Now as a single Dad, I do find that easy to believe. I have long done the household chores for my kids, although admittedly that has dwindled for me as my kids have gotten older. And I know a lot of my guy friends who take very active roles in the household shopping, cooking, and (even) laundry.
But as a marketer who runs an agency around marketing to women, I still wonder if it's really a national trend. The survey seems legitimate, so I am not questioning that. I just wonder if many of the men in the survey exaggerated their household influence ... not necessarily on purpose. Don't women still rule the grocery aisle?
The economy has certainly changed our roles, with many men finding themselves at home a lot more. With each generation we also see a blurring of traditional roles and responsibilities. But 60% of men say that they do the household grocery shopping?
Not sure ... but you can read about it here.
It sure does speak to how we need to change our communications strategies. As package goods marketers, we tend to focus on mom. White mom married to her first husband with her own kids. Even the census data shows that those households are way way way in the minority. So what this little article does for me, regardless of the actual data, is to tell me that we need to expand our definition of our target market. Expand beyond the traditional and really look hard at who is doing the shopping, the deciding, and the buying. It's very likely a mix ... Mom, Dad, teenagers, grandparents. We should be talking to all of them.
A true melting pot. Hmmmm.
What's your experience? Jim