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The Future of Household Care Consumer Trends in Australia
Datamonitor, May 2011, Pages: 134
Understanding the most important trends impacting Australian consumers requires a broader understanding of the macro environment forces that have affected Australia in recent years. This report outlines how these social drivers translate into distinct attitudinal and behavioral shifts among Australian consumers with respect to household care shopping and consumption.
Features and benefits
- Identify the five most important consumer developments occurring in Australia, and understand how these affect consumers' household care choices
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the broader socio-demographic, economic and technological forces shaping Australian consumer behavior
- Benefit from Australia-focused consumer insight, benchmarked against global sentiment, to cater for contextualized, region-specific information needs
- Nearly one-quarter of Australians will be over 65 by 2050. Addressing population aging requires rethinking of all aspects of a company's marketing strategy—from product design to promotion. Companies need to take a proactive approach to addressing this historically undervalued segment, in order to capitalize on rapidly shifting demographic trends.
- Over four-in-10 Australians find shopping enjoyable, but almost the same proportion think there is too much product choice when shopping. Retailers can reconcile this paradox by competing on non-price characteristics such as customer service and in-store layout, to ensure the shopping experience is interesting and engaging for Australians.
- Less than half of Australians believe natural household cleaning products are as effective as non-natural offerings. Manufacturers of natural products need to be doing more to convince consumers that the science of natural formulation does not mean a compromise.
Your key questions answered
- How do Australian consumers define 'value-for-money' and how have value orientations changed in recent years?
- How are Australians using the internet to make household care choices? What influence is improving connectivity exerting on Australian lifestyles?
- How will private label household care products fare now that the economic downturn is effectively over? What do Australians think about private label?
- What are the most influential claims guiding Australians' household care choices? How do these relate to more general attitudes towards the home?
- What are the latest products and brands that are effectively addressing the needs of Australian household care consumers?
THE FUTURE DECODED
Trend: the socio-demographic profile of Australia is rapidly changing
The over 30 (million) crowd: Australia’s growing and graying population holds greater "cultural capital"
Australia’s household composition is a microcosm of wider demographic changes taking place in the country
Ethnic diversity will shape Australia’s FMCG and retail landscape
Key take-outs and implications: understanding Australia’s changing socio-demographic profile is imperative in addressing and anticipating key consumer needs
Trend: major challenges still confront post-downturn Australia
Australia leads the developed world in emerging from the downturn
Australian consumer confidence has rebounded compared to one year ago, but underlying caution remains
Australians are particularly sensitive to rising grocery prices
Key take-outs and implications: Australians are cautiously optimistic about their economic prospects for the future
Trend: many issues of global relevance are influencing Australian values
Australians exhibit a great deal of pride in their country
Australians are tackling numerous health issues with varying degrees of urgency
Australians are making greater efforts to reduce their impact on the environment
Key take-outs and implications: it is important to understand how Australians’ values are changing in order to effectively resonate with consumers
Insight: the Australian retail sector is being shaped by shifting consumer expectations
New retail players have made little headway in dissolving the Coles and Woolworths duopoly
Australian grocery shoppers are becoming increasingly demanding of retailers
Private label momentum will continue to strengthen the position of grocery chains
Key take-outs and implications: household care retailers need to keep up with increasingly demanding Australian shoppers
Insight: cleaning for results: health-conscious Australians expect household care products to deliver on their promises
Household cleaning is primarily associated with health and hygiene
Australians are adopting different strategies to ensure efficacy in household care products
Concerns about product efficacy can be linked to the skepticism that Australians harbor with respect to household cleaning product claims
Key take-outs and implications: household care products need to deliver on their promises to satisfy health-conscious and often cynical consumers
Insight: cleaning for less: staunch value-consciousness among Australians will continue to endure in the post-downturn environment
The thrill (and necessity) of the bargain hunt continues to entice Australian consumers
Private label products continue to grow "share of wallet" from value-conscious Australians
Australians are going online to find the best deals
Key take-outs and implications: industry players must enhance their value proposition and in doing so acknowledge that value is an individually defined concept that extends beyond low prices
Insight: cleaning for the planet: Australians are increasingly considering the ethical and environmental implications of the household care products they purchase
Australians pay particular attention to the environmental credentials of household care products
Growth in the organic and natural household care market in Australia reflects the joint effect of environmentalism and health in directing consumer choices
For Australians, good things come in less packaging
Australians want companies to be more accountable for their environmental impact
Many factors impede larger-scale adoption of ethical and sustainable household care products
Key take-outs and implications: Australians are holding household care product manufacturers to higher scrutiny with respect to ethical and environmental responsibility
Insight: cleaning for convenience: growing demands on time are influencing Australians' household care product choices
Time-poor Australians seek to minimize the amount of time they spend cleaning the house
Products that simplify the task of cleaning are highly valued by Australian consumers
Time-poor Australians are seeking a more efficient shopping experience
Key take-outs and implications: Australians consumers are looking for products and services that reduce the time and effort required to clean the home
Insight: cleaning for wellbeing: Australians appreciate the "feel-good" factor associated with cleaning the home
Australians acknowledge the profound emotional benefits associated with household cleaning
Many Australians became more emotionally invested in their homes following the economic downturn
Sensory benefits are not a direct purchase influencer for Australian consumers
Key take-outs and implications: industry players must acknowledge that household cleaning can have profound emotional value for consumers
Action: adopt a progressive but pragmatic approach to capitalizing on these Australian household care trends
Brands to watch: Coles Green Choice
Brands to watch: Method
Brands to watch: This Works
Campaign to watch: P&G Future Friendly
Best in class: Seventh Generation
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