Although manga is huge in popular culture, it didn’t guarantee the British Museum’s exhibition would attract a more diverse audience. Formative research showed manga enthusiasts feared the Museum would spoil the subject matter. Here’s how the marketing team used Culture Segments to change perspectives and smash targets. 

How Culture Segments helped unlock a new audience of atypical visitors

The British Museum’s sold-out Citi exhibition Manga attracted its youngest, most ethnically diverse audience ever. 

It smashed ticketing targets and broke records for first time attenders, particularly amongst the Entertainment Culture Segment. 

Despite the content, this wasn’t a foregone conclusion: formative research showed manga enthusiasts feared the Museum would spoil the content by making it too museum-y.

This insight, informed by Culture Segments, shaped the marketing team’s strategy to target atypical paid museum audiences. 

A bold poster campaign was the main driver for a quarter of visits; graffiti artists painted key boroughs of the city bright orange; a social media campaign ensured no-one could mistake the exhibition as being boring. 

The results speak for themselves: 

  •     27% of visitors were first time visitors – double that of other recent exhibitions
  •     43% of visitors were 25-34 age group, the youngest on record
  •     34% of visitors were BAME, with a significantly higher proportion of Londoners
  •     22% of visitors were from the Entertainment Culture Segment, ten times the usual level for a paid exhibition at the museum
  •     The exhibition beat its ticketing targets by more than 20,000

Perhaps most significantly, a third of people said their perceptions had been changed by the exhibition, suggesting manga has successfully unlocked a new audience of atypical users.