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Why This Brand Is On Fire

FreshKids ~ Healthy Snacks for Healthy Kids: Follow this brand in Instagram

This brand "gets" it. It understands what it takes to emotionally connect with and excite its target consumer, Millennial Moms. 

It understands that Millennials value healthy lifestyles and seek natural, gluten-free foods for their families. It also understands the Millennials influence food trends among older generations. (Food trends)

It understands that in order to make sure kids are eating healthy, it has to also take action outside of homes - and work directly with schools. (Social Responsibility trends)

It understands that product formulation and sourcing transparency are critical measures of authenticity. (Consumer trends)

And it understands the role branding and packaging play in bringing these values to life. (Packaging trends)

Retailers are tripping over themselves to work with this brand. Why? Because it aligns with so many macro-trends and retailers' growth strategies - specifically, it targets the Millennial consumer. 

The Millennial consumer is the most coveted consumer segment in retail in 2015. They have 21% of direct consumer discretionary purchasing power ($1.3 trillion annually). About 40 million Millennials are already parents. And 9,000 Millennial moms give birth every day.* 

While Millennials do their pre-shopping research online, 82% of them prefer shopping in brick & mortar. One Millennial said “You want to touch it; you want to smell it; you want to pick it up.”**

What does this all mean for brands? If your brand positioning and product line are not relevant to this increasingly important consumer, your brand will not be gaining new retail distribution. You will not gain the attention of retail buyers. This is the current mindset of retail. This is now the hurdle for which your brand needs to overcome. 

Take the time to review your brand strategy. Determine if an update or "refreshening" is needed to gain relevance to this segment of increasing importance to all retailers. Look at your innovation pipeline. Are your upcoming product launches moving you towards the direction of Millennials? If not, you may want to think long and hard about revising your 3 to 5 year growth strategy. 

 

Cool infograph about Millennials**


Sources: 

*Who Will Win The Battle For the Millennial Grocery Shopper?, Jeff Fromm, Business Journalsk April 14, 2014

**Who Are The Millennial Shoppers? And What Do They Really Want?, Accenture Outlook Industry Report, 2013.

Products To Avoid When Launching Products Into Retail

I see A LOT of product launches. Even in my post-retail buyer life, I remain inundated by new products. 

Each week, I get introduced to, or contacted by, 20-25 new brands. And over 4 years that is a crap load of product! 

There are a few product categories that I see often with little product differentiation. For me, these represent what NOT to launch. Why? Because the market place is crowded and little product differentiation can be achieved through R&D or claims.

Sure, product differentiation can be achieved in these categories. But it is an uphill battle for new brands with limited funds or access to R&D. 

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 ITEMS THAT GET PITCHED TO ME:

Ballet Flats from Tieks

Tieks are versatile flats that can fold up and fit in your purse and wear all day long without feeling like it’s the type of shoe you fold up and tuck into a little ball.  These comfy shoes come in all colors and patterns.  They are made in the USA (just down the street from Buyerly’s offices, in fact!) and of the finest Italian leathers. It really is a ballet flat reinvented!

Sultry Lingerie Meets Luxury Swimwear

Oh how we love Miss Kinsman. We can’t get enough of this lingerie-inspired swimwear line by LA-based designer Joanna Kinsman. This luxury hand-sewn line, sold at stores such as Fred Segal and Bettina Duncan, attracts the confident woman emboldened by her femininity with Brazilian-cut bikini separates that flatter many body types. Besides, nothing feels as sexy as wearing beautiful lingerie. Why shouldn’t women feel that way about their swimwear too!