A recent report shows millennials are on the verge of surpassing baby boomers as the nation’s largest generation, and the change is already playing a critical role in the fate of the American economy. The home products category is beginning to realize the impact of the new generation’s consumer-first mindset as it catalyzes great change in the way people think and shop for their homes. Technology brands are entering the category at an astounding pace while direct-to-consumer businesses disrupt traditional retail models by cutting out the middlemen. Transformations like these have given rise to a new level of competition as brands old and new vie for a share of consumers’ minds and wallets.
It’s no secret: older homeowners are driving today’s home improvement market. A recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University revealed that households 55 and older account for half of all current home improvement spending. And as this audience ages into their 70s and 80s, researchers expect their investments in home modifications to soar even higher as they look to enhance accessibility.
Here at Hart, we’re lucky to work with a wide variety of brands. We study and analyze consumer behavior and trends, putting that knowledge to use for our clients. It’s what drives our strategic leadership and defines the specialties within which we operate as an agency.
On the surface, milestones look like a perfect opportunity to share a historical perspective of an event that happened 50, 100 or even 200 years ago. A business might recognize the day it was founded, or the year an iconic product was launched, for example. And it would be logical for those recognitions to be historic in nature.
By now, you’ve probably formed opinions on millennials as a consumer group. (As you may know, it’s one of the most researched consumer groups in history.) I won’t attempt to guess what those opinions might be, but I wonder when they were last updated?
There has been a seismic shift in channel planning for the home products category. Channel planning once consisted of mapping media and messages to specific touchpoints on a linear buying journey. The marketer’s role was to guide the customer through each stage and channel.