• Dove Direct

    Dove Direct

    Print & Marketing Blog Keeps You Informed

Dove Direct

Marketing Should Avoid Using Anecdotal Stereotypes


Welcome to the Dove Direct Print and Marketing Blog. Today's post, "Marketing Should Avoid Using Anecdotal Stereotypes," uncovers new facts about consumer responses and how generational anecdotal stereotypes may cause brands and marketers to miss their targets. How marketing messages speak to various demographic groups is of primary importance. We've all learned that via the art of personalization, messaging is better received, and response rates increase. That said, new consumer response polls in the age of the coronavirus are telling a very different story.

Our Quote of the Day:

"The best marketing strategy ever: "CARE." 
Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneur, Marketer and Speaker

Before we dive in, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the frontline responders putting their lives on the line each day to protect us. We also offer our condolences to the families who have lost love ones during this pandemic.

Data is changing by the minute and day, and therefore it is challenging to keep abreast of the amount of information available. Social Media is ablaze with people weighing in with opinions that range from the bizarre to the conspiracy theory and everything in between. There are data-driven, fact-based reports, fostered by real news organizations that follow constitutional guidelines regarding FCC news and broadcast rules. To that end, it is now vital for brands and marketers to identify facts from fiction. To distinguish between verified news and online sources that follow broadcast rules and those that don't.

Anecdotal Versus Evidence

Around mid-March, two trains of thought began to appear in social media circles and reliable news organizations. On the one hand, the narrative pointed to millennials not being troubled by COVID-19 concerns. Then, depending on the social media platform and age, other notions, such as the idea that seniors were the least apprehensive, also began to gain traction.

As time marched forward and as more rapid-response polls were conducted, a new set of data points indicated that fear, anxiety, and finance issues ranged across age groups.

The Fear Evidence

Under the fear banner, the concerns range from fear of a financial loss, or fear of becoming infected, or fear of no activity during the shutdown.

A good example comes from the ABC News/Ipsos poll taken on March 18th and 19th. The respondent pool consisted of 512 US adults, responding to the statement of

Indicated they were worried about catching the coronavirus.

  • 18-29-Year-Olds - 83% were worried
  • 30-49-Year-Olds - 75% were worried
  • 50-64-Year-Olds - 79% were worried
  • 65 & Up - 82% were worried

Conclusion? On average, 80% of adults from 18 years old+ are worried about getting infected.

Therefore, according to this poll, ad campaigns could be designed to bolster faith and positivity and promote that the brand cares about lives first. In this way, marketers can market while addressing fears that adults may be experiencing.

There will no doubt be several similar polls with similar results. Polling methodology varies, which is why it's a good idea to look at a few.

The Financial Health Evidence

Financial fears as a result of the pandemic vary among age groups concerned about finances than those who are fearful of catching the virus.

The younger generation appears to be a bit more concerned about financial situations according to several surveys. One of the surveys conducted by Elon University on March 16th and 17th skewed as follows:

Indicated they were worried about their personal financial situation:

  • 80% - 25-54
  • 78% - 18-24
  • 74% - 45-64
  • 62% - 65+

This data suggests that financial marketing should focus on the 18-to-54 demographic, in general, with an emphasis on the 25-54-year-old segment. As well, there is room for a secondary campaign that addresses an older demographic that is less concerned than the 25-54 group.

The financial market is sufficiently diverse and capable of crafting several financial programs. From a marketing perspective, there are multiple opportunities, as each demographic has a unique set of needs that will need servicing.

The personal finance app, Tally, ran a survey from March 11-13 by the Harris poll. It's an excellent example of real-time polling among the demographics who reflect the afore financial concerns.

Indicates those planning to seek methods of preserving cash due to economic challenges caused by the effects of the pandemic:

  • 59% of Millennials
  • 47% of Gen X
  • 44% of Gen Z
  • 35% of Boomers

Marketing is Not Stereotypical

As the pandemic runs its course, the economy will change, and new opportunities will emerge. While it will take some time to work through this period, nevertheless, consumers will remain, businesses will adapt, priorities will change, and challenges will be resolved.

During this time, marketers will need to present a careful approach to content and timing. The timing is critical. Marketers will have to stay abreast of breaking news and trends. Simultaneously, marketers cannot get ahead of the news. Now, more than ever, we will need to avoid using anecdotal stereotypes heretofore used to stimulate and engage.

The Net-Net

During a pandemic, it could be easier for marketers and brands to run the risk of creating messaging that is a result of imperfect or misleading information. Marketing from anecdotal commentary, i.e., commentary that is not proven, nor is there the existence of any substantive data that backs up an opinion, should be avoided.

Undoubtedly, this may require a different approach to marketing, one that requires facts and data points, and in the long term, it may mean that we have to develop a new strategy to marketing post the pandemic. We hope you enjoyed this article, and thanks for reading "Marketing Should Avoid Using Anecdotal Stereotypes"!

Let's have a conversation about integrated business solutions and how they can help grow your business, change behavior, and improve the customer experience. You can learn about our solutions, including direct mail strategies, printing, print software, transactional documents, variable digital printing, brand equity, and unified marketing collateral. For more information, call Carla Eubanks at 404-629-0122 or email Carla at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dove Direct, your Atlanta based print and mail solutions provider, offers organizations end-to-end data, printing, and mailing solutions including Data Management, Variable Digital Printing, LetterShop and Fulfillment, Fully Automated MLOCR Presort Bureau, Marketing and Production Management Support and Secure Data Life Cycle Management.

You can reach Dove Direct by calling 404-629-0122, or you may use the Contact Form for Dove Direct. 

Coronavirus Drives Direct Mail Marketing
COVID-19 Marketing Effects and Trends

Related Posts

Our Most Popular Posts

Dove Direct
24 January 2020
Content Marketing
Welcome to the Dove Direct Print and Marketing Blog. Today's post, "Print Industry Trends On the Rise," examines the latest print industry trends that are making a difference in 2020. The printing ...
Dove Direct
10 January 2020
Content Marketing
Welcome to the Dove Direct Print and Marketing Blog. Today's post, "New Marketing Strategies for 2020," examines what marketers, digital innovators, and brands are now contemplating if they want to re...
Dove Direct
10 December 2019
Content Marketing
Digital Printing
Welcome to the Dove Direct Print and Marketing Blog. Today's post, "2020 Projected Print Marketing Trends," takes a look at the forecasted 2020 trends in print marketing.  While some experts ...

Learn How We Helped Our Clients Succeed

View Our Case Studies