According to BIGresearch's Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM12), the effectiveness of product placements varies by product category and consumer group. Consumers indicate product placements have the most influence on their grocery purchases with 14.8% saying so, up from 13.0% one year ago. Electronics and apparel round out the top three categories most influenced by product placements.
As marketers search for ways to increase marketing ROI, product placements are a viable option, says the report, particularly when targeting specific ethnic groups. African American, Hispanic and Asian consumers are more likely to be influenced to buy electronics, grocery and apparel from product placements.??
Influence of Product Placement On Purchases by Product Category & Ethnic Group (% of Respondents)??   ;
White / Caucasian
Source: BIGresearch, October 2008
Gary Drenik, President & CEO of BIGreserch, concludes "Though the use of product placements is growing... today's savvy consumers... recognize when advertisers are trying to manipulate them... when executed effectively, product placements can... create highly influential word of mouth among specific consumer groups."?
45.8% of Caucasian, and 44.0% of Asian consumers, indicate their purchases are influenced by word of mouth. 41.1% of African American consumers say the same when it comes to grocery. Dining out purchases appear to be most affected by word of mouth.
Influence of Word of Mouth On Purchases by Product Category & Ethnic Group (% of Respondents)?
Source: BIGresearch SIMM12, October 2008
And, while placement and word of mouth impact future purchases, sampling can create an almost immediate impulse purchase. According to the Product Sampling Study by Arbitron, sampling successfully reaches 70 million consumers every quarter, and one-third of customers who try a sample will buy the sampled product in the same shopping trip, and 58% of those surveyed reported that they would buy the product again.
In the study, consumers were grouped into three categories:
While 85% of the Retentions and 60% of the Conversions said they would purchase the sampled product in the future, sampled products encouraged 47% of the Acquisitions, those who had never heard of the product before, to purchase the product again.
Carol Edwards, Senior Vice President, Sales, Out-of-Home Media, says "... this study enforced that the sampling approach is both effective in making new customers aware of products, while also establishing a firmer identity with those consumers who have considered the product before."
Highlights of the study:
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For more data on the sampling report from Arbitron, please visit this site.