Saturday, June 26, 2021

Kidfluence 2.0: South African Children Lead Influence on Household Purchase Decisions

Official ViacomCBS Networks Africa press release:

Kidfluence 2.0: SA children lead influence on household purchase decisions

A ViacomCBS Networks Africa insights study shows advertisers need to pivot

Among the online population in SA, children have an allowance of about R65 a week to spend, according to ViacomCBS Networks Africa insights study, Kidfluence Global 2021. Picture: SUPPLIED

Children are proving to be a consumer group that cannot be ignored in SA households as their influence continues to rise, stretching beyond the purchase of just toys and sweets. Today’s children are front and centre as key decisionmakers in the purchase of both low and high-ticket items across SA households. 

A ViacomCBS Networks Africa insights study dubbed Kidfluence Global 2021 — The SA Edition has uncovered the growing influence of children in SA household purchase decisions. After connecting with more than 500 children aged between six and 12 and parents online, ViacomCBS highlights the fascinating and rising influence of children across a range of consumer categories, from everyday items to more expensive purchases. The result is children have emerged as a significant consumer group that shows no sign of slowing down. 

Beyond pester power, more than half of six to 12 year olds surveyed in SA are using their powers of persuasion and are employing all the tools at their disposal to pitch their requests to their parents to ensure that their voice is heard when it comes to household purchase decisions. Moreover, it is no longer the responsibility of only the parents to keep family households running smoothly: children have taken up part of the responsibility by helping around the household and doing tasks. Their contribution does not stop there, children want to be included on purchase decisions on small or even big items. 

This emerging consumer group also goes as far as researching brands to determine the best fit for the household. Using technology and mobile devices, ViacomCBS found that SA children look to a variety of sources for guidance before spending money. At least 48% of children in SA look at online sources, such as YouTube for information on brands before a purchase, citing the internet’s important role when it comes to children and their choices. This is aided by children having access to lots of devices.

Kidfluence Global 2021: The SA Edition. Picture: SUPPLIED/VIACOMCBS

Our research highlights that the percentage of children that own or use most of these devices increases with age. By age 12, all SA children (that form part of the online population) have access to a smartphone, and they are able to research products and brands accordingly to make informed decisions.

Interestingly, 89% of children in SA look to their parents for approval or opinion on brands. Parents in SA remain the trusted figures and the best source of guidance for children. Once more, we are seeing this ongoing collaborative approach to household purchases between children and parents highlighted further as the keystone of modern-day families. 

ViacomCBS also researched the levels of influence children have across 26 broad categories ranging from vacations & day trips to food & grocery shopping, electronics, restaurants, telecommunications, and entertainment. We found that SA children have an overwhelming influence on the decision-making process in about all 26 categories. However, their biggest influence is on the household’s choice of entertainment (99%), followed by food & grocery shopping (97%) then the choice of restaurants at 93%.

This presents an opportunity for brands to be more inclusive of children’ perspectives and opinions and pay attention to the dynamic of today’s families — collaborative and support of each other. Children are valued within today’s families and should not be underestimated. They can be experts and masters of persuasion when it comes to household purchases. 

SA children are also eagerly using their own money to purchase big and small ticket items. With money received for doing chores, doing well at school, birthdays, allowances, or selling toys, children are emerging with a lot of spending power. 

On average, and among the online population in SA, children have an allowance of about R65 a week to spend. Globally, children are receiving a total of $894m on average each week — which is a significant amount of spending money to purchase items. 

Whether children see products online, in-store or somewhere else, they understand and value specific brands. A staggering 85% of SA children told us that they only choose certain brands and 67% said it is worth paying more for a brand or product they prefer. 

This indicates that children are aware and up to date on brands in SA and beyond. In fact, in their formative years, they already form opinions about which brands they prefer, and they understand the value of premium brands. This emphasises just how important children are to brands and businesses, both as consumers in their own right but also as influencers of those around them.

Additionally, today’s children are very engaged and open to brand messaging. Most SA children say they enjoy watching adverts for products that they like, and they follow certain brands, especially on social media. Interestingly, SA children are more loyal to brands than their global counterparts.

What does this mean for SA brands? They need to be more inclusive of children’s perspectives and opinions. Children have a significant amount of influence in decisions around both small and big purchases in the household. Brands can leverage this path to purchase, in various categories. Our Nickelodeon content and marketing strategies have been inspired by the research we conduct to ensure as a channel we become more accurate in depicting the current family dynamics and the research indicates there is an opportunity for more brands to do the same. 

From the ViacomCBS Networks Africa perspective, co-viewership between children and parents for content is at its pinnacle, which is an open opportunity for advertisers. This is more evident on children’ channels where we see as much as 50% of the viewership on these channels driven by parents ages 25+. This is an ideal environment for advertisers to communicate with families as a unit (rather than children and parents separately) and leverage the collaborative process that we see in families in an uncluttered advertising environment.

There’s significant value to engaging both children and adults in the household. Times and culture have evolved. A new generation of children and parents has emerged, and these collaborative households are taking more than the household decision-making process. There is a definite opportunity to communicate with families collectively, rather than as separate individuals. 

About the author: Giuliana Dias is senior director: research & insights at ViacomCBS Networks Africa.


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