De Beers Group: Marketing Diamonds to Millennials
In 2017, the next generation of consumers that were poised to become engaged to be married-millennials-showed different preferences and consumption patterns than previous generations had shown. In response, the De Beers Group of Companies (De Beers), a leading company within the global diamond industry, was making moves to capture this important market. In partnership with the world's six other leading diamond companies, known collectively as the Diamond Producers Association, De Beers launched a campaign titled "Real is Rare" with the goal of persuading millennials into believing that diamonds were an important symbol of romantic commitment, even in 2017. Would these marketing endeavours be successful in changing the millennial mindset, or would the campaign fall flat? Would diamond engagement rings continue to be the ultimate symbol of commitment? What could De Beers do to encourage sales of diamonds in a changing world? Stefanie Beninger is affiliated with Simon Fraser University. Karen Robson is affiliated with Central Michigan University.