Source: MarketingDive | By: Natalie Koltun
Olay's latest campaign builds on STEM-focused messaging the brand first introduced during the Super Bowl earlier this year. That effort included a new partnership with the nonprofit Girls Who Code and centered around a 30-second commercial starring five famous women, including Katie Couric, Busy Philipps, Lilly Singh, Taraji P. Henson and retired astronaut Nicole Stott.
#FaceTheSTEMGap extends that messaging around women in science introduced by Olay in February. By making a financial commitment to elevate underrepresented groups in a historically male-dominated industry, the P&G beauty brand is taking concrete steps that align with its longstanding efforts to promote female empowerment through marketing.
The campaign's debut is timely in arriving on Women's Equality Day. This may link the brand with online chatter around the day of recognition, while the hashtag could extend the campaign's social media presence and organically reach more of Olay's target audience of women who are interested in learning about and overcoming inequalities in science-driven industries.
A wave of brands has shifted to similar cause-related efforts since the coronavirus pandemic hit this spring. McDonald's Brazil, Planters and others have received backlash from consumers who perceived the ads as ill-timed, insincere or empty without providing tangible support. Some, however, have struck the right tone by backing up ads with donations and new initiatives. KitchenAid this week unveiled a 30-minute documentary on Hulu to spotlight women in the restaurant industry, as well as nonprofit partnerships designed to advance the careers of women in the sector and provide relief to restaurants struggling during the pandemic.