Male Marketers: Are You Attending the 10th Annual Marketing to Women Conference?

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Guys, are you serious about finding, reaching, understanding and connecting with the highly sought after diverse, female audience? My advice? Consider attending this worthwhile event. Oh…. and that doesn’t mean sending the little lady in the office. More and more, women are moving into CEO, CMO and entrepreneurial roles. And these women understand the importance of selling to the female customer. Do you? More importantly, they are learning how to do it. Are you? This year marks the 10th annual Marketing to Women Conference. Held in May, in Chicago, you [or your competition] will hear from it’s founder Marti Barletta, author of Marketing to

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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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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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When Marketing to Women, Don’t Be A Man: Ask For Directions

To know that brands must target women is great. But can you still mess up? Absolutely. Dawn Billings, founder of The Heart Link Women’s Network, polled women small business professionals from three countries to find mistakes made by businesses when marketing to women. We have actually discussed most all of these at one time or another, but the survey further validates and substantiates that simply knowing women are your market could be more dangerous if you don’t take the extra steps to understand them. “Women work very hard. They wear many hats. Often they are so busy being responsible and reliable

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Longer Experience With Social Media Turns Into More Time Spent And The Result Is, Well… RESULTS.

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Social Media Marketing Industry Report 2011 from Michael A. Stelzner on Vimeo. The newly released 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report is a must read. Michael Stelzner, of Social Media Examiner, has been providing this resource for three years now. But I feel this year’s report yields the most telling results because we now have history, indexes and baselines with social media and levels of participation. What I found most interesting is that the data reveals what early adopters have been saying all along. Social media marketing is effective and productive, but it takes time to nurture and mature. It

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Marketers: Are You Ignoring The Once, Highly Sought After, Female Baby Boomer?

According to eMarketer, boomers, whose median age is 55, spend more time and money online than any other demographic. Yet, this market is essentially neglected by most advertisers and marketers. It is estimated that 78.2% of this cohort, or nearly 60 million adults, is online. Even as their numbers decline, that penetration rate will remain high through 2015. And they control more than $2 trillion in annual spending. “The baby boomers grew up being chased by marketers and advertisers that tailored products and brands to appeal to them,” said Lisa E. Phillips, eMarketer senior analyst “Now the median age of

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Guys, Be Wary Of Blaming Your Declining Sales Solely On The Recession.

Nearly a year ago, I was chatting with the owner of a retail flooring store. He shared that one of the national flooring industry associations had conducted research which revealed “women were their market.” He went on to say that the findings suggested flooring retailers need to better understand and cater to the female audience. I thought to myself, “This guy gets it.” I questioned how he planned to appeal to women. “Simple,” he answered. He would require all of his salesmen (yes, his sales staff is all male) to wear a shirt and tie – preferably a suit. Why,

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Top 25 Consumer Brands Women Are Talking About – September 2010 Results

When I was comparing September’s “Women at NBCU’s Brand Power Index” with last month’s scores, it felt a bit like watching the BCS countdown last night. Even though I was trying to figure out which teams must win or lose so that my team can go on to win the National Championship, I know things will most likely change dramatically by next week. There’s a reason for that. Some teams will do things right this next week – and some teams won’t. The difference in college football is that there can only be one real winner at the end of

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When Marketing to Women, Remember: Moms Are Not JUST Moms

We talk a good bit about how all women are not moms. But it would also be wise for marketers to remember that moms are not just moms. They have other interests, and that is true for mom bloggers as well as mom blog readers. Yes, moms who blog are very influential and according to eMarketer, that trend is expected to steadily increase from 3.9 million today to 4.4 million in 2014. And yes, moms who blog have become important partners for many companies selling their products and services to the nearly 33 million moms who go online in the

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Guys, Is Opening a Facebook Fan Page Your Only Social Media Strategy?

If so, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you most likely have no strategy. You are not alone. A recent survey conducted by Digital Brand Expressions revealed that nearly 60% of companies using social media have entered the space with NO game plan. Yet, of those same companies that entered the space without a strategy, 88% agree that a plan is important. These findings confirm so much of what we are witnessing with online marketing. Companies “know” they must incorporate social media, because “everyone” is doing it. So they do what they “think” everyone is doing.

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