New Delhi, Mar 17 (IEBusiness) Marketers are reinforcing rather than helping to eradicate harmful gender-based stereotypes and there is disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising, according to a report here.
‘There is disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 per cent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes,76 per cent of female consumers and 71 per cent of male consumers believe that the way they’re portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch,’ according to the latest AdReaction report released by Kantar.
The report includes analysis on advertising, creativity and media effectiveness both globally and in India.
The latest edition is based on a comprehensive analysis of how women and men are portrayed in ads, and how they respond differently to marketing.
The report aims to guide marketers on their gender progress journey and help brands grow, by Getting Gender Right.
Commenting on the study findings, Vishikh Talwar- Managing Director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia, said: ‘Gender is a sensitive topic-one that society is currently renegotiating across social, cultural, political and commercial spheres. The India leg of the survey comes at a very pertinent time as the subject of gender portrayal has gained immense importance both globally and closer to home.
The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and there is a need to challenge these outdated assumptions.
From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change”
The report highlighted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to under perform and are valued on average nine billion US Dollars less. Only one in three brands achieve this balance in India.
Getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way they’re portraying men in the advertisements.
Good ads work well with both genders. New information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 per cent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information, said the report.
This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders.
Breaking stereotypes helps. Female players in sports ads are loved by women audiences and it also surprises men; generating increased engagement, the report maintained.