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Vodka for Women

Russia Targets Female Drinkers with Damskaya

— April 1, 2008 — Lifestyle
For a lot of people, just mentioning the world vodka stirs up associations with Russia. But is it men, or women that come to mind? In Russia, vodka has typically been advertised as a masculine drink, the majority of ads targeted to males. That's changing now.

The lavender, lady-like ad for Damskaya featured above can be seen in a Moscow metro station. The text translates to, "Between us girls." It recently replaced a very macho ad for Olymp which featured a boxer and the tagline, "The time for the strong has come."

As women continue to dominate spending, advertisers have realized they need to capture the female demographic if they want to up their appeal.

"The distillery says it has aimed its marketing at women age 25 to 45 with average incomes and surplus cash, and focused on their families rather than wealthy, upper-class careerists who have been cultivating a taste for dry wine," according to the NY Times.
Trend Themes
1. Feminine Alcohol - Alcohol companies are targeting female customers with branding, packaging, and advertising designed to appeal to a feminine aesthetic and sensibility.
2. Female-targeted Advertising - Alcohol companies are creating ads that specifically target the female demographic, recognizing their dominance in spending.
3. Family-based Marketing - Alcohol companies are marketing towards families, emphasizing shared experiences and socializing over expensive, high-end products.
Industry Implications
1. Alcohol - The alcohol industry is experiencing a shift in marketing strategies to target the female demographic.
2. Advertising - The advertising industry is recognizing the importance of targeting women in their campaigns.
3. Consumer Goods - Consumer goods companies are rethinking their marketing strategies to appeal to the changing consumer demographics.
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