As it’s International Women’s Day, I thought I would share with you excerpts from a poster of the Girls’ Day School Trust. It highlights how a girl’s life, opportunities and expectations have changed in the last 125 years:
In addition to making great strides in education and public life, women have also emerged as powerful consumers and decision makers. According to some sources (for instance, this one), women account for 85% of all consumer purchases, from cars to health care.
Yet, many marketers still assume that women do not make purchase decisions for large ticket items. While others present women with products that are, simply, pink and/or small versions of their core products.
In this interview, Professor Moira Clark discusses some of the ways many firms fail to cater to the female market, including:
– The online retail environment – does not offer opportunities for social interactions;
– Product design – products adapted for women (e.g., pink versions) rather then developed with them in mind;
– Communication – relying on stereotypes and rather patronising
As if to prove Moira’s point, just as I was about to hit the publish button, I saw this picture on twitter (via @diane1859):
Is it me, or is marketing still in the dark ages, as far as female consumers are concerned?