Direct Marketers Find Success With This Savory Demographic
Edited By Kate Mason
They'd rather stay in on a Saturday night and try a new Manchurian pork and zucchini dumpling recipe they've recently read about in their favorite culinary magazine.
They know the difference between a cassoulet and a casserole, and they'd even travel 100 miles out of their way in search of the perfect cabernet for their next dinner party.
Who are they? They're gourmet cooking enthusiasts—and, as a group they have enough discretionary income to whet direct marketers' appetites.
The Cooking Crowd
"Gourmet cooking is a hobby shared by the affluent," declares Randi Moriarty, senior client representative from The Millard Group. "These people are definitely upscale, and are interested in surrounding themselves with anything that is similarly upscale."
The average epicurean enthusiast is interested in preparing exotic, hard-to-find (and often, hard-to-
pronounce) cuisine—and has the discretionary income to support this hobby.
For example, the median household income of a Food & Wine Magazine subscriber is $112,400.
"These people have the money and time to spend on their hobby," says Allison O'Neil, sales manager for The Lake Group. "They're also homeowners who are educated and entertain at home. As you can imagine, the usage with these lists is excellent."
What's Out There?
There are multiple lists and media for marketers to choose from to reach this desirable demographic.
One major source is the diverse selection of subscriber lists for the most popular cooking, food and wine magazines.
For example, the typical Saveur magazine subscriber is a married woman in her 40s with an average household income of $86,780. She is interested in anything to do with food, wine, travel and adventure.
Similarly, the popular Cook's Illustrated magazine boasts a mostly female subscriber list, with an average age of 45 and an average income of $75,000.