We have helped a lot of clients find the right voice for their advertisements. From this, we have learned that the choice between a male or female voice-over is often the starting point for their decision. We think this is quite interesting behavior – and we’d like to challenge it a bit.
Take, for example, the “battle of the genders” regarding which voice is better for conveying a certain message has been going on since the early days of radio. In history, male broadcasters have often been preferred for factual content, whereas female broadcasters were favored for the reflective broadcasting. Because of their deeper tone, male voices can be naturally perceived as trustworthy and capable of conveying authority – think Morgan Freeman – that man only tells the truth.
Opposite, people tend to dismiss female voices in relation to authority, as they generally perceive them as soothing and emphatic. Studies conclude that the differences in gender preference are, more often than not, caused by prejudice and stereotyping. Most of these terms are even outdated.
As we take a look at the modern voice-over market this seems apparent – female voice-overs promote beauty and cleaning products while male voice-overs promote cars, tools, and aftershave. This makes perfect sense, and we know that it works. Women promote women-stuff and men promote men-stuff…