It used to be that creating fantasy kitchen photography as part of a marketing campaign for our client Viking Range required a highly complex, six-figure photo shoot, complete with skilled set designers, food stylists, and prop masters – not to mention an A-level photographer and producer. » Read More
One of the things I see time and time again is high-end home brands shying away from cutting-edge marketing. They often follow the trends instead of making them. In a historically traditional industry, I see why some brands keep their marketing conservative, but I want to challenge that mentality. » Read More
Over the years, my post about finding and connecting with this group has remained one of the most popular. And a topic I often discuss with clients and colleagues in the high-end home space.
A few years ago, there was a surprising trend brought to light by Wealth-X, a smart global research and prospecting firm that specializes in providing insights and intelligence on UHNW individuals to global private banks and luxury brands. » Read More
The aim of marketing is to know the consumer so well that the product sells itself. This idea, courtesy of Peter Drucker, is deceivingly simple, yet sometimes hard to execute — especially for high-end brands trying to connect with affluent consumers. » Read More
Editor’s Note: We are excited to launch a new series of interviews with some of the leading voices in the high-end home industry. Today we visit with Eric Deng, Co-Founder and President of Hestan Commercial Corporation, who is shaking up the culinary world with the launch of Hestan Commercial, Hestan Outdoor, and Hestan Indoor. » Read More
Sometimes CMOs have to help other decision-makers understand that marketing entails more than advertising—particularly in the case of high-end brands.
A recent study from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Stanford University and London Business School examined 506 CEOs of large corporations and found that 25 percent have a marketing background. » Read More
Marketers of high-end brands should always prioritize quality over quantity.
We live in a world of constant content, to the tune of 500 million tweets, 4.3 billion Facebook posts and 500 million hours of YouTube uploads each day. Often, we are force-fed the same content by a single corporation across multiple channels. » Read More
How the Millennial experience continues to impact high-end brands
I read an interesting piece recently about Millennials in TheNew York Times, which demonstrates the highs and lows of this remarkable group of consumers – and the challenges faced by marketers of high-end brands to impact their buying decisions. » Read More
Affluent consumers need something nonnegotiable from their high-end brand counterpart, and that is recognition. Customers know how much their purchase is worth, and they seek appreciation for their loyalty. In fact, 72% of affluent consumers seek genuine relationships with high-end brands, according to the YouGov Affluent Perspective 2017 Global Study. » Read More
I'm Chris Ray. Over the last 30 years, I’ve worked with some of America’s most notable high-end home brands – and led them to the ever-evolving affluent consumer. Upward Home was created to deliver insights and observations about the high-end marketplace and demographic. Here you will find innovative strategies and tactics designed to help you build brands, generate leads, and drive sales.
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