On Mother’s Day, I thought it would be important to salute those amazing women who are influential in the lives of their nieces and nephews but have not given birth to a child. I know lots of these important women who have been nicknamed PANKs, Professional Aunts No Kids. They are actively involved in the lives of children around them. In fact, one in five women is a PANK, or approximately 23 million Americans. PANKs are roughly half of all the women who are not a mother or grandmother. This group is actually growing as women are choosing to stay single or marry later. Just think about this group – the size of a group almost as large as the Black/African American segment of US citizens…
With time, money and energy to share, the PANK (professional aunt no kids) is stepping up for active duty on the family frontline, writes Mike Bruce
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Melanie Notkin of SavvyAuntie.com explains who exactly is a Savvy Auntie, and shows how these remarkable women help children throughout North America.
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….
The future of marketing is online. Advertisers and communicators don’t need to warm this segment up to digital media – PANKs are already comfortable in the digital space. -The Power of the PANK