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
High-end homeowners are adopting technologies that connect their smart devices with energy-conserving home devices. Is the tipping point near?
Affluents, especially the young and middle-aged, are showing strong favor for smart-home devices that marry their desire for maximum convenience with environmental zen. » 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
The ever-developing high-end goods market calls us back to our instincts
Growth in high-end home sales may have slowed, bringing the premium goods market with it, but that doesn’t mean you should slow your marketing.
If you’re reading between the lines, you already know that double-digit growth, year after year, isn’t something you want, anyway—it’s a bubble. » Read More
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
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
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
Contrasting studies can be confusing, but your job is to remain focused.
Sometimes, I am dazed and confused by the variety of reports that come over the transom. Over the past week or so, I’ve seen a consumer sentiment study that is bullish, as well as another that is bearish. » 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