Who says you can’t market to all women in just one ad?
Well, I do. Most of the time, anyway.
I’m a strong believer in using the Neighborhoods of Women as a guiding principle in creating your marketing and advertising messages.
One neighborhood per ad, with a laser-like message.
Yet still, there are a few precious examples – as rare as unicorns in Times Square – that achieve the unthinkable.
Take a look at this TV commercial from 2003, for Dutch Boy’s “Twist ‘n Pour” paint:
In 30 seconds, the ad projects persuasive messaging out to all four types of female consumers – sometimes with words, sometimes without.
Regal Queen (spontaneous)
Vibrant colors, a latin-based music track, and fast-cut edits.
(Hey! This painting thing could be fun!)
A multicultural trio of women, all smiling and moving in sync.
(Yo, girlfriends – painting party this weekend!)
Warrior Princess (competitive)
Script: “Now, there’s a paint CAN that’s as great as the paint that’s in it! Introducing the NEW Twist-‘n-Pour container, only from Dutch Boy.”
(That new container looks like my detergent bottle – why didn’t I think of that?)
Script: “Easy to hold… Easy to open… Easy to pour. For a Dutch Boy Twist-N-Pour paint retailer near you, visit dutchboy.com.”
(Wow, no muss, no fuss – that’s as efficient as you can get. I need to get more info on their website.)
When Dutch Boy introduced the new “Twist ‘n Pour” container in 2003, it cost $2 more per gallon than their same paint in traditional metal containers.
The paint flew off the shelves. Dutch Boy tripled their revenue in one year.
The ad is a miniature masterpiece – 65 words, powerful imagery, and a soundtrack that sticks in your head.
But don’t try this at home, kids.
Unless you’re an advertising genius, I still recommend one neighborhood – one message – per ad.
What other TV ads have you seen out there that ring the bell like Dutch Boy – that have achieved the elusive goal of marketing to all women at once? Share them here!