A new way of thinking for marketers of high-end brands
Recently, I was asked by a client to lower the fees on a targeted digital campaign because the ratio of “working dollars” to “non-working dollars” was out of whack. The problem wasn’t that the fees were too high; rather, the media dollars were 60% lower than what the competition spends for a similar campaign. » Read More
For luxury brands, business as usual is just not enough in today’s economy. Consumers expect premium quality, but now they want more. Some economists say that we are moving from selling goods and services to selling consumer experiences. » Read More
Humor is often the key ingredient in an advertising video gone viral. When we associate a high-end home brand with the great laugh we experienced, (thanks to its effective advertising campaign) we are hardwired to buy the product that made us feel good. » Read More
Cross-promotion can be a mutually beneficial tool for brands looking to expand their footprint and attract a new audience.
Many marketers struggle with cross-promotion, especially when it comes to high-end brands. There is an inherent risk of muddling your top tier brand name with one of a lower reputation, thus putting your company in the wrong conversation. » Read More
Affluent Consumers want a connection. Not a sales pitch.
Affluent consumers buy differently. They research large purchases and seek not only a wise choice, but also genuine benefits and an authentic experience. In fact, 70% of affluent consumers say they prefer to learn about a product or service through content rather than traditional advertising. » Read More
Last year, I helped sail a boat in an overnight race from Key West to Cuba – which for me was literally and figuratively sailing into the unknown. Not only had I never sailed a boat out of sight of the shoreline, I had certainly never sailed through the Florida Straits to a communist country where my visit still technically fell into a semi-gray area of legality. » Read More
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
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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