High-End Brands Face the Best of Times, the Worst of Times
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. » Read More
Why targeting your marketing to a specific generation produces results.
I have always been fascinated by generational marketing and have written about Millenials here before. But, what about other generations? Affluent shoppers are not all created equal; what some shoppers connect to strongly, others will not value as highly. » Read More
Connecting with consumers is key to success
For a luxury brand to succeed in the market, it used to be enough to just be… luxurious. True luxe consumers would naturally trust the premium brand while aspirational consumers would save up to purchase coveted items. » Read More
A downturn can sometimes represent an opportunity
“The world’s wealthy are shutting their wallets.”
I am by nature a glass-half-full kind of person, ever the optimist. In fact, if you’ve read many of these columns in Upward Home, you’ll know that I have a fundamental bullish view on the long-term potential of high-end brands. » Read More
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
The times are changing—and reaching new affluents requires creative marketing for high-end home brands
“Do you like luxury?” Affluent and aspiring-affluent Millennials may be saying no, but their lifestyle habits suggest otherwise.
Millennials view the “luxury” label with suspicion, as an elitist holdover from a bygone era with little meaning other than a high price tag. » Read More
New research reveals fascinating opinions among millionaires.
What group of Americans is concerned enough about wealth inequality that they actively provide financial support to poverty programs and educational opportunities for low-income children – and support a higher minimum wage and more taxes on the rich? » Read More
The growing impact of eco-friendly homes.
Not all affluent consumers are environmentally conscious and not all environmentally conscious consumers are affluent. But there is a decent overlap between the two – and I believe that there is opportunity in that shared space for forward-looking marketers. » Read More
The surprising answer and how it affects high-end brands.
Most marketers I know would probably agree with Peter Drucker: the aim of marketing is to know the consumer so well that the product sells itself. Yet, at the high-end of the marketplace, why do so many marketers operate on outdated myths and misperceptions about affluent consumers? » Read More
5 questions to ask in order to meet the growing trend of planned purchasing.
As more and more consumers carefully plan their major purchases, marketers of high-end home brands need to adapt accordingly. Research shows that affluent consumers are thinking more carefully before buying. » Read More