2015 new mover report reveals why consumers move and what they’re buying  

Epsilon’s insights inform marketers on how to better engage with movers.

 DALLAS, TX – January 28, 2015 – Epsilon, the global leader in creating connections between people and brands, today released the results of the 2015 New Mover Report, which looks at consumers’ reasons for moving and associated purchase behaviors. The custom research surveyed 963 households that had recently moved to uncover several themes essential to every marketer’s strategic plan to target new movers.

For more than two decades, Epsilon has compiled and analyzed the trends of movers. Past Epsilon research has shown that a household that moves typically spends $9,000 on goods, services and financial and insurance products. With tens of millions of Americans moving last year alone, this presents a unique, time-sensitive and lucrative opportunity for companies and providers across many industries to engage with consumers.

Top Reasons for Moving

The research showed that the most popular reasons for moving were: to have more space (22%), to be closer to family (18%) and to be in a different neighborhood (18%). Other top reasons included changing jobs or relocating, buying a newer home and downsizing.

Demographics played a key role in the motivation behind the move. Younger movers were seeking more space, relocating to a different neighborhood or moving because of a major life change (i.e. buying a home, getting married). For older movers, Epsilon found that they were downsizing, moving closer to family or perhaps retiring. The high-income earners surveyed, those making over $100,000, were more likely to cite work-related reasons as their motivation for moving.

Spending Behavior of Movers

Of those surveyed, 49% were owners and 51% were renters of their current, new home. Home owners average income ($77,000) was higher than that of renters ($49,000), indicating that not only do they have more money to purchase a home, but they also have more discretionary income for spending on move-related purchases, with 75% of owners making move-related purchases, compared to only 57% of renters.

The majority of respondents made purchases related to their move; however 60% waited to make some household purchases until after the move. In the months leading up to the move, approximately half of respondents indicated spending less than usual on various items such as vacation/travel, shoes, clothing, gifts and entertainment. They continued spending less than usual in these categories in the months after the move.

Among the most popular purchases for new movers were furniture, such as couches/sofas, adult bedroom furniture and kitchen/dining tables, décor including curtains/window treatments, rugs and decorative wall pieces, appliances such as small kitchen appliances, washers and dryers and electronics including televisions.

Movers often acquire new service providers or change providers depending on where they relocate. Most common service changes occurred in the categories of water, internet, cable TV, electricity, satellite TV, home phone and gas.

“New movers represent a lucrative audience for marketers especially when brands take into account insights and data to drive their strategy and deliver a compelling and relevant message—where, when and how the consumer wants to engage with the brand, said Warren Storey, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Insight. “By understanding why the consumer is moving as well as anticipating their buying behavior, marketers can tailor their messaging and capture a larger share of wallet from the tens of millions of movers every year.”

For more information about the study methodology and to download the full 2015 New Mover Report, click here.



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