What this year’s election could mean for your high-end brand.
Premium brands were forecast to face a difficult year in 2016, according to Bain & Co. Compounding this insight is historic data showing that election years tend to be difficult for high-end brands. » Read More
We have identified the posts that you read the most in 2015. From digging deeper into the story behind C3 Design to learning that Ultra Affluents are looking for luxury in items that have “excellent design” rather than “exclusiveness”, we have learned a lot. » Read More
High-end brand marketers can use data to leverage their strategies
A recent report from Bain & Co’s Claudia D’Arpizio provides a great perspective on where affluent consumers are spending now – which is a great barometer not only for high-end home brands, but premium and luxury brands in general. » Read More
Why you shouldn’t underestimate this important market segment
I continue to be fascinated with the impact that Millennials are having on the economy, not only at the high-end, but at the macro level, too. A report from the Pew Research Center suggests that while earnings of Millennials are beginning to rebound, their levels of home ownership are still lagging. » Read More
I have no quibble with “stack ‘em deep and sell ‘em cheap” retail stores. I think that they serve a very important purpose in the retail world for the right kind of brand and the right kind of consumer. » Read More
I am a visual person. I love most genres of photography. I rarely meet a Tumblr post or a Venn diagram that I don’t like. And my colleagues joke that the number-one thing I say in meetings is, “draw me the picture.”
It turns out that I’m not the only one. » Read More
A shortcut for how to think about affluent consumers.
One of the most important jobs for a marketer of high-end brands is to understand the incredibly complex diversity of affluent consumers in the marketplace. They are not a one-dimensional group, even if the mainstream media tends to portray them that way. » Read More
I'm Chris Ray, a consultant to high-end home brand CEOs and CMOs. Upward Home was created to deliver insights and observations about affluent consumers and the high-end marketplace. Here you will find innovative strategies and tactics designed to help you build brands, generate leads, and drive sales.