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Reaching Consumers Reeling from the Great Recession

April 12, 2011

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By: Michael Goodman, Strategic Analyst, Mercury Media

Over the course of the past three years the American economy has been laboring to get out from under a recession the likes of which we have not seen since the Great Depression of 1929-33. As a result, Americans’ are lowering their expectations about retirement and their children’s future; are becoming thriftier; and are concerned over how long it will take for their finances to recover.

According to the University of Michigan’s Panel Survey of Income Dynamics (PSID), median household wealth decreased by an estimated 19% from 2007 to 2009. As a result, consumer lifestyles are changing. According to the Pew Research Center, 62% of U.S. households have cut back on household spending during the recession and 71% of buying less expensive brands. Rather than short-term adaptations to economic circumstances these changes seem to be fundamental changes in consumer buying patterns. Forty-eight percent of U.S. households said they plan to save more and 31% say they are going to spend less once the economy recovers.

This presents both a challenge and an opportunity to marketers. (more…)