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Would You Buy a Pink Putter?

Posted By Holly Buchanan On August 1, 2007 @ 3:17 pm In Improving Conversion,Marketing to Women,e-commerce,non-profit | 9 Comments

Disclaimer: I am not a fan of pink [1]. I’m especially not a fan of slapping pink on a product and saying it’s “made for women.”

Ok, now that we’ve got that on the table, let’s take a look at a new pink putter from Sweet Spot Golf. [2] In this case, the pink color is used as a tie-in with The National Breast Cancer Foundation [3].

Here’s how Sweet Spot explains [4] it:

Sweet Spot Golf is a proud sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. When you purchase this putter or any of our clubs in pink, we all give together to make a difference in fighting breast cancer.

We all give together? Explain to me how that works. Does a portion of the proceeds of the putter go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation? What does being a “sponsor” mean? Does Sweet Spot Golf donate money? How much? Why does Sweet Spot Golf care about breast cancer? Are they hoping women will appreciate their “sponsorship” of a breast cancer cause and thus buy their products?

I don’t know. I couldn’t find any answers. Just the repetition of the line “Make a difference in fighting breast cancer.” I’m still not entirely sure how buying this pink putter does that.

But I believe strongly in the cause, so if Sweet Spot Golf really wants to sell these putters online, here are few suggestions to help them do a better job:

  1. Clearly spell-out what “sponsorship” means and how purchasing this putter is going to specifically make a difference in the fight against cancer. Is this a cause Sweet Spot Golf truly believes in? Or are they just doing it to promote their image and sales? Spell out the connection between the brand and the cause. Do this on the landing page [5] AND on the product page.
  2. Make it clear as to how you get to the product page. Right now, on the landing page [5], you see the product image, but nothing on the page is clickable. There was some text on the page, and when I took the time to read it — which many people won’t — it said “click on the shopping cart.” Why would I click on the shopping cart? I don’t want to add it to a shopping cart, I want to read more information about the product? And where is Shopping Cart? (Hint, it’s on the bottom right navigation, NOT in the active window!)
  3. The visitor’s taken to a list of products [6], but if you want more information, hopefully you know enough to click on the image or the product number. A link here that says “more information” would be really helpful.
  4. On the product page, give me more information about the putter. There’s some copy explaining the benefits of the putter, but how else is it unique? One point they should be pushing is the shaft length. Many putters don’t come in women’s sizes. I’m constantly having to have my shafts cut down. The fact that this comes in shorter women’s sizes is a real plus. Promote this!

Bottom line: if you’re trying to tie-in a cause, make sure you clearly explain your relationship with the cause and how purchasing your products benefits said cause. Women — and men — want specifics. And if women — and men — are your audience, don’t make them think and struggle to try to figure out how to navigate your site and take the actions they want to take.*

P.S. — Sweet Spot Golf, I wish you had these “breast cancer” putters in a color other than pink. Is there a way to buy a more normal-looking putter and still have my purchase somehow benefit breast cancer? I play a lot of golf with the guys and, I’m sorry, but I just don’t want to look like a “girly-girl” with my cute little pink putter. I believe in your cause, but I’m just not a pink kind of gal, and I don’t think I’m the only woman who feels that way.

[*Editor's note: After substantial digging, we did find a bit more information about their relationship with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, but they still didn't answer Holly's questions. As it turns out, you must know to click "pink" on the right-hand navigation, which then takes you to this [7] unnecessary page [7], at which point you must click to "learn more".]


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URLs in this post:

[1] pink: http://www.grokdotcom.com/2007/07/24/web-design-colors-do-men-and-women-respond-differently/

[2] Sweet Spot Golf.: http://www.sweetspotgolf.net/

[3] The National Breast Cancer Foundation: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/

[4] Sweet Spot explains: http://www.sweetspotgolf.net/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=ssg&Product_Code=TPP-PW&Category_Code=TP4

[5] landing page: http://www.sweetspotgolf.net/enter.html#

[6] list of products: http://www.sweetspotgolf.net/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PLST&Store_Code=ssg

[7] this: http://www.sweetspotgolf.net/pink.html

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