85% of Americans are Planning Summer Travel with Personal Cars as Top Pick for Transportation
Survey from OAAA & The Harris Poll
According to Survey from OAAA & The Harris Poll
In Anticipation of Hitting the Road, Whether for Summer Travel or Commuting, Half of Gen Z, Millennials, Men & Big City Urbanites Recall Seeing Recent OOH Ads for Autos
WASHINGTON D.C. – The overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (85%) are expecting to travel this summer, taking even more vacation time than they did in 2021: nearly half (48%) of Americans who plan to vacation this summer will take two weeks or more, up from (41%) last summer. Driving in personal vehicles is the leading choice for getting to summer vacation destinations.
These are key findings from “OOH Consumer Insights and Intent – Q1 2022,” a new research report from the Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the national trade association for the entire OOH media ecosystem, conducted in partnership with The Harris Poll.
80 percent of workers expect to be commuting in spring of 2022, rising to 84 percent by summer 2022, and by that time most (64%) anticipate going to the office five days a week.
Americans are increasingly comfortable traveling by all modes of transportation, especially Urbanites and Millennials. Sixty-nine percent of the public feels safe flying given the pandemic – up from 59% last April – while 67% feel the same about trains. In addition, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults feel comfortable using ride shares and taxis (62% / 61%) – both up significantly from April 2021.
With short and long-haul travel on the agenda, many Americans recall seeing out of home advertising focused on the automotive sector. Half of Gen Z, Millennials, Men and Urbanites in big cities (+1M in population) report seeing an automotive brand or dealership OOH ad recently. Over two in five (43%) who recall these OOH messages say that the experience prompted them to actively engage with the ad, whether visiting the brand/dealer’s website (38%), researching the advertised brand/dealer (38%), sharing information with friends or family (30%), visiting the brand/dealer’s showroom (23%), and more.
“With ‘hitting the road’ on the rise, out of home advertising will fuel even more brand engagement,” said Anna Bager, President and CEO, OAAA. “While this research highlights its power for automotive marketers, more Americans traveling, and commuting will increase the opportunity for OOH across all categories to reach an audience that’s looking forward to being on-the-go. Marketers would be wise to include OOH in their plans to take full advantage.”
“These findings confirm the good news that Americans are ready to get out and about,” said John Gerzema, CEO, The Harris Poll. “Whether they are on-the-road, on public transit or flying, all modes of transportation will be seeing an uptick and OOH is an excellent way to gain mindshare and drive action.”
“OOH Consumer Insights and Intent – Q1 2022” was sponsored by The Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education (FOARE), a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, charitable organization.
To review the findings, go to: OAAA.org/HarrisPoll2022-Q1
The Harris Poll conducted the online survey from February 9 – 14, 2022, with a representative sample of 1,000 U.S. Adults 18+. Data is weighted to reflect the U.S. general public across age, gender, race/ethnicity, region, income, household size, and employment.
About the OAAA
The Out of Home Advertising Association of America (OAAA) is the national trade association for the entire out of home (OOH) advertising industry. OAAA represents more than 800 members, including leading media companies, advertisers, agencies, ad-tech providers, and suppliers which comprise over 90 percent of the industry. OOH media includes billboards, street furniture, transit, place-based media, and digital formats (DOOH) across every sector of the channel. OAAA is the unifying voice for the industry, the authoritative thought leader, and the passionate advocate for advancing OOH advertising in the United States. The legislative unit of OAAA advocates for the responsible growth of OOH with federal, state, and local government. OAAA-member media companies generously donate over $500 million in public service advertising annually. Founded in 1891, OAAA is headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in New York City. For more information, please visit oaaa.org.
About The Harris Poll
The Harris Poll is one of the longest-running surveys in the U.S. tracking public opinion, motivations, and social sentiment since 1963 that is now part of Harris Insights & Analytics, a global consulting and market research firm that delivers social intelligence for transformational times. We work with clients in three primary areas; building twenty-first-century corporate reputation, crafting brand strategy and performance tracking, and earning organic media through public relations research. Our mission is to provide insights and advisory to help leaders make the best decisions possible. For more information, please visit www.theharrispoll.com.
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