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Horizon Media Survey Finds Dads Get a Raw Deal on Father's Day

Men More Likely to Give Dads the Celebration They Deserve

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 13, 2014) - According to Horizon Media's latest Finger on the Pulse ® Opinion Survey, Father's Day lives in the shadow of Mother's Day in consumers' minds. The survey found that only 60% of consumers celebrate Father's Day in any way, and more than two thirds put more money and effort into celebrating mom than they do dad.

"Today's dads are more actively involved in parenting than previous generations," said Kirk Olson, VP of TrendSights at Horizon Media. "New parents and Millennial parents in particular have a more fluid approach to gender roles, so the disparity in how Americans celebrate the two holidays is telling. There's room for family celebrations to catch up with shifts in family behaviors." 

Just over half of survey respondents (58%) say that they typically see their father in person on Father's Day. This skews male (74% vs. female 49%) implying that compared to women, men may feel a greater kinship or responsibility to spend time with their fathers on the day that celebrates the paternal bond.

When it comes to offspring opening their wallets, consumers rely primarily on their own pre-shopping and in-store observations when selecting a Father's Day gift (52%). Family and friends are the next most trusted source for ideas and advice (42%), followed by retailer websites (35%), magazine/newspaper advertisements (24%), and advertising on television (22%).

"Advertising for Father's Day is effective," Olson asserts. "But the fact that retailer websites rank so highly represents low-hanging fruit for retailers. As marketers roll out the usual deals on golf clubs, flat screens, tablet PCs and backyard grills, using owned digital environments and earned media to encourage men to buy for their dads will be integral to building incremental sales."

About Finger on the Pulse

Finger on the Pulse is Horizon Media's proprietary online research community, comprised of 3,000 people reflective of the general U.S. population. The community empowers the agency to connect directly with consumers, diving beneath the surface of beliefs and behaviors to uncover critical insights. Horizon's WHY Group launched the panel in 2012 to inform all aspects of our clients' marketing plans and to keep a pulse on emerging trends. New studies are fielded every week and include quantitative surveys, qualitative discussions and digital ethnographies. Opinion Pulse surveys are fielded twice monthly, covering timely topics relevant to marketers, advertisers, and the media.

About Horizon Media

Horizon Media, Inc. is one of the largest and fastest growing media services agencies in the world. The company was founded in 1989, is headquartered in New York and has offices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago. Horizon Media was chosen as 2011 Independent Media Agency of the Year by Mediapost, 2010 U.S. Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek as well as by Ad Age and as one of the world's ten most innovative marketing and advertising companies by Fast Company in 2011. In 2012, Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO and Founder, was honored by Advertising Age as Industry Executive of the Year. Most recently, in 2014, Bill Koenigsberg was named 4As Chair of the Board and is the first person from a media agency to hold this prestigious position in the 100 year history of the 4As, the marketing industry's leading trade association.

The company's mission is "To create the most meaningful brand connections within the lives of people everywhere." By delivering on this mission through a holistic approach to brand marketing, Horizon Media has become one of the largest and fastest-growing media agencies in the industry, with estimated billings of over $4.3 billion and 850 employees.

The company is also a founding member of Columbus Media International, a multi-national partnership of independent media agencies. For more information, please visit www.horizonmedia.com.

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