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
January 26th, 2016 by Chris Ray
November 20th, 2015 by Chris Ray
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
August 4th, 2015 by Chris Ray
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
June 23rd, 2015 by Chris Ray
Upward Home visits Pirch
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
May 15th, 2015 by Chris Ray
How high-end brands can win on the “visual Web”.
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
April 24th, 2015 by Chris Ray
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
March 26th, 2015 by Chris Ray
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
February 13th, 2015 by Chris Ray
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
January 13th, 2015 by Chris Ray
I continue to be fascinated with the concept of the smart home – or as some call it, the connected home – because I think that technology will have an increasingly dramatic impact on high-end home brands during the next few years. » Read More
December 30th, 2014 by Chris Ray
A few thought-provoking questions to help jump-start your year.
Most of the marketers I know tend to attack a new year with gusto and a renewed sense of purpose. This fresh start provides us with a great opportunity to reassess the health of our brands and our marketing initiatives. » Read More