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BIG Call – October 2011

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Slides from the October BIG Call are now available!

John Mariotti was our special guest speaker this month. You can view his take on the latest data, including Confidence, Practicality, Personal Finances, the 90 Day Outlook, and Holiday 2011 Spending, by clicking through the slide show below.

To listen to the recorded webinar, click here.

© 2011, Prosper®

BIGinsight™ is a trademark of Prosper Business Development Corp.

Let’s Talk [Trick or] Treats

October 25, 2011 1 comment

This month in the Voice of the People section of our Consumer Intentions & Actions® Survey, we asked a couple of fun Halloween questions regarding candy – what kind consumers like to pass out to trick-or-treaters and what kind they like to keep and eat for themselves. We posed these questions as unaided write-ins, so responses ranged from branded candies (like Butterfinger®, Smarties®, and Milky Way®) to favorite candy types (such as chocolate, lollipops, and candy corn).

The results of the survey revealed two clear winners for both questions: Reese’s® and Snickers®. Yes, it was nice to see that consumers aren’t keeping all of the “good” candy for themselves!

Among candy passed out on Beggar’s Night, Snickers® will be the most prevalent (20.2% of those expressing a preference indicated this was their favorite candy to hand out), while Reese’s® came in second (10.8%). Reese’s® popularity grows a little among those under 45 and lowers to 5.9% with those 65+, but Snickers® maintains its popularity amongst all age groups. Chocolate (6.8%), Kit Kat® (6.3%), candy bars (5.9%), and M&M’s® (5.8%) are other top options among Adults 18+.

Interestingly, while consumers overall are twice as likely to pass out Snickers® as they are Reese’s®, the peanut butter candy is the top choice to keep and eat at home. It’s a close call though, as 16.0% of those with a preference say Reese’s® is their personal favorite over Snickers® (15.6%). Chocolate (8.1%), candy corn (7.2%), Kit Kat® (5.3%), and M&M’s® (5.0%) were other top choices. And, among those 55+, Snickers® is the favorite, while one in five (22.3%) 18-24 year olds are more partial to Reese’s®.

For more information on this data, please contact BIGinsight™.

And, for Halloween data released earlier in the month by the National Retail Federation®, including spending, activities, and planned costumes, please click here.

Source: Consumer Intentions & Actions® Survey – OCT-11 (N = 8585, 10/4 – 10/11/11)

© 2011, Prosper®

BIGinsight™ is a trademark of Prosper Business Development Corp.

Want to Decrease Your Stress Level? Dress in Costume [on Halloween].

October 24, 2011 2 comments

Halloween is just for kids, right? Not in 2011. This year, seven in ten adults will be celebrating Halloween or participating spooky-related activities. Two in five of these adults – a record number – will be dressing in costume. So it really seems as that the economy falters, Halloween is just the ticket for throw-your-cares-away fun…well, that may depend on your age.

In our October survey, we asked respondents to rate their Halloween stress relief on a scale of one (“Halloween is not at all a stress reliever”) to five (“Halloween is very much  a stress reliever”). One in five (21.3%) admitted that Halloween is “somewhat” or “very much” a stress reliever, and this number actually rose to 26.6% among parents with children in the household. So I guess my mom really did enjoy the countless hours she spent over the years stitching costumes together for my sisters and me (She-Ra was a personal favorite).

Among those most likely to dress in costume this year (18-24 year olds, at 74.4%), the stress level decreases further. More than a third (34.4%) of these party people says Halloween “somewhat” or “very much” helps them deal with stress. I guess college term papers and exams suddenly become more manageable after a night out dressed as Britney Spears, circa “…Baby One More Time.” (OK, maybe I know from personal experience).

And, it appears that there may be a correlation between passing out candy and not viewing Halloween as a stress-relieving holiday. Those in the 45+ age groups were the most likely to indicate that Halloween is “not really” or “not at all” a source of stress relief. This mature crowd was also the least likely to dress in costume, while the most likely to be passing out candy this year (according to our September survey, conducted for the National Retail Federation). So while it might be fun to dole out the candy bars and lollipops to little princesses, witches, and pirates that come calling, it’s just not stress-relieving.

For more information on this data, please contact BIGinsight™.

And, for Halloween data released earlier in the month by the National Retail Federation®, including spending, activities, and planned costumes, please click here.

Source: BIGinsight™, Monthly Consumer Surveys – OCT-11 (N = 8585, 10/4 – 10/11/11), SEPT-11 (N = 9374, 9/6 – 9/14/11)

© 2011, Prosper®

BIGinsight™ is a trademark of Prosper Business Development Corp.

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