Children's Breakfast Cereal Consumer Report
Investigation to identify key influences that determine children's consumer behaviour and knowledge of branded cereals
Investigation into the effects of key influences on children's consumer behaviour and brand knowledge to determine a new marketing strategy.
This research aims to identify key influences that effect children's consumer behaviour and brand knowledge in relation to the children's cereal industry. As children are becoming increasingly powerful in today's market with the demise of the nuclear family fostering the guilt' compensation culture children today have more autonomy and more influence in what they purchase. This has lead increase interest from marketers in the cereal industry pursuing new, alternative and inventive marketing strategies to captivate and ever youthful buyer.
Cereal Sector Analysis
What is Marketing?
Children as Consumers
Factors that influence children's consumer behaviour and brand knowledge
Ethic in researching children
Type of research chosen and method adopted
Type of sample
Limitations of the research
Family Role Results
TV Question Results
School and Peer Question Results
Children's Question Results
Children today represent an important demographic to marketers (PDF), having their own purchasing power whilst still being able to influence the decisions of adults they represent a significant part of the food market segment. It is important today that marketers understand that children are their current and future consumers and as such they need to determine how best to market their products to achieve competitive advantage and create brand awareness. Lavidge and Stiener (1961) also agree and state that "there are potentially large rewards for companies who build brand awareness and preference among the young, knowing about brand may well be the first step to future purchases." In addition Fisher (1991) also suggested that children as young as 3 can recognise brand logos.
As children are becoming of increasing value to marketers this research proposes to identify what factors influence children's purchasing behaviour and brand awareness of food. This research will concentrate on cereals and cereal snack bars in order to determine the most prominent factor and thus propose an appropriate market strategy based on empirical research collected.
Today, the food industry is one of the major players in the field of advertising (Hastings et, al 2003). In the UK alone advertising spend on promotion per year is £743 million. With £522 million spent on television and £32 million in children's airtime.(Sonia Livingston 2005) With the most consistent advertisements being dominated by the big five' groups of foods that consist of pre-sugared cereals, soft drinks, confectionary, savoury snacks and fast food. Breakfast cereals hold a significant part of the grocery sector with over 90% of the UK households buying them. In 2000, 414,000 tons of breakfast cereals were sold in the UK at a retail value of £1.1 billion making it an important area for study to identify its future promotional direction. (www.mhne.com/business/marketing/forums/pdf/chapt3.pdf 2003).
Cereal Sector Analysis
Today children's food promotion is dominated by the advertisement of the so called big four' food...
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12. Appendix 1
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