This Valentine’s Day saw ‘gifting for him’ searches on the rise

According to a report by Tonic Worldwide’s division Gipsi, searches for eco-friendly gifting options have risen 67% from 2017 to 2019

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 11:53 AM

Gipsi, the AI + HI division of independent digital agency Tonic Worldwide, has released a report highlighting actionable insights from the digital data universe basis a comparative trend over the last 3 years for Valentine’s Day.

According to the Gipsi report, women are taking the lead in gifting their partners. Compared to 2018 where searches for “gifting for him” were 50% vs searches for “Gifting for her”, 2019 saw the search volumes grow to 55% exceeding searches for “Gifting for her” which dropped to 45%. The growth continues this year. While brands have been targeting women for gifting men, we will see an increase in spends for targeting women.

Searches for “Valentine’s Day ideas” have declined by 78% from 2017 to 2019. However, there was a vast increase of 284% in “Valentine’s day events” from 2017 to 2019, whereas, “Valentine travel and destination” was buzzing with a 33% rise in 2019.

There was also a 67% rise in searches for eco-friendly gifting options from 2017 to 2019, which is expected to grow by 30% this year. In social conversations, love for each other is expressed through love for ‘green’.

An increase in “gay valentine” searches by 29% from 2017-2019 shows that there is high awareness around the LGBTQ community, and it is likely to be higher this year. There is a significant chatter around the LGBTQ proud and out expressing their wishes for the V-Day.

Valentine’s Day is being used to ‘spread love not hate’. As per the report, in intent this sentiment grew by 28% in 2019 vis-à-vis 2017 and continues to grow in 2020.

Unmisha Bhatt, Chief Strategy Officer and Director – India & MENA region, Tonic Worldwide, said: “Brands are constantly struggling today on making actionable implications from data.. With our Valentine day snapshot, we attempt showcasing how simple data points can change perspectives and focus areas for brand, business and communication.”

Anjali Malthankar, National Strategy Director, Tonic Worldwide, says: “Gipsi is agile and adapts to multiple data points. It identifies the under currents and also validates them through various data points. The biggest insight for 2020 Valentine for me is that Valentine is being used for larger purposes – Green, LGBTQ, spreading love to fight Social media’s toxic sentiment. This in my mind is a rise of Valentine’s day in our country where it was seen as a western concept and had become a target for political agendas.”

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