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You may have someone in your life like my late Aunt Nancy. She married late in life and had no children of her own, but she loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own kids. According to new research released today by Weber Shandwick, she would be among 23 million other PANKs (Professional Aunts No Kids) whose purchasing power for children’s gifts alone is over $9 billion. According to Leslie Gaines-Ross, Chief Reputation Strategist at Weber, PANKs are also important digital influencers for other categories, including travel, digital products, financial services and food & beverage. They are resourceful, digitally and financially savvy, and have large online communities. They spend more time on social media and less time watching television than women in general....
Melanie Notkin of Manhattan, who coined the acronym in 2008, is a former marketing executive and the founder of the Web site SavvyAuntie, a resource for women who do not have their own children but, like Ms. Notkin, have nieces, nephews, godchildren or friends’ children to spend time and money on...
Joint Study Finds PANKs® – “Professional Aunts No Kids” –
Spend $9 Billion on Toys and Gifts for Children Annually
23 million untapped “Savvy Aunties” are primed to be engaged by brands
at the holiday gift-giving season and all year-round
– Savvy Auntie® and Weber Shandwick Research ‘The Power of the PANK’ –
NEW YORK, December 3, 2012 – A new joint national study released today by Savvy Auntie and Weber Shandwick with KRC Research reveals that PANKs – or Professional Aunts No Kids – are a sizeable segment of younger women with disposable income, dynamic influence, and a digitally-connected lifestyle, primed and ready to be engaged by brands. Yet, this powerful market remains virtually untapped…Read More »
As we detailed in our New Social Systems Deep Dive report, a growing mistrust of institutions is driving a seismic shift in values in the United States. As Americans look beyond traditional values, a new set of ideals, beliefs and systems are starting to emerge....
16 Toys Make the Prestigious List of Gifts Kids Want Most –
Making Aunts and Godmothers Feel like Heroes at the Holidays
Melanie Notkin, founder and CEO of Savvy Auntie, the multiplatform lifestyle brand for aunts and godmothers, announces her fourth annual list of coolest toys for the 2012 holiday season. 16 toys in all have made the coveted list this year.
CNN American Morning
The Today Show
Fox News Live
Good Day NY
NBC The 10! Show
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post
The Star Ledger
The Dallas Morning News
Better Homes and Gardens
Notable Online Press for Melanie Notkin and Savvy Auntie
When I first had the idea for Savvy Auntie, I knew toy companies would love the opportunity to connect with Savvy Aunties – women who love to give their nieces and nephews, and all the children in their lives, gifts that the kids want and – we hope – will treasure. Some toys, we know, are delighted upon when the gift boxes are opened, but months, weeks, sometimes even days later, the children move on to other toys they also love.Read More »