What Dads Want (and Don’t Want) for Father’s Day


Dads want sentimental gifts, such as handwritten cards from their kids, this Father’s Day, according to a recent report from Offers.com.

The report was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,000 adults.

Some 33% of dads surveyed picked handwritten cards as the gift they’d most like to receive from their children; electronics were next (16% chose), followed by sporting goods (15%), tools (13%), outdoor items (9%), clothing (9%), and activity trackers (5%).

The gifts dads would least like to receive on Father’s Day are gift baskets (25%), personal hygiene products (22%), undergarments (21%), old technology (18%), and gift cards (14%).

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,000 adults.

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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and the co-founder of Inbound ContentWorks, a marketing agency that specializes in content creation for businesses and brands. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. His past experience includes working for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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Focus on Fathers: What Do Mobile Marketers Need to Know About Dads? [INFOGRAPHIC]


Much of the recent marketing fodder has been aimed at women and/or moms, and in many ways, that makes sense. Moms and women use Pinterest, buy kids’ clothes and food, download online shopping apps, and make many household purchasing decisions. But as we approach Father’s Day, it’s worthwhile to take a look at how dads make purchasing decisions online, specifically from their smartphones.

IAB’s Millennial Media took a look at comScore data and put together the infographic below. And at first the results are what you might think: dads spend less time (57%) on mobile devices than moms (71%), and the gap is greater if you look at millennial dads. However, 45% of those millennial dads and 37% of all make mobile purchases, with a larger amount of money: over half of mobile dads have an income of over $ 75,000, about a third higher than the average mobile income. Dads are 2x more likely to spend upwards of $ 500 on a mobile purchase, and millennial dads are 3x as likely.

Takeaway: Even if the segment of the buying population is smaller when you look at mobile dads, they still make mobile purchases at a rate comparable with moms and with more money to spend.

Marketing goal: Target household with higher price points items to dads with ads that are designed to pack a punch in fewer views. With mobile dads, you don’t have the luxury of inundating the feed towards a goal of brand awareness over time. Instead, identify what products or services you have that dads might be more likely to buy, and create an ad that’s pointed directly at them.

The research also found a few more pieces of information you might expect: mobile dads access weather, social media, sports news, financial news, and tech news at the same rate or more than mobile moms. But what’s remarkable is that the research found that mobile dads share photos, use shopping apps and access maps more than mobile moms.

Takeaway: Believe it or not, mobile dads are more eager to shop from their phones than mobile dads, and also use that time to gather practical information and news. Design your marketing strategy to satisfy both needs in mobile dads.

Marketing goal: Design your content marketing tor reach mobile dads by including the kinds of tangible news tidbits they’re looking for. Because of mobile dads’ interest in both shopping apps and maps, perhaps use push notifications targeted to dads and with a map component that

Take a look at this infographic below and share with us some of your ideas for mobile dad-targeted campaigns. 

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Infographic via IAB

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