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1 Social Marketing: Let the Audience Drive Your Communication Strategy Julia Galdo, Managing Director, Public Communication American Institutes for Research June 30, 2009

2 Social Marketing Applies the techniques of commercial marketing to influence behavior change that benefits the target audience.

3 AIRs Support Role in the RTL Outreach Grant Apply the principles of social marketing to reach RTL families Conduct and analyze audience, market, message and materials research Plan and implement RTL marketing and community engagement activities in 20 RTL markets

4 Examine Progress & Assess Results Understand the Target Audience Learn How to Communicate With This Audience Implement Marketing & Community Engagement Formative ResearchMessage Development Channel Selection and Distribution Audience Surveys Model Development Reaching RTL Families and Caregivers Share Success Models

5 Formative Research Environmental scan Interviews: national organizations Interviews: community organizations RTL Families Analysis based on PRIZM segmentation Focus groups with RTL families In-home interviews and observations of RTL families Interviews with PBS station grantees

6 Formative Research Identify and understand: –RTL families and caregivers –Marketplace of literacy initiatives and services to RTL families –Current brand and position of RTL –Distribution and communication infrastructure –Potential partnerships & resources

7 PRIZM Analysis Geographically-based Zip codes Segments, built on zip +4 Demographic information (education, income, race, ethnicity, size of household, and more) Lifestyle and psychographic information (typical activities, where shop, product usage, use of media and more)

8 Target Audience: Eight PRIZM-NE Segments Eight PRIZM-NE segments where identified as having a high concentration of RTL families –RTL New Beginnings –Multi-Culti Mosaic –Family Thrifts –Bedrock America –Big City Blues –Low Rise Living –Shotguns and Pick Ups –Kid Country

9 Big City Blues With a population that's 50 percent Latino, Big City Blues has the highest concentration of Hispanic Americans in the nation. But it's also the multi-ethnic address for downscale Asian and African-American households occupying older inner-city apartments. Concentrated in a handful of major metropolitan areas, these young singles and single-parent families face enormous challenges: low incomes, uncertain jobs and modest educations. More than 40 percent haven't finished high school. Low-Rise Living The most economically challenged urban segment, Low-Rise Living is known as a transient world for young, ethnically diverse singles and single parents. Home values are low--About half the national average--and even then less than a quarter of residents can afford to own real estate. Typically, the commercial base of Mom-and-Pop stores is struggling and in need of a renaissance.

10 Big City Blues (San Antonio) Ethnic Diversity: With a population thats 50 percent Latino, Big City Blues has the highest concentration of Hispanic Americans in the nation Age: <45 Education: More than 40 percent havent finished high school Urbanicity: urban Median HH Income: $29,998 Young singles and single-parent families face enormous challenges: low incomes, uncertain jobs and modest educations.

11 National City, CA 91950BaseTarget: RTL families Zip code Town/City All residents in Number of RTL HHs in zip code (each dot represents 10 RTL HHs) % Penetration 91950National City, CA14,7577, Total14,7577, PRIZM Geo Maps Created for Each RTL Zip Code Community

12 Shopped in Last 3 Months (Number of adults per 100 HHs)

13 91950 Zip Code Wal-Mart Locations 18 stores near : 1. National City, CA Chula Vista (W), CA Chula Vista (S), CA San Diego, CA San Diego, CA Chula Vista (E), CA La Mesa, CA San Diego, CA El Cajon (C), CA San Diego, CA Santee, CA El Cajon, CA Poway, CA San Marcos, CA Vista, CA Oceanside, CA Oceanside, CA Oceanside, CA 92057

14 Focus Groups Fall focus groups in Baltimore, MD; Jackson, MS; Greenville, MS; San Antonio, TX Total 64 participants Recruited through Community Geo Mapping, Target Random Digit Dialing within designated ZIP Codes, local community sites Eligibility criteria: –Communicate in English or Spanish –Income status –Age –Primary caregiver of one or more children between ages 2 and 8

15 In Home Observations AIR conducted 13 in-home interviews in Baltimore, MD, Jackson, MS, Greenville, MS; and San Antonio, TX This qualitative research was used primarily to explore issues, perceptions and attitudes. Research provided more information about: the daily lives and challenges of RTL families the role of consumer electronics childrens lives childrens favorite TV programming and characters participants involvement in either reading to or doing other educational activities with their children

16 Peggys Story I have three kids. I love them to death. I wish I had more time to spend with them. When I get home, I just have time to make sure they do their homework and have some dinner. Then it is bath-time. They watch some TV and it is bed-time. We sometimes watch TV together but mostly the kids watch their own TV programs. I try to make sure that the stuff they watch on TV is not violent. My kids love Dora and Diego. The kids also play video games, plug and plays and on-line games.

17 Understand the Target Audience Key Findings: Most low income parents are focused on such basic family needs as food and shelter, reliable transportation, health care, child care and safety. Parents do not see teaching as their responsibility. Parents want better opportunities for their children to succeed in life (beyond school); free time to relax; fun and entertainment; and to be good parents. They have little time for being involved in their childrens activities or for spending quality time with them. However, they are willing to try activities with their kids if they could easily fit it into their schedules.

18 Understand the Target Audience Key Findings: Parents did not know that simple behaviors (rhyming and letter recognition games) can help their children get ready to read. Many parents do not read to their kids every day, because they do not have time, do not read well or cannot read English. Parental interaction primarily: Completing homework Watching adults/teen TV Eating at fast food restaurants Shopping (often at) big box and dollar type stores

19 TRANSLATING THE RESEARCH INTO MESSAGES AND OUTREACH STRATEGY

20 Traditional Learning-to-Read Awareness Campaigns Previous RTL Grant Approach: View-Read-Do Message audit revealed inspirational and how-to messaging Inspirational: Communicate the importance of early reading skills to academic achievement How-to: Provide practical tips for reading with children –Read aloud to kids everyday. –Read from a variety of childrens books

21 RTL Key Messages Any time is learning time. Do simple, fun and easy things with your kids anywhere (while in the car and grocery stores) Direct your children to watch PBS shows that are not only fun and can help them get ready to read. Go to ReadyToLearnReading.org

22 Perceived Benefits to Parents Children can be entertained and educated at the same time with little effort on behalf of the parents. Choosing RTL content for their children can make parents feel like better parents. By accessing RTL content parents give their children a leg up in life – helping them build a foundation for success and reach their potential.

23 Creative Materials

24 Thank You! Julia Galdo American Institutes for Research


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