Reach Women via Sports – but Media Use, Shopping Habits Vary by Ethnicity

November 1, 2007

This article is included in these additional categories:

African-American | Hispanic | Media & Entertainment | Paid Search | Retail & E-Commerce | Television | Women

To reach women, marketers may not consider choosing between soap operas and the NFL when putting together media allocation plans – but they might want to reconsider, according to a BIGresearch study, which found that women are more likely to be regularly or occasionally watching sports than soap operas.

Whereas 62% of women surveyed say they watch sports regularly or occasionally on TV, 42% say they watch soap operas with the same frequency, according to BIGresearch’s Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM 10, July 07) of 15,439 consumers.

But those proportions vary by ethnicity, with Hispanic women watching more soaps, for example, and white/Caucasian women the least likely to watch soaps, and African-American women the most likely to watch sports:


Also, the percentage of women who search online for sports differs by ethnic groups - 49.3% of Hispanic women, 43.5% of African American women, 50.3% of Asian women and 40% of Caucasian women say they search for sports information online:


“Conventional wisdom says soap operas are better for reaching women but in media consumption, as in fashion, there’s no such thing as one size fits all for today’s women,” said Gary Drenik, president and CEO of BIGresearch. “Their media consumption is as complex as their shopping behaviors, and marketers/advertisers who wish to increase their ROI need to understand these differences.”

Such differences are apparent, based on ethnic group, when it comes to stores women shop most often for women’s clothing. See table of top 5 stores women (by ethnicity) shop most often for women’s clothing:


Differences are also evident for women who exercise/play sports while using media – something that 34.5% of Hispanic women, 31.4% of African American women, 39.9% of Asian women and 27.3% of Caucasian women say they do.

About the data: Topline findings are available from BIGresearch (tables of the top three ways women spend their leisure time, women’s sports media consumption and shopping information); click on “Complimentary Top Line Findings” (upper right of homepage).

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