Celebrity Power

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by ob81, Apr 20, 2015.


Celebrity Power

  1. I am buying the watch after seeing a particular celebrity with it.

    3 vote(s)
  2. I would have bought the watch anyway.

    153 vote(s)
  1. ob81 macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    I am wondering. Purely out of curiosity, how many of you are buying the Apple Watch because you saw celebrities like Beyonce and Pharrell with it?
  2. bulbousnub macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    ....probably no one.

    God, at least I hope no one.
  3. AbsoluteMustard macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2015
    Boston, USA
    Probably nobody here, but that doesnt mean it isnt great marketing.
  4. vishalc macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2014
    Fixed that for you
  5. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    Please. Celebrities nothing. The only celebrity I see in each of the photos is Apple.
  6. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    This poll won't reflect on the general public.
  7. njhorn macrumors member


    Sep 17, 2014
    It makes sense. It's not for us geeks. Apple has had a problem with teenagers moving to android because their parents use iPhones and that is uncool. Having Beyoncé and others with watches is to try to make apple watches and iPhones cool to that age range again
  8. Exile714 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 14, 2015
    If they're looking to inspire young people, they should have given watches to Grace Helbig and Pewdiepie. No, this is clearly aimed at people in their 40's.
  9. ob81 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    I think you are right to a degree Danny. The thing is, Apple has never marketed like this, and their products sell extremely well. Just how many other people are they getting to by marketing this way? I mean, you can't go anywhere with seeing an Apple product in the wild.
  10. sterl320 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2015
    The only people who would probably has never heard of macrumors.
  11. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    You mean those rich people.

    I'm not sure I ever purchased a product because I saw it on a celebrity
  12. mightyjabba, Apr 20, 2015
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015

    mightyjabba macrumors 65816


    Sep 25, 2014
    This poll is pretty much pointless. Very few people think, "Aha! Because Celebrity X has Product Y, I'm going to get one for myself." The point is to make it cool, or to subtly influence people's opinions. If you can see it for what it is -- a form of advertising -- it won't be effective, but most people aren't obsessively following Apple Watch-related news like we are.
  13. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    People don't generally buy things simply because celebrities are wearing them… but if they're in the fence, celebrities provide confirmation.
  14. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    The celebrities are posting pictures of them with an Apple Watch on their Instagram accounts, and they have millions of followers.
  15. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    I doubt any of us nerds on an Apple Watch forum would have been convinced to buy a watch after seeing it on a celebrity, but the vast majority of the population would never even think of going on a forum for a watch or phone or computer.
  16. GrumpyMom macrumors 603


    Sep 11, 2014
    Yes I was totally influenced by Katy Perry! Squeeee!

    Actually the grain of truth is that it does help me, a very petite woman, to see the watch on other women. And it doesn't hurt that they are attractive celebrities who actually rock the look fairly well, like Christy Turlington does. I would have gotten the Apple Watch anyway, but I would have wondered if I looked like I was trying to revive the giant 80's style calculator watch look again. Seeing it on other women helps me get a sense of how it looks with a wide range of clothing styles, body types and images and helps me figure out how I can make my own watch look a bit more stylish and a bit less "big fat metal chiclet strapped to my wrist".

    Similarly, I think even if they don't want to admit it, seeing male celebrities wearing unconventional color choices for bands lets some of the guys feel more freedom about going with a bold sport band or a style that is more unisex than strongly identifiable as masculine.
  17. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Wrong place to ask.

    Celebrity influence is very real. It is a brilliant marketing tactic that will work heavily in Apple's favor. They are positioning the watch as the it item.
  18. nenarek macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    I am buying somewhat reluctantly in spite of Apple's disgusting trend towards elitism.

    Seeing products used by the 0.01% doesn't inspire aspirational feelings in me.
  19. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
  20. bnekic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    Lol um no, I wanted the watch way before any celebrities started wearing them.
  21. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

    Oct 23, 2010
    No. It arguably turns me off more than it helps.
  22. Nicklaus macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Winter Park
    It is smart that they have Angela pushing this forward! Everyone says they don't follow celeb's fashion style but they do and it will sell watches. Tons of them, its very smart to connect tech and celebrity. Especially with the unique watches we can't have (even beyond edition) it makes the whole line more desirable. Classic luxury product game plan.
  23. DC Wallaby macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2014
    Wait a second.

    You started a poll ... on an Apple fan-site ... asking if people were influenced to buy Apple products ... based on celebrities wearing them?

    On an Apple fan-site?


    Look. The chances are that anyone using this site would have purchased the Watch regardless of whether Beyonce or Katy Perry or whoever else was seen wearing one. We're not the target market for that particular form of advertisement. We're tuned into the Apple ecosystem and buy Apple stuff because we like Apple stuff and trust Apple to provide us with a good experience.

    These types of celebrity "endorsements" have little to no positive impact on our purchasing decisions because we're approaching this from a completely different frame of mind from the kind of person who is influenced by it.

    And yes, there is a lot of power in celebrities wearing this product. It looks cool, and cool people have it. People are griping about how Apple is appealing to the 1% with the Apple Watch Edition, but the fact of the matter is this: I can buy an Apple Watch Sport for under $400 and it is, functionally, the exact same thing as the Apple Watch Edition, with its five-figure price tag, any of those celebrities is wearing. That's powerful.

    Yes, you will likely never be able to afford or justify buying the exact same model of Watch you're seeing on these celebrities' wrists. But you can go online to the Apple Store and order a Sport or stainless steal Watch that does the exact same thing just as well.

    Why do you think all these other tech companies try to get celebrities to endorse their products? If it didn't work, they wouldn't bother. The difference is, Apple is actually a strong enough brand with good enough products that celebrities won't be caught using their Moto 360 or Galaxy Gear in their personal life after showing off their Apple Watch in public.
  24. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I agree. This poll can go down in history as the most biased poll of all time.
  25. Karnicopia macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2015
    Didn't sway me but it's a brilliant strategy. It is the cheapest and most effective advertising they can do. Influence the influencers. Just the fact that people that people idolize are posting pics on social media, kids will do the same which will make their friends want one etc. it isn't going to work with older people but it will make it cool For younger people and once they hit critical mass there they take the market and can up sell. So I think those celebrity editions will sell a ton of sport models to teens. That makes it cool and hip and that's most of the battle. It will also sell some editions with the people that want to have the same things as celebrities but I think the brilliance is what it will do for sport sales which will drive market share.

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