Technology | Media | Telecommunications

Monday, May 19, 2008

Most Digital Savvy Consumers in Austin Texas

Austin, Texas, is the most Digital Savvy city, according to a new market analysis from consumer and media research firm Scarborough Research.

Twelve percent of Austin adults are Digital Savvy, and they are almost twice as likely as the national average to be in this leading-edge consumer segment. Las Vegas, NV, Sacramento and San Diego are also leading Digital Savvy cities, with 10 percent of their residents having this higher level of technological orientation and adoption.

Nationally, six percent of all consumers are classified as Digital Savvy. The ranking of Digital Savvy cities is part of a just-released Scarborough market study report.

In terms of purchasing patterns, Digitally Savvy consumers are a luxury-oriented group. They are 56 percent more likely than the average consumer to own or lease a luxury vehicle; 175 percent more likely to have spent $500 or more on men's or women's business clothing during the past year and 49 percent more likely to own a second home.

Online, this consumer group is equally high-end in its shopping behavior. More than half (54 percent) of the Digital Savvy spent more than $500 online during the past year, and 35 percent spent upwards of $1,000 during that time-frame. They are far more likely to spend online in high-end purchasing categories, such as automotive and travel, as well as every day items, such as books and clothing.

"The most Digitally Savvy markets are known for leading the nation in a variety of hi-tech behaviors. They also typically have the presence of major universities and represent established tech corridors in the U.S.," said Gary Meo, senior vice president, print and digital media services, Scarborough Research.

"The Digital Savvy is a consumer segment which is important to monitor -- both locally and nationally. They are early adopters when it comes to fully integrating new technologies into their lives, and their shopping patterns, demographics and lifestyles could presage behaviors of consumers across the country."

Politically, Digital Savvy consumers are 25 percent more likely to be Independent voters. In terms of other major political parties, they are on par with the national average with being Democrat or Republican.

Active lifestyles and on-the-go living are the hallmarks of the Digital Savvy. They are far more likely to enjoy athletic leisure activities including basketball, yoga, free weights training and jogging. The Digital Savvy are 18 percent more likely to have longer commutes -- one hour or more to work each way.

Given this active lifestyle, they rely on cell phones for communication and information. More than half (59 percent) of the Digital Savvy use their cell phones for email. They are, on many levels, an active and on-the-go group and their digital savvy is a natural compliment to that lifestyle.

Demographically, the Digital Savvy are male, young and wealthy. Fifty-six percent of them are male and 77 percent of this consumer group is below the age of 44. They are 132 percent more likely than the average consumer to have an annual household income of $150,000 or more. In fact, more than half (57 percent) of this consumer group has an annual household income of $75,000 or greater.