Portada Mexico Forum


What: Rappi Director of Marketing Carlos Leal explains how the e commerce company and mobile app Rappi built its success on customer-focused performance rather than technology and branding alone.

Why it matters: By constantly focusing on the user experience, the on-demand delivery application operates in more than 28 cities in Latin America, has more than 80,000 users, and is worth US $1 billion.

Experts value the Colombian delivery start-up Rappi at US $1 billion, according to Bloomberg News. Three friends founded Rappi as a way to provide quick and easy restaurant take-out delivery. The mobile app now offers more than 50,000 products and services, operates in seven Latin American countries, and has more than 1,000 employees.

What’s behind Rappi’s huge success? Surprisingly, it isn’t just about branding, or even technology.

The key to Rappi’s eye-popping growth is a laser-like focus on the user experience. “An application can’t live on branding alone,” Director of Marketing Carlos Leal recently told participants at Portada México.

“We always listen to the user and we adapt to the needs of the market. We are service-based, not technology-based.”

E Commerce Risk-taking and experimentation

Rappi constantly innovates how it communicates with its users and how it can better respond to their needs.

The successful start-up’s in-house creative team launches multiple advertising campaigns targeting the same audience. They then measures what works.

What can’t be measured doesn’t have value.

“What can’t be measured doesn’t have value,” Leal told Portada Mexico, adding, “All communications with users must be personalized to the user type, and not be generic.”

The acquisition of new users depends on performance, so Rappi’s marketing model is less about branding, and more focused on growth and performance.

And risk-taking is central to e commerce company Rappi’s and its marketing approach to growth. “We are always experimenting,” Leal said, and that includes both the products and services that Rappi offers.

“We’re always producing more content and new content,” Leal said.

“We listen to the user and adapt to his or her needs. If you don’t, the business will fail,” Leal emphasized.

From take-out to payment services

Rappi now operates in more than 28 cities in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The platform offers more than 50,000 products and services, including tax and other payment services.

The business model offers a “Prime” customer loyalty service, like Amazon Prime. It produces a 45% increase in spending by Rappi’s Prime members, according to Leal.

Our principal work ethic is to be partners and owners at the same time we are employees.

How does Rappi adjust to the needs of a diversity of cultures and customers in its Latin American markets? Rappi doesn’t associate itself with any one country, Leal told participants at Portada Mexico.

“The language and terminology for each country is different. What works in one country doesn’t necessarily work in another,” Leal noted. Rappi individualizes its content, he said, to the local market.

Rappi also segments its content based upon the user’s mobile device. “We target our content to the device. Segmentation is very important,” Leal told the Portada Mexico audience.

Employees as ‘partners’

Rappi’s employees are mostly young. Rappi treats them as partners and entrepreneurs rather than just workers.

The result is a more committed workforce, Leal emphasized. “Our principal work ethic is to be partners and owners at the same time we are employees.”

Rappi also looks to its employees, to be “influencers” that will move market awareness and opinion about the e commerce company app.

Just three-years-old, Rappi recently received $220 million in cash from its investors and has 20,000 couriers handling its deliveries, according to Bloomberg.

Billionaire Yuri Milner of DST Global, Sequoia Capital and the German delivery firm Delivery Hero invest in Rappi.

Magna Partners Managing Partner Nathan Lustig told Bloomberg that Rappi has found a path “where they can build a really big business.”

Get ready for Portada Mexico on October 17 2019 Portada Mexico will dive deep into how technological innovations are reshaping the Mexican and Latin American marketing space. AI, virtual reality, machine-based learning and programmatic marketing will have an important place in the agenda.

Foro Portada Mexico 2013Exciting prospects are in store in 2014 for the world of marketing, advertising and media in Mexico. In addition to interesting macroeconomic developments, there is also the 2014 World Cup, an event of great media and advertising importance. How do the big brands view the Mexican advertising and media market in 2014 and what strategies will they use to reach Mexican consumers? The analysis and answer to this question will be one of the main themes at the Portada Mexico Forum for Advertising and Media, to take place on Thursday, October 17th at the Presidente Intercontinental hotel in Mexico City.

A panel moderated by Santiago Duran, Digital & Catalyst Manager, Havas Media Mexico, will focus on prospects for advertisers in 2014. The panel will include very high-profile marketing managers, including: Mercedes López Arratia, Head of Digital Marketing and Premium Marketing, Banamex; Rosa Maria Grados, Marketing Director – Mexico, Central America and Caribbean, Blackberry; Ingrid Motta, Director of Marketing, Public Relations, Digital, and Applications, Samsung; and Alicia Trujillo, Social Media & Strategic Projects Supervisor / eCommerce, Wyndham Worldwide/RCI, all of who will talk about their marketing and advertising strategies expectations for the coming year.

The Portada Mexico Forum for Advertising and Media, to be held Thursday, October 17, is being organized for the third consecutive year by Portada (https://portada-online.com), the leading source of news and analysis on the Latin American Marketing, Advertising, and Media space, as well as that of the U.S. Hispanic market and Spain.

Content marketing, linked to both advertising and digital media, will be discussed at the “Brand-building and Storytelling” panel moderated by author and executive Joe Kutchera. Carlos Espindola, eHUB Manager for Latin America, 3M, will analyze 3M’s successful case study; while Ximena Moreno, Distributor Analyst for Mexico HFS, Procter & Gamble, will review that of Procter & Gamble.

Tickets purchased before the day of the event will include a copy of the book (É-X-I-T-O), su estrategia de marketing, by Joe Kutchera. The entrance fee is US $199 (approximately 2,550 pesos). Register here!



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