Last month, we listed the Top Five Super Bowl ads by how women were portrayed, and saw how those who treated women well also impacted their ad effectiveness. We also quoted Jack Neff of AdAge, who wrote that female gender scores did improve a little this year over last. Now, let’s look at five spots with poor female images according to the ABX Gender Equality Index™, and see what we can learn.
Super Bowl Advertising that Treats Women like Second Class Citizens
Expensify and 2 Chainz
Female Gender Index 69; ABX Index for Ad Effectiveness 75
Obviously, we need to have a sense of humor at times and assume the best about the creative intent behind the advertising. But sometimes that doesn’t work. In this spot, 2 Chainz is making a music video when he is interrupted by Adam Scott regarding expenses and paper receipts. Cute idea, but this spot ranked #1 on the Dislike scale of all Super Bowl ads. It also had the lowest ABX Gender Equality Index (GEI™) scores for BOTH females and males, an extremely low Reputation score (26), and all negative CTA’s. You just can’t take the chance of objectifying any characters any more; the public is on to you! (Click on photograph to see the ad).
Sprint, Robots and Paul Marcarelli
Female Gender Index 81; ABX Index 98
This entertaining Sprint spot featured robots, baseball great Bo Jackson, a mermaid, a keyboard and, eventually, a flying dog (or something like that) along with spokesperson Paul Marcarelli. This had a very poor Female gender score probably for the typecasting “dumb blonde” role. Unfortunately, the spot was not well understood either, with a Brand Awareness score of just above average (104) and Message at 101. More serious are the low Reputation and Action scores, which indicated the typecasting had a negative effect. (Click on photograph to see the ad).
Bon & Viv’s Spiked Seltzer
Female Gender Index 84; ABX Index 91
Avocados from Mexico & Kristin Chenoweth
Female Index 86; ABX Index 100
The visual was comprised of humans competing at a dog show for the ultimate prize of Avocados From Mexico. Kristen Chenoweth is one of the judges. The winner will get avocados from Mexico. Toward the end, a woman runs up to grab the guacamole, so they contain her with a pet collar, but she still tries to eat the avocados anyway. The spot is humorous though the poor Female gender score shows viewers’ dislike of how the woman was handled in the pet collar. The lower Message score of 85 shows the vignette ran a bit too fast, and wasn’t quite understandable. But, Reputation is good at 120 and there were plenty of Actions viewers indicated they’d be taking.
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold and Zoe Kravitz
Female Index 90; ABX Index 96)
Remember that strong female gender scores can drive CTA’s 26% higher and Reputation 10% higher, so keep an eye on how your female actors are Presented; make sure they look and behave Respectfully; that they are dressed and positioned Appropriately; and, ideally, could be considered Role Models. That’s the magic formula! See our page, “Insights from Measuring Gender Equality, Ethnicities, Diversity & Inclusion, and Sustainability” for more!