Reach 90%+ of African Americans Using These Ad Types

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African Americans are 43% more likely than other Americans to say that they like to have a lot of gadgets, according to the Nielsen report “It’s In The Bag: Black Consumers’ Path To Purchase.” This should give advertisers more peace of mind knowing they have a ton of options when advertising to African Americans.


96% of African Americans own smartphones and 46% own internet-connected devices, both of which come in at 1% more than Americans as a whole. This demographic also owns tablets (65%), video game consoles (54%) and computers (74%). On a weekly basis, African Americans spend hours on numerous devices:

  • Smartphones (app/web): 29 hours and 46 minutes (reaches 81% of the African American population)
  • Tablets (app/web): 13 hours and 36 minutes (42%)
  • Internet on a Computer: 6 hours and 16 minutes (46%)
  • Video on a Computer: 2 hours and 40 minutes (21%)

Advertisers can reach this demographic through ads in these formats.


This isn’t to say African Americans aren’t also influenced by traditional ads. On the contrary, traditional ads have quite the reach in this demographic:

  • Television: 50 hours and 38 minutes per week (reaching 91% of the African American population)
  • Radio: 13 hours and 41 minutes (92%)

Radio has more of a reach among African Americans than any other medium, even smartphones. Their favorite radio formats are urban AC, urban contemporary, rhythmic CHR, adult contemporary and news/talk combined. Also, African Americans love TV, with a weekly watch time that is 11 hours and 32 minutes longer than the average American population as a whole.

African Americans are more likely than the total population to agree that advertising provides them with meaningful information about the product use of other consumers on most platforms including on mobile phones (42% higher), television (23% higher), radio (21% higher), and on the internet (18% higher),” says Nielsen.

African Americans aren’t the only demographic to be heavily influenced by TV, radio and digital ads. AudienceSCAN on AdMall by SalesFuel has audience profiles on a variety of TV watchers, radio listeners and digital media users. Using the profile information in AudienceSCAN about consumers who respond to specific ad formats, your clients can boost response to their marketing campaigns.

African-Americans, Reach 90%+ of African Americans Using These Ad Types

Rachel Cagle

Rachel is a Research Analyst, specializing in audience intelligence, at SalesFuel. She also helps to maintain the major accounts and co-op intelligence databases. As the holder of a Bachelors degree in English from The Ohio State University, Rachel helps the rest of the SalesFuel team with their writing needs.