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 Study Finds That Age Plays A Major Role In Flower Purchases

 Study Finds That Age Plays A Major Role In Flower Purchases

A recent consumer study from University of Georgia researchers finds that not all gift givers want the same things when it comes to botanical purchases. Surveying more than 8,000 consumers across the U.S., the study found that not all consumers are created equal. For example, age is a big factor in the flower purchasing process. The goal of the study was to help connect the flower industry with consumers to give marketers a better idea of what shoppers are looking for when buying bouquets.

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UGA study finds that age plays a major role in flower purchases

By Emily S Davenport for CAES News

Published on 02/09/22

Valentine’s Day is a popular day to give — and receive — a bouquet of flowers. But a recent consumer study from University of Georgia researchers finds that not all gift givers want the same things when it comes to botanical purchases.

Agricultural economist Benjamin Campbell, horticultural research scientist Julie Campbell, and agricultural communication professor Jessica Holt looked at purchasing, preferences and targeted messaging around cut flowers, publishing the results of the study with the Floral Marketing Fund in October. The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers examined where people buy flowers, where they planned to buy flowers in the future, the types of flowers they bought or received, as well as what marketing efforts were most effective.

The goal of the study was to help connect the flower industry with consumers to give marketers a better idea of what shoppers are looking for when buying bouquets.

“Not only were we interested in understanding what drove people to purchase flowers, we also wanted to know what role marketing messages and strategies played in this purchase,” said Benjamin Campbell, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Surveying more than 8,000 consumers across the U.S., the study found that not all consumers are created equal. For example, age is a big factor in the flower purchasing process.

Gen X and Millenial preferences

Gen X and Millennials were more likely to say they would buy a flower bouquet within the next year than Boomers.

Younger generations also tend to choose a less traditional, more unique cut flower. These generations are also more likely to buy additional non-flower items to go along with that bouquet.

Boomers weigh in

Boomers were less likely to have received a bouquet of flowers in the last year than their younger counterparts, although they did acknowledge that a bouquet is a wonderful mood booster.

Boomers are also less likely to buy flowers for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day than younger generations. And if Boomers are buying for Valentine’s Day, a rose is their flower of choice.

Place of purchase

But where they buy their flowers from is one thing that all generations can agree on. All three choose to buy flowers from a floral shop over any other retailer.

When shopping for flowers, Boomers rely on past experiences to inform their next purchase, whereas Gen X and Millennials are more likely to turn to social media or the web for help in selecting their next bouquet. This is where marketing efforts are key.

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