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What we can learn from marketing-to-women fails and successes

When it comes to marketing to women, some brands know how to reach the target while others completely miss the mark. Here are two recent examples of a marketing (/M2W) fail and success, and what we can learn from them. M2W fail US-based IBM probably meant

Brands have ‘femvertising wrong’ – here’s what to do about it

Evidence that the old ad agency model is ready to evolve and recognise female audiences was recently unearthed on global level, at the ‘What Women Want: Beyond Feminism in Advertising’. Held by The Drum Network and Southpaw, the London-based panel debate among female ad industry

Body shaming an issue for weight-loss supplement ads

UK-based brand Protein World has been making waves with women upon the launch of their new controversial ad campaign for weight-loss supplements, according to a recent Marketing Magazine article. Featuring a fit and toned, female model wearing a bikini, the outdoor campaign asks its audience

New campaign aims to drop ‘plus-size’ labelling

Should the labels,  “plus” and “plus-size” be banned from the fashion industry and media? That is the mission of #DropThePlus, a media campaign started by Australian model Stefania Ferrario and Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester, which has since gained international support from top designers like

Retail giant showcases female-owned brands to empower women

In the US alone, female-owned businesses contribute over $1.3 trillion to the economy, and are responsible for over 80 percent of customer decisions, worldwide.  So, what better way to empower women while building customer loyalty than by featuring the products of female businesses? That’s exactly

Is advertising finally diversifying gender roles?

After decades of female stereotyping and sexualisation in advertising, has advertising finally taken on a more flexible interpretation of gender? That’s what a recent TV ad by UK brand, Moneysupermarket.com, is implying, says a recent article. The ad, which features a gyrating businessman in skin-tight shorts,

Should brands diversify their teams to reach women?

Too many car brands are still ignoring the female market, reports a recent Guardian article, despite the fact that women are responsible for 66% of decisions to buy new cars in the UK – that’s 70%, in Australia. Such companies aren’t recognising that women actually

Advertising slips back into objectifying women

Is advertising going backward in terms of sexualising women for commercial gain? Ask brand giant Coca-Cola, who recently made waves with their campaign for a premium milk brand called Fairlife, says a recent article. The ads featured naked women ‘dressed’ in splashes of milk, with

Street harassment continuously recycled in TV advertising

Catcalls may seem innocent to some. But a recent viral video showing an NYC woman being hassled by men 100+ times in 10 hours exposed just how disturbing, sexist and violating street harassment can be. The video caught international attention – and such behaviour has