Launching Your Brand Upmarket

NanoBond cookware in Napa, Calif. (Photo copyright Nader Khouri 2016, naderkhouri.com)

A picture is worth 1000 words. But credibility is worth much more in sales.

 

For the past several months my Ramey team and I have been working behind the scenes to help launch an innovative new of line cookware – Hestan NanoBond. »  Read More

Why You Should Ban the L-Word Now

 

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

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

What Happens When Affluents Retire?

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 Yet, at the high-end of the marketplace, why do so many marketers operate on outdated myths and misperceptions about affluent consumers?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

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

Owning vs. Experiencing a High-End Home Brand

Why you should consider an experiential luxury strategy for your brand.

 

Several years ago, I was working on brand strategy with my clients at Viking Range. The philosophical question on the table was this: Is a giant stainless steel Viking an end unto itself – or a means to an end? »  Read More