How Mercedes-Benz Won Over Women on Xiaohongshu

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Who says cars are mainly for men? They are absolutely not, and Mercedes-Benz has been doing what they can to drive out (excuse the pun) this stereotype.

The campaign we’re about to introduce — “She’s Mercedes” —  is not a new one, in fact, it’s already in its fifth year. Every year since 2017, the luxury automaker has invited influential Chinese women to share their success stories and achievements within society. This year, for many brands alike, International Women’s Day was the perfect opportunity to truly empower the women of China. Indeed, Mercedes-Benz is not the only car brand in China to try and gain women’s backing — last year Audi’s leftover women campaign attempted to push through social prejudices.

“The aim with ‘She’s Mercedes’ is to set women in motion, to facilitate networking between them and to enable them to develop their full potential.” — Mercedes-Benz official website

How the Campaign Topped Chinese Social Media

Xiaohongshu: The fashion and lifestyle-oriented social review platform Xiaohongshu, aka Little Red Book, has grown immensely in popularity — especially amongst young women —  over the past couple of years, presenting huge potential for brands to inspire user-generated content. Hence, Mercedes-Benz decided to host their International Women’s Day edition of “She’s Mercedes” on the platform.

The UGC campaign — their first-ever on Xiaohongshu — was fairly straightforward:

  •  Follow Benz’s new Xiaohongshu account @ She’s Mercedes.
  •  Use the campaign’s hashtag (#奔驰的她们) and @ She’s Mercedes to share a story of how users pursue their dreams.
  • The top 100 users based on the number of likes from March 5 to March 21 would win a free Benz handbag as endorsed by young actress/musician/influencer Ouyang Nana.

And it worked: the hashtag for “She’s Mercedes” (#奔驰的她们) hit 4.15 million views with 300+ posts on Xiaohongshu thus far.  Read the full article here