36 Eye-Opening Inclusive Marketing Statistics That Prove Its Power for 2022
Since last year, cries for diversity and inclusion are everywhere.
From restaurant dining options to casting in movies, it seems like everything is evolving to include more variety, and why not? Variety is the spice of life, no?
If this made you roll your eyes, I’m right there with you.
Glance at my name and my headshot and this may surprise you to hear me say inclusion and diversity can’t and shouldn’t be justified with cliche adages like this.
Furthermore, they shouldn’t be justified solely as “the right thing to do” socially. While this may be true in most cases, there is more to consider, especially in business and the case for inclusive marketing, and truly it comes down to the fact that modern buyer has changed.
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I am a fierce advocate for diversity in marketing and representation in media. As a young, Indo-Caribbean woman born to immigrants, I‘ve rarely seen people like me in the media I encounter — but I’m also a keen businesswoman.
That's why my advocacy is not just about my own experience as a consumer. My support of inclusive marketing is not purely based on wanting to be seen, heard, or represented, but because, as a marketer and They Ask, You Answer follower, I see the changing face of buyers in every industry.
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Experts predict that by 2044 groups formerly seen as “minorities” in the United States are going to collectively reach majority status.
In other words, many groups that are currently underrepresented in marketing, advertising, and the media, in general, will make up the majority of consumers; likely the majority of your consumers.
What we call “inclusive” and “diverse” marketing today will simply be “marketing” in a few short decades, and the brands that succeed will be the ones who learned to walk to walk early on. (Think Coca-Cola with their iconic “hilltop” commercial from 1971.)
Still, need convincing that inclusive marketing is worth investing in? Here are 36 powerful stats that may do the trick and also give you some insight into how other brands are handling it.
Inclusive marketing demand and ROI
As Marcus Sheridan says, we are all in the business of trust. In fact, Microsoft Advertising found 85% of today’s consumers say they’ll only consider a brand if they trust it. That being said...
1. 70% of Gen Z consumers are more trusting of brands that represent diversity in ads. (Microsoft Advertising)
2. 38% of consumers, in general, are more likely to trust brands that do well with showing diversity in their ads. (Adobe)
This percentage is even higher among specific consumer groups including Latinx+ (85%), Black (79%), Asian/Pacific Islander (79%), LGBTQ (85%), millennial (77%), and teen (76%) consumers.
3. 59% of consumers are more trusting of brands they are represented in their ads. (Microsoft Advertising)
This number jumps to 61% when looking at women specifically and 67% when looking at ethnic minorities.
4. 54% of consumers surveyed by Facebook said they do not feel fully culturally represented in online advertising. (Facebook Advertising)
5. 64% of audiences in the US, UK, and Brazil said they would like to see more diversity. (Facebook Advertising)
6. Most (71%) expect brands to promote diversity and inclusion in their online advertising. (Facebook Advertising)
7. Studies have shown that more inclusive ads have seen 23% more “purchase intent” from Gen Z consumers. (Microsoft Advertising)
8. In more than 90% of the simulations run by Facebook, diverse representation was the winning strategy for ad recall lift. (Facebook Advertising)
9. 59% of people say they are more loyal to brands that stand for diversity and inclusion in online advertising. (Facebook Advertising)
10. 61% of Americans find diversity in advertising important. (Adobe)
11. 69% of brands with representative ads saw an average stock gain of 44% in a seven-quarter period ending last year. (Heat Test Report)
This means ads that represent diverse individuals in a three-dimensional way, rather than relying on stereotypes, see the biggest reward. You can see some great examples of diverse and inclusive campaigns here.
