Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Media stories all over the globe embraced the feats of women everywhere — women were climbing mountains, empowering rural villagers, speaking out in their roles as Broadway cast members, marching to prison instead of acquiescing to social injustices.
Tesla, as the constant technological innovator with goals toward a sustainable tomorrow, has the opportunity to demonstrate it really is a woman’s brand. It could happen if Tesla adjusted some its already non-traditional marketing campaigns so that commonly-accepted marketing strategies are turned upside down in appeals to a female audience. Here’s how.
Common advertising appeals aligned with a Tesla female target audience
Tesla offers a completely different marketing experience than does a traditional car dealership advertising campaign. With a female target audience in mind, Tesla can harness some of their existing and keen marketing to speak to female’s need, wants, and interests.
A bandwagon appeal makes consumers believe they are missing out by addressing the consumer’s need to belong. Automobile dealers tend to give sales and user statistics to indicate why their product is the more preferred. The next time Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils a product line, like the evening reveal of solar roof tiles on the Universal Studios set of Desperate Housewives, invite Tesla owners Cameron Diaz, Zooey Deschanel, Shakira, Jennifer Garner, Demi Moore, or Alyson Hannigan to come by and say “hi.” The Tesla association with celebrity females will delight a potential Tesla female audience.
Rational or logical appeals focus on the consumer’s need for practicality and functionality in a product. Sometimes it seems that the only Tesla model identified for females is the Model X, a SUV which can often be situated as a vehicle for stay-at-home Moms transporting kids. Instead, Tesla can feature customer stories of females who rely on the congested highways of LA and who use Tesla’s navigation system for successful daily commutes.
Sex appeals typically capture attention of the opposite sex in order to promote product consumption. Instead, Tesla can use fourth wave feminism, in which females celebrate being female as a means of empowerment, to depict how owning a Tesla enhances self-worth, public perceptions, and, yes, sexual vitality. This is especially interesting for a target audience of middle-aged, independent, and financially successful females who may look to the Tesla as a way to reclaim some lost youth. (Hey, it happens to all of us eventually.)
Humor as a marketing appeal make consumers laugh and creates an emotional link with a product. A well-executed Tesla humor appeal to females would enhance the ways that Tesla has, historically, positioned and evaluated its product line — except it would have females in the roles of assessors. Sample humorous appeals could include biopics, self-deprecating glimpses of females at work versus the play behind the wheel of a Tesla, a gentle ridicule of a female rival through a Tesla road race, or just a simple vignette that is specially designed to bring a smile to the face of a female consumer.
Tesla is already brilliant at its non-traditional marketing already. Deepening its appeal to a female consumer audience would acknowledge that different stimuli, details, and interactions geared toward females might enhance its overall marketability— not just to females but to other underrepresented groups in society. Perhaps stopping to recognize the importance of International Women’s Day as more than one single moment of the year would create ripples of successes not currently understood in the world of EVs.