Working Moms* are among the country's highest spenders on cellular phone services, spending 21% more than the average cellular user on their wireless bills monthly, according to new research conducted by Scarborough Research. The average cellular bill for Working Moms is $94, versus $78 for all cell phone users. Further, they avidly use their mobile phone to download content. Working Moms are 42% more likely than the average cellular user to download content to their phone.
"The Working Mother is the gatekeeper for purchases related to clothing, feeding and making a home for her family. Her high spending on cellular services together with her propensity to download content via her cell phone imply that mobile marketing could be an important
platform for reaching her with product announcements, offers and other promotions," said Howard Goldberg, senior vice president of agency services, Scarborough Research.
Marketers of cellular products have a particularly important consumer target in the Working Mom. Not only is this group sizable accounting for nine percent of the U.S. adult population (21.6 million adults) and 11% of all cellular users — but they also are more likely to utilize certain cellular features such as texting and downloading. Further, Working Moms are 14% more likely than other cellular users to plan to switch wireless carriers during the next year, which suggests that providers need to further establish brand loyalty within this group.
In terms of what contributes to their cellular usage, time spent in the car may be a factor. Working Moms are nine percent more likely than the average adult to have driven 1,000 or more miles during the past month.
*Working Moms are women who are employed full time and have one or more children in the household.
Research conducted by Scarborough Research, September 24, 2009. Website: www.scarboroughresearch.com.