180 Degrees from Thurston Howell III

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

Understanding the Most Sought-After Segment of Affluent Americans

Business leaders are the heaviest spenders.

 

Affluent consumers drive the U.S. economy.

In an economy where consumer spending accounts for 70% of the country’s gross domestic product, Affluents account for more than 40% of this volume. They are twice as likely to buy, and when they do, spend 3x more than the average household in many categories. »  Read More

Another Smart Way to Segment Affluent Consumers

High-end home brands can benefit greatly by better understanding consumers.

 

One of the common themes at Upward Home is this: affluent consumers are not a homogeneous group who can be marketed to in the same way. Rather, they are remarkably diverse – in terms of their buying and usage patterns, media consumption, and their path-to-purchase. »  Read More

The Dramatic Differences Between Younger and Older Affluents

Be wary of a “one size fits all” marketing approach.

 

Too many marketers believe that affluent consumers behave alike – when in fact, they are as diverse a group as the general population.

Researcher Bob Shullman has written, “There are significant differences on many issues depending on their household income, wealth, age, and gender.

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What LVMH Can Teach High-End Home Brands

Going beyond logos and craftsmanship.

 

When marketers of high-end home brands are seeking insights, trends, and inspiration, sometimes it makes sense to look out-of-category, toward other high-end segments such as automotive, fashion, and travel. A perennial source of inspiration for me is the luxury conglomerate, LVMH, parent company of Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Dom Perignon, Tag Heuer, and 60 other high-end brands. »  Read More

Important Group of Consumers Returns in 24 Months

How Millennials will impact high-end home brands.

 

What if I told you that a group that makes up 20% of the affluent consumer base in the US is yet to fully participate in the economic recovery – but that when they return, their behavior will look nothing like the behavior of everyone else? »  Read More

8 Encouraging Trends for High-End Home Brands

Recovery of the housing market brings opportunities.

 

If you were to chart the collapse of the housing market a few years ago, the downward line you would draw would be straight, unfaltering and resolute.

Today, if you were charting the recovery, the upward line you’d draw would be wiggly, choppy, and somewhat unsure of itself. »  Read More