Nissan Tackles What Comes After Early Adopters For LEAF
What do you do after you captured early-adopters? You turn to the rest of the audience. The problem is that the rest will not pay the high price as easily and needs a certain amount of education to make sense of an electric car. Nissan is adapting its strategy with a global marketing campaign aimed at green-minded people and technically savvy folks.
Early-Adopters to The Mass Market. In one sense, early-adopters are easier to reach than the mass market. Give them a compelling enough product and they usually get it. But they might represent only a minuscule percentage of the population. Almost all technical products start this way, from Apple’s ubiquitous iPhone to the latest electric car, early adopters charge the way at a premium.
Adapting The Message. Lonely polar bears on a melting ice block to struggling dolphins in plastic debris somehow aren’t enough to convince everyone to stop burning petroleum. The compelling messages don’t work if your budget is tight and your considerations more mundane. So what is the next wave of electric car buyers? It’s the green and tech-minded consumers.
Nissan’s Green, Techy Message. Nissan is opting for an interesting route, that of convincing consumers aware of climate issues that they can play an active role in society. And for those technically inclined folks, how an electric car keeps you connected on the go.
By focusing on the Leaf and future electric cars’ speed, it will also show the convenience of charging options and that zero emissions are noble quests. The tech messaging will vary by highlighting the wonders of an always-connected life with an integrated on-board entertainment system.
According to Yasmin Al Jeboury, Nissan CRM manager for Marketing Week: “Such messaging has a much greater chance to reach a wider spectrum of both segments, and it’s clear that Nissan is getting the message... It’s not a niche model, it’s a family car and that’s what will make it successful. Electric cars have to do what normal cars do.”
This strategy is not only very revealing but shows Nissan understands the changing demographics of the newer generations. By appealing to what it calls the “green-minded” people, it effectively reaches out to the 30 to late 40s who have grown up in a deteriorating world. By showing the 20 something generation that with an electric car they can continue their always-connected life, Nissan effectively targets two important key market segments. It makes sense to appeal first to early-adopters, then to the early-mass market adopters, before the rest of the market catches on. Nissan is showing a solid grasp of generational issues of what matters to them by focusing on a weary green-minded target and a younger always-connected generation.