Moms Seek Out Ads That Offer Coupons and Discounts
Study Uncovers Parenting Not Among Top Five Online Searches for Moms
NEW YORK, Jun 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- According to an "American Moms" study released today by About.com, Moms prefer ads that provide coupons and discounts on products and services that can be useful and relevant to their families. The study also uncovered, surprisingly, that parenting information is not among the top five online searches for moms, but instead food, health, learning, travel and jobs & careers are the most searched topics.
Conducted on About.com in the spring of 2011, the "American Moms" study examined the behavior of more than 2,000 moms online in the U.S. and aimed to better understand their interests, purchase and search behavior, as well as advertising preferences.
"The findings confirm that food, health, education and travel advertisers and brands have a unique opportunity to connect with moms, often considered the chief household officers, at a time when they are actively seeking solutions and need them most," said Mitchell Kreuch, senior vice president of sales, About.com. "Since moms are mostly interested in ads that provide incentives, brands can create ads that appeal to moms and their purses, providing both the marketer and consumer with the best return on investment."
Other key findings include:
- When it came to interactions with online advertisements, 67% of respondents preferred coupons and discounts in online ads, while 47% preferred ads that provided useful information to help them do something.
- Online ads drive moms to seek more information and try products. Over half visited product Web sites as a result of seeing an online ad in the past year. In addition, over half printed a coupon and nearly half clicked on ads or did more research. Moreover, nearly 40% purchased products.
- Online advertisement tones and formats were also important, with 51% indicating that online ads that most grab their attention were ads with detailed product information about how to use the product, while 39% preferred ads were visually appealing.
"About.com leverages consumer insights to connect advertisers and marketers effectively with our passionate users and deliver positive brand interactions," added Evan Minskoff, vice president, marketing, the About Group. "Over the past year, 61% of moms took one or more actions as a result of seeing ads on About.com, driving them to interact directly with brands featured on our site."
For a copy of the complete About.com 2011 "American Moms" study or to schedule an interview, please contact Meredith Worsham at email@example.com.
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