Report: Retailers Should Up Hip Factor on Web to Attract Young Shoppers
Boston, Anew report from Forrester Research showed retail marketers should up their hip factor on the Web in order to lure and keep the next generation of spenders. “The 73 million people under the age of 18 in the United States represent one thing to marketers and sellers: the next generation of spenders,” Forrester analyst Carrie A. Johnson said in a statement. “But those marketers are more ‘American Bandstand’ than ‘American Idol,’ making it hard to understand this connected, gadget-grabbing group.” Forrester said young shoppers are on line looking for computer hardware, software, music, DVDs and books, yet only a small percentage of teens shop on line for apparel and accessories, linens and home decor, and footwear.
Young shoppers break into two distinct age groups—under 18 and 18 to 21 years old. While the over 18 crowd has more money to spend, $193 a month compared to $76, both market segments have one thing in common. “[Young shoppers are] always on line,” Forrester reported. “The majority of both groups have broadband at home and go on line daily. The on-line behavior of older teens illustrates that this is a generation that has hardly known life without the Web.” The report also said that the majority of all teens also seek out social content and shopping tools like consumer ratings on Shopzilla and Shopping.com and reviews and peer-to-peer sales channels like eBay and Craigslist. “Just as teens bring along friends to the mall, they find ways to incorporate their friends into on-line research,” the report said. “They use tools like ‘e-mail a friend’ links on retail sites, wish lists, and use instant messaging when shopping to get purchasing help from friends,” Johnson added.
Target Ups Food Aisles
Minneapolis, Target Stores announced that it will expand food to 34 gondola sides per store at select general merchandise locations. The expansion represents an increase of about 10 gondola sides and includes added assortments of its current food categories.
According to president Gregg Steinhafel, although there are only a limited number of stores with 34 sides of food, that number may rise by year end to 50 to 75 locations.
Bi-Lo Tries Touchscreen Coupon Kiosks
Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo, LLC plans to test the Matthias MoneyBoard coupon-dispensing system this summer in 15 supermarkets in the Southeast. The system uses three freestanding touch-screen kiosks per store, each with two screens displaying 24 coupons at all times. A touch of the illuminated image on the screen gives shoppers an instant coupon for that product, along with its location in the store.