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Quality ads important when targeting Millennial women

Posted by Elena del Valle on February 15, 2012

Percent of Consumers Use of Internet by Age

Percent of consumers use of the internet by age – click to enlarge

Marketers targeting Millennial women (those born between 1981 and 2000), should be aware that the members of this generation of 79 million tend to have short attention spans and are more likely to engage with digital media than television, according to Next-Generation Strategies for Advertising to Millennials, a 17-page report by comScore released January 2012. Overall, 93 percent of consumers aged 18 to 34; 88 percent of consumers 35 to 54 and 42 percent of consumers 55 and older said they used the internet, according to the comScore researchers.

It seems the engagement of this generation of women is stronger for digital media than that of older generations who engage more with television, according to the findings of the study. Given the right reasons and a strong incentive from an ad they, like other generations, respond with high ad effectiveness scores.

The results outlined in Next-Generation Strategies for Advertising to Millennials were gleaned from an analysis of nearly 1,000 comScore tests of the effectiveness of television ads and 35 tests of digital creative that aired in the United States. Ad recall and engagement were included in the study.

Overall, researchers examined the views of 500,000 women from four generational groups: Millennials (aged 16 to 29); Generation X (aged 30 to 44); Baby Boomers (aged 45 to 59); and Seniors (60 and older). Only women, considered the primary purchasers for most products, were studied.