Remember when Black Friday signaled the official start of holiday shopping? Not anymore–the season now starts earlier and extends into January. Last year, 59% of retailers began promotions as early as September and retailers continued to offer deals beyond December 24, with post-Holiday clearance sales.
What consumers consider "healthy" constantly evolves and manufacturers are constantly struggling to keep up with the latest diet trends. Today, consumers aren't looking for quick fixes to lose weight, they understand that long-term changes to their diet are necessary. Here, we look at the emerging trends in the weight loss industry.
When American consumers think fall, what comes to mind? Scarves, boots, football games—and pumpkin spice. Last year, a whopping $361 million was spent on pumpkin products, a figure that grew 79% since 2011. But when did American consumers start going crazy for pumpkin? Some attribute the hype surrounding pumpkin spice to the successful marketing of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte perhaps inspiring other brands, such as Oreo, M&M, and Eggo, to also jump on the seasonal flavor hayride.
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WIth its limitless selection of products, reputation for competitive pricing, and plethora of product reviews, Amazon has become the shopping destination of choice for many Americans. And, for those with Amazon Prime memberships, free two-day shipping adds another hard-to-beat benefit. This holiday season, 94% of consumers say they plan to shop the site for holiday gifts and almost 43% say they will buy most of their gifts on Amazon. Discover why Amazon has become the premier e-commerce shopping site this holiday season and beyond.
It looks like Santa may have a little down time! Shoppers are making the holidays easier this year by pinning their gift wishes and shopping social media posts. A new study found that 81% of female consumers say they frequently buy items they’ve seen and shared on social media and at least half of U.S. social media users say they get at least some #giftspiration from posts.
Wellness is no longer the provenance of healthcare professionals. Today’s consumers view wellness as a lifestyle, not just an outcome. Each generation, from Boomers to Z, have a different outlook on health. Boomers don’t see themselves as aging—instead, they view themselves as evolving through life, Generation X takes a balanced, pragmatic approach, for Millennials, health and wellness is a lifestyle pursuit that’s inextricably woven into their lives. Finally, for today’s teens, health means more than just healthy eating and exercise, Gen Z takes a 360 view that includes making sure they are getting enough down time and creating balance in their lives. How will this affect the future of health and wellness market? A recent survey asked almost 3,000 women what wellness trends they were most excited about right now and these were their top ten.
The news hasn’t been great for department stores. Sales have been consistently down since 2011 and there’s no relief in sight. Declining mall traffic, shifts in consumer spending, a sharp increase in e-commerce, and a trend toward value-oriented retailers have left both retailers and brands in a slump. Does this signal the death of the department store? Not yet! 80% of consumers say they still shopped in department stores in the last year. While that’s down 8% since 2013, the overwhelming majority of shoppers still visit their favorite department stores at least occasionally…but is that enough to save the industry? Here, we explore some of the reasons that consumers walked away from department stores…and how they can win them back.
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This has been a very good year for color cosmetics—sales are expected to reach $10.8 billion, up nearly 5% over 2015! Increasing competition among established and emerging beauty brands has created a marketplace ripe with innovation and creativity. As consumers shift spending away from luxury goods and apparel, they are splurging on makeup and experimenting with the latest trends. Analysts are encouraged by this high level of consumer engagement, projecting that sales will continue to rise 29% through 2021. Women’s Marketing looked closely at the cosmetics consumer to uncover emerging opportunities for makeup brands.
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Americans love their snacks! 94% of U.S. adults say they snack every day and half regularly nibble 2-3 times throughout their day. But all that snacking has a downside—extra calories, saturated fats, and high sodium counts have consumers concerned and looking for alternatives. Better-for-you snacks are a growing market for those who want to satisfy their cravings without the guilt...but brands still have some convincing to do—78% are skeptical of better-for-you claims. Learn how Women's Marketing can help amplify your brand's message through paid social media, influencer marketing, and a mix of traditional and digital ad formats. Contact us today to get started!
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On November 1st, 2016, Facebook’s FBX will cease to exist. Facebook launched Facebook Exchange (FBX) in 2012 as a real-time desktop retargeting tool. The platform allowed advertisers to use first-party and third-party data to bid on Facebook inventory as a means to expand upon their retargeting efforts. The technology was quickly praised by digital marketers as an efficient way for brands to buy social inventory through programmatic partnerships and was adopted as a staple marketing strategy for digitally savvy brands.
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As Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of seniors in the U.S. is rising and expected to account for more than 17% of the total U.S. population by 2021. Previous generations may have accepted aging as a natural part of life, but this generation is fighting it every step of the way. They are exercising more, watching their diet, and investing in their health. The so-called “Me Generation” is determined to enjoy this stage to the fullest, so understanding their challenges and perceptions about themselves and aging will give wellness brands the ability to engage them and win their loyalty.
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From programmatic to personalization, marketing tech is redefining how brands target and speak to consumers and creating new opportunities to build relationships. “Personalization helps brands strengthen their relationships with consumers, who are more engaged when they feel messages being delivered are relevant to them,” says Andrea Van Dam, CEO of Women’s Marketing.