SOURCE: BIGresearch

December 13, 2007 13:13 ET

Value-Conscious Holiday Shoppers Influenced Most by Coupons, Newspaper Inserts and Word of Mouth

78% Can't Identify a Favorite Holiday TV Commercial

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - Consumer confidence is down, gas prices are up and consumers are looking for ways to stretch their holiday expenditures and are relying on coupons, newspaper inserts and word of mouth as key media influences for choosing a shopping destination, according to BIGresearch's (http://www.bigresearch.com) December Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey (CIA) of 8,135 consumers.

"Advertisers keep repeating the ROI mantra and from the consumers' standpoint, the best media to influence them to shop your store is through accountable forms of media, such as coupons, direct mail and newspaper inserts," said Gary Drenik, President of BIGresearch.

Top 5 Media Influences on Holiday Shopping
Coupons                 35.2%
Newspaper Inserts       30.4%
Word of Mouth           22.7%
TV/Broadcast            21.3%
Direct Mail             16.1%

"While media such as TV, radio and newspapers are still important, 78% of consumers couldn't identify a favorite holiday TV commercial and even among those who can, most say they aren't influenced to shop by the commercial," said Drenik.

Of the 22% of participants who identified having a favorite Holiday TV commercial, almost 70% say it either had no impact or did not motivate them to shop that particular retailer:

Did the commercial motivate you to shop that retailer?
Yes                      30.4%
No                       39.9%
No impact;               29.8%
I regularly shop there

Additional information on the CIA and other BIGresearch samples may be accessed by going to: http://www.bigresearch.com and clicking on Complimentary Top Line Findings.

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BIGresearch is a consumer intelligence firm providing solution-based insights of consumer behavior, present and future, in areas of products and services, retail, financial services, automotive and media. BIGresearch conducts the monthly Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey (CIA) of 7,500+ respondents and the semi-annual Simultaneous Media Survey (SIMM) of 15,000+ respondents. More information is available at http://www.bigresearch.com.

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