Happy Women’s Day! Now…Go Think Like a Man. #BicFail

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  GUYS, if you are considering a popular (albeit somewhat over-used) empowerment message for women in your next marketing campaign, please take note: Women do not aspire to be a man, act like a man or think like a man, but merely to be respected as a human.  Bic found this out after posting the above ad to their Facebook page on National Women’s Day in South Africa. In response to the immediate backlash from hundreds on social media, the ad was quickly removed along with all of the irate comments and replaced with an apology. Or rather, their “first” attempt at an apology: We would like

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Women In Automotive Are Re-Paving The Industry That Has Only 17% Female Employees

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There is no denying that women are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with if you are in the business of selling cars. Just a few of the reasons could be that women now hold more driver’s licenses than men – 105 million women, compared with 104 million men. They influence 80% of U.S. car purchases and they control more than $13 trillion in personal wealth today. Women buy 65 percent of all new tires, make 65 percent of new car purchases and 45 percent of light trucks and SUV purchases. Yet, currently, the percentage of female employees in the auto industry remains stagnant at

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Top 38 Social Media Links To Follow the 2015 Cannes Festival

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Just days away, this will be a BIG year for marketing to women at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. As we have mentioned, this year Cannes is introducing the Glass Lion award for the first time and Jury Head, Cindy Gallop is charged with honoring work that challenges gender bias and shatters stereotypical images of men and women still very much rooted in today’s marketing messages. CAN’T BE THERE? NO PROBLEM! Thanks to social media and Image Brief, you can use the Infographic shown below to keep up with everything going down at Cannes. They analyzed hundreds of advertising agencies, Cannes Lions judges and news

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Big Food & Women Go Together Like Oil & Water

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Women control 93% of the $1 trillion spent on food purchases in the U.S. annually, and they are chomping away at Big Foods. These are the women who as early as 2008 were saying they wanted healthy attributes, guarantees of freshness, safety and pure ingredients, according to a comprehensive study fielded by Boston Consulting Group and published in the book, Women Want More by Michael J. Silverstein and Kate Sayre. It was revealed that women also wanted to make connections with food producers who ensure social responsibility and encourage philanthropy. And women across all of the lifestages and demographic segments studied, said they would trade up

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Social Media May Have a 30 Year History, But The Impact on Marketing to Women Took Place in the Last Five Or So

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While it seems that social media happened overnight, the technology has actually been evolving over the past three decades as you can see in the Infographic from Simplify360 below. Even, Six Degrees, considered the first modern social network, was launched as early as 1997 allowing users to create profiles and become friends with other users. Yet, although it attracted as many as 3.5 million members at one point, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon appears to have had much longer staying power. Perhaps just a bit before it’s time, Six Degrees shut down in 2001, just three years before “The Facebook” launched. But for

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Male Marketers: Not Listening to Moms, is Not Good for Business

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All moms are not the same anymore than all women are the same. Yet, marketers not only continue to lump them all together as one segment, they tend to forget that moms are still women and have needs in addition to being a mom. Nicola Kemp puts it best in an article she authored in Marketing Magazine appropriately titled, “Marketing to Mums is Broken”, “In brands’ persistent, misguided belief that they can market to mothers as a homogeneous group, their characterization of women ranges from the idealized to the absurd.” The article also reveals the disappointing findings shown below from research conducted by

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Male Marketers: Are You Talking to Women Differently on Their Smartphones?

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With consumers using smartphones 80% of the time to search the Internet, brands must shift their focus as well. Consumers now expect their mobile experience to be everything they are used to finding on their computers. This makes it even more important to understand that there are distinct differences in how women and men use both social media and their smartphones. The following infographic from FinancesOnline.com reveals some of the interesting patterns emerging. Just a few of the highlights: Women outnumber men when using social media for staying in touch with others, sharing photos, entertainment and gathering how-to information. And they continue to dominate Facebook

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Male Marketers Marketing to Women: Cannes Is Now Rewarding Creativity That Challenges Gender Bias

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In June of this year, Cannes Lions will introduce a new Lion – the Glass Lion: The Lion for Change – which honors work that challenges gender bias and shatters stereotypical images of men and women which remain rooted in marketing messages. A jury headed by Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld / MakeLoveNotPorn, will assess work entered into the new category. Gallop stated, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the introduction of the Glass Lion, which demonstrates Cannes Lions’ commitment to ensuring that both our industry and the work we create not only more accurately reflects the world around us,

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Male Marketers: When The Tsunami Of Female Power Peaks, Most Will Not Know Where The Crack Began

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tsu·na·mi – (t)so͞oˈnämē/ –  a series of ocean waves generated by  displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity.  A tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high. Not meaning to sound overly dramatic here, but a tsunami is the visual that came to my mind as I read Pamela Ryckman’s, book, Stiletto Network. I believe most male decision makers from CEO’s to marketers to owners would benefit from reading this book. Otherwise, they will not even feel the underlying shift now taking place which is

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4 Ways to Market Technology to Women

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It is well known that technology is a male-dominated industry. Just take a look at a couple of statistics noted by Ryan Holmes, creator of Hootsuite, in an article titled, “Why the Tech Industry is (Still) Failing Women:” Only eight percent of startup founders are women, according to EZebis, a site that supports women in tech. Women comprise fewer than 30 percent of U.S. computer science and engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, according to the National Science Foundation. YET, WHO ACTUALLY PURCHASES TECH PRODUCTS? Let’s take a look at a few more numbers. Women in Western countries use the internet

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