Super Bowl consumer spending down

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(Super Bowl consumer spending is down)

Chicago-based Numerator, a data and tech company serving the market research space, has launched a consumer sentiment study to understand how consumers plan to watch and spend regarding Super Bowl LV.

Overall, there will be fewer repeat watchers, fewer gatherings, and less planned spend. Numerator polled 1,500 past Super Bowl viewers, evaluating responses using psychographic data collected via MicroSurveys. 

The Saturday before the Super Bowl has historically been the #1 or #2 CPG shopping day of the year (#2 highest day of grocery sales in 2018; #1 highest day of grocery sales in 2019).

The shift in consumer buying during the pandemic dropped the 2020 Saturday before the Super Bowl to #6 (largely displaced by COVID spikes in March). 

Super Bowl LV: Reasons for Watching

Consumer sentiment surrounding the 2021 Super Bowl indicates spending and viewership will decline. Key findings include:  

Watching the GameWatching the CommercialsGathering with OthersEating & DrinkingWatching the Halftime Show 
Avid Fans49%43%39%34%36%
Average Fans42%42%39%41%37%
Non Fans41%44%40%38%37%
TOTAL44%43%39%37%37%

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  • 91% of past Super Bowl watchers plan to watch it again this year – however, viewing habits in the COVID era will change:
    • Nearly three-fourths (72%) plan to watch at home alone, or with members of their household, up from 53% in 2020.
    • 14% plan to watch at a gathering with members outside of their household, down from 39% last year.
    • 3% plan to watch at a bar, restaurant, or other public place, down from 6% in 2020. 
  • 9% of past Super Bowl watchers don’t plan to watch the game, up significantly from 1% in 2020.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 “Non-Fans” (18%) say they do not plan to watch.
  • Watching the game and watching commercials are the leading reasons consumers tune in at 44% and 43% respectively.
    •  49% of Avid Fans cite watching the game as a driver, versus 41% of Non-Fans
    • 43% of Avid Fans cite watching commercials as a driver, versus 44% of Non-Fans
  • 91% of Super Bowl watchers plan to purchase food or drink for the game.
    • Just 15% of respondents indicate they plan to spend more on food or drink for the game.
    • However, 38% will spend less on food and drinks, with 29% planning to reduce spend, and 9% not making any purchases for this year’s game.
    • 28% plan to order their Super Bowl groceries online, with 18% planning to order for pickup (e.g., Click & Collect), and 13% for delivery. 
    • 17% plan to order from a restaurant for takeout or delivery

Super Bowl LV will be played on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. CST on CBS. Will you be watching the Big Game or will you be skipping it?

SOURCE: Numerator

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