When Marketing to Women, Citibank® Climbs to the Top

I love this rock climbing Citibank commercial! But every time I watched it, I kept wondering: Is it REAL?, and WHO in the world is singing that song? So, I finally looked it up. Yes, it is real. It’s filmed on a rock called “Ancient Art.” Located just outside of Moab, Utah, the single rock formation is shaped from hundreds of years of wind blowing sand across and around the spire in the desert. The commercial features two real-life professional climbers: Katie Brown and Alex Honnold. They are not “actors” nor “stunt” people. They’re both accomplished in the sport of

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Guys, Knowing That Women Are Your Market Is Only Half The Battle. Now, The Race Is On To Figure Out How To Connect With Her Effectively.

Video excerpt: Holland+Holland partnered with Porsche® to discuss marketing to women Female car buyers are making up a larger customer base for some of the top domestic auto brands, but none approach the gains that Porsche has made with women this past year. Of all automakers Porsche® has made the largest relative market share gains among women nationwide over the past year, according to an analysis from Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information. From January through August 2011 23 percent of Porsche buyers were female, compared to 19 percent during the same period last year. The growth accounts for a 21.1

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John Carter Goes to Mars. But Don’t Tell The Women

Below is an excerpt from an article in Newsweek & The Daily Beast titled, “Disney’s Quarter-Billion-Dollar Movie Fiasco.” In it, Chris Lee, examines marketing missteps for the not yet released movie, JOHN CARTER – originally titled, John Carter of Mars™. “Although the character has been known as “John Carter of Mars” and was envisioned as a movie trilogy under that name, Disney marketers dropped the “of Mars” part because of industry-think holding that female movie fans are more likely to be turned off by such overtly sci-fi elements.”  Right…… and I’m sure I won’t even notice the crater-like topography or the elusive

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Is Marketing To Women All Fun and Games?

Social games have become serious business. In 2011, the total market in North America increased from $1 billion to $1.4 billion, an overall growth of 35%. And of the 13 hours each week that gamers spend on social networks, they play social games for an average of 9.5 hours (study conducted by RockYou® and Interpret, LLC) That is more than one full work day. So who is the average social gamer? According to this recent Infographic created by Flowtown it is 43-year old females. A few other facts: 54% of social gamers are women 43% are college graduates 43% make

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Sheconomy is Speaking at the 2011 MIMA Summit

I am honored to have been asked to be a featured speaker at the 2011 Annual MIMA Summit. The theme is Celebrating the Digital Decade with a focus on consumer insights. Keynote speakers are Avinash Kaushik, the analytics evangelist for Google and Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine. A complete line up of speakers can be found here. I will be presenting on the power of the female consumer in a session titled: Why and How to Effectively Market to Women in Today’s Economic Climate. Are there any topics or questions you feel should be addressed? Also, I would love

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Is Facebook vs. Google+ Similar to Microsoft vs. Apple?

The radical impact Google is making within the social space has reminded me a bit of the early days with Microsoft vs. Apple. Today it’s Facebook vs Google Plus. Much like Microsoft, Facebook captured the bulk of the market early on and rapidly grew on a worldwide basis. And even though Facebook, much like Microsoft has been somewhat discombobulated, they both fulfilled an untapped need. Microsoft redefined productivity in the business world. Facebook revolutionized the way we communicate with each other. Both achieved what needed to be done on a functional level. Apple on the other hand offered equal functionality

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Pink Done Right Equals PANK® And Male Marketers Should Pay Attention

The segment of women who do not have children is growing and so too is their voice thanks to Melanie Notkin, founder and CEO of SavvyAuntie.com. Notkin has coined the name PANKs® (Professional Aunts No Kids) as well as created this online community to provide a place for aunts to share their passion and love for their nieces and nephews. Membership, in the thousands, continues to boom and some companies are listening. I asked Melanie to write a guest post providing more insight into this unrecognized and misunderstood market. Boy, did she deliver! Read on for updated stats, how Sears

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Male Marketers, Don’t Forget to Target the Single Woman

I was honored to be interviewed by Ashley Milne-Tyte for a story on American Public Radio’s™ Market Place® radio show. The focus was on the lack of attention and respect that advertisers show single women. Guys, simply knowing that women are your market is not enough. You must understand WHO she is to connect with her effectively. You must think in terms of lifestages, not ages. You must listen to her. Engaging the single woman is completely different than engaging moms or even married women without children. The transcript from the show is below or you are welcome to listen

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Brand vs. Discounts – Guys, For Women, It Is NOT All About Price

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According to Chris Dickey, in a recent AdAge article, 2010 is the year for retailers to rethink pricing, discounts strategy and start rebuilding their brand value. He states: “Today many retailers find that their most immediate issue is working their way back out of discount-driven brand-price erosion.” This really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Learning that consumers were seeking lower prices, many marketers hastily responded with what they “assumed” that meant to women. Companies simply offered discounts, coupons and slashed pricing with little regard to their brand, but more importantly with little understanding of women. As a result, companies

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Guys, Could Marketing To Women Be As Simple As Playing A Game? Just Might Be.

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A new study released this week from Q Interactive and Social Media World Forum reveals that women are actively engaging with brands as they play some of their favorite online games. FarmVille has nearly 64,00,000 active monthly users on Facebook alone. And according to market research firm, Think Equity, the $720 million online social-gaming market is expected to at least double to over $1 billion by 2010. For brands wanting to connect and partner with women, online games are far from child’s play. Brands and Women are Partners in Gaming and App’ing The study investigated how brands and women intersect

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