47% of Super Bowl Viewers Are Women

February 11, 2016 § 2 Comments

dame-helen-mirren-640673Here’s Dawn Boulanger’s take on how the Super Bowl scored with women.

The Super Bowl 50 match-up between the Broncos and Panthers drew an estimated 111.9 million viewers – the second- highest rated Super Bowl in history. According to Nielsen, 47% of viewers in 2015 were women. If we assume the same viewing patterns this year, 53 million of those watching on Sunday were women – that’s more women than will watch the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys combined!

Women drive the consumer market – they influence the majority of purchases across all categories and they do the majority of social media sharing. Despite their influence, advertisers have historically used the big game to market to men. Past years’ commercial critiques have included the lack of targeting of women and the use of sexist stereotypes to sell products.

There seemed to be some creative change in this year’s Super Bowl spots with advertisers getting smarter about who’s watching, who’s sharing and with an actual attempt at connecting with these powerful female consumers.

Here are a few of the spots that have received positive comments for their representation of women, the use of empowerment in their messaging and their understanding of the target audience.

  1. Budweiser Ad, Simply Put – Budweiser uses Helen Mirren to send a strong warning against drinking and driving.
  1. Mini, Defy Labels – Mini Cooper uses powerful celebrities such as Serena Williams to challenge the use of labels and stereotypes.
  1. Hyundai, Ryanville – with the use of Ryan Reynolds clones and women drivers, Hyundai clearly targeted the female audience.
  1. No More, Domestic Violence PSA – a powerful message to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Super Bowl 51 is a long way away – maybe by then we will have figured out Mountain Dews’ PuppyMonkeyBaby commercial!

 

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§ 2 Responses to 47% of Super Bowl Viewers Are Women

  • I will have to admit I have never watched a Super Bowl Game! There, I said it…it is out in the open! But I have attended some parties surrounding this singularly American event and had some good food and some bad food and watched the commercials on You Tube just to appear to be part of this yearly event. I suppose this better representation of women in ads means that some man somewhere in some boardroom has figured out that we have money to spend on things too! Better late than never. Thanks for posting.

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