Moms, moms, moms. That seems to be the hot topic at Advertising Week. This morning, ladies (and a few gentlemen) gathered near Herald Square at the semi-annual Women at NBCU “Power of the Purse” breakfast for a panel discussion on marketing to moms. But first @BravoAndy and Sarah Jessica Parker did a Q&A! It was like an episode of Watch What Happens Live, but live.
During a quick word association, SJP said shoes are a “necessity” and Michelle Bachmann is “foreign.” Then she said her shoes were Roger Vivier. Then she did a cute impersonation of her two-year-old daughter Tabitha and talked about Matthew Broderick. And finally, she said SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw reminded her of female characters in turn-of-the-century books. “Those women who looked a certain way, but inside there was a whole different complication.” Yay!
But back to the topic at hand — marketing to women. The on-stage conversations often turned to some new stats from a Women at NBCU survey: 49 percent of the mothers surveyed said they aspire to be “traditional”; only 12 percent said they feel they’re accurately portrayed in advertising; and the “breakdown of the traditional family” was the second most serious problem identified, after drug use. (Women at NBCU surveyed 3,224 moms and 403 dads this summer and conducted focus groups and at-home visits.)
SJP said that she considered herself traditional despite her job. “There’s no archetype we can market to,” she said. “You can’t be all things to all people. You have to speak to a truth.”