Tag: Marketing to Dads

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids

Mattel Re-Energizes 72-Year-Old Thomas & Friends Brand for New Generation of Kids
Everyone is familiar with the smiling engines of Thomas & Friends, chuffing along the island of Sodor and learning valuable life lessons that the characters share with rapt toddler audiences. Iconic Wooden Railway toys can be found in playrooms, preschools, libraries and children’s museums across the world—anywhere young children usually gather. Previous Thomas & Friends... Read more »

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers

Hard Soda Brands Built Business by Understanding Millennial Drinkers
The 2016 IRI Top Ten Pacesetters highlight food and beverage brands that create novel or unexpected experiences. Earning spots #3 and #10 are competitive alcoholic beverages Not Your Father’s Root Beer and Henry’s Hard Soda. These brands started strong and celebrated strong success, although more recently other beverages have stolen market share. While they both have experienced sales... Read more »

Beyond Mainstream Pricing: Breyers Goes Super Premium with Gelato Indulgences

Beyond Mainstream Pricing: Breyers Goes Super Premium with Gelato Indulgences
The ice cream market is facing a bit of a meltdown in recent years, with 22% of 2016 frozen treat consumers buying less. Beth Bloom, Senior Food & Drink Analyst for Mintel, writes about the current US ice cream market: “As volume sales in the saturated category decline, dollar gains have cooled. While health leads... Read more »
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Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation

Kodiak Cakes Disrupts the Sleepy Flapjacks Category with Delicious, Healthy Innovation
Twenty years ago in Utah, the Clark family started selling “Kodiak Cakes Frontier Flapjack and Waffle Mix” to ski town gift shops. While that doesn’t sound particularly disruptive, it signaled the beginning of the wakeup call Kodiak Cakes was about to give to the sleepy flapjacks category, dominated by big, slow-moving brands. Today, Kodiak Cakes... Read more »

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally

At the Grill and in the Kitchen, Men Are Cooking it Up Cross-Generationally
Men Stepping Up for Thanksgiving and Other Holidays With Thanksgiving just around the corner, my thoughts are turning more frequently to cooking and meal preparation.  In 2013, I had the pleasure of sharing consumer insights trends with the Butterball team, who had just welcomed the first men as official brand spokespersons. The Butterball brand recognized... Read more »

Off to College and At College: The Growing Market of 11 Million Millennial Full-Time Students and their Parents

Off to College and At College: The Growing Market of 11 Million Millennial Full-Time Students and their Parents
Across the US, an estimated 21 million students will be enrolled in college in 2014, up from 15 million in 2000 according to the National Center of Education Statistics; 11 million of those students are full-time undergraduates, and approximately 3 million are headed off to college for the first time. While “Back to School” is... Read more »
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Family Time Doesn’t Top Kids’ Lists

Family Time Doesn’t Top Kids’ Lists
Moms and dads place a high priority on parenting and family time, and they have increased their time from previous generations.  In 2011, the Pew Research Center found mothers are spending 40% more time on childcare compared to 1965, while fathers had a 160% increase over the same timeframe.  According to Eli Finkel, a professor... Read more »

How Does the Changing American Family Change Your Market Strategy?

How Does the Changing American Family Change Your Market Strategy?
American families have made fundamental shifts in recent years.   Family structures and compositions are changing, as depicted by recent portrayals like the Chevy Traverse spot “The New Us” and the ABC program Modern Family. The decline of the nuclear family has been well documented, along with the corresponding increase in alternate family structures and non-family... Read more »

Venus and Mars at the Pediatrician’s Office?

Venus and Mars at the Pediatrician’s Office?
Today’s First-Time Dads Attend Well-Baby Visits Recently, I had the chance to observe my local pediatrician’s office for a few hours in the afternoon.  I was interested to note several dads engaging with the well-baby visits.  I observed dads and moms going together (with baby of course) to meet with the nurse and pediatrician. After... Read more »
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Dads Redefine Fatherhood

Dads Redefine Fatherhood
But They Can’t Match Mom’s Intensity Dads have redefined their role as parents. This change is driven by Gen X dads, who now make up the majority of dads with kids under 18 at home. As the chart below from Boston College’s The New Dad report shows, these dads define being “involved and present in... Read more »
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