- Super Bowl should aim to captivate its expanding female audience, who hold a substantial 80% of household purchasing power.
- Advertisers should consider breaking with tradition, honor women in sports, and cultivate inclusivity, creating a more dynamic and engaging event for all.
Today is the day – it’s Super Bowl Sunday. This year, things are looking a little different. Same great sport, amazing commercials, and snacks, however, something’s changed: the audience. More women than ever before will be tuning in.
The Super Bowl, a pinnacle in American sports, goes beyond athletics to become a cultural phenomenon. Beyond the dazzling halftime shows and high-stakes football clashes, the Super Bowl is a business powerhouse. More recently, a significant shift has occurred, emphasizing the potential to capture the attention of a vital demographic: women, who wield an astounding 80% of all household buying power.
The Business of the Super Bowl: The Super Bowl is not merely a sporting event; it’s a colossal business endeavor, boasting a multibillion-dollar impact. From advertisements to merchandise, its economic footprint is profound. Brands keenly harness the colossal viewership to showcase their offerings. Amidst this economic landscape, women emerge as pivotal players. Despite being the primary decision-makers in household purchases, the Super Bowl has traditionally skewed towards a male audience. Now, businesses hold a distinctive opportunity to reshape this narrative. The untapped female demographic presents a vast market during the Super Bowl, offering companies a chance to forge connections and foster brand loyalty through resonant messages and experiences.
Shifting Traditions: To capture the attention of the powerful female consumer base, there needs to be a shift in the traditions associated with Super Bowl advertising. While humorous beer commercials and action-packed car ads have been staples, they may not fully resonate with women. The modern Super Bowl experience should be a platform for diverse narratives, reflective of the multifaceted interests and preferences of its audience. There is a rumor going around that the ads would indeed be different than years past, so we shall see.
Women in Sports: The Super Bowl isn’t just an opportunity for businesses to market products; it’s a chance to celebrate women in sports. Highlighting female athletes, recognizing women’s contributions to football, and showcasing female fans not only enhances the inclusivity of the event but also aligns with a broader societal shift toward equality.
Embracing Diversity in Advertisements: Advertisers can no longer afford to rely on gender stereotypes. Crafting ads that portray diversity, authentically, acknowledging diverse roles and interests, is pivotal. Whether it’s in the context of family dynamics, professional achievements, or personal passions, advertisers must connect with a more diverse audience on a deeper level.
Beyond Passive Viewing: To engage women fully, Super Bowl experiences should extend beyond passive viewing. Interactive elements, social media engagement, and behind-the-scenes glimpses can enhance the overall experience. This inclusivity invites women to be active participants rather than passive observers.
Super Bowl Sunday 2024: A new era unfolds as the nation gathers for Super Bowl Sunday, today. This year, the audience is different, and the change can be partially credited to none other than Taylor Swift. Beyond her groundbreaking ventures, Swift is influencing not just her businesses but also contributing to the surge in the NFL’s business.
This is CBS‘ and the NFL‘s golden opportunity to capture the buying power of women, comprising a staggering 80% of all household purchasing decisions. The modern Super Bowl is not just a game but a stage for sports and businesses to resonate with women, setting the tone for a more inclusive and economically potent future in the realm of sports and entertainment.
With over a decade dedicated to women-led startups, Raven is a seasoned entrepreneur, strategic luminary, and passionate advocate. She's nurtured 500+ women-led businesses, securing over $100M in funding through her blend of strategic counsel, marketing mastery, and resource facilitation.