A Tale of Two Cities

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

Shocking Surprises About Affluent Consumers

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

How ‘Luxury’ is Evolving for High-End Brands

Affluent consumers think of luxury differently now. 

 

Stop for a moment and think about how much marketing has changed for high-end brands during the past few years. I recently spoke with a friend who years ago helped me build a strategic alliance between her high-end travel brand and my client’s home brand. »  Read More

Beyond the Purchase of High-End Home Brands

Buying decisions continue to be made after the actual purchase.

 

Marketers of high-end brands understand Plato’s description of emotion and reason as two horses pulling us in different directions. After all, it can be painful when you’ve carefully helped a customer along the path to purchase, only to have her return the product the following week. »  Read More

How Can High-End Home Brands Compete for Clicks on YouTube?

Sophisticated home brands need not compromise their core principles to find an audience on YouTube.

 

The opportunity to create video content that consumers seek out and share with friends is there for any advertiser. And with more than 1 billion unique users visiting YouTube each month, the potential rewards are clear. »  Read More