Friday, December 24, 2010

The Truth About Women

Over the next week, I'm going to be reading an insightful book from Michele Miller that promises to help us guys understand how to marketing to women.

In the meantime, as you are wrapping things up for Christmas, I have two things for you.

First a link to the past. This is how advertising used to portray women. Click here.

And here's some insight on what we should be doing in 2011 from Mediapost:

The Eight Truths For Talking To Alpha Moms

Marketing to specific audiences is no different than fishing, and if you want to catch a big fish, you need the right bait. Reaching the coveted and influential "Mom market"-made up of Soccer Moms, Momma grizzlies, and whatever else you call her-is the goal of most marketers looking to succeed, but to reach them directly, properly and inoffensively is an art.

In the Mom market, the thought leader, trend setter and influencer is the Alpha Mom. She is the one who seeks out new products, information and services, has an extended social network and a willingness to share information.

Think Like One

If you want to catch an Alpha Mom you have to think like she does: She uses all available informational resources to stay at the top of her game. She is tech savvy, an early adopter and is honest and communicative in her reviews. She readily trumpets finds or flops without encouragement from marketers and PR people. She wants to be the first to champion a brand, product or service she believes in or the first to openly criticize a brand, product or service she deems unworthy.

Reliable Information

An Alpha Mom knows that to remain an influencer, she needs good, credible content and reliable information. To get both, she proactively devours research, including information found through traditional searches, blogs and wikis from the media she chooses. She doesn't spend time watching TV or leafing though magazine ads, which only allow for one-way communications and ads. Instead, she actively indulges in social media which has, consequently, given her the power of instantly recommending (or not) any brand, product or service to her large circle of "friends" and followers. She answers requests for advice posted by others and she crafts tweets with shopping advice and sales opportunities.

The Plan

Marketers can best reach Alpha Moms with authentic information that does not pressure her into making a decision or into writing a biased review. An Alpha Mom does not want to be sold or talked into an opinion. She wants to try a brand, product or service for herself and to form her own judgments.

Here's an eight-point plan for finding and getting through to an Alpha Mom. The overriding theme is credible content, told well.

1. Tell her the truth.

2. Tell her quickly. She is always busy.

3. Tell her where she will listen: her phone, her iPad, Facebook, mom blogs and the like.

4. Don't forget print. It's content-rich and still relevant in the Alpha Mom's world.

5. Highlight the benefits for her and her family.

6. Make that benefit worthwhile and measurable - as well as simple to digest.

7. Deliver on your offer in a tangible way.

8. Ask for her feedback; a conversation is always better than a monologue.

The value of a conversation with an Alpha Mom should not be underestimated. Her feedback will make your product or service better, easier to sell and more beneficial to more consumers. She will help you zero in on what's best for your target audience (she is, after all, one of its leaders) and will ultimately help you sell.

So give an Alpha Mom your best content and offers. She can't wait to tell her friends.

Kimberly Jackson is an Editorial Strategist at King Fish Media, a custom media firm. Kimberly is a former executive at Ziff Davis, Carat Interactive and a mom of three kids.

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