Loyalty, high street sales & the portrayal of women in ads: 5 killer stats to start your week

We arm you with all the stats you need to prepare for the coming week and help you understand the big industry trends.

Consumers believe women ‘more positively’ portrayed in advertising

Half of Britons believe women are represented more positively in advertising now compared with five years ago, while only 6% believe women are being portrayed in a more negative way.

When it comes to the objectification of women, 38% of British consumers believe women are less objectified than five years ago and 12% believe they are more objectified.

READ MORE: Have brands got to grips with how to portray women in ads?

However, men feel there has been greater progress made than women, with men more likely to women are ‘much less objectified’ and women more likely to say they are ‘much more objectified’.

Source: Marketing Week and YouGov

Consumers want to see brands tackling the climate crisis

Almost three-quarters (72%) of UK consumers agree that brands should act to reduce the impact of the climate crisis, while 74% say they have a more favourable view of a brand that has made an effort to be more environmentally responsible.

Some 66% of Britons want to see brands using less plastic and packaging, while 61% want them to reduce company emissions.

Almost a third (60%) believe brands have a bigger responsibility than religious leaders, celebrites, charities and the general public when it comes to influencing cultural and societal changes. The government is thought to be most responsible for tackling the climate crisis, cited by 35% of those questioned, ahead of international organisations (such as the UN) on 14% and brands on 12%.

Source: Advertising Week Europe

A third of consumers want more than points for their loyalty

A third of customers (34%) want more than points for their loyalty, demanding that brands offer tailored and alternative benefits.

Consumers also perceive less value from loyalty programmes, with just 62% of women and 45% saying they really value the benefits they get from loyalty cards, down from 73% and 55% respectively in 2013.

Source: Data and Marketing Association

Wet weather and coronavirus hit high street sales

UK retail sales fell by 0.4% year on year on a like-for-like basis in February as wet weather and concerns about the coronavirus impact consumer spending.

More than a quarter (28%) of shoppers say they avoided the high street and other busy places over concerns about coronavirus. And more than half say they delayed a shopping trip because of bad weather.

Overall, consumer spending was up 2.2% last month. Spending on digital entertainment and subscriptions was up 12.4% year on year, with takeaway and fast food sales increasing 8.7%. Restaurant spending fell 6.4%

Source: BRC and Barclaycard

Sky regains position as top UK ad spender

Sky has overtaken Procter & Gamble as the biggest spender on traditional advertising in the UK. In 2019, the company spent £178.8m, with McDonald’s in second on £151.6m and P&G third on £137.5m.

Tesco was the biggest spending supermarket, investing £80.8m in traditional advertising last year. Amazon, meanwhile, increased its spend by 29% year on year to £113.9, while BT decreased its spend from £109.1m in 2018 to £87.23 last year.

Overall, spend on traditional advertising in 2019 was up 5.5% year on year to £1.1bn.

Source: Nielsen



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