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1 Subcultures and Consumer Behavior
Consumer Behavior, Eighth Edition SCHIFFMAN & KANUK Chapter 13 Subcultures and Consumer Behavior

2 Subculture A distinct cultural group that exists as an identifiable segment within a larger, more complex society.

3 Figure 13.1 Relationship Between Culture and Subculture
Subcultural Traits Subcultural Traits Of Dominant Cultural Traits of U.S. Citizens

4 Table 13.1 Examples of Major Subcultural Categories
Jamaican, Vietnamese, French Religion Mormon, Baptist, Catholic Geographic region Northeast, Southwest, Midwestern Pacific Islander, Native American, Caucasian Senior citizen, teenager, Xers Gender Female, Male Occupation Bus driver, mechanic, engineer Lower, middle, upper

5 Hispanic Subculture Demographics
Median age is 10 years younger than the population Concentrated in which cities? 12 Hispanic subgroups - 4 major subgroups: Mexicans: 64% - Puerto Ricans: 12% Cubans: 4-5% Dominicans: own

6 Issues in Studying Hispanic American Subcultures
Hispanic Consumer Behavior Stronger preference for well-established brands Some are shifting food shopping to non-ethnic American-style supermarkets Youths are more fashion-conscious

7 Table 13.2 Traditional Characteristics of the Hispanic American Market
Prefer well-known or familiar brands Buy Are fashion-conscious Historically prefer to shop at smaller personal stores Buy brands advertised by their ethnic-group stores Tend not to be impulse buyers (i.e., are deliberate) Increasingly clipping and using cents-off coupons Likely to buy Prefer Tend to be negative about marketing practices

8 Table 13.3 Traditional “Hispanic”Variables
Spanish Surname Country of Origin Country of family ancestry Spanish spoken at home Self-identification Degree of identification

9 Marketplace behaviors
Heavy users and buyers of cosmetics and toiletries Family shopping is a weekend outing tend to be loyal to firms that are socially responsible …….. brand loyal than the average American Prefer using cash - why? Event marketing is highly recommended by marketers - why?

10 Figure 13.4 Hispanic Linguistic Challenge

11 Religious Subcultures
200+ organized religious groups in the U.S. Primary organized faiths include: Protestant denominations Roman Catholicism Judaism Consumer Behavior is directly affected by religion in terms of

12 Geographic Subcultures
Regional identification is used as a way of describing others Geographic subcultures even at the neighborhood level why the interest in researching geographic subcultures?

13 Regional Subcultures Many regional differences exist in consumption behavior Westerners have a mug of black coffee Easterners have a cup of coffee with milk and sugar White bread is preferred in the South and Midwest Rye and whole wheat are preferred on the East and West coasts

14 Major Racial Subcultures
The African-American Consumer Largest racial minority in U.S. Purchasing power estimated at $572 billion Asian-American Consumers Currently about 12 million in size Estimated at 13 million in 2005 Gain of 54% since 1990

15 Reaching the African-American Audience
Two Alternate Strategies Running all the advertising in general mass media Running additional advertising at special advertising in selected media directed exclusively to African-Americans

16 Major Racial Subcultures
Asian-American Consumers Median age is 27, highest median income, highest rate of completing college. Currently about 10 million in size Estimated at 10.9 million in 2001 Gain of almost 50% since 1990 Chinese 23% Filipinos 19% Japanese 12% Asian Indian 11% Korean 11% Vietnamese 14%

17 Asian-American Consumers
Where Are the Asian-Americans? Asian-Americans As Consumers Buying power of $110 billion annually Attracted to retailers who welcome Asian-American patronage

18 Major Racial Subcultures
Value quality - well known brands generally male oriented decision making VERY diverse cultural backgrounds Japanese Americans buy quality products and have the money to spend Asian Indians are usually vegetarians Koreans prefer shopping in person Chinese will pay cash for a car, Japanese will finance it

19 Major Age Subcultures Generation X Market Generation Y Market Seniors
Baby Boomer Market

20 Born between 1977 and 1994; also called and millennium generation
Generation Y Born between 1977 and 1994; also called and millennium generation

21 3 Subsegments of Gen Y Gen Y Adults Gen Y Teens Gen Y Tweens

22 Generation X Born between 1965 and 1979; post baby boomer segment (also referred to as ).

23 Baby Boomers Individuals born between 1946 and 1964 (approximately 45% of the adult population).

24 Baby Boomers Frequently make important consumer purchase decisions
Include a small subsegment of trendsetting consumers ( ) who influence consumer tastes of other age segments

25 Seniors Generally older consumers. Consist of subcultures, including the 50-plus market and the “elderly consumers” market.

26 Three Senior Subsegments
The Young-Old (65-74) The Old (75-84) The Old-Old (85 and older)

27 Table 13.12 Comparison of New-Age and Traditional Elderly
NEW-AGE ELDERLY TRADITIONAL/STEREOTYPICAL ELDERLY Perceive themselves to be different in outlook from other people their age Perceive all older people to be about the same in outlook Age is seen as a state of mind See age as more of a physical state See themselves as younger than their chronological age See themselves at or near their chronological age Feel younger, think younger, and “do” younger Tend to feel, think, and do things that they feel match their chronological age Have a genuinely youthful outlook Feel that one should act one’s age Feel there is a considerable adventure to living

28 Issues in Understanding Sex as a Subculture
Sex Roles and Consumer Behavior Masculine vs. Feminine Traits The Working Woman Segmentation Issues Shopping Patterns

29 Segmenting the Female Market
Four Segments: Stay-at-Home Housewives Plan-to-Work Housewives Career-Oriented Working Women

30 Table 13.10 How Women Control the Purse Strings
Women control or influence… 80% of all purchase decisions 80% of new vehicle purchases 46% of menswear purchases 82% of supermarket purchases 53% of investment decisions 70% of appliance choices Women also… handle 75% of family finances constitute 40% of business travel are 43% of the persons with assets over $500,000

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