Latin American mobile phone users will pass the 396 million mark. Needless to say, with 400 million consumers using mobiles in Latin America (compared to the 258 million in the United States), mobile devises provide a huge arena for brands to target consumers. Mix the high mobile usage with the fact that Latin America is the fastest growing ecommerce market in the world next to China, and the market potential becomes obvious. While Latin America as a whole is a lucrative target for brands, Brazil is really leading the social/digital movement in the continent. This year, over three quarters of social network users in Brazil will visit social media sits via a mobile device, and in 2013, Brazil’s ecommerce industry reached $15 billion. In fact, Brazil houses 299 of the top 500 ecommerce sites in Latin America, and that statistic begins to make sense when considering the country’s young and thriving consumer base. With a massive population of 202 million people, 62% of Brazilians are under the age of 30. “Brazil is leading the Latin American market in online consumption, and with that the rest of the continent will soon follow.” said George L....

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Cuba: A Time Such as Now…

Sep 10, 15 Cuba: A Time Such as Now…

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By George L. San Jose   President & COO of The San Jose Network Ltd.     When I think of the U.S.-Cuban relationship I imagine two childhood best friends who once had a quarrel. They were neighbors, loved each other dearly, their lives where intertwined in the most intricate ways, and one could not imagine life without the other. They were always in each other’s homes and played in the same backyard. Then one day [about fifty-five years ago] they quarreled, pride got in the way, and they stopped talking with one another. They confiscated each other’s toys and each went to play in their own backyards with deep wounds in their hearts. Anyone who has children understands how these quarrels happen. And in the same way this very much happened to the United States and Cuba, although few of us are old enough to remember their happier times as “besties”. Let me state that I certainly would never want to simplify the layers of complexity of U.S.-Cuban relations as events in this troubled history resulted in thousands of innocent lives lost with much pain and suffering on both sides. It is, however, important that we, as business leaders, understand the depth of the past relationship only to draw from it the learning for what is to come. A historical step has been taken for a new relationship to emerge between these two great countries. Like Israel and Judah, East Germany and West Germany, reconciliation and full integration of its people as one family, and again as best friends, is irreversible and unstoppable—this time living in two houses. All that remains is to have in place a legal system of commerce between our two countries and in concurrence a commerce revolution within the Cuban government to set a transparent legal framework for commerce to emerge. This will be necessary not only for its own people but for the hundreds of small foreign businesses that want to invest in Cuba and are currently not able to do...

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