7 Epic Ways That Volvo’s Semi-Truck Ad Appeals to Women, Thanks To Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Aside from the obvious fact that this video is simply incredible and may likely be the best ad of the year – if not the decade, it is also an excellent example of how to effectively market to women. I don’t exactly need a semi-truck, but Jean-Claude Van Damme makes me want to buy one – from Volvo. Actually, there are some pretty strong arguments for the trucking industry to target female drivers. For instance: There is a shortage of truck drivers. The number of female truck drivers has increased 50% since 2005 and continues to rise. Of the more than

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WHY MARKET TO WOMEN: Sheconomy® Speaks at the 2013 Mediarun Festival in Gdańsk, Poland

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I had never been to Poland, but I fell in love with the coastal city of Gdańsk when I had the honor to speak at the 2013 Mediarun Festival. Touted as the leading marketing event in Central Europe, other speakers included Peter Vesterbacka, founder of Angry Birds, Caroyn Everson, the VP of Global Marketing for Facebook and Faris Abouhamad, the IAA Chairman and World President. I had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with marketing colleagues from all over the world who spoke on topics from leading through innovation to brand valuation, corporate disruption in the digital era, creative leadership,

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Which Social Platforms are Marketers Using and Which Ones Are They Increasing?

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The Infographic below from TopWebDesignSchools.org highlights just a few of the findings in Social Examiner’s 2013 Social Media Marketing Industry Report showing how marketers both use and feel about social media. For the third year in a row, at 69%, marketers plan to increase their use of YouTube (male dominated platform) more than any other platform. But, even as new as it is more than half of marketers plan to increase their usage of Pinterest. Interestingly, the report also noted that female marketers (54%) are also more likely to increase their use of Pinterest than male marketers (47%).

MEDIARUN FESTIVAL 2013: The Leading Business and Marketing Event in Central Europe

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I am honored, humbled and excited to be speaking at the Mediarun Festival in Gdansk, Poland next week on “Why and How to Market to Women.” Touted as the leading business and marketing event in Central Europe, the keynote speaker will be Carolyn Everson, Vice-President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. Everson, defined as a “Women to Watch” by Bloomberg TV, and honored by AWNY (Advertising Women in New York City) as “Changing the Game,” is a marketer who understands women. She was recently referred to as the second “First Lady “of Facebook in a Huffington Post article. Much like Sheryl Sandberg, the

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Could Toys That Ignore Gender Stereotypes At An Early Age Change Society as a Whole?

That’s a question that Nanda Sibol, Director of Brand Strategy in the San Francisco office of Anthem Worldwide poses in the article below titled, Pink or Blue Branding: Changing Gender Norms. The three-to-six years toy guide from ToyInfo.org, supports this thought process, noting: “After the age of three, children begin to play actively with each other. Preschoolers and kindergartners are masters of make-believe. They like to act out grown-up roles and enjoy costumes and props to help them bring their imaginations to life.” When I asked Ms. Sibol why this topic was of such strong interest to her, she responded:

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Do Women Talk Themselves Out of a Job?

I talk a great deal about how few women there are in certain professional roles and how this affects marketing. For instance only 3% of creative directors at US ad agencies are women, resulting in advertising that does not communicate effectively with the female audience. And with only 25% of IT jobs being held by women we can only assume that the digital world is heading down the same path. But Tara Mohr, author of “10 Rules for Brilliant Women,” suggests that women could be partly responsible for the low numbers, simply due to the way we talk. Mohr recently

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Fewer Women in Tech Impacts Marketing to Women

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As the world rapidly becomes more and more digital, the technology will continue to define products and services as well has how they are marketed. The low number of females being involved as leaders or during the conceptual and developmental processes will surely result in delivering less marketable products and services for women. And similar to the disproportionate number of female creative directors within the advertising industry, this will impair connecting effectively with the very powerful and viable female audience. Although 3 of the 10 best-paying jobs for women are in the tech sector, 56% of women who enter the

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When Marketing to Women, Citibank® Climbs to the Top

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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, When Marketing to the Female, Don’t Dumb it Down for Women, Man Up For Men

Kathy Oneto, Vice President of Brand Strategy at Anthem Worldwide will be speaking at the M2W (Marketing to Women) Conference in Chicago in late April. You do not want to miss it. She will be presenting findings from a study recently conducted by Anthem about: Marketing to the True Motivations of 3 Genrations of Women Below is one of the thought provoking papers she has drafted from the findings, titled “Who’s ‘Manning’ the House: Bridging the Gender Divide,” that she was willing to share exclusivly with us. In it Kathy explores the possibility that to solve the problem of marketing to women,

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Marketers, 80 Percent of Pinterest Users Are Female. Is Your Brand There?

Pinterest, the incredibly popular online bulletin board/scrapbook/inspiration organizer now has more than 11 million unique monthly users. And according to recent numbers from Internet-monitoring firm comScore, it has more than doubled its audience over the past six months. So, who’s using it? You guessed it. WOMEN. Eighty percent of Pinterest users are female and they are spending more time on there than Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ combined. The rapid growth can certainly be attributed somewhat to a higher acceptance of social networks now. But keep in mind, there are thousands of new startups in the social arena. What makes Pinterest different?

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