Kids and parents are one of the largest and most desirable marketing groups out there. Each year, companies spend billions of dollars trying to attract the attention of this vast, captive audience. But what kinds of ads are really getting kids’ attention? What types of creative tactics are marketers using to produce ROI? In recent years, savvy advertisers have used aerial advertising to appeal to children and parents. In this article, we’re going to give out some of our tips for advertisers looking to market to children through aerial media, but first let’s take a step back and evaluate the broader landscape of children and marketing.
How Many Marketing Dollars Are Spent By Companies Targeting Kids?
About $17 billion annually, a drastic increase from the $100 million spent in 1983. 
What Is The Relative Buying Power Of Kids?
• Teens in the United States spend approximately $160 billion annually.
• Children (up to 11) spend approximately $18 billion annually.
• 8- to-12-year-olds spend $30 billion of their own money each year and influence another $150 billion of their parents' spending.
• Children (under 12) and teens influence parental purchases totaling over $130-670 billion a year. 
How Much Do Children’s Opinions On Products Really Sway Parents?
According to the 2008 YTV Kids and Tweens Report, kids influence:
• Breakfast choices (97% of the time) and lunch choices (95% of the time).
• Where to go for casual family meals (98% of the time) (with 34% of kids always having a say on the choice of casual restaurant).
• Clothing purchases (95% of the time).
• Software purchases (76% of the time) and computer purchases (60% of the time).
• Family entertainment choices (98% of the time) and family trips and excursions (94% of the time). 
How Many Advertisements Do Children See A Year?
Children ages 2-11 see more than 25,000 advertisements a year on TV alone, a figure that does not include product placement. They are also targeted with advertising on the Internet, cell phones, mp3 players, video games, school buses, and in school. 
How Can I Use This Information To Put Together My Campaign?
Alright, so now we know about the purchasing power of children, how it affects their parents, and we have a pretty good idea about what the competitive landscape looks like for targeting this group. So, how can you use this information to kick off an eye-catching aerial campaign? Let’s get started.
1. Play Up Visual Elements
This first tip is especially important for children that have not yet learned how to read. By having a fun, creative design your ad could be what gets them interested. The Despicablimp, video below, displayed a huge minion across the length of the ship. For this campaign, it didn’t matter if a child could read, the creative was a larger-than-life reminder that the new Despicable Me movie was coming to theaters. This eye-popping blimp grasped the attention of children, parents, and the media alike. Who doesn't love a blimp! Especially one with a giant minion on it.
2. It’s All About Location
Parents are always looking out for events and destinations that are child-friendly. Your brand should maximize visibility to families with young children by targeting kid-friendly events and areas with aerial banners and advertising blimps. Beaches (and big lakes like Lake Michigan), baseball games, amusement parks, and state fairs all offer a great opportunity to reach this demographic in large numbers.
One of the best things about aerial advertising is that your blimp or banner will own the sky above. Children are fixated on things that fly. Your aerial billboard is bound to get kids and parents talking.
3. Know Kid Appeal
If you are in the business to selling to kids, you need to get to know their interests. Children between the ages of 8-10 look for entertainment and are attracted to things that offer fun. Children between 0-8 are attracted to images of other children having fun. Check out the airplane banner for Hershey’s water park above. This ad is offering something that is fun, shows an image of children having fun together, and is appealing to parents because it is showing something that the whole family can get involved in together.
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 Poulton, Terry. “ ‘Kidfulence’ on family spending strong: YTV Report.” Media in Canada. February 22, 2008.