Unsurprisingly, electronic cigarette (e-cig) companies have followed in the footsteps of the combustible tobacco industry by creating products targeted solely at women. Cottien is one such e-cig brand. The brand exclusively targets women and markets its product via glamour and femininity. In fact, the brand’s tagline reads,
“The Most Feminine E-Cigarettes In the World.”
The branding and marketing of Cottien is very similar to the marketing of a high-end retailer. The homepage for the website consists of a photograph four fun loving women obviously enjoying themselves on a day of shopping. The entire homepage is tinted pink to reinforce the fact that the product is intended only for women. To further the illusion of the e-cig as a fashion accessory, the website as well as the e-cigs themselves contain a figure drawing of a stylish woman in pink. Again the illustration is strikingly similar to the sketch that fashion designers use to illustrate their ideas.
In its product design, advertising and marketing, Cottien follows in the footsteps of Virginia Slims and Camel 9. The product is slender and is often packaged in a sleek box that resembles a make-up accessory rather than a traditional cigarette case.
Ads for Cottien are in shades of pink and purple and accompanied by either the illustrations of fashionable models or beautiful flowers. It is obvious that in its marketing, it tries to play off of a certain desired woman’s figure and social image. For Cottien, its e-cigs are to be seen as a chic fashion accessory essential to a fashionable woman.