You are not your target audience
Again and again, I work with clients who are trying to develop websites (and other materials) targeted at specific target audiences. Usually, the client isn't part of that target audience - and even if they do fit demographically, they're always much more educated on the issues and more internally-focused than the audience.
Now comes a great reminder from the New Insights & New Voices Project. They point us to an example of work done at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. Here's Rebecca Brookes:
Do you know what ‘reproductive’ means to regular people? Have you checked in with your target audience on that? We asked our target audience and we were told ‘reproductive’ meant having babies. They also told us that ‘clinic’ meant dirty and substandard. And they told us that nurse practitioners were nurses in training — not real nurses yet. Which was a real shame, since our print ads at the time basically said: ‘Come to our clinics for reproductive health care from caring nurse practitioners.’
And that's just lesson #3 from the second edition of the Low Hanging Fruit newsletter. Dive in and get more from the New Insights & New Voices Project.
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