Help Them Make Friends
• Moms Lack a Best Friend or Strong Inner Circle: With daily activities including meetings, carpools, meal preparation and eldercare, Moms maintain increasingly hectic schedules. Unfortunately, this frenzied pace and lack of personal time often means the deterioration of Moms' inner circle and the lack of a best friend, resulting in loneliness and isolation.
• Tough Transition Times for Moms with Young Kids and Moms with Teens: For Moms with young kids, loneliness often occurs when they exit the traditional workforce, leave behind workplace friends, and transition to a new and potentially isolating life with infants and young children without the support of a familiar social structure. Likewise, loneliness and isolation hit older Moms, whose role as the primary caregiver wanes as their high school-age kids forge new independence and rely less on Moms for daily care and attention.
• 1950s Mom Isolation Redux: Loneliness. Isolation. Lack of support. Sound familiar? Based on a geographic distance from family, deteriorating sources of everyday support, isolation from busy neighbors and unsympathetic co-workers, and perceived lack of support from partners, Moms face a real challenge in emotional satisfaction not seen since the 1950s. Yet Millennium Moms have technology at their fingertips that offer the ability online to forge new, and surprisingly lasting, offline friendships.
Key Trends for Brands and Marketers
• Facilitating Connectivity Deepens Brand Loyalty: Moms increasingly go online to connect with like-minded Moms, actively seeking out friendships online to fill the void of a lack of best friend or strong inner circle. Brands now have an opportunity to pull them together in forums with others who share their interests. The result? Increasing loyalty to brands that facilitate Mom-to-Mom connectivity.
Key Take-Away: More than ever, brands should focus on providing Moms with opportunities for connectivity, both online and offline, rather than just information, expertise or coupons. Tactics such as forming Mom Ambassador programs offer them significant opportunities to build relationships and leads them to effusively thank the brand for bringing them together.
• Geo-Targeted Local Gatherings: With the frenzied pace of today's Moms, many women find that friendships and relationships often fall to the wayside. With just 19% living in the community where they grew up, Moms desperately seek new connections and they struggle: 58% report experiencing loneliness in the past month, and 4 out of 5 need more friends in their lives. Offline events give them the opportunity to meet fellow Moms they know from online communities.
Key Take-Away: In developing Mom-focused consumer campaigns, brands have to think locally while reaching globally. Robust geo-targeted programs with both online and offline components enable Moms to relate brands to their daily lives, and offline events help them build local relationships and connections with fellow Moms in their communities.
• Rise in Social Network Participation Due to Friendship Seeking: Millions of Moms turn to sites like Gather.com (Mom groups), along with Twitter (shared passions), Facebook (reconnections with family and friends) and Linked-In (business-related) for connectivity.
Key Take-Away: By facilitating connectivity and community on these platforms, brands can build tremendous and lasting loyalty among their Mom brand enthusiasts.
For a copy of this research study, please contact Tracey Hope-Ross, VP Social Media and Research: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-244-3002. To find out how brands can effectively utilize these insights, please contact Stacy DeBroff, CEO at email@example.com or 617-244-3002.