12. Brands with the highest diversity scores see an 83% higher consumer preference. (Heat Test Report)
13. 64% of consumers surveyed said they took some sort of action after seeing an ad they considered to be diverse or inclusive. (Think With Google)
14. 70% of younger millennials are more likely to choose one brand over another if that brand demonstrates inclusion and diversity in terms of its promotions and offers, 66% in terms of their in-store experience, and 68% in their product range. (Accenture Holiday Shopping survey)
15. 69% of older millennials are more likely to choose one brand over another if that brand demonstrates inclusion and diversity in terms of its promotions and offers, 72% in terms of their in-store experience, and 70% in their product range. (Accenture Holiday Shopping survey)
16. 69% of Black consumers are more likely to purchase from a brand whose advertising positively reflects their race/ethnicity. (Think With Google)
17. 71% of LGBTQ+ consumers are more likely to interact with an online ad that authentically represents their sexual orientation. (Think With Google)
18. 82% of people believe marketing efforts to promote LGBTQ+ representation are reflective of a brand valuing all forms of diversity. (GLAAD LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media study)
19. 85% reported that LGBTQ+ representation shows that a business is committed to offering products for all types of customers. (GLAAD LGBTQ Inclusion in Advertising and Media study)
20. Multicultural consumers have contributed $14 billion of sales growth to the consumer packaged goods market since 2013. (PQ Media)
Inclusive marketing strategy
21. Multicultural consumers make up almost 40% of the U.S. population, but multicultural media spending is only 5.2% of total ad and marketing spend. (PQ Media)
22. 93% of marketers believe inclusive marketing is important for the business potential it represents. (Future Focus - The Next 10 Years)
23. Fewer than one in 10 review for inclusion as part of product design and marketing campaigns. (Future Focus - The Next 10 Years)
24. 34% of U.K. marketers say they’ve used racially diverse models in recent campaigns, and 21% have used more images featuring ‘non-professional’ models within the past few years. (Shutterstock)
25. 65% of U.S. marketers who are featuring more non-traditional families in imagery are doing so to best represent modern-day society, while 57% are featuring more non-professional models. (Shutterstock)
26. 91% of U.S. marketers agreed with the statement “There is still room for growth in using more diverse images by marketers.” (Shutterstock)
27. Multicultural advertising and marketing spending is on pace to rise 4.5% in 2019 to slightly more than $27 billion and is projected to increase 6.3% in 2020 to $28.7 billion.
28. 66% of African Americans, and 53% of Latinx Americans feel their ethnicity is portrayed stereotypically in advertisements. (Adobe)
29. 90% of ads didn’t include people of lower socioeconomic backgrounds. (Heat Test Report)
30. While one out of four people live with a disability, only 1% of ads represent them. (Heat Test Report)
31. 94% of the brands had at least one occurrence of women in a primary role, 57% of which were in positions of power, but even half of those roles still featured a stereotypical element like empathetic mom, devoted wife, or boy-focused girl. (Heat Test Report)
In other words, while women have been given prominent representation in ads and marketing, the portrayals are heavily rooted in stereotypical gender roles and expectations.
32. Male characters are 1.3x more likely than female characters to be shown working, and 1.6x more likely to be shown in the office. (Facebook Advertising)
33. Female characters in marketing and advertising are 14.1x more likely than male characters to be shown in revealing clothing, 6.9x more likely to be visually or verbally objectified, and 6.1x more likely to be shown in a state of partial nudity or to be physically objectified. (Facebook Advertising)
At the same time, female characters are 4.8x more likely than male characters to be shown as very skinny. Female characters are 2x more likely than male characters to be shown cooking and to be depicted as primary caregivers.
34. Male characters are 2.4x more likely than female characters to be shown angry and 1.4x less likely to be shown as happy. (Facebook Advertising)
35. Ethnic minorities are 2x less likely than white characters to be shown as a member of a family and 1.9x less likely to be shown driving. (Facebook Advertising)
36. Ethnic minorities in the US are 2.9x more likely than white characters to be shown working out, 2.1x more likely to be shown at sporting events. (Facebook Advertising)
Grow your audience, grow your bottom line
I am a proud brown woman and, yes, it does give me a sense of pride and validation seeing faces like mine show up in commercials or website hero areas.
I smile at them, but more than anything, I think “oh, that’s good marketing.”
Great marketing reaches people, and that’s what is at the root of inclusive and diverse marketing. It’s about growing your potential market of buyers. It’s about expanding your reach beyond just the groups you’ve conventionally targeted to welcome and connect with new ones.
With more competition popping up every day and technology connecting us more globally, this is an opportunity to grow your market and grow your business. It’s also a chance to explore ways to connect on a deeper level with existing customers; to discover new facets of their lives and resonate with them in more meaningful ways.
The clock is ticking for “sleeping” on an inclusive marketing strategy. So, from one savvy marketer to another, don’t hit the snooze button.
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