Marketing diamonds to Millennials and how Cartier is doing it

Who Really Qualifies as a Millennial?

Millennials, also known as Generation Y (or simply Gen Y), are the demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Researchers and popular media use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years, with 1981 to 1996 a widely accepted defining range for the generation.


The market is huge! So let’s cover some successful and proven tactics on how to market diamonds, high-end jewelry and watches to Millenials.

Everything starts with strategy. It’s better when you emulate someone who is doing well. That’s why I decided to choose Cartier as an example of a good marketing strategy.

How Cartier is selling to Millenials

Cartier is one of the top companies who aggressively advertise to Millennials. Let’s see some examples of their ads.

Clash de Cartier:

Juste un Clou:


How far woud you go for love:

These ads are just a part of their marketing. Let’s analyze other aspects only a few of us can see…

Short Analysis of Cartier Marketing Structure

How is Cartier’s awareness?

Firstly, they are using social media, especially Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Video ads, to promote a specific collection. You already have a few examples above. In essence, they work on a desire or emotion that creates an association with the Cartier brand.

How does Cartier create interest?

Cartier, like many other brands, use advanced techniques. They collect data from all the people who watched the video, to use it again. It can be done quickly with all marketing channels. Here is an example of the data collection process from Facebook and Instagram. The same principle applies on YouTube (Google Ads).

Using Facebook and Instagram to store data.

Using this strategy, you can create a perfect target audience for the second step, which is interest. During this stage, you are sending a warm audience to your website to make a purchase, using different creatives and formats:

How does Cartier make us purchase their products? I personally order 🙂 So… it works.

As we know, a potential customer needs tens or hundreds of interactions with a brand to make a purchase. How many interactions depend mainly on the price range.

In this stage, Cartier also collect/segment your data. This time, they collect website visitors and not video viewers. It looks like this: (p.s. You can do the same with almost all digital marketing channels for free). I already showed how you do it with Facebook. Now let’s demonstrate how to do it with Google Ads:

Remarket: Facebook and Instagram allow you to collect data and store it for 180 days, Google for 540 days – the time someone will stay on your remarketing list after interacting with your business. Yes, you can Remarket Facebook and Instagram audience on Google and vice-versa, it’s now called omnichannel marketing.

How does Cartier make you buy again?

First of all, this audience is very easy to convert again. Here you can use email marketing which is almost free, so you don’t have to invest big money on Social Media ads.

One of my projects has a 40% revenue from email marketing. You can read more about jewelry email marketing here https://alldgt.com/jewelry-email-marketing/

Paid Ads, just to make sure you reach everyone. Here you can create and use custom audiences and address specific messages. #segmentation

Marketing Technologies to use

If we spy on Cartier’s Marketing technologies, we will see that over 80% of them are related to Data Storage, Data Analytics and Data Optimization.


What Gets Measured Gets Improved.

Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker famously said these words 40 years ago, and they are equally appropriate today. 

Here are some of the marketing technologies used by Cartier. If you like, I may write a new blog post where I will explain what they do in detail.

Using these technologies, they can analyze and understand lots of KPIs. For instance, how designs affect the return on advertising spend, how targeting audiences influences revenue, how product descriptions affected conversion rate etc. Below are my stats, to show an example:

Analyzing data using Facebook/ Instagram Pixel Marketing Technology

Products and Return on Investment

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Cartier USA ads
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Cartier Russia ads

I analyzed Cartier ads by countries, and they are focusing more on WATCHES (at this time). I suppose that watches bring them a higher return on advertising spend so they can get more money out of it.

As a rule, some of your products will bring you negative ROAS, some of them positive. So, before investing big money in advertising figure out those HIGH ROAS products.

Audience or how to target rich Millennials

Let me show you a few examples of audience targeting for luxury products:

Targeting Competitors:

Targeting luxury market places

Targeting by high income

Of course, there are many ways to target Millenials. Audiences play an important role in getting a higher return on advertising spend, some of them will bring lower ROAS, others higher ROAS as well. If you match a good audience with a good product, you are just one step closer to a successful marketing campaign.

Marketing Channels:

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Observing high ROAS from Instagram in comparison with Facebook.

Testing marketing channels is also important. Sometimes Facebook and Instagram are not working for a specific product. In that case, testing other channels like YouTube Ads, Google Shopping Ads, Google Display ads, Pinterest, or Amazon Ads may be the solution for finding the right marketing channels to advertise products on.

In conclusion:

Finding The Right Product, Audience and Marketing Channel = Ready For Scaling.

I consider those 3 factors crucial for scaling a jewelry brand. I did scaling without these factors and it was really stressful and profit margins were 10-20% after all expenses. When I do scaling with the right product, right audience and marketing channels, I see 40-60% profit margins after all expenses 🙂

The first option is easy and stressful, the second one is hard but worth it in the end.

Also, feel free to read more jewelry marketing blog posts that will help you grow your business:

Luxury Jewelry Marketing 1500% ROI from Facebook Advertising [Case Study]
Jewelry Branding, How to Dominate the Customer and Sell More
34 Jewelry Conversion Rate Optimization Strategies
Jewelry Advertising Mistakes, Analytics, Examples, and Channels

Alexander Skibinskiy

Alexander Skibinskiy is the father of ALLDGT. Over the last 10 years, Alexander has been working in web development, digital marketing consulting, B2B sales, SEO, and e-commerce.

1 Comment

  • Cristine says:

    very interesting pose.. so you mean kylie and those celebrities wearing their jewelry are not paidfor doing so by cartier? you know what i mean, any publicity to their end is advertising and greater market tnx

